Friday, 1 June 2012

Wealthy Ladies

In Year 8 we all sat down in a circle and had to say what made the world go round. I said money, as did a couple of others. Cynical? Yes. True? Err, yes. As a class we decided that emotions made the world go round then had to do some dancey activity where my friend accidently punched me in the nose (yes, we are brilliant dancers.) So lots of people said love and emotions make the world go round but love will not buy you a Chanel 2.55 and, less narcissistically and perhaps more importantly love will not save starving children in developing countries. Sure, it would be nice if love solved everything and life was all fluffy bunnies and rainbows but life is more like the Series of Unfortunate Events film where it starts off with a happy cartoon then bluntly tells you that the film will not be about a happy bunny living in a colourful, friendly village but it will be about three orphans whose lives are made a misery by a man who is after their money. So, let’s not all pretend that we don’t want to be rich because, well, most people do. Most people have heard the phrase "Money doesn't buy happiness" but that doesn't stop us wanted to be like these women...

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is one of the world's richest women and is world famous for her highly successful talk show. She had a hard childhood; claiming to be raped age nine and becoming pregnant at fourteen however, her son died at a young age. Clearly, she is a living example of what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. And my addition; what does kill you makes you dead. But moving on, she teamed up with Anna Wintour for the 2012 Met Gala, has a net worth of $1,500 million is the richest woman in entertainment as well as the only black, female billionaire. 
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JK Rowling

There is almost no argument for saying that JK Rowling is the most successful aithor of this generation. The author of the Harry Potter books has collated a net worth of $1,000 million.The sixth instalment of the Harry Potter series was the fastest selling book in history and she is the only career author on the Forbes billionaire list. Her story is a rags to riches one. She went from being a single divorced mother with no job therefore little money and now she is a multi millionaire.
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Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart oversees a media empire that includes a television show, a magazine, books, housewares and a radio channel which has made her a net worth of $638 million.She spent five months in jail that stripped her of the chief executive title but that has not stunted her success or her wealth. She is now sixty four years old and she had a brief modelling career in the '60s.


Madonna. What can we say about Madonna? She has been labelled the Queen of Pop and is world famous. At the age of fifty three she is still very much active but not only as a singer. Her active music videos and live dancing are still very much present. The star has been in the music spotlight since the '80s but hasn't disappeared off the radar like other '80s stars.Her business sense has got her where she is today. And where she is today financially is with a net work of $325 million. She is primarily a singer but has also done acting, directing, writing and fashion designing.

Celine Dion

Celine Dion had a five year gig at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas which has made her a great deal of her wealth but this alone has not led to a net worth of $250 million. She has also sold approximately 140 million albums worldwide with her single for James Cameron's blockbuster hit, Titanic selling over 15 million copies. I get tears in my eyes every time I hear the song My Heart Will Go On. It is both synonymous with sadness and romance.

Gisele Bundchen

Joint with her husband, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, they are one of the highest paid couples in America. Gisele alone is the highest paid model and she is praised for ending the "heroin chic" era of models that Kate Moss was a key leader of. She uses her wealth, fame and beauty for a good cause as a goodwill ambassador for the UN Environment Programme. Her five year relationship with Leonardo DiCaprio ended in 2005 but whilst they were together in 2004 they made People's annual Most Beautiful Couple list. 

Miuccia Prada

This fashion designer and entrepreneur is not just the youngest granddaughter of the brand's founder, Mario Prada but she also has a Ph.D. in political science. She was known to be a member of the Communist party and fought for women's rights in the 1970s. She has also added her own twist to the eponymous brand that is know globally as well as starting another now global label Miu Miu. With a net worth of $6,800,000,000 she is one of the richest women in fashion.

Sara Blakely

The world’s youngest female billionaire made her fortune through the revolutionary underwear, Spanx. Whilst attending Florida State University she worked part time at Disney World. I love it when wealthy women join together like when Sara Blakely appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show in 2006 and donated $1 million to Oprah Winfrey’s Leadership Academy. 

Donna Karen

Karan grew up already with a slight insight into the fashion industry as her mother was a model and her father was tailor. We are advised to start young, especially if you want to enter a field as competitive as fashion design. Nowadays it is relatively simple to set up a website selling clothes that you have designed and/or made however, in 1962 when Karan was fourteen it was not so simple yet this is the age that she started to sell clothes. Karan said she would never design something that she would not wear herself and is a strong believer in comfort however, has been attacked by animal rights activists over the use of fur in her clothing.

Garance Dore

In June 2006, French fashion illustrator, Garance Dore set up a fashion blog with the same name. Since then her blog has sparked a whole career that involves shooting editorials, ad campaigns, videos and giving talks and consulting for international brands. She posts little snippets of her life- things that inspire her, things that make her laugh and things that get her thinking. I recommend that you go take a look at this blog. As I write this, the most recent post is an interview with a Vogue fashion writer that I find particularly compelling because a Vogue fashion writer is literally my dream job.

Chiara Ferragni

Along with being beautiful with a breathtaking wardrobe and a great sense of style Italian, Chiara Ferragni has a fabulously successful fashion blog, The Blonde Salad, which boasts 104,736 followers on Bloglovin’. I WANT TO BE HER. She started her fashion blog in October 2009 and since then has achieved a number of things. She posts personal style photos everyday with captions in both English and Italian. This is a blog that I visit frequently to admire the photographs and get style inspiration if I’m stuck on what to wear.

Alix Bancourt

Parisian Alix Bancourt has been blogging on The Cherry Blossom Girl since 2007 and described her style as romantic with lots of pastels, embroidery, flower prints and pleats. When she isn’t blogging she designs ready to wear women’s clothing. She also likes to ride her bike around Paris and go for picnics. One of her favourite blogs is Rumi Neely’s Fashion Toast which I have discussed below. She studied fashion in Paris for three years; specialising in haute couture.

Emily Schuman

Emily Schuman’s first book is due to come out August this year. She is a full time blogger on Cupcakes and Cashmere. Her job entails partnerships, design collaborations and web consulting. Whilst she studied sociology and media studies, her top tips on pursuing a career in fashion are 1. Get as much experience as you can 2. Work hard 3. Be focused. Her tips for blogging are different; 1. Post often 2. Provide compelling photos 3. Make sure it is easy to read 4. Write about something you are truly passionate about. She makes a living off her blog by displaying advertisements on the site, selective affiliate links, marketing consultations and collaborations. Image from:

Rumi Neely

This is another of my favourite blogs purely because the photographs are consistently so inspiring. She started her blog, Fashion Toast, in 2008 and by 2009 it was already a great success. She is also represented by NEXT modelling agency and seems to always be travelling around the world (often to Japan) which makes her blog’s content consistently intriguing. In February 2011 she won both the Best Personal Style Blog and Blog of the Year at the Bloglovin’ awards.

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