As women, there is so much we can learn from each other, not just about life, but about love, friendship and, of course, fashion! In fact, when it comes to icons, it doesn’t get much better than these three. Still serving as role models for generations far beyond their own, their advice is truly evergreen. They are a wonderful example of how we can achieve anything we put our minds to… while still wearing the perfect shade of lipstick.
“Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.” ~Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor certainly knew how to wear bold lipstick. And let’s not even talk about the power she wielded with those dark, immaculately shaped brows, framing, of course, eyes that were amongst the prettiest Hollywood has ever seen.
Taylor dressed in a way that embraced her femininity, always. Her chosen silhouettes often emphasized her waist and bust. (In fact, she was still working that plunging neckline well into her 70s and why not, darlings?!)
More importantly, Taylor campaigned tirelessly for HIV/AIDS awareness & fundraising as well as battled a brain tumor in the 1990s with courage. This was a woman who, undoubtedly, understood that life must go on. Putting on her lipstick and pulling herself together was something that Taylor did with impeccable style. I have always admired her for that.
“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” ~Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn made white, collared shirts, pixie cuts, and large brim hats classically stylish. She introduced the world to the concept that beauty and style can be unique and not cookie cutter: a simple dress can stun, white gloves up the elegance of almost any outfit, and red lips change everything.
Hepburn also spent much of her later life devoted to UNICEF as a Goodwill Ambassador. And, after two failed marriages, Hepburn met and maintained a relationship with Robert Wolders until her death. She called the nine years she spent with Wolders the happiest years of her life, teaching us an important lesson about love… it is never too late to find it, nor too late to hold onto it.
“An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding.” ~Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is perhaps best known for her impeccable fashion sense, Camelot lifestyle and personal tragedies. She taught us that white pants, over-sized sunglasses, and pearls are always glamorous.
She was the picture of a loving wife and mother. Widowed twice, Onassis showed us that it is never too late to search for personal fulfillment. A lover of literature, she went on to become a book editor late in life. She also worked tirelessly as a preservationist, working to preserve and protect America’s cultural heritage.
The notable results of her hard work include Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. and Grand Central Terminal, New York City’s historic railroad station. But perhaps most importantly, she modeled to generations of women what it looks like to be a loyal and loving mother, daughter, grandmother and, of course, wife.
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