Women's History Month- 7 Feminist Fashion Icons We Love
The month of March is Women's History Month! Today and everyday it’s important to celebrate women and the fight for freedom to be authentically ourselves. Fashion has always been a unique way for women to reclaim their bodies and express themselves freely. Feminist icons have used fashion as a method of female liberation through iconic styles that make women feel both comfortable and beautiful. 🌈💖
The fashion world has been underrepresented in feminist’s seeking to empower, so let’s celebrate properly by giving these 7 fashion feminist icons (as well as ourselves) the adoration and praise they deserve.
Shirley Chisholm was the first Black woman in Congress. Born in Brooklyn, New York she possessed a powerful and bold personality as a woman of color living in the city. In 1968 she won a seat in Congress and represented her fellow women and BIPOC communities with passion and pride. Nicknamed “Fighting Shirely,” she did not deter from expressing herself despite constant discrimination. In a power move that set a movement for female politicians to come, Shirely owned colorful power suits that allowed her to stand out even more. She reclaimed her identity as the only Black female member of Congress through fashion that was as unique and powerful as she was.
Check out more about Shirely Chisholm in her autobiography Unbossed and Unbought or the tv show Mrs. America.
Mary Tyler Moore starred in the 1970s sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” This show was extremely groundbreaking as it showed an independent, never married woman in her 30s living on her own in Minneapolis. The show redefined women’s roles in Hollywood and broke down societal norms regarding women in the 70s. The show revolved around her friendships and work escapades and included conversations about body image, sex, and sexism. In order to get it right, the show employed twenty-five female writers who were then able to launch their own careers.
Mary Tyler Moore wore colorful and stylish outfits which always contributed to the show but were never the main point. Considering the shows massive popularity, she introduced new fashion trends and changed the trajectory of fashion both casually and in the work place.
Diana Frances Spencer (1961-1997)
Diana Spencer, famously known as Princess Diana, redefined the expectations of women in high positions. Known as a “woman of the people” she became a fashion icon for her casual and chic outfits introduced in a time when the royals and women in high positions were viewed less as humans and more as idyllic figures. She spoke comfortably and candidly with the press and other famous figures, standing up for herself when necessary.
She also became a trail-blazer in speaking out against her unhappy relationship and the decision to divorce and return to being an independent woman. She acted as a role model for women worried about their image in the public eye.
Carrie Bradshaw (Sex and the City 1998-2004)
Almost thirty years after “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” Carrie Bradshaw hit the screens in the revolutionary “Sex and the City.” Completely reclaiming femininity and female independence, the show follows four successful, single women around NYC in their sexcapades and friend drama. It introduced an image of women that was not yet deemed appropriate for the public eye.
Drinking, nudity, and all things Dior showed a complete dominance of personal choices and individuality. These women did and wore whatever they wanted and never questioned their worth.
We can’t talk about fashion without including the iconic Serena Williams and her contributions to the sports world and female athleticism. One of the best athletes of our time—man or woman—Serena has fought against sexist commentators trying to take her womanhood from her due to her strength. Her physical and mental strength is admiration and inspiration for little girls for years to come. Not to mention her iconic tennis outfits and hairstyles that allow her to express herself as more than just an athlete.
Her sponsorships with athletic brands have challenged their traditionally male, athletic image to include color, expression, and style.
Rose Byrne played Gloria Steinem in her 1970s battle for women’s rights in the series, "Mrs. America". For those of you that haven't seen it, we highly suggest you watch!
Gloria Steinem- the mother & queen of modern feminism. She inspired the women’s rights movements through the 60s & 70s & is considered a pioneer for feminism today. 😌 What women do you look up to?
Last but not least, Michelle Obama explored fashion as the First Lady in ways that normalized femininity and body positivity. Not only is she an extremely educated woman who offered inspiration through her work ethic and grace, but she also offered massive fashion inspiration. Her fashion included different patterns, materials, and styles never before explored by a woman in the White House. Her fashion choices ranged from The Gap to Gucci—and who could forget her iconic knee highs boots?
She normalized fashion exploration and expression in the White House and gained a massive fashion fan base during her book tour featuring iconic and stunning sets. Her legacy is so strong that she is still featured in magazines for her fashion statements and has multiple Vogue covers.