Thousands of years ago, a powerful queen reigned over an ancient civilization. Her name was Hatshepsut, and her legacy and history continue to make ancient Egypt one of the most mysterious yet fascinating places on earth.
On Monday, Hatshepsut came to life through Erin O'Neill, who dressed like the pharaoh and told students at the Pegasus School in Huntington Beach all about her life, accomplishments and tragedies.
O'Neill was one of 25 Pegasus mothers and grandmothers who dressed like a woman from history, researched her and visited the school as that woman, just a day before International Women's Day.
O'Neill, who has been fascinated by Egypt's history since visiting the country about 30 years ago, chose Hatshepsut because of the mystery surrounding her life and the arts and literature she gave to her civilization.
"There are not plenty of female Egyptian pharaohs. There were very few," O'Neill said. "She was really unusual and reigned for a long time and accomplished incredible amount of arts and literature. The architecture she instituted wouldn't be duplicated again."