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Who is a Fashion Icon?

Today, the stylish celebrity has become the fashion focus. Whether she’s a reality TV star, a singer, or an actress, she has largely replaced the models on the cover of magazines and is the focus of fashion at red carpet events.


Celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Lauren Conrad, Angelina Jolie, Sarah Jessica Parker, Beyoncé, Rachel Zoe (the list goes on and on) are praised and known globally for their fashionable styles.  Are they fashion icons?  I read a blog post from the NY Times that stated that Fashion Editors are the new fashion icons:   Fashion Editors Turn Stars Through Their Web Presence. The original Mrs. O (Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis) was considered, and still is considered, a fashion icon.  The new Mrs. O (First Lady Obama) is fashionable, though time will tell if she’ll be considered an icon, too.

Then there are the signature events or dresses that may put someone into the fashion icon category:  Marilyn Monroe with the white halter dress in the scene over the subway grating as well as the sheer dress she wore when she sang “Happy Birthday, Mr. President’; Lady Gaga’s ‘meat’ dress; Madonna‘s ’80s look and Vogue video style; Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s; Princess Diana’s black taffeta dress are examples. Models such as Kate Moss, Gisele Bundchen, Naomi Campbell, and Iman continue to be considered fashion icons in their own right.

Marilyn Monroe

It’s not just what they wear, but also how they wear it.  It’s a sense of their personal style and fashion statement.  For many of us, we get to live our fashion fantasies vicariously through them.  I know that I do.  I’d love to be able to wear the shoes, clothes, jewelry and go to the events that they are invited to.  Everyday life seems so mundane and ordinary, but then I can read about, see photos and watch videos of my fashion icons.  Whom do you consider a fashion icon and why?

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