When I was 16 I read the Great Gatsby for the first time and immediately fell into a rabbit hole of 1920’s era glamour and mystique. Between the Golden Age and the flappers my already continued obsession with the history of CHANEL and it’s fearless creator and namesake Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel intensified.
There was something about the Great Gatsby that called to me. When I read Daisy Buchanan’s famous line, “I’m glad it’s a girl. And I hope she’ll be a fool—that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.” Something inside of me lit like a match.
Daisy was a smart girl who knew what she was doing despite public scrutiny. She had the pressures of society telling her to marry wealthy so she wouldn’t have to worry about her future yet she also had the new age pleasure-seeking desires of what most people refer to now as YOLO. The quote was so inspiring to me that I got it tattooed on my right side as a reminder to think with my heart and not with my head. Daisy didn’t want her daughter to be a fool in the sense that beauty would get her by in life, but more or less leading a carefree life without social pressure would make her happy.
Now as I’m getting older I find myself choosing between what society expects from me and what I want for me. From a young age we’re told to go to school, get a degree, work a 9-5 job, get married, have kids, etc;. But not all of us are programmed to want that. We’re coming up in an era where woman are starting to find their voice and put their foot down. They are stepping outside their comfort zone as Boss Babes and CEOs and able to lead the lives they want.
Here is where I begin my story as A Beautiful Little Fool.