Style muse Sarah Jessica Parker, hailing from small town Ohio of all places, has left an indelible mark on, and helped to define popular culture since the early 90s. A square peg no more, Sarah has been become interwoven into the lives, and closets, of millions of women around the world. You hear the name Manolo Blahnik and the image that comes to mind is not necessarily the shoe itself, but rather the woman, along with series stylist Patricia Field, who made the brand a household name—Sarah’s alter ego Carrie Bradshaw, her beloved character from the hit HBO series Sex and the City.
So how did this slight and unconventionally attractive gal get her start on the road to becoming the barometer for fashion over the past decade? One of eight children, Sarah has been doing plays and musicals from a very early age. One of her first key roles was the lead in the Broadway musical Annie, taking over the iconic role that launched Andrea McCardle’s career. From there, she went on to CBS television show “Square Pegs” – a relatable cult-classic for 80s teens.
Never looking back on her nerdy persona, Sarah went on to infiltrate the BIG screen appearing in films like Footloose, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Flight of the Navigator, and Honeymoon in Vegas. But her glam quotient (and her brand value) certainly seemed to rise with the “Sex and the City” television series and more recent films like Sex and the City 1 & 2, Failure to Launch, and The Family Stone. As a result she has amassed four Golden Globe Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and two Emmy Awards.
Even with so many awards, worldwide adoration, and every designer falling over themselves to outfit her perfect little frame, her most relatable title is wife, married to fellow film and Broadway actor Matthew Broderick now for 14 years, and mom to her three beautiful children James Wilkie, and twin daughters, Marion Loretta Elwell and Tabitha Hodge. Bucking tradition, like the fashionista we know and love, Sarah opted for a black wedding ensemble.
Far away from the glamorous clothes and blinding flash bulbs, Sarah is a steadfast solider for UNICEF and was even appointed in 1997 as an official Ambassador for the charity. Volunteerism is a huge part of Sarah’s fashionable fabric, and hopefully a timeless legacy she will pass on to her kids. Who needs fancy scarves, designer labels, pearls and yes, even Manolos, when you’ve got balance and substance. For all of these reasons, she is a DIVA We LOVE.
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