Diana Vreeland, a genius editor who transformed the pages of Harper's Bazaar in the years between 1936 - 1962, and is a woman who happens to be one of my role models in many aspects of life.
I recently watched a movie documenting the editor's life in the field of fashion as well as her personal family life, and how she was like as a person (for those of you interested to watch it, it is titled 'The eye has to travel') and was drawn into her perception of her long lasting marriage to Thomas Reed Vreeland whom she was visibly madly in love with.
The trait which fascinated me the most about Vreeland's description of her love towards her husband was the fact that she called him 'glamorous', which is something - in her eyes - he maintained for their 40 year long marriage.
She was also a true feminine figure at her core, regardless of her tough exterior, which is something I admire tremendously. Femininity is a characteristic which I honestly find rarely present.
The way Vreeland expressed her feelings towards her significant other was marvelous, made me look forward to falling in love! She views love as a glamorous adventure, which is something we are both very fond of. The fact that she remained slightly shy of her husband ever after all the years they've spent together is something I feel like I will be able to relate to. It is the burning passion which kept her wanting to always make him happy.
“You know the greatest thing is passion, without it what have you got? I mean if you love someone you can love them as much as you can love them but if it isn’t a passion, it isn’t burning, it isn’t on fire, you haven’t lived.”
She also wasn't afraid to say that her husband was the first person to make her feel beautiful, especially after being raised by a mother who never made her feel pretty as a young girl, preferring her sister's looks over hers.
The one thing I mostly admire about Vreeland's view on love, is her desire to never settle for the ordinary. If it wasn't love that makes your heart burn with passion, she would not want it at all.
Happy Valentines Day