Posted on August 23 2018
Author : Brittany Summers, 8/23/2018
It’s crucial to live in the present and never take a moment for granted. But it’s also important to learn from the past and apply that knowledge the present in order to get the most from the future. Looking back at Elizabeth Taylor reveals that calling her a fashion icon is an understatement, for she was a multi-talented individual. With over 60 years in show business and as an activist, this woman’s influence and accomplishments are insurmountable.
Elizabeth Taylor was born February 27, 1932 in London, England. She dove right into show business, snagging her first role at the young age of 9 when her American parents moved to Los Angeles. Her most famous roles were in National Velvet (1944), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), and Cleopatra (1963). She won the Academy Award for Best Actress not once, but TWICE for Butterfield 8 and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?
Digging deeper, there was never a dull moment in her personal life with 8 marriages to 7 men in a 50-year time span. If that didn’t keep her busy enough, between a booming career in show biz and her multiple marriages, she still had time to care for others, especially through her advocacy for people with HIV/AIDS in the 1980s when the disease was stigmatized and those who contracted it were feared and shunned.
She co-founded the American Foundation for AIDS Research (previously the National AIDS Research Foundation) in 1985 after Rock Hudson, a close friend, died from AIDS. Later, in 1993, she founded The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation to educate the public about AIDS and provide support services for people with AIDS. This activism earned Elizabeth Taylor numerous awards, including the Presidential Citizens Medal in 2001, and Queen Elizabeth II of England bestowed the title of Dame on her in 2000.
On March 23, 2011, we lost this amazing soul at the age of 79. Leaving behind an incredible legacy and example, Elizabeth Taylor was a woman who knew who she was and what was truly important in life. As a fashion icon, film star, and female Casanova, she was never too busy too busy to help others, as demonstrated by her HIV/AIDS activism.
But we would be amiss if we did not talk about Elizabeth Taylor’s fashionista side. Let’s break it down:
- Lots of Bling
Elizabeth Taylor always wore the real thing! She sported genuine earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings. This woman was “put together” and “blinged out” only with the best of the best! She owned billions of dollars’ worth of diamonds, so she knew her stuff!
2. Bright and Bold Colors
Bright yellows, purple, red—she wore them all! Her clothes bespoke her individualism. A true trendsetter knows how to be amazing in “their own skin.” Elizabeth Taylor did just that with her colorful ensembles!
- Unashamedly Full Figured
She did her own thing with highly structured dresses and plunging necklines. With a tightly cinched in waist and elegant décolletage, Elizabeth Taylor accentuated the features she wanted to emphasize while keeping it classy.
4. Bohemian Flair
Taylor was not afraid to branch out and don long, full gowns and pants suits with classic 1970s flowing sleeves, loud, eye-catching colors, and head-turning (some would say garish) patterns. No matter what she wore, she looked fabulous!
Channel your inner Elizabeth Taylor with bling, bright bold colors and cuts that make you look amazing! Most importantly, know who you are and be yourself. Don’t change for anyone, ever. Elizabeth Taylor was a trend setter then, now, and forever, not only in fashion but also by contributing positively to the world in which we live. Be a glamorous fashionista, but most importantly: Be kind!