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'Extraordinary Women': Coco Chanel's legacy lives on after 40 years

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World famous French fashion designer and founder of the Chanel brand, Coco Chanel died at the age of 87 in 1971, a wealthy but lonely woman according to “Extraordinary Women” which aired Sunday, Dec. 29.

Her legacy still lives on even after 40 years. The Coco Chanel brand still inspires women to live their dream.

Formally named, Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, she was born in 1883 and revolutionized the fashion world when she made her come back in 1954. Her controversial relationship with the Nazis had distanced her from the Parisians.

Dress shabbily, and they remember your dress
Dress impeccably, and they remember the woman. - Coco Chanel

This orphan girl had very humble beginnings. When Coco was 12, her mother died and her father gave her over to a boarding school. It is said that she made up stories of her biography to make herself appear from affluent beginnings.

The American working women embraced Chanel’s post war collection at the House of Chanel, and helped make her wealthy all over again. She is also known for her signature iconic fragrance Chanel No. 5 and her handbags.

Coco never married, but had numerous lovers. Her first love married another woman, but Coco remained his mistress. Coco became distraught after his unexpected early death.

Although her lifestyle is questionable, she made a tremendous impact on the lives of women in fashion and professionalism in the 20th century.

When Coco died, she was in her Hotel Ritz apartment and had taken her last injection of pain medicine with only her maid by her side.

Coco Chanel is remembered for her determination, social prominence and glamor.

What will your legacy be?

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