Jane Austen's beauty
Jane Austen did not look like a runway model. No Heidi Klum-ia n legs or Marilyn Monroe-esque bust adorned the author of Emma. No heavenly, Ingrid Bergman-ian visage.
According to a new wax figure unveiled this week at the Jane Austen Centre in the British city of Bath, Ms. Austen looked rather average. This is the closest "anyone has come to the real Jane Austen for 200 years," a Centre rep says, according to People. The wax effigy was created thanks to detailed studies conducted by FBI forensic artist Melissa Dring, who says she's not a big fan of the only other image of the author that has survived, an 1810 sketch made by Austen's sis Cassandra. "[It] does make it look like she's been sucking lemons," Dring tells the BBC. "She has a somewhat sour and dour expression. But we know from all accounts of her, she was very lively."