By: Scott RossPublished: October 15, 2022

Margaretha Geertruida MacLeod

Margaretha Geertruida MacLeod was a cultural appropriator of the highest order, a wealthy Dutch woman who adopted the stage name Mata Hari and pretended to be of Far East heritage to lend an air of artistic and cultural legitimacy to a stage act that was really just a run-of-the-mill striptease. Curiously, though she revealed the lower half of her body, she always kept her chest covered--even in the company of her many lovers--as she was self-conscious about having small breasts, which, like, I dunno, man... When pressed as to why she kept her breasts covered, she would claim that her ex-husband had bitten off her nipples.

Mata Hari took up with a young Russian soldier during World War I, a relationship that was used as leverage by the French to get her to spy on the Germans, who in turn got her to spy on the French. The French eventually learned of her double-cross and brought her to trial, during which she is said to have defended herself by declaring "A harlot? Yes, but a traitoress, never!"

She was found guilty and on October 15, 1917, was brought before a firing squad. She said no to a blindfold and moments before meeting her demise, blew a kiss to her executioners.


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