What If The World's Greatest Leaders Were Hipsters?


If Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher was alive today, do you think she would still wear those monotone power suits, pussybow blouses and pearls?

Or would she go for something a little more hip? Something more... hipster?

Isreal-based artist Amit Shimoni has created a series of illustrations titled HIPSTORY, where he re-imagines some of the world's greatest leaders as modern-day fashionistas.


Mahatma Gandhi

According to Shimoni, HIPSTORY started from reflecting on the Israeli culture and its leaders of the past compared to the ones from today. 

"For example, if you google a photo of Herzel (founder of the Israeli nation), only several appropriate results will come up. Whereas if you search for any average 18-year-old, yu would find tons of pictures," Amit told A+.

Winston Churchill

Margaret Thatcher

Shimoni claims he often thinks about the differences of the great world leaders, their beliefs and our new, "self-centered" generation.

"I often find myself imagining a world where some of these leaders are less interested in influencing lives, and more focused on their own persona. Imagine Gandhi obsessing about his looks, and not about releasing India from the British rule? Or Abraham Lincoln searching for a hip bar, instead of abolishing slavery?" Amit told A+ in an email. 

Abraham Lincoln

However, Amit's goal isn't to criticize or choose which generation is better. On the contrary, he strives to challenge the viewers' perception and encourage them to reflect on themselves.

"HIPSTORY's intention lies not in choosing the better generation but rather in highlighting the differences, by changing the point of view and introducing a new perspective," Shimoni told A+.

Artist says the reaction to his work was amazing: "Young and old were inspired and each had their own perspective on the series. Everyone had something to connect with."

Vladimir Lenin

John F. Kennedy

Nelson Mandela

Che Guevara

Mao Zedong

To see more of Amit's work, visit his website and follow him on Facebook and Instagram.

If you'd like to gaze into more quirky portraits of famous people, take a look at this article: These Celebrities Look Familiar But You've Actually Never Heard Of Them Before.

(H/T: Bored Panda

(All images courtesy of the artist: Amit Shimoni)

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