Coco Chanel Essay

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Born in 1883 was an icon, an icon of fashion, an inspiration for many other icons, and a trademark for the world. Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel was born in Saumur, France on September 19, 1883. Although she was born in 1883, she disregards that information and claimed she was born in 1893, making her ten years younger. Along with that, she staked out a different place of birth, making it Auvergne. For many she is not only an inspiration, but also a source of many traditions. The impact on the world that she made is greater today than almost any name and/or company. With recognition, advancements, and the iconic history, Chanel has put her name on the top of the list for the fashion industry. For me, Chanel is more than an inspiration; she is a way of life. To come from nothing, and have everything and some is what most people think happens in life. But for Chanel, it was no option. She had no other way of going about her fame. Luckily, for her, fame fell into her hands, and she took it and ran. In life many people teach to follow the heart and keep reaching for a big dream, and sometimes many people say if the dream is not scary, it is not big enough. Chanel turned a reality, into a dream, and eventually it turned into a system, a way of life. The impact of the Chanel empire has left one of the largest, single most recognizable impressions from the beginning of its time, to this day. Being influential and empowering takes time and some sort of an effort, for Chanel, it simply took all she knew and a heart to keep pushing with what little she had (Bio.). Growing up in an orphanage, Coco Chanel did the best that she could to make the most out of it. When her mother died, Chanel was only six years old. That left her father with five young children who he then decided to feed off into close relatives of the family. But for Chanel, she was sent to an orphanage, the Catholic
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