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Coco Chanel

"The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud."


If you have ever hated how runway models sometimes look like overdressed cyborgs, then you might be channeling your inner Chanel. Chanel always preferred simplicity to showiness. She hated anything that drew too much attention to the clothes, and not enough to the woman wearing them. Her life was dramatic enough without clothing complicating it.

As a young girl, Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel had a bit of a dark side. One of her favorite
pastimes was to romp in hushed graveyards. She once said, "The first people to whom I
opened my heart were the dead."1 Death was something Chanel had to be comfortable
with early on in life. When she was just eleven years old, her mother died, after which her dad left her like a bag of rotten potatoes on the doorsteps of an abbey in Abazine, France.

As an orphan in the abbey, Chanel's life became a monotonous routine of grasping hands together in prayer and dressing always in the same itchy black uniform with a starched white collar. Chanel would later recall, "I was in mourning all the time."Fortunately, the nuns taught her to sew and that worked out pretty well for her. Read More>>


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