Jacqueline Kennedy was, is and will be an icon of elegance and good manners.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (Jackie) has been one of the most famous First Ladies in U.S. and an eternal icon of elegance worldwide. Today Yareah magazine remembers her.
Jacqueline Kennedy (Jackie)
Jacqueline Lee Bouvier was born in 1933 in Southampton, New York, rich father, beautiful mother, her life was going to be easy. However, any life is so easy. Then, her parents divorced soon and she had to divide her time between their father’s homes in New York City and Long Island and their mother’s complains about men who cheat women, as her ex-husband. Maybe to keep balanced in this atmosphere, Jacqueline (Jackie) refuged herself in her studies, and she will continue studying all of her life: arts, French literature, American History… Also, she became an enthusiastic equestrienne,
Following her graduation, Jacqueline was hired as “Inquiring Photographer” for The Washington Times-Herald, a job which allows her to know important people and to have press contacts, a very important point in her public future.
Being in this smart society, smart men fell in love with a so nice young woman, one of them was U.S. representative and future senator John Kennedy. They were married on September 12, 1953, at St. Mary’s Church in Newport, Rhode Island, in a Mass celebrated by Boston’s Archbishop Richard Cushing. The wedding was considered the social event of the season with an estimated 700 guests at the ceremony and 1,200 at the reception that followed at Hammersmith Farm. Yes, again and in a superficial analyses, we can consider her life easy. However, Kennedy cheated her from the beginning, relationships with her in-laws were difficult, and she has several aborts. Furthermore, Kennedy’s health was not good at all and in 1954, he underwent two delicate spinal operations which almost proved fatal.
Firstly, the couple lived in McLean, Virginia and afterwards, in a townhouse on N Street in Georgetown. There, Jacqueline Kennedy’s two children (Caroline and John) were born.
On January 3, 1960, John Kennedy announced his candidacy for the Presidency and launched his nationwide campaign. The well-read Jackie help him and she even could give speeches in Spanish, French, Italian and Polish… However, from then on and in spite she was pregnant, Jacqueline Kennedy was a symbol of elegance and her appearances on TV a complete success.
In the general election on November 8, 1960, John F. Kennedy was the new U.S. President and Jacqueline Kennedy one of the youngest first ladies in U.S. History. Here, it started her legend and she turned into an icon for American women and for European too. ‘Who is the man escorting Jackie?’ His husband, as a joke, told that people asked when they were in Paris.
Of course, Jacqueline Kennedy is remembered by her taste in clothing and in fact, she was motor in the 60’s fashion. But she is also remembered for reorganizing entertainment for White House social events, restoring the interior of the presidential home, and leading the country in mourning after JFK’s 1963 assassination.
Her elegance and good manners made of her one of the most famous First Ladies of every time. Five years after JFK assassination, Jacqueline Kennedy married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. For the final two decades of her life, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis had a career as a book editor but she continued being cover in magazines all around the world.