“It Girls” through the ages (part two) …
Yesterday I looked at my pick of the “It Girls” from the 1920’s through to the 1960’s. Today we’re doing the same thing from the 1970’s through to now. Click here to read the first part.
So here we go with part two …
♥ The seventies – Farrah Fawcett
This picture right here is the one that launched Farrah’s career and made her America’s sweetheart. Perhaps most famous for her role in Charlies Angels, the fame of Farrah’s hairstyle almost eclipsed Farrah herself, with women all around the world begging their hairdresser for the “Farrah flip!” She also famously posed for Playboy in 1997 at the age of 50 – this was an iconic collaboration which showed Farrah “painting on canvas” using her body as the brush. Sadly Farrah died of cancer in 2009.
Favourite quote: “God gave women intuition and femininity. Used properly, the combination easily jumbles the brain of any man I’ve ever met.”
♥ The eighties – Madonna
Often referred to as the “Queen of Pop” Madonna is a superstar in the highest order. Her chameleon-like ability to change her look and image has meant she has enjoyed lasting commercial and personal success. Always a trendsetter, Madonna’s collaboration with Jean Paul Gaultier resulted in the iconic “cone bra” and she has heavily influenced style and pop culture for years.
Favourite quote: “I’m tough, I’m ambitious and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.”
And because there are so many great quotes from Madonna, here’s another one:
“I’ve been popular and unpopular; successful and unsucessful; loved and loathed and I know how meaningless it all is. Therefore I feel free to take whatever risks I want.”
♥ The nineties – Kate Moss
Kate Moss is an English model, discovered in the supermarket at the age of 14. She was at the forefront of the “heroin chic” fashion trend and is known for her waif-like figure and drug and alcohol-fueled behaviour. All that apart however, Kate is very fashion-forward and is not afraid to wear whatever she pleases – a trait I admire! Her huge success as a model is sometimes credited to her ability to portray almost any “look” thus making her hugely versatile.
Favourite quote: “When you’re shooting you go to references in your mind. You think about how you should stand in these particular clothes, or how you should move. You think about the different characters you’re playing really.”
♥ The noughties – Dita Von Teese
Still very, very current today, I have put Dita in as the “It Girl” for the noughties because a) she is kind of noughtie (!) and b) I needed to put you-know-who in as the current “It Girl!”
Dita is my personal fashion icon – she is utterly divine and is responsible for bringing back old Hollywood glamour and reviving burlesque. Her raven hair, pale skin and red lips are stunning and her vintage-styled wardrobe both inspirational and beautiful. And … she is Christian Louboutin’s muse and has an extensive red-soled collection – many of which are personally signed and made especially for her.
Favourite quote: “You can be the ripest, juiciest peach, and there’s still going to be someone who hates peaches.”
♥ Now – HRH Kate Middleton
HRH Kate Middleton (Duchess of Cambridge) is the obvious choice for the current “It Girl” – classy, stylish and down-to-earth, Kate’s every move is breathlessly followed and reported by the media. Her penchant for wearing high street fashion has been a major boost to the British fashion industry and any design she wears is sold out within hours. Kate is a breath of fresh air in the royal family and her style, poise and charm seems endless.
Favourite quote: “No, I had the Levis guy on my wall, not a picture of William, sorry!”
So that’s my picks of the “It Girls” from the 1970’s till now. Read part one here.