Not sure how I heard about Marianne Faithfull, but as soon as I saw a picture of her I knew she had to be my next icon - she's so adorable! I soon found out that underneath her darling, girl-next-door exterior, Marianne was quite the mess.
Marianne was a wife and mother at age 19. When Rolling Stone's Manager discovered her at a London party in 1963, her life began to change. She soon released her first single "As Tears Go By". In 1965, Marianne left her husband for Mick Jagger and quickly fell into a life of substance abuse. She was the muse behind several Rolling Stone hits including "You Can't Always Get What You Want".
Marianne ended her relationship with Mick Jagger in 1970, but her personal life continued to decline. She lost custody of her son and lived on the streets of London, suffering severely with heroin addiction and anorexia. From 1970 - 1987 she was in and out of numerous rehabilitation centers including Hazelden Clinic in Minnesota (very close to where I live/work).
Though her voice was not the same from years of drug abuse, some fans were fond of her gravely voice and new jazzy-bluezy sound. Within the last few years, Marianne's health struggles with breast cancer and Hepatitis C has stifled her ability to perform often, though she does continue to tour when able. She's also made several movie appearances including a role in Marie Antoinette in 2006 starring Kirsten Dunst.
Pictures of her in the early years of her career don't really reflect to me what her life truly was at the time. She appears very sweet and innocent. Has a darling smile. A girl I could get to know. Her style closely parallels the trends I love today: girly and flirty and fun. Short dresses paired with boots or t-straps. Belts and buttons. Love the feather boa accessory too.
What can we learn from the life of Marianne Faithfull? Perhaps that life is full of second chances. For people and style alike.