Monday, February 9, 2009

Inspirational women - Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis 1929-1994

If anyone was ever born with style, elegance & taste it was Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. It is said that Jackie was incapable of looking messy, whether she was wearing a designer ball gown or was dressed in jeans & a sweater - she always looked "infuriatingly perfect." She was famous for her simplicity which was & is unbelievably difficult to duplicate despite desperate efforts to do so. Her eye for style told her what most of us know but find it so hard to demonstrate: that "less is more."

In the 50's it was said that women either wanted to be Jackie Onassis or Marilyn Monroe - two women who were worlds apart. Jackie with her priveliged upbringing & elite education which included study at the Sorbonne & a Bachelor of Arts in French Literature, & Marilyn with a checkered past that she tried so hard to forget. Personally I can identify with them both & lie somewhere between the two.

Who could forget though the bravery & strength that Jackie showed after her husband was assasinated right by her side - how poised she remained in her pink Chanel suit splattered with her husbands blood. Anyone else, especially Marilyn, would have crumbled to pieces.

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