The fear of failure is what often stands in the way of success, but that wasn’t the case for Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. Before Chanel became a world-renowned fashion designer, she was an orphan raised in a convent in the Auvergne region of France.
Taking risks and breaking boundaries was what led to her start of a fashion revolution, and the beginning of her success. At a young age, Chanel was brought up by nuns that showed her the ways to become a seamstress. Dissatisfied with a job that was going nowhere, she later on ran away from the convent and left to a military garrison town to become a cabaret singer.
“Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” – Coco Chanel
Although her dreams of fame was not granted to her in the form of being a singer, she fell in love with a man who later on supported her in opening her first hat store. Chanel’s fashion sense has always been unconventional, she sought the comfort of masculine attire over flamboyant dresses with corsets. She was often found wearing hats stripped of feather, and dresses shortened and simplified.
“There have been several Duchesses of Westminster—but there is only one Chanel!” – Coco Chanel’s rejection to a proposal
Chanel had many lovers, but she never settled down to be anyone’s wife. She freed herself of the expectations laid upon women as she stripped down the values and concepts of how a woman should behave and dress during the 1900s. She tore down the constraining attire for women made by men and redefined luxury. She had one goal in mind and that was to make comfort the top priority for women everywhere. This in turn inspired many other fashion designers preceding her and thus reinvented fashion for women.
Nowadays, when we’re trapped in a world where people’s judgement rings louder than the thoughts in your head, it’s easy to shy away from speaking your mind. But if you take that leap of faith and redefine the barriers that surround you, more often than not, you will find yourself liberated. Do not be afraid of the expectations that are thrown at you, you do not have to succumb to the restrictions society has defined. Only you can define yourself for there is only one you in this world, and when you embrace that, you will be freed of the limitations you’ve set for yourself.
“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” – Coco Chanel
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