International Women’s Day is all about reflection, advocacy, and action. In celebration of how far we’ve come Erica M. would like to turn attention to some of our favorite women in history who continue to inspire and embody our brand aesthetic.
Kiki De Montparnasse
Luisa, Marchesa Casati Stampa di Soncino
Luisa Casati, was an Italian heiress, muse, and patroness of the arts in early 20th-century Europe known for her eccentricities. As the concept of dandy was expanded to include women, the Marchesa Casati fitted the utmost female example by saying: “I want to be a living work of art”.
Josephine Baker was an American-born French dancer, singer, and actress who came to be known in various circles as the “Black Pearl,” “Bronze Venus” and even the “Creole Goddess”. Born Freda Josephine McDonald in St. Louis, Missouri, she became the first black woman to star in a major motion picture. Baker refused to perform for segregated audiences in the United States and is noted for her contributions to the Civil Rights Movement.
Actress Marilyn Monroe was born as Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, California. Probably the most celebrated of all actresses, Monroe overcame a difficult childhood to become a much-admired international star. With her breathy voice and hourglass figure, Monroe took the world by storm.