Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Inspiring Women

Online fashion destination Atterley Road 
recently invited me to join the #ARWOMAN campaign; 
a campaign that celebrates inspiring women.

There are so many women who inspire me everyday: 
my mum, my sister, women I read about in the news, my friends.

But two are the women 
who captured my imagination when I was little: 
a Greek diva and a French "seamstress".

A Mum in London
Maria Kalogeropoulou, La Callas

Born in 1923 to Greek parents in New York, 
Maria Callas would become the 20th century's most famous soprano singer, 
earning the nickname La Divina.

''My sister was thin, beautiful and friendly,
I was the ugly duckling'', she said. 
Determined, she lost 80 pounds in one year 
and became a symbol of elegance and a jet set star

Maria Callas was passionate and lived her life to the full: 
her tumultuous affair with Greek tycoon Aristotle Onassis, 
led to her divorce from her mentor Giovanni Battista Meneghini 
who helped her establish her career.

Maria Callas died in 1977 in Paris, 
aged 54, from a heart attack. 

Her life and work still fascinates and influences today. 

A Mum in London
Gabrielle Bonheur Chasnel, Coco Chanel 

Born in 1883, Gabrielle's childhood was not easy: 
after the death of her mother, 
her father abandons her and her two sisters at an orphanage, 
where she will learn the sewing trade. 

Gabrielle will earn her nickname Coco as a cabaret singer, 
where she meets rich officers and gets a taste of the high life. 

With her unique business flair, 
she starts selling her first quirky creations, hats, to the high society.
Hats are followed by her revolutionary, simple and practical garments.
She gets rid of corsets and introduces pants for women. 

Talented, extremely intelligent and down to earth, 
Coco Chanel revolutionised the way women dressed in the 20th century 
and taught the world that class and elegance can only be found in simplicity. 

She died in 1971, aged 87, in her Ritz suite in Paris.

Read more about inspiring women and the #ARWOMAN campaign at Atterley Road

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