Her start was in the far back of the line. At the turn of the century, before women could vote (or basically do anything), Chanel was poor, struggling to make ends meet with less than a handful of choices for her future. Social class during this time still reigned in society. Chanel was from the bottom of the barrel with no chance of marrying a nobleman.Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity. #cocochanel #quote Click To Tweet
If she had followed the expected path of her class and gender, Chanel would have been either a poor man’s wife, a prostitute or an entertainer.
With such limited options before her, creativity was her savior; she approached the roles handed to her in innovative ways, using her natural charisma and smarts to maintain her independence at the mercy of more powerful men who were intrigued and enchanted by her unique sensibilities and talents. By stepping out of the box she was placed in, by believing in herself as well as her vision, she earned respect and support, regardless of her class and gender.
Most simply put, it seems like Chanel fearlessly and intelligently employed the feminine wiles naturally handed to her, the wiles most women complacently felt forced to oppress according to social order.Men always remember a woman who has caused them concern and uneasiness. #cocochanel Click To Tweet
How fascinating that a woman, abandoned at a nunnery as a child, constructed what is now a symbol of elegance, sophistication and wealth. It’s ironic; it proves that the potential to innovate and impress is carried by all people without prejudice. All women have feminine wiles; all people have the ability to create and nurture their own charisma on a daily basis. By embracing the individual self, the one of a kind in everyone, each person has the opportunity to shine, persuade and create.The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud. #cocochanel #quote Click To TweetIn order to be irreplaceable, one must be different. #cocochanel Click To Tweet
I’m so pleased to announce that three of my poems, “Slots,” “Scraping” and “Make a Decision” have been published in Barking Sycamores Literary Magazine Issue 13. Barking Sycamores is dedicated to neurodivergent literature and its craft. I’m so honored to be a part of this project. Barking Sycamores Issue 13
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