The Iconic Jacqueline Kennedy in 25 Photos

Jacqueline Kennedy was an undeniable role model to women in the 1960s. She was not an heiress, as some believe, nor was she a stranger to hard work. She was a style icon to be sure – but what women of the era related most to was the strength she showed in the wake of the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy. The whole country needed reassuring and looked to her for it.

The engaged couple in 1953, vacationing in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.

Candid photograph by Toni Frissell, September 1957.

The dress that Jacqueline wore when she married John F. Kennedy on September 12, 1953 is cited as one of the best-remembered bridal gowns of all time.

The power couple that would dominate the news throughout the early 1960s.

Jacqueline Kennedy is greeted by the crowd in 1961 during her visit in Paris.

“They had seized upon the widow’s demeanor of emotional control at the funeral to transform her from a symbol of helplessness and vulnerability to a symbol of resolute strength,” wrote Vanity Fair.

Holding her son, John Jr., who was born on November 25, 1960. On his third birthday, he would be attending his father’s funeral.

By the time her husband died, Kennedy was already no stranger to tragedy: She’d lost two children in infancy prior to the devastation of having her husband die in her arms.

Holding her son, John Jr., who was born on November 25, 1960. On his third birthday, he would be attending his father’s funeral.

Jacqueline Kennedy arriving in Palm Beach in 1961.

A tender moment with John Jr. in the White House nursery.

Arriving in Venezuela in December 1961.

The first lady accepting a corsage from a child at the arrival ceremony at Maiquetia Airport, Caracas, Venezuela.

John F. Kennedy, Vice President Lyndon Johnson, and the first lady watch the 1961 launch of the first American in space, Alan Shepard.

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