Queen Nefertiti Whitewashed?

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Earlier this week, TODAY show guest Josh Gates, host of the Travel Channel’s “Expedition Unknown,” revealed a new reproduction of Egyptian queen Nefertiti that looked a bit…. off.

The bone structure of the sculpture, which Gates touted as “extremely accurate,” was based on 3-D imaging of the mummy of Nefertiti, who lived about 3,500 years ago. But the artist’s decision to make the African queen so light-skinned? Not so scientific. In fact, many people in the Twittersphere had another word for it — whitewashing.



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