1. She changed the face of women’s fashion forever. Ya know how women’s fashion revolved around corsets and pouffy skirts for a thousand years? And then suddenly, in the early 1900’s, modern fashion emerged and women started wearing normal clothes? That’s Chanel. She pioneered the modern look. She gave us the little black dress, trousers for women, straight skirts, black toe-capped shoes, quilted leather bags, bathing suits, the striped sailor top, costume jewelry, cardigans, and the classic collarless Chanel suit. Before her influence, women’s clothing was only sexy in so far as it created an exaggerated hourglass figure, showed off boobs, and combined as many colors, feathers, beads and baubles as a person could possibly cram on to a single dress. Then Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel, the rebellious French orphan raised by nuns (no joke, seriously), insisted that women’s clothing be simple, elegant, and above all, comfortable. She showed that this kind of clothing could be even more beautiful because it allows a woman to act more comfortably as herself, and after all, it’s the woman that makes the dress, not the other way around.