The sixites fashion icon was born Edith Minturn Sedgwick on April 20, 1943. Had she lived beyond the age of 30, the heiress, socialite, and model, better known as Edie Sedgwick, would have turned 72 today. Although her family was prestigious and wealthy, Sedgwick had a troubled childhood. She suffered from anoexeria at a very young age and was committed to several mental hospitals. There's no doubt that Sedgwick was very popular, but it seems that she often fell out with people throughout her short life. Her friendship with Andy Warhol made her famous, but their friendship didn't last. The same goes for her brief alleged relationship with Bob Dylan (which he will not admit to).
It's certain that she was troubled and lonely, but it's also certain that she was undeniably fabulous and a total fashion icon. No matter what she was going through in her life, Sedgwick was always charming on film and in her interviews. Her beauty look is still being copied and reinvented by nearly every up-and-coming actress in Hollywood. Edie Sedgwick was the O.G. Chelsea girl (after all, she called the Chelsea Hotel home). I find it incredible that despite her challenges, she always managed to look effortlessly beautiful. Her honesty about her life and her acceptance of her short-comings was refreshing. Sedgwick was a very self-aware individual who might have been a little out there, but at least she knew her own mind.
Here are 7 quotes from the fashion and beauty icon in honor of her birthday.
"You care enough, that you want your life to be fulfilled in a living way, not in a painting way, not in a writing way…you really do want it to be involving in living, corresponding with other living objects, moving, changing, that kind of thing."
On The Future
“In the year 2000 you’re going to have a problem…Leisure time will be a problem in the year 2000. I just want you to realize, I just want to make sure that you know of it now.”
On Being A Realist
"It's sort of like a mockery in a way of reality because they think everything is smiles and sweetness and flowers when there is something bitter to taste. And to pretend there isn't is foolish."
"I act this way because that's the way I feel like acting. If people like it, fine. If they don't, that's their problem."
“I’m in love with everyone I’ve ever met in one way or another. I’m just a crazy, unhinged disaster of a human being.”
On Being A Trendsetter
"While I was girl of the year and superstar and all that crap, everything I did was really...motivated by psychological disturbance. But I'd, I'd make a mask out of my face because I didnt realize I was quite beautiful...I had to wear heavy black eyelashes like bat wings and dark lines under my eyes. Cut all my hair off, my long dark hair, cut it off and strip it silver and blond. All these little maneuvers I did out of things that were happening in my life that upset me. I'd freak out in a very physical way, and...it was all taken in a fashion trend."
“Fashion as a whole is a farce, completely. The people behind it are perverted, the styles are created by freaked out people, just natural weirdos.”
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