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It’s no accident Jackie Kennedy became a style icon. The former First Lady customized her looks down to the very last inch — or quarter inch, to be precise.
In her upcoming memoir, Jackie’s Girl: My Life with the Kennedy Family ($17, amazon.com), Jackie’s former assistant reveals her extremely-exacting taste. From 1964 and 1977, Kathy McKeon lived at the widow’s Fifth Avenue apartment, maintaining her boss’s overflowing wardrobe.
“The bedroom walk-in closet was jam-packed with Madam’s everyday clothing, all arranged according to color,” McKeon writes. “I had never seen such a dazzling selection of shoes! London-look boots, pumps in every color, spotless sneakers for morning jogs around the reservoir.”
Their soles, however, possessed the most fascinating tidbit of all.
“More intriguing to me was the quarter-inch lift affixed to one heel on each pair of shoes, apparently meant to compensate for one leg being slightly shorter than the other,” she claims. “No one would have ever guessed.”
The now-72-year-old is right. Even Jackie’s biggest fans (and meticulous auctioneers) have missed that subtle adjustment. A grain of rice is taller than a quarter inch! In fact, we’re left wondering how she even noticed that difference herself.
Maybe that attention to detail explains why people still love Jackie’s legendary style today.