There was hidden symbolism aplenty in Meghan Markle's outfit for the Oprah interview (opens in new tab).
As Jill Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris (opens in new tab) demonstrated with aplomb on Inauguration Day, it's possible to use clothing to send out a much more powerful message than merely an appreciation for chic designer fashion. The First Lady shone a spotlight on the best sustainable fashion brands (opens in new tab)while Kamala promoted two black designers, namely Christopher John Rogers and Sergio Hudson. So it comes as no surprise that Meghan was mindful about choosing just the right details for her two-hour CBS interview with Oprah Winfrey.
As the shocking revelations stacked up - from the color of her then unborn child’s skin being called into question to a lack of protection against racist tabloid coverage - the meaning behind that Giorgio Armani white lotus print dress became more and more apparent.
According to Eastern tradition, the lotus flower signifies regeneration, enlightenment and rebirth. According to the Binghamton University Institute of Asia and Asian Diasporas, the lotus flower’s “characteristics are a perfect analogy for the human condition: even when its roots are in the dirtiest waters, the Lotus produces the most beautiful flower.”
Then there are the accessories - most notably, the diamond Cartier tennis bracelet that once belonged to Princess Diana, who gave a similarly explosive interview to the BBC in 1995 where she uttered the infamous line "there were three of us in this marriage". Alongside this bracelet was a Cartier Love bangle, which is "an iconic symbol of love that transgresses convention", according to the brand and nod perhaps to her relationship with Harry defying conventional restraints.
Meghan also chose to wear a $2,491 Aquamarine Triple Collete Set Pendant (opens in new tab)from Pippa Small, one of the best sustainable jewelry brands (opens in new tab), around her neck. In an interview with The Telegraph (opens in new tab), Small explained that the aquamarine stones on the necklace symbolize freedom and hope.
Pippa said: "Aquamarine is a very serene, positive stone. It's the color of the sky or the sea - it's very freeing. It's a hopeful stone, there's something very pure about it. Aesthetically, the necklace and our jewelry in general is quite simple and natural feeling. It's more subtle and less showy than traditional jewelry; it becomes more personal, like an amulet."
Perhaps a protective amulet was precisely what Meghan felt she needed to make her heart-breaking claims.
Fiona Embleton is a multi-award-winning beauty editor who has tested over 10,000 products in her 10 years + of writing and shooting beauty stories. For the past four years, she was the Senior Beauty Editor at Marie Claire, having previously worked in the role of Beauty Editor at both Stylist and Cosmopolitan. She has recently gone freelance and alongside My Imperfect Life, she has written for titles including ELLE UK, ELLE Canada, Buro 247, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Vogue Scandinavia, and ES Magazine. Beauty journalism allowed her to marry up her first-class degree in English Literature and Language (she’s a stickler for grammar and a self-confessed ingredients geek) with a passion for make-up and skincare, photography, and catwalk trends. She loves jumping on the latest internet-breaking beauty news, dissecting the best red carpet looks, and having the crème de la crème of dermatologists, make-up artists, and hairstylists on speed dial so she can tap them for the best advice. She’s a discerning beauty shopper and knows it can be confusing trying to navigate what’s hype and what really works. So if she really likes something, you can trust that she has reached that opinion by vetting it against everything else she’s ever tried. Her career highs? Interviewing Cate Blanchett and winning a Jasmine Award for the deeply personal feature Cancer Stole My Mother’s Scent.
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