Monday, October 22, 2012

EDIT Ottawa Shakespeare Company

October 25-November 3 2012 7:30 Matinees October 27-28 & November 3 at 2pm Ottawa Shakespeare Company

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Being Cleopatra: Blake Lively

Blake Lively being Cleopatra as she prepares pumpkin-chocolate marble cake for the special Halloween edition of The Martha Stewart Show in 2008

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Cleopatra in Ads

Photo: Natasha Lawes
Cleopatra in ads for La Caixia Campaign. Makeup and costume by Natasha Lawes

Friday, July 27, 2012

Cleopatra in the 2012 Olympics

Photo: BP London 2012
Named after her grandmother, Cleopatra Borel was born on the east coast of Trinidad in the fishing community of Palisance Village, Mayaro. Encouraged by her father Raymond, who was an athlete in high school, Cleopatra pursued her interest in athletics from an early age, quickly developing a passion for the throwing events.

Cleopatra has been competing on the international stage for 10 years, with her first success coming at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England, where she was placed just out of the medals in fourth place. In 2003, Cleopatra won her first international medal, a silver at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Championships in Grenada. 2004 saw Cleopatra qualify for and compete in her first Olympics, the Games in Athens, where she was placed 10th in the shot put final.

Cleopatra continued to build on her athletic success. In 2006 she won bronze medals at the CAC Games in Columbia and the Commonwealth Games in Australia. Another bronze at the 2007 Pan American Games paved the way for her second Olympic qualification. She competed in the 2008 Beijing Games where she was placed 17th in the final shot put rankings.

The first international gold for Cleopatra came in 2010, at the CAC Games in Puerto Rico. In recognition of this achievement, the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee named her Female Athlete of the Year. Her success continued into 2011, where she picked up a silver medal at the Pan American Games and a gold medal at the CAC Championships. 

Cleopatra is currently an assistant coach at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. She works closely with the throwing coach, Gregory Jack, who is also her personal coach. Cleopatra would like to become a college coach in the future. She is conscious of her status as a role model for young Caribbean throwers, a position that comes with being one of the most successful female field athletes from the English-speaking Caribbean. 

Cleopatra holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County." 

Monday, July 16, 2012

...and I'm off!

As many of you may know, when I'm not Being Cleopatra I'm an opera singer. For the next few months I will be trying to further my career in Europe. I will be in Florence, Italy for a month and Germany for two months. If you would like to follow my travels, check out

Being Cleopatra has become an obsession of mine, so I hope to continue posting daily on Cleopatra, but my Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter will probably not be updated as regularly.

Thank you for your continued support!

Buon viaggio!!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Being Cleopatra

Sue Holderness being Cleopatra in part three of The Cleopatras which aired on BBC in 1983

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Being Cleopatra: Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan being Cleopatra in Lifetime's upcoming biopic Liz & Dick as she portrays Elizabeth Taylor 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Cleopatra in Ads

Photo: Glamourologist
"Palmolive was developed in 1898 by the B.J. Johnson Company and by 1900 was the worlds best selling soap. It was named after its two principle ingredients - Palm and Olive oil.

By 1902 Palmolive had become known for its stylish advertising and sophisticated packaging and their message emphasised ingredient purity and the benefits of using their products.

In 1910 the company employed Lord & Thomas advertising agency to help them re position the brand into a luxury one that would enhance the beauty of women. This national campaign saw a series of wonderfully designed advertisements using Egyptian iconography."

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