Clever, gutsy, and graceful in all that she did, Jackie is still remembered even decades after the she passed away for these reasons.
About 25 years ago, on May 19, 1994, the world had to bid farewell to the most admired first ladies that America has ever known. The legacy of Jacqueline Kennedy still lives on, because the magical effect she had on the world will be remembered for long; old generations will remember her and new generations will be told of how great she was.
“Mrs. Kennedy was that magic that you cannot explain,” Manolo Blahnik, a fashion designer, previously told People. “She typified America — just shining, full of optimism and intelligence.”
In Jackie Kennedy, the world saw a gracious woman with poise and intellect, becoming one of America's most iconic first ladies that the entire world idolized. She revolutionized the way the country looked at high fashion. But her style wasn't the only thing that made her stand out. These are the reasons that really set her apart and in the wake of her death anniversary, they add to the celebration of a truly inspiring woman.
When she was just a year old, her mother put Jackie a horse and this was the beginning of a strong passion for her. She was a great equestrienne and won several national championships by the age of 11, according to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library And Museum.
Before she even started going to school, she had finished reading all the children's books that were around her. When Jackie was in school, her teachers saw her rebellious side, too, and getting thrown out of the class became a regular thing. Miss Platt, one of her teachers, described her as "a darling child, the prettiest little girl, very clever, very artistic, and full of the devil." Miss Ethel Stringfellow wrote in one of Jackie's report cards, "Jacqueline was given a D in Form because her disturbing conduct in her geography class made it necessary to exclude her from the room."
She was the kind of woman who loved to delve into different cultures and she was fluent in French, Italian, and Spanish, according to Ranker. But that's not all. Jackie would help her husband, John F. Kennedy while he was in the Senate by translating French books for him. When she spoke to people during presidential campaigns, she was able to connect with them in the language they spoke, whether they were French or Spanish. She was able to garner so much attention as she traveled outside the country with her husband that once when they were in France, President JFK referred to himself as "the man who accompanied Jackie Kennedy to Paris", according to The Presidents' First Ladies.
Jackie Kennedy had a vision to restore the White House and made sure it came through in 1961. "Everything in the White House must have a reason for being there. It would be sacrilege merely to redecorate it—a word I hate," she said in an interview at the time. "It must be restored, and that has nothing to do with decoration. That is a question of scholarship." Once it came through, CBS Television had approached Jackie Kennedy and asked her to host a tour of the restored White House on television. And across the country, about 80 million people tuned into to watch the broadcast and Jackie went on to win a very special Emmy award for it.
Out of all the entries that came in, Jackie's entry was the one that won a junior editorship at Vogue magazine. But she quit on the very first day and eventually joined the Washington Times-Herald. She gradually built a reputation as the "Inquiring Photographer" while she went on interviewing different people, among whom Richard Nixon was one. After the death of her second husband, Jackie decided to build her career as a book editor and worked as a senior editor until she passed away, according to History.
Although she was one of the favorite targets for the paparazzi, Jackie wasn't afraid to stand up for herself. She dragged Ron Galella, who was infamous for following her around with a camera, to court and sued him. She won the high profile trial that forbade him from going anywhere within 25 feet of her. The photographer resorted to tricks for the second time, including using a measuring tape to make sure he was 25 feet away, but after he was dragged to court for a second time, he had to stop. giving Jackie got the first victory against the paparazzi that most celebrities are desperate for. It is also said that this was the incident that caused all the curiosity around paparazzi.
On the dreadful day of her husband's assassination in 1963, she wore a pink Chanel suit which was supposedly one of her husband's "particular favorites". With a steely resolve, she refused to change her suit even after it was splattered with her own husband's blood. “Oh, no … I want them to see what they have done to Jack," Jackie said. As reported by The Vintage News, Lady Bird, the wife of Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, described it as "one of the most poignant sights – that immaculate woman, exquisitely dressed, and caked in blood."