Since the formation of these United States, everyone knows that when a President is elected – his spouse is as much in the spotlight as him. From Martha Washington to Dr. Jill Biden, these women have influenced American History and woven themselves into the tapestry of this great nation’s psyche. This President’s day we pay homage to not just the great men who have served as President, but also their partners who stood beside them guiding and supporting them. Their sacrifice and determination is as noteworthy as the men who were voted into power. They are not just trend setters for citizens of USA but have managed to become icons and are in the spotlight for all the world to see. Their elegance and fashion influences millions, as they become emblems of class and sophistication.
Jackie Kennedy is perhaps the most iconic first lady as far as fashion was concerned. She became the poster girl for all things beautiful and was a patron of the arts. Her designer dresses and immaculate appearance made headlines. Her engagement ring was a large diamond and emerald ring and was the benchmark in high end jewelry. Every state visit was an occasion for people to ogle at what she would wear and as much speculation was made on her appearance as her husband’s take on foreign policy.
Martha Washington, was the first First Lady and was known for a very famous and intricate pocket watch – which set a trend amongst women in that era. Her amber necklace is on display in the Smithsonian Museum. Eleanor Roosevelt was known for her pearls that she wore at most occasions. She brought a very feminine look back in fashion. Mary Todd Lincoln was known to love seed pearl jewelry and was gifted a necklace and a pair of bracelets from Tiffany by her husband. This Rosette choker was gifted to her on his Presidential Inauguration. However, it was a half set to symbolize modesty and restraint ina troubling economic time. Similarly Barbara Bush was known to wear faux-pearls so that she didn’t distract from the mission of her charitable work.
Michelle Obama has been hailed as a modern-day Renaissance Woman whose work with at-risk youth only eclipsed her burgeoning reputation as a fashionista. Her jewelry was experimental and she was particular with her choice – making deliberate statements with her jewelry. Melania Trump, a former model had an ostentatious and elaborate diamond collection (being the wife of a billionaire).
These women may be known for the men who stand beside them and some might trivialize them to just merely the glamour that they brought to the office. But behind each woman is a vast body of work that is just as important as their husbands. The pearls and diamonds they wear might glisten and dazzle but the real gem is the woman who wears it.