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Today we're celebrating fashion's leading lady, Coco Chanel. On this day, the French designer and businesswoman, who founded the Chanel brand, would have been 133 years old.

As a designer and style icon for the ages, Chanel set a gold standard for dressing that is still appreciated today. She defined what it means to be chic and reminded us that “a girl should be two things: classy and fabulous” (both of which, Chanel absolutely was). In 1971, Chanel passed away at the age of 87 in Paris, where she spent much of her life building and reviving her fashion empire.

During her life, Chanel was a lady of her word, an advocate for women, and unafraid to speak her mind. Full of conviction and confidence, the designer is still fondly remembered for some of her most iconic quotes. And so, in honor of what would have been her 133rd birthday, we’ve rounded up our favorite signature Coco Chanel quotes that reflect a little of her wit and wisdom:


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