in 3rd and 4th grade i had to do a
biographical presentation of a famous historical person.
with the insistence of my mother,
-who is ever.the unsolved.mystery.fanatic-
my outfit for both presentations
was nothing to write home about-
a pair of black pants and a white button up shirt,
my hair tied back in a tight ponytail,
a simple scarf.
if only my young self had had access to
which is laden with leather gloves and goggles,
pencil skirts, sweater dresses and heavy leggings,
short aviator jackets with zippers and fur collars,
long flowing scarves and sky high boots:
the kind of stuff dreams are made of.
images via style.com
in an age when young women were bound
by corsets and manners and propriety,
earhart's mother encouraged she and her sister
to romp around in bloomers,
and to dare to dream big.
after taking her first flight in 1920 she boldly announced,
"by the time i had got to two or three hundred feet off the ground,
i knew i had to fly."
upon signing up for aviation training, she fully assumed the role of aviatrix,
cropping her hair into a short manageable style, and sleeping in her
leather jacket to give it that well.worn look.
amelia images via style.com
after becoming the first woman to fly solo over the atlantic,
amelia earhart became a media darling, earning the nickname "queen of the air."
with future husband, george p. putnam at the helm of publicity,
she authored a book, wrote articles for cosmopolitan magazine
and endorsed her own line of wrinkle.free, steam.lined
clothing as well as luggage for the "active woman" under her initials 'a.e.'
what i admire most about ms. earhart is that
her answer to adventure (of any kind) was always, "yes,"
while her answer to adversity was always, "no."
and the fact that that even though her life may have ended in tragedy
with her mysterious disappearance over the pacific
after an attempt to circumnavigate the world in 1937,
her independent spirit and her memory will forever
be preserved as
beautiful and triumphant.
anyone dare to see film with me?
i won't take no for an answer.