THE SWAN- Gloria Vanderbilt

gloria vanderbilt is many things- an heiress, a painter, an actor, a designer, a model, a writer, an entrepreneur, a survivor, an icon- a swan!

Gloria Vanderbilt was born in 1924 into a world of great wealth and privilege, her father died when she was an infant and her mother was unprepared to be a mother. you might remember she was the center of a custody dispute in which her aunt succeeded in taking Gloria away from her own mother! this was only the beginning!

gloria went on to act, decorate, paint, design jeans, launch 8 fragrances. she married four times and had four sons, one of them being the news anchor anderson cooper.

her brand logo was a swan- so fitting! petite with a long swan like neck, an iconic bob, thick brows, a perfect nose!

Gloria Vanderbilt, from a time and place that no longer exists- a great American beauty, a survivor, a style icon- the last of the swans!

photographs from the book the world of gloria vanderbilt

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  1. I love these PHOTOS, ESPECIALLY THE ONES OF HER YOUNG. i LOVE HER LIFE STORY, SHE HAD IT SO BAD DESPITE HER WEALTH, BUT SHE CARRIES ON WITH SUCH GRACE AND GOODNESS. sHE IS SUCH A MIX OF HER FATHER AND MOTHER’S LOOKS, HER FATHER’S FEATURES WITH HER MOTHER’S COLOURING. HER MOTHER AND HER TWIN SISTER WERE DIVINE, ABSOLUTELY IDENTICAL AND OF COURSE HER AUNT WAS THE MISTRESS OF THE PRINCE OF WALES BEFORE MRS SIMPSON. WHAT A HISTORY. tHANK YOU.

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  2. GLORIA, indeed a woman I so admired …She lived a lovely life and at times a very sad life. She was always a lady, charming and a wonderful mother….A woman who still can make heads turn …
    The photo with here wearing the beautiful v shape diamonds I still
    have the magazine from 2006. Great piece!!!

    Maureen Sullivan Stemberg, Interiors on   /   Reply
  3. I never followed Gloria Vanderbilt much. I’ve seen her iconic Jean’s commercials and recent appearances. I’ve seen others play her has the poor little rich girl, but I’ve never seen her as a young woman and socialite. What a beauty, and I must confess to getting chills seeing her with her two young sons, knowing the horror she endured when losing one. How proud she must be of Anderson!

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