Maria Callas was a complicated woman. Who said the life of a muse was easy? Still, I feel connected to her. We were both born in NY. We both moved to Greece… Maria Callas had a face full of expression; she would show exactly what she was thinking and feeling at any given moment. That’s me, too. Can’t help it.
Maria Callas was her own worst enemy, however. Unable to recover when the love of her life Aristotle Onassis got married to Jackie, Maria Callas became a recluse. The last years of her life were spent in her Paris apartment, with her dogs, alone. That’s where she died at the age of 55. They say the cause of death is unknown, but obviously she died of a broken heart. Obviously.
I still want to be Maria Callas when I grow up – despite the tragic ending. She may have been dying on the inside, but the woman was the epitome of grace. Yes, she possessed a type of grace that is rare nowadays. And I’m not just talking about her style. Which was exquisite and chic and feminine and always gorgeous.
She always looked so put together. Perhaps it was a 50’s thing. The red lipstick, the pearls, the striking eye make-up – all Callas staples. But it wasn’t just what she wore; her presence demanded attention. No. She still demands attention. Maria Callas may not be around to sing to us anymore, but she continues to inspire. The Dolce and Gabbana boys can’t get enough of her.
I can’t get enough of Maria Callas, either. Here I am in Florence, Italy trying on a hat…goofing around. And that’s Maria. Coincidence? Yes. But one thing’s certain. Maria the muse’s subtle influence will never fade.