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Caroline – The Bohemian One

Although many have not heard of her, Talitha Getty provides a huge inspiration for my love of fashion, especially bohemian fashion. While she died an early and unfortunate death, she lived well and dressed even better. She was a Dutch actress that epitomized beauty in the most effortless way.

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Once called the “Bohemian Queen”, Getty set the trends that boho girls of today still follow. She loved big floppy hats (as seen above), heavy eyeliner, gobs of rings, prints, and often donned Moroccan style fashions. Yves Saint Laurent called her one of his muses and claimed he was mesmerized and enthralled by her beauty.

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Getty and her husband spent a lot of time in Marrakesh, Morocco, and the time that she spent there were in her fashion choices. Known as the “hippie” hotspot of the 60s, people flocked there during that time of revolution. Yves Saint Laurent said about the couple and their time in Morocco,  “I knew the youthfulness of the sixties: Talitha and Paul Getty lying on a starlit terrace in Marrakesh, beautiful and damned, and a whole generation assembled as if for eternity where the curtain of the past seemed to lift before an extraordinary future.”

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While travelling, she was able to acquire collections of handmade metal jewelry and traditional Islamic clothing that were made from rich silks and complex weaves of fabric. She fully engrossed herself in the culture of Morocco and wore lofty, printed kaftan, harem pants, and other traditional clothing. She was able to effortlessly weave these unique pieces into her European wardrobe and was able to revolutionize style because of her distant travels.

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While her 30 year life was much too short-lived, Getty lived what she had to the fullest by travelling, spending time with good friends and family, and by wearing clothes that reflected her personality, the places she had seen, and the person she had ultimately become. She will be a style icon for generations to come.

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McCall – The Trend Setter

I can only think of one original risk taker…Madonna. The Material Girl is the ultimate style icon of the 80s, and her style has been replicated by women all over the world. She represents three decades of music making and has proven herself to be trend setter throughout the entire time. Madonna is the ultimate chameleon and has been able to change her style and look from album to album, and year to year; always keeping us on our toes. Her style often shocks and surprises but she always manages to pull off each look. She takes fashion risks and inspires entire generations of women to women to imitate her.

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“I’ve been popular & unpopular, successful & unsuccessful, loved & loathed, & I know how meaningless it all is. Therefore, I feel free to take whatever risks I want.” — Madonna

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“I’ve been popular & unpopular, successful & unsuccessful, loved & loathed, & I know how meaningless it all is. Therefore, I feel free to take whatever risks I want.” — Madonna

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Madonna has been voted top style icon by both Elle and British women. She has taught everyone to express themselves, even if it’s sometimes sexual. She has inspired many pop singers along the years including Brittany Spears and Lady Gaga. You can become your own inner sex goddess with a few touches of lace, lingerie and menswear.

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Shante Fenique – The Glamorista

When it comes to glamorous icons it was hard to just pick one. I’m inspired by so many great women. Not only do they inspire my sense of style but they inspire me to be the best woman I can be and beat all the odds against me. After much deliberation I picked Diana Ross.

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Diana Ross is the queen of glamour. She paved the way for women like Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé and so many more. She was the lead singer of The Supremes and a glamorous powerhouse. She was known for stepping to the stage in some sequins or printed elegant ensemble. She is the epitome of sexy glamorous yet elegant style. In the beginning she was a costume designer, seamstress, hairstylist and make-up artist for The Supremes. Leading the way, Diana Ross and the Supremes became an iconic girl group.

After departing from the Supremes she began a solo singing career as well as a very successful acting career. Throughout her career Ms. Ross’s style has evolved. From the mod glamour of the 60’s to the 70’s disco era, Ms. Ross is reigning champ of fashion stardom. Like her successful career, her style will always stay relevant and an epic force.

I love glamorous and unique things. I embrace being different and Diana did the same. She wasn’t a normal beauty because of her huge eyes yet small head but she still made a difference. In the end she made herself a legend. She became iconic and irreplaceable. When I look at women like Ms. Ross, Fredi Washington, Sophia Loren, Lena Horn, Nina Mae McKinney and Barbra Streisand I feel so empowered to be who I want to be and to challenge myself. When ever in doubt ask yourself; “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” No matter what your style, stay true to yourself and  be the best form of yourself you can be everyday.

Brooke – The All American

Although I feel I am personally inspired by Audrey Hepburn, I feel there is another lady from the past who had a greater affect on the fashion industry. This lady just so happens to be a first lady from the past, none other than Jackie Kennedy! She has made a lasting impression on American fashion and continues to affect even celebrities today.

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At first glance this picture of Jackie Kennedy in her sunglasses could be mistaken as a picture taken recently. This picture is a perfect example of the lasting impression Jackie O has had on fashion. Oversized sunglasses have been a must-have for several seasons and will continue to gain their popularity for many seasons to come!

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Prior to Jackie Kennedy, the fashion world was centered in Europe where French designers ruled the fashion industry. Jackie immediately disregarded Americans’ expectations for the first lady’s wardrobe and expressed herself through her clothes. Today America’s fashion industry has grown and possesses its own fashion designers. It’s safe to say Jackie Kennedy paved the way for fashion designers and fashion enthusiasts in the United States.

Jackie’s impact on the fashion industry still remains today. As displayed in the image below, celebrities such as Anne Hathaway continue to emulate the classic look displayed by Jackie Kennedy.

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