This weeks Lolita Blog Carnival topic is a really interesting one, at least for me, because inspiration is simply essential to my style and life in general. I love to get inspired, and hope you do too, because here we go!
Marie Antoinette's tragic fate inspires me endlessly. And even today, she is the victim of the propaganda spread of her, e.g. many people still believe that she actually said "Let them eat cake" (which she did not do). But besides that, she was also a beauty icon of her own days, her elegance and sense of style vastly admired in France and abroad. She will always have a special place in my heart.
Madame de Pompadour
Another icon of the Rococo era, ans she is, like Marie Antoinette, too little appreciated. Madame de Pompadour became the King's mistress with her amazing beauty, but also with her wit. She was really intelligent lady who loved litarature, music and arts - and is therefore often pictured with a book or music sheet in her hand. Such was her influence over the King and the country (at one point she practically ruled the whole France!), that her tastes and preferences shaped the Rococo to be what it was, and is. Her fate was a tragical one, too - she was exhausted by always trying to please the King and to keep her position, and so she died, just 43 years old, hated and blamed by all the people for France's poor situation.
Elizabeth I was also a great beauty of her time - her elegance by no means lessened by the fact that she was the Queen of England, a very powerful woman indeed. Even today, she is considered to be one of England's greatest monarchs of all time. Her journey to the throne is a very thrilling tale, full of dangers, death and conspiracies. In the end, she ruled as well - or even better - than any man, and lead England to a Golden Era. Like in all great stories, there are some sad elements in her story as well. The love of her life was found out to have plotted againts her. Elizabeth let him live to remind her never to trust a man again. She didn't want to share her power with anyone, and so she never married, and never had an heir. That was the end of the Tudor dynasty.
When you look at Audrey Hepburns's huge, bambi-like eyes, it's hard not to love her. She was such a beautiful, talented and kind woman. Besides her films, she was also known for her work for charity. Her childhood dream was to become a ballerina, but she suffered hunger and could not train ballet during the Wold War II, and she fell behind in her studies and was never able to catch up with other girls of her age. She never forgot what she'd been through, and wanted to help other children suffering from hunger, and so she became Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF. Audrey also has some very inspiring thoughts about beauty and life. Here's one of my favorite quotes from her: "For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."
Well, she is by no means my idol or anything, but she is the only actual lolidol who inspires me. Misako is known for her modeling to the lolita brand Baby, the Stars Shine Bright, and recently she got into music business with artist name Lolitina - and with one very dull song, that's been autotuned to Hell and back again. But still, Misako's style is very lovely and sweet, she's a very traditional lolita and yet her outfits never seem boring. They, like her hair and makeup, are always fresh and trés chic.
My Frilly Friends
Last but not least, all of my friends, who also dress in lolita, are so inspiring! They all have their unique styles, talents and wonderful personalities. They love what they do, and you can clearly see it in the amount of effort they put into each of their outfits. Also, without them I don't think I'd even be wearing lolita anymore. Without them, lolita would not be the same for me - or at least it wouldn't be so much fun! (So, to you my dearest frilly girls I say: thank you! ♥)
Who inspires you, my dear readers? Please share your thoughts in the comments!
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