Last month, I paid a tribute to 5 of what I thought was the world’s most underrated occupations. This month, I thought I will pay a tribute to 5 of the world’s greatest icons – ladies who have that one thing in common: Timeless beauty and style.
Jacqueline “Jackie” Kennedy
The wife of the 35thpresident of the United States, John F. Kennedy, “Jackie” as she was commonly referred, served as the First Lady during JFK’s presidency from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. Jackie is not only remembered for her contributions to the arts and preservation of historic architecture, but also for her style, elegance, and grace. As a fashion icon, her famous pink Chanel suit has become a symbol of her husband’s assassination and one of the lasting images of the 1960s. That suit has been quoted to be “the most legendary garment in American history”.
Elizabeth Taylor was the girl who fell in love with diamonds and couture. She was a fashion icon during her years as an active film star. As one of the world’s most famous film stars (Cleopatra, Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf? among many others), Taylor was recognized for her acting ability and for her glamorous lifestyle, beauty and distinctive violet eyes.
Ranked the third greatest female screen legends by the American Film Institute, Audrey Hepburn is no doubt one of the world’s most famous actresses of all time. She made the little black dress (LBD) a necessary essential to a complete wardrobe for any woman with the Givenchy designed dress she wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. She cemented her status as a film and fashion icon of the twentieth century when she was inducted in the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame. You know her legacy stood the test of time, when teenagers today still want to ink her on them. She was the girl with the little black dress and a polished sense of style.
Grace Patricia Kelly, commonly referred to Princess Grace after her marriage to Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, was an American actress who lived from 1929 until 1982, when she was unfortunately killed in an automobile accident. Princess Grace’s contribution to style and fashion was nothing short of amazing. For one, the wedding dress worn by her during her marriage was cited as one of the most elegant and best-remembered bridal gowns of all time, and one of the most famous since the mid 20th century. Even after more than half a century, that very gown is still very much influential, with many women trying to “emulate Kelly’s peau de soie and lace masterpiece”. The wedding dress of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge earlier in the year is said to have been inspired by it. She also has a bag and song named after her.
Started as a small time actress, Marilyn Monroe rose to become one of the greatest icons in both the cinematic and cultural scene. Ranked 6th greatest female star of all time in 1999, she was the blonde bombshell who personified sexy and loved her dresses tight. Monroe struck the hearts of every sixteen year old with her performance in The Seven Year Itch, where she played peek-a-boo with a white ivory cocktail dress in a scene where she stood above a subway grating which was blowing her dress up. The dress is regarded as an icon of film history and the image of Monroe in the white dress has been described as one of the iconic images of the 20th century. She also made history for being the cover girl for the very first issue of Playboy. In the years and decades following her death, she has often been cited as a pop and cultural icon as well as an eminent sex symbol. “Upskirt” has never been made sexier since Monroe.
Not everyone’s a born trendsetter of impeccable style. But these five women truly are.