Did you know Edith Wharton was the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in 1921 for her novel The Age of Innocence, Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) was the first to win an Oscar for Best Director six years ago, and this year Taylor Swift became the first woman to win the ‘Album of the Year’ Grammy Award twice?
Today we’re not only celebrating ourselves, but also the many incredible women of the world. This is why we’ve put together a list of four of the chicest must-read books, each written by a strong, stylish and inspiring woman. You won’t be able to put any of these page-turners down and we promise they’ll continue to inspire you for months (or even years) to come.
With the motto ‘love is life is love,’ Diane Von Fustenberg uniquely captures the joys of life in her book and opens up about her childhood, old and current love affairs, travels, career, and last but not least, the inspirational women in her life who shaped her into the woman she is today. Her extraordinary life hasn’t always been as easy as dancing on roses, though. From her mother being a Holocaust survivor to her failed marriage to Prince Edward Egon and the hard steps it took to build an entire fashion empire on her own, her book reveals the set backs she had to overcome in order to push forward. Above all, The Woman I Wanted to Be is a story of strength, independence and creating one’s own destiny without looking back.
Quote: “Don’t dwell on the dark side of things, but look for the light and build around it. If one door closes, look for another one to open.”
As one of the world’s most famous stylists, who we all fell in love with when we saw her working beside Anna Wintour in The September Issue, Grace Coddington’s memoir is one to read. The book gives an inside view of Coddington’s job at Vogue, her circle of fashionable friends, and behind-the-scene glimpses of the glamorous and imaginative photoshoots she’s known for. However, most importantly, her memoir is another story of strength and overcoming. Grace shares intimate details of her childhood in Wales, the start of her career as a top model after moving to London as a young adult, and the unfortunate car accident that wrecked her face (and ended her modeling career) when she was 26 years old.
Quote: “Always keep your eyes open. Keep watching. Because whatever you see can inspire you.”
Leandra Medine is one of today’s most successful bloggers and her book is honest, funny and full of personality — just like her blog the Man Repeller. She’s always been one to experiment with fashion trends without caring about what others think, and she defines herself as a ‘man repeller,’ someone who ‘outfits herself in a sartorially offensive mode that may result in repelling members of the opposite sex’. The book talks about love, relationships and fashion in the most relatable way, and it reassures us that’s it’s okay to unapologetically embrace our own personalities and celebrate fashion without taking it too serious.
Quote: "It is enlightening, albeit intimidating, to think how much control we have over our own lives. But understanding it and treasuring it—treating it like the powerful entity that it is—is the key to happiness.”
Sophia Amoroso’s book is about being the boss of your own life and its pages are full of ambition, sass and feminine empowerment. At 17 years old, she chose adventure over education, and adapted a life on the road. She spent time hitchhiking, shoplifting, and eating out of trash cans, but 12 years later became the founder, creative director and CEO of Nasty Gal. Full of little reminders, like “there are secret opportunities hidden inside every failure,” her incredible story and inspirational words of wisdom encourage you to find your passions, pursue them without giving up.
Quote: "You create the world, blink by blink. It is entirely yours to discover and yours to create.”
Happy International Women’s Day!
P.s. Have you read any of these titles or do you have an amazing book to add to our list? Let’s talk about good reads and inspiring women!