5 Things You Didn't Know About Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

By: Clare Whitaker

There are few women who have the legacy and influence of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (1929-1994). She managed to quietly, but incomparably, change the world's perception of grace, class, and elegance. Her chic ensembles set the bar for aspiring style queens for generations to come. Jackie was a first lady, mother, sister, professional, equestrian, and American icon.

1. In her 1947 yearbook from Miss Porter’s, an all-girl school in Connecticut, Jackie wrote that her ambition was “to not be a housewife.” 

2. Prior to her marriage to JFK, Jackie was the “Inquiring Camera Girl” for the Washington Times Herald and covered the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. 

3. In 1951 Jackie won “Prix de Paris,” a Vogue magazine essay contest where she eloquently shared the “People I Wish I Had Known.” Included on her short list were Sergei Diaghilev, Charles Baudelaire, and Oscar Wilde.

4. Her famous pill pox hats were created by Halston who commented on her large head. 

5. An avid world traveler, Jackie was fluent in French, Spanish, and Italian.

What fun facts have you learned about Jackie over the years? We'd love to hear in the comments below!

(photo: Jackie at her desk)