Jackie Kennedy: A Life in Pictures

Mother, First Lady, Style Icon, Trailblazer, Patron of the Arts barely scratch the surface when describing Jackie.  On what would have been her 89th birthday, here is a collection of photos celebrating her life and a legacy that remains strong.

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Origin Story: My Jackie Kennedy Onassis Obsession

It all started with a homework assignment. We had to choose a historical figure, dress up as said historical figure, write and present a book report to the class. I remember going to the library that evening after school with my mom to select a biography. I’m pretty sure I picked it out, but I do remember the picture of a little girl and a horse that got my attention.

I saw that Jackie had dark hair like me and I liked horses enough. My Mom sealed the deal when she mentioned how Jackie looked like her mom. I worship my Grandma, so SOLD! Jackie, it is. A few weeks later, I wore my mom’s red blazer, some leggings, and tall boots capturing Jackie’s equestrian look, and read my book report to a room of unimpressed 10-year-olds. Kids, am I right?

Sadly, just a few years later she would pass away at age 64 from cancer. I remember my Dad got me a commemorative issue of Star Magazine filled with pictures of her that I still have to this day. Anytime I see a Vanity Fair, People, TIME issue celebrating Jackie or John F. Kennedy’s life, there is no hesitation – I must own it.  That tabloid was my gateway drug to all things Kennedy.

To me and so many others, Jackie is the epitome of grace, glamour, and strength. Her style is somehow classic and unique at the same time, and I plan on copying it for the rest of my life.

Here are some of favorite pictures of Jackie through the years: