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Queen Elizabeth II. The fashion (and attitude) lessons from this pop icon

“I want to be famous like the Queen of England” – Andy Warhol used to say, referring to the Elizabeth II. There’s no denying that Her Majesty has spent seven decades solidifying her image as, among other things, an unshakable pop symbol.

From the monochromatic looks to the platinum white hair, without retouching, from the usual red or pink lipstick, to the countless hat models he presented to the world… Not to mention his traditional rectangular bags, whose replicas were sold by the thousands. to his subjects. There is a list of fashion and beauty lessons that the monarch left behind.

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The legacy of fashion and beauty: 7 inspirations

Talking about a woman of so many times, who crossed generations to inspire not only for her leadership role, perhaps implies talking about her elegance. She was not a trendsetter, given her role as a sovereign, but she was also a source of inspiration in fashion and beauty. He doubts? Then follow the lessons that Isabel II left us.

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Lipstick, always. Pink, preferably

If there’s one beauty product that was the queen’s public company throughout her entire career, there’s no doubt about it: it was lipstick. It never failed and there were several situations in which, in the face of all the spotlight, she retouched it with her hand mirror.

From pink to red, the brightest shades have always been a problem for Her Majesty.

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White hair, no retouching

The monarch passed through time without giving in to questions of aesthetic standard. She has aged as the years have allowed her and it was enough to look at her skin and hair to realize that the pattern was built for her.

In the strands, it went from natural brown to gray, until it reached the platinum that marked its image in recent years. The cut has remained more or less the same, since youth – sober and symmetrical.

She was queen until she was 96 years old and if any aesthetic characteristic marked her public appearances, without a doubt, her skin was one of them – impeccably hydrated.

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Bags that made history

Throughout its 70-year reign, there was one accessory that never failed: the bag of choice.

the queen’s suitcase

Produced by the British brand Launer London, the traditional rectangular model maintains its position as an icon of style and elegance, conquering women all over the world.

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The hat could never be missing

The hat was that accessory that became a registered trademark of the monarch – we would even say that her collection brings together pieces worthy of exhibition in museums.

But did you know that, in addition to being a traditional item in the queen’s closet, it carried other functions? Protecting them from the sun during long public appearances was one of them, but there is more: the brightly colored feathers, in more or less gaudy colors, served to distinguish royalty.

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Scarves were never too much

While the hat was that fashionable item highlighted for big events, the scarves went through Her Majesty’s history during her most casual moments – such as the walks in the countryside, in which she was so often photographed and which she loved so much.

From pastel tones to the most gaudy, its monochromatic look has always been right. From top to bottom, a single tone and the same royal elegance that has been seen throughout 70 years of reign.

Red, violet, turquoise, neon green, pink (blush or fuchsia) were some of the colors that marked the public appearances of the queen’s last years.

the pop icon

queen of england

Of course, it was never just a fashion and beauty legacy. Even in her old age, Isabel II jumped walls, broke barriers and delighted fans of the monarchy. The series “The Crown”, the film “The Queen”, the song “God Save The Queen”, by the punk group Sex The Pistols, the countless portraits made by the biggest names in British painting – and even by the artist (alternative and pop) Banksy. Who doesn’t remember the portrait of the queen, in a very Ziggy Stardust version, inspired by the iconic David Bowie?

Whether you like it more or you like it less… The truth is that the years have only helped to create an image destined to mark history.

Follow the great lessons of the British monarch, which go far beyond her fashion choices.

the supreme feminist

Olivia Colman, actress who played Queen Elizabeth II in the fifth season of the successful series The Crown, and Oscar winner, defined her immersion in the monarchic character as surprising. “The ultimate feminist”, were the words she used to describe what she discovered while wearing the skin of the queen.

Isabel II was not a declared feminist, it is a fact. She did not use words to clearly defend women’s rights (at least not in politics) and was, more than once, involved in disruptive moments that called into question the position of women like Diana and Meghan Markle – important characters in her clan. . But we need to remember that her entire public movement was based on supreme subtlety.

So what makes Elisabeth a feminist figure? Now, let’s look at 5 facts. They speak for themselves.

In the royal family, she was the first woman to serve in the Armed Forces.

Isabel II was the only Head of State in the world to serve during World War II. She was also, within the British royal family, the first woman to serve in the Armed Forces.

He was responsible for driving trucks and even learned to fix cars during the historic conflict.

drove a car with the king of saudi arabia

If you don’t remember, let’s remember this historic episode: during the visit of the Head of State of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah, Elizabeth II took the wheel and took the guest on a tour of her estate in Balmoral, Scotland. The place of the hanger was purposely taken by the leader of a country where, at the time (2003), women did not have the right to drive.

Changed the rules of succession to the throne

Until 2011 the rules of the monarchy were clear: the heir, with the right to the throne, would always be the (male) firstborn of the monarch. The queen turned around the question of gender: from then on, if her grandson William had a firstborn, she would be nominated for the highest post of the British monarchy.

She always walked “ahead” of her husband

According to the protocol that governs the tradition of the royal family, the family always walks in an order of “importance” in the hierarchy. Thus, the queen was always ahead of Prince Philip, who died in 2021.

The order respects the line of succession to the throne of England, that is, Elizabeth always came before Philip, Charles, Camilla, William and Kate.

Paid higher wages to women

Isabel II promoted equal pay and valued female work.

The UK Equality and Human Rights Commission in 2018 made public a report that showed the Queen paid women higher wages – despite employing more men in higher positions.

Among employees of the British Royal House at the time, women were paid 8.3% more per hour.

It was a symbol of female leadership

Perhaps this is Isabel II’s greatest achievement, as far as feminism is concerned: to occupy the space she occupied. To be a top leader, a distinguished woman at the top, alongside great world leaders (in general, men).

Fun fact: in 2015, in London, the Queen was the opening speech of the 100th meeting of the Women’s Institute (WI), at the Royal Albert Hall. Her speech celebrated the achievements of women over the last century.

Monarchical subtlety in political messages to the world

The queen’s attitudes were great even before the end of her monarchy. It is hard not to remember that, in March of this year, after overcoming Covid-19, Isabel received the Prime Minister of Canada, on a visit to the United Kingdom to discuss the situation in Ukraine with Boris Johnson. In the official photo, behind the Queen and Justin Trudeau, a huge vase with yellow and blue flowers – colors of Ukraine – stood out. A subtle, but not silent, message of solidarity with the country invaded by Russia in February.

During the same month, the Queen donated a generous amount, of an unannounced amount, to a platform of support and humanitarian actions that provide support to Ukrainian refugees. It should be remembered that the sovereign was also known for her donations to humanitarian causes.

Did he know the great lessons of Queen Elizabeth II? We close with a conviction: between admirers and aversions, wars, marriages and divorces, paparazzipolemics and great crises, the longest reign in the history of England has a lot to teach, even today, about branding personal, style and image, but marks the history, too, for being a case successful in terms of diplomacy, loyalty and overcoming – in the feminine.

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