“It Girls” through the ages …
I’ve always found the concept of the “It Girl” an interesting one. Iconic during their era, and most of them well beyond, these women helped shape the fashion and popular culture of the time and in many cases, had scandalous and interesting lives. Read on for part one in a two-part series of my picks of the “It Girl” for each age. Of course there were others who were equally famous in that era, and you may not agree with my choices, but these are the ones that seem the most iconic to me.
So here we go …
♥ The twenties – Clara BowClara Bow was an American actress who rose to fame in the silent movies of the 1920’s. She is credited as being one of the first “sex symbols” who appealed in equal measure to men – who wanted her, and women – who wanted to be her. She had quite a scandalous life – which is what we expect of all good “It Girls” after all!
Favourite quote: “The more I see of men, the more I like dogs.”
♥ The thirties – Marlene DietrichGerman born, Marlene Dietrich was known as the chameleon of her age for her ability to reinvent herself, characteristically and professionally. She was known for her androgynous quality and was one of the first women to be seen wearing masculine clothes, often wearing top hat and tails in her performances. She became one of the highest paid actresses of her era and died in 1992 at the age of 90. Check out those eyebrows!
Favourite quote: “I am, at heart, a gentleman.”
♥ The forties – Rita Hayworth Rita Hayworth was an American dancer and film actress – she was one of the top stars of the 1940’s. Perhaps her most famous role was in the black and white film noir Gilda where she wore black satin and performed a legendary one-glove strip-tease, which made her a cultural icon and firmly established her as a femme fatale.
Favourite quote: “Every man I have ever known has fallen in love with Gilda and awakened with me.”
Ummm … bit of an aside, but HOW MUCH does my gorgeous friend Miss Monique Sweet look like Rita Hayworth?!
♥ The fifties – Marilyn Monroe Who else could I have picked really – even though there were other megastars around like Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor, to name a couple? Marilyn is perhaps the most famous and enduring of all the “It Girls”; her combination of glamour and vulnerability endeared her to millions, both male and female alike and she became an icon whose image has never faded. Marilyn’s pinup look is equally as iconic as she was, and the red lipstick she wore is something no modern-day pinup would be without. Read my (faux) interview with Marilyn here.
Favourite quote: “Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.”
♥ The sixties – Twiggy Jean Shrimpton, aka Twiggy, was an English model, actress and singer who rose to fame in the 1960’s as a teenage model of London’s “swinging 60’s.” She was known mostly for her thin build and androgynous look with large eyes, long eyelashes and short hair.
Favourite quote: “Back in the 60’s, there was a bumper sticker that read “Forget Oxfam, Feed Twiggy”, but I ate like a horse!”
So that’s my picks of the “It Girls” up to the 60’s – come back tomorrow for the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, noughties and beyond (featuring Dita Von Teese and HRH Kate Middleton.)