Inspiration of the month: August 2015

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel

August 19, 1883- January 10, 1971063-coco-chanel-theredlist

This fabulous woman will for ever and always be one of my biggest influencers! Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel is a perfect role model for people who start with absolutely nothing and become famous from their wonderful talent.

Born August 19 1883. After her mother died when Chanel was very young, her dad gave up and took the girls to an orphanage where they were raised by nuns who taught them how to sew. Once they were old enough they were forced to leave the school. From there Coco and her sister performed in clubs, this is where she got her nickname “coco”. She opened her first shop in Paris in 1910 with the help of Etienne Balsan. She soon left him for his wealthier friend Arthur “Boy” Capel, their love affair lasted until his death in December 1919. Many people believe that Boy was her one true love, she never married.

 

She was so wealthy and lived such an extravagant lifestyle it was definitely an amazing life she lived. Something I will continue to strive to work towards.

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French fashion designer Coco Chanel (1883 - 1971), circa 1962. (Photo by Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
French fashion designer Coco Chanel (1883 – 1971), circa 1962.

 

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