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This is part 5 of a 10 part mini-series dedicated to fashion icons who not only defined their fashion eras but whose sense of style has stood the test of time. You can see more of this series by clicking on the ‘Ultimate fashion icons’ tag.
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When looking back at 1970’s fashion icons, the first name that comes to mind is Farrah Fawcett. With her blond ‘feathered’ hair, gorgeous smile and Californian tan she was the ultimate 70’s sex kitten and became the symbol of a whole generation.
Although Farrah Fawcett first rose to fame when she played private detective Jill Monroe in the first season of the TV series Charlie’s Angels, it was the poster she shot in the same year that sent her to pop culture icon status. Picturing her in a red swimsuit, the photo was an instant success and soon featured on every teenager’s bedroom wall (you can even spot it in John Travolta’s bedroom in Saturday Night Fever). 12 million copies of the poster were sold worlwide.
It wasn’t only men who admired Farrah though. Women envied her athletic figure, sex appeal and most importantly, her hair style! Originally created by stylist Allen Edwards, Farrah’s layered haircut and its legendary ‘flick’ was copied by millions of women and came to be simply known at ‘The Farrah’.
Fresh faced and always smiling, Farrah represented the girl next door and as such her fashion style was relaxed. Her favorite look consisted of high-waisted jeans paired with blouses, tees or simple jumpers. She rarely wore a bra which only added to her sexy care-free image. She also knew how to glam things up in the evenings by picking dresses that would show off her killer figure. The gold chain-mail dress she wore at the 1978’s Academy Awards (designed by Stephen Burrows) remains one of her most iconic looks.
Farrah Fawcett died in 2009 following a three year battle with cancer. She documented her cancer journey as a way ‘to help and inspire people’. ‘Farrah’s story’ was watched by over 9 million people upon its screening. She will always be remembered not only as one of the most beautiful women in the world but one of its bravest too.
Signature items: High-waisted jeans, blouses and simple tees. One piece red swimsuit. Platform and skater shoes. No bras.
Hair and make up: Fresh faced, natural looking make up. Bronzer. Layered curls with an outward flick.