Some women possess a gaze so powerful they can make men do things they would never imagine with just their eyes. As trite as this may sound, no one can deny history is full of moments in which a captivating stare has led men to do the most heinous of acts.
If we wanted to do a headcount of each femme fatale in history, we would have to go back to the earliest civilizations and find Ishtar, the devilish love goddess of the Sumerian civilization, or Delilah, the woman who took Samson straight to his downfall. Notwithstanding, this story from the Book of Judges does not even compare to that of Mata Hari, the Dutch dancer and courtesan that guarded the most important secrets of German and Soviet officers during the First World War.
Taking advantage of her beauty and her ability to attract men with her erotic oriental dances —in which she stripped off gauzy and transparent shawls— she acquired information of all kinds. Her knowledge of all that information was concealed for a long time to assure her safety, as she was amidst an armed conflict which threatened to destroy the world. Even when she was executed for working as a spy, she never stopped exploiting her sensuality. The morning of October 15, 1917, as she was about to be shot, she kindly asked not to be blindfolded, and as the firing party aimed at her, she blew a kiss as if greeting death.
For many people, a femme fatale is a symbol of empowerment and sensuality. With a single hip movement and a deep coquettish gaze, these women conjure up the weakness of men, who —as a response to their own instincts— become tamed by a woman who promises them the stars, even if it is only an illusion.
Only female sensuality is able to amplify that mysterious tinge of inked skin. This fusion turns into an irresistible blend of exoticism, able to captivate even the most demanding observers.
Hopeless men, unwary of their fatal destiny, fall prey to the promises of the one who has defeated death with her lethal beauty. This tattoo is just the threshold of a mortal rite.
Translated by Andrea Valle Gracia