Kenia Noelani Ramirez
Pd. 5 U. S. History Honors
Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: the 60’s fashion icon
Beautiful, intelligent, wealthy, sophisticated, and a woman of
impeccable fashion taste, would be some of the adjectives that would
describe Jacqueline Kennedy. After World War II, when America was
living its best years, Jackie became a fashionicon for all the women across the United States as well as in other countries. She was also fluent in French, Spanish, and Italian. She truly was America’s queen. Her impact on American culture was significant. During the 60’s and 70’s, almost every woman, like my mom, would wear the same kind of clothes and accessories she wore. It has been over forty years since she was the first lady, butstill today many teenagers like me admire her, but not only because of her look and style, but because of all the things she did to make the American culture better.
Jacqueline Lee Bouvier was born on July 28, 1929 in Southampton, New York, into a really wealthy and privileged family. She was a French,
Scottish, English, but mostly Irish descendant. His father used to makeexaggerations about their French heritage, he would say that they came from the royal family Fontaines but it was not true. Her father, John Vernou Bouvier III was a playboy whose womanizing led to her parents' divorce in 1940. He did not marry anyone after the divorce but Jacqueline’s mother, Janet Norton Lee did marry someone else.
Jacqueline spent her early years between New York City and Easthampton,New York at the Bouvier Family estate "Lasata". As a child, she also enjoyed drawing, reading, and writing poems. Since an early age, she always showed her interest for good things, such as clothes, ballet and jewels. She hated when her clothes got stained or when her hair got messed up. Always a pretty perfect girlie girl.
Chapin School, a private art kindergarten for girls located inManhattan, was the one that Jackie attended. Then, from 1942 to 1944 she attended the Holton-Arms School in Washington, DC through her first year of high school. Then she transferred to Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Connecticut for the remainder of high school. She graduated
in 1947. She spent her first two years of college at Vassar in Poughkeepsie, New York. She spent her junioryear in France, at the University of Grenoble and The Sorbonne in a program through Smith College. She returned to The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and she graduated with a B.A. in French literature.
In 1951, she took her first job as an inquiring photographer for The Washington Times-Herald. She interviewed and took pictures of many famous politicians: governors, senators,mayors, etc.; and one day, Senator John F. Kennedy cross her path. She also knew JFK before because they were in the same social circle and they would attend the same classy social events such as weddings, dinners, funerals, etc. Her romance with Kennedy began on May 8, 1952 in one of their friend’s dinner party. They were married on September 12, 1953, at Newport, Rhode Island. They had about 700guests in one ceremony and about 900 at the lavish reception that followed at Hammersmith Farm. It was “the social event of the season”. On her wedding, she wore a beautiful dress designed by an African – American woman.
Jackie had to adapt herself to the new role of wife to one of the country's most energetic political figures. Her own public appearances were highly successful. Shewas the cover of every fashion magazine. She did not only have to adapt to her new political lifestyle, but also to the pressure that was put on her by the Kennedy family. She also had to deal with John’s health issues (he suffered from Addison's disease, and from crippling back pain from a wartime injury). Kennedy went under two spinal surgeries and as an awesome wife, Jackie was always there,...
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