Coins and sculptures are the only sources we can rely on as far as her facial appearance is concerned and they don’t really depict the world’s most beautiful women.
Cleopatra had one thing figured out, the power she desired was never going to be given to her. She had to take the power herself.
In 51 BCE, Ptolemy XII, father to Cleopatra died. According to the Egyptian system of doing things, women couldn’t rule alone, therefore the throne of Egypt went to Ptolemy XIII and Cleopatra. Ptolemy XIII was Cleopatra’s ten-year old brother. Cleopatra was about 18 years old.