Lesser-Known Jacqueline Kennedy: Outshadowed By Her Husbands, Little By Little She Became Powerful And Wealthy

Even though President Kennedy didn’t hold the post for long, John and Jacqueline were considered one of the exemplary couples of their time, and then-First Lady has remained an icon of style and femininity, as well as a woman of unblemished reputation and a role model. Charity and social work were not all she did. Perhaps, somebody will find her shrewd or even greedy, but she led her life as she saw fit.

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When 24-year-old Jacqueline Bouvier was marrying John Kennedy, she was quite a successful journalist - in 1953 she was commissioned to cover the coronation of Elizabeth II. Elegant and cute she immediately became one of the most popular spouses of politicians of her time. However, few people know that her life could have gone a completely different way. Shortly before the engagement with the senator, she was in a relationship with a stockbroker, John Husted.

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The couple was about to get married, but Jackie informed the young man of her decision to part. Ironically, she did it at a party they threw to announce their engagement. The reason turned out to be very unpoetic - Husted's annual income was only $ 17,000, as the mother of the future first lady, who had faced her share of financial difficulties, managed to find out.

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On becoming the wife of an influential and wealthy man, Jackie began to form her wardrobe with all the care and thoroughness. It favorably differed from the wives of Kennedy's colleagues and entourage, even though Jackie didn’t possess either particular femininity or beauty.

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In just 4 years, from 1959 to 1963, she showed dozens of stylish looks that had a big impact of the fashion industry. About 80 items of her garments were shown in one of the ex-First Lady exhibitions in the New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Jackie loved French fashion, which she turned into a timeless trend, but which also sparked some indignation during her husband's campaign.

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The USA voters discussed that Mrs. Kennedy with her mother-in-law spent about $ 30,000 combined - a huge amount for that time. They didn’t know that in fact most of the “brand” clothes were not more than skillful copies by local tailors. Besides, after wearing a suit or a dress a few times the First Lady used to sell it to a commission shop, saving money for a new purchase and putting some funds aside.

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Until the death of her second husband, Aristotle Onassis, in 1975 Jackie was well provided for. At the age of 46, when she became a widow for the second time inheriting a substantial fortune, she decided to return to the fulfilling career. The former First Lady became an editor in successful publisher Viking Press. For 16 years, Jackie regularly met with authors and agents at her office. It was thanks to her that the world saw quite a few best-sellers. She was also actively involved in preserving the historical heritage – for 20 years she was trying to save the oldest railway station in New York from demolition and for some time resisted the construction of a skyscraper, which would cast a huge shadow on the Central Park.

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Jackie Kennedy was often criticized throughout her life – she was called wasteful, prudent and even insincere. However, all that time outshadowed by her influential spouses she managed to achieve much more than anybody could have expected.

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