Coco Chanel, born 1883 in France, was a timeless fashion icon and legendary designer who emphasized understated elegance through her clothing. Chanel’s innovative designs coupled with her boyish figure, short cropped hair, and tanned skin created a distinct and new type of beauty that the world came to accept and embrace. This made Chanel the only fashion designer listed on Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the 20th century.
I am inspired by Chanel because her revolutionary look and her clear defiance of the ideal woman of her time liberated women from constraints of popular fashion ideals. It is for this reason Chanel has been placed on our influential woman list.