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I will be honest I love fashion. I love fabric, colours, texture, design, contrasts. I come from a family of artists and have grown up with a keen eye for these aesthetic qualities in not only clothes but also, furniture, architecture, landscape, hair design, graphics and even typography thanks to my sister.

Anna Wintor has been the editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine for over 40 years and arguably, the catalyst of the entire $300 billion fashion industry. This is a woman I was interested to learn more about; what makes her tick, her philosophies, motives and inspiration in life. However I found myself not really warming to her as a person. I respect her clear black and white decision-making process however it is longtime creative director Grace Coddington who clearly is the heart and soul of the magazine. She shows so much more passion for her craft and life in general, a down-to-earth hard-working woman that I believe really is the star of the documentary. She and Wintour started at Vogue on the same day in 1988, and have worked side by side ever since.

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As you maybe able to tell I love movies and documentaries with inspiring women and here is another favorite of mine about Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein who are, maybe, the most important makeup moxies who ever lived.

In a time when makeup was worn mostly by prostitutes and performers, these two women transformed the way women wear makeup and think about ourselves. Even more importantly, these women blew gender roles out of the water to rock the business world. Their colourful marketing, branding and product concepts where innovative and inspiring.

This documentary set in the 1930s showcases their lives, rivalry and how they conducted business including regular yoga and Pilates practices in their day spas. They created a holistic approach to beauty and a new way to live for western women.

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This is not a movie about fashion, this is the story of an amazingly strong determined woman who believed in herself! I loved this movie and have been inspired forever….. Coco is now one of my mentors in life.

Set in the 1890s she single handedly changed the way people dressed and more important how women felt about themselves. As a daringly free-spirited French woman who had nothing to lose as she was an orphan who followed her passion and her heart to become a house hold name. Coco had a strong character and was determined to be an independent woman, she is a role model for all young business women of today.

In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different. Coco Chanel

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