Posts tagged heroine
Posts tagged heroine
the only piece of relationship advice you’ll ever need
“It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.”
Happy Birthday Anne Frank!
~ 12 June 1929 – early March 1945 ~
“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.”
Billie Burke in Shadowland (Sep 1919-Feb 1920)
Today In History
‘Harriet Tubman, abolitionist, author, and engineer of the Underground Railroad, led Union Army guerillas into South Carolina and freed nearly 800 slaves on this date June 2 1863. Tubman was the first woman in U.S. history to command an armed military raid.’
“I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.” - Harriet Tubman
(photo: Harriet Tubman)
Natalie Wood’s eyes grow large with excitement over designer Edith Head’s new sketches
Happy Birthday Rosalind Russell!
(June 4, 1907-November 28, 1976)
Flops are a part of life’s menu and I’ve never been a girl to miss out on any courses.
On Sep 13, 1944, a princess from India lay dead at Dachau concentration camp. She had been tortured by the Nazis, then shot in the head. Her name was Noor Inayat Khan. The Germans knew her only as Nora Baker, a British spy who had gone into occupied France using the code name Madeline. She carried her transmitter from safe house to safe house with the Gestapo trailing her, providing communications for her Resistance unit.
Oh my God, yes. Let’s talk about Noor Inayat Khan.
- Wireless operators in France had a life expectancy of six weeks. Noor was actively transmitting for over three times as long.
- While she was in France, every other wireless operator in her network was slowly picked off until she was the last radio link between London and Paris. It was “the most dangerous and important post in France”.
- She was offered a way back to Britain and refused.
- In fact, in her transmissions to London, she once said that she was having the time of her life, and thanked them for giving her the opportunity to do this.
- She was captured by the Gestapo, but never gave up: she made three attempt escapes. One involved asking to take a bath, insisting on being allowed to close the door to preserve her modesty, and then clambering onto the roof of the Gestapo HQ in Paris.
- Her last word before being shot was, “Liberté!”
The term BAMF was coined for such persons.
“Banish from your consciousness all traditional images of what clothes should look like and follow Zandra through the gossamer mists. She’ll lead you down Rhodes of fashion fantasy seldom travelled.” Zandra Rhodes chiffon gown photographed by Art Kane for VIVA, February 1974. ✨
Vali Myers by Ed Van Der Elsken
Thanks to l’encroyable, magnifique James from Strange Flowers, I now know just how amazing Vali Myers was.
“I’ve sworn off bachelors. They’re boring, inconsiderate, pig-headed, stubborn spoiled mama’s boys who think they have a premium on women, which unfortunately they have— there being so many of us girls around. But one has got to make the most in a difficult situation, and that’s why women in desperation have turned to the married man. Married men are generous and discreet; they don’t make a fuss, they don’t stick around, and they let you have a career if you want one.” -Edith Beale, 1940s.
Photos by Man Ray, 1928
Hazel Scott (with Paul Robeson in the background) performing at a dinner in Brooklyn in honor of Hugh Mulzac, the first African American captain in the U.S. Navy to command an integrated crew during World War II. Photo: Joseph Schwartz/Corbis.