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Wallis Simpson: Princess of the paparazzi

Posted by: | September 17, 2012 | No Comment |

Is Kate Middleton pregnant? What about all those topless photos? While there’s a prominent media frenzy surrounding Great Britain’s favorite royal, the duchess is certainly not the first monarch to get media coverage.

In the mid-20th century, Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, was a staple in the early British tabloids. The Baltimore native’s relationship with Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (formerly King Edward VIII) resulted in him abdicated his throne in 1937. While the socialite was less than adored by the royal family, she was a paparazzi favorite.

In congruence with her whirlwind royal romance, Simpson became well-known for her sartorial influence. The press often caught her dressed to the nines, and always with sparkling brooches by Cartier. “Mrs. Ernest Simpson is now the best-dressed woman in town,” said British Vogue.

Becoming TIME magazine’s first “Woman of the Year” in 1936 for her press coverage made Simpson one of the world’s first media darlings.

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