“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”

Coco Chanel (Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel (1883 – 1971))
Coco Chanel, one of the most glamorous women in history, began life in an orphanage. After the death of her mother, she was left with nuns. But here she learned to sew, and obtained the education that would fuel her legendary career. Her name, “Coco” is allegedly taken from the French word, cocotte; the French word for ‘kept woman.’ However, she never married and said, “I never wanted to weigh more heavily on a man than a bird.” She was a hunter and a fisherwoman and designed a fish and tackle set. She promoted women wearing pants for ease and comfort; and helped to liberate women through fashion. Coco became an icon and her vision brought her millions, “How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something, but to be someone.”