The year 2011 saw the fashionable transformations of commoner women who joined the elite court of European royalty. From the announcement of the official engagement to the royal weddings and to public appearances, the public witnessed how these commoners gradually emerged into the limelight of fashion and style. But can we really call them fashionable icons?
Kate Middleton and Charlene Wittstock who became royal brides in 2011 are just two women who transformed from being commoners to high profile royals this year, the constant media intrusion somehow forced them to appear glamorous in public by choosing carefully the kind of look and style expected from them.
Kate Middleton’s fashion has been the subject of so much debate. Since she walked down-the-aisle with her ivory satin gown created by Sarah Burton of the Fashion House of Alexander McQueen, fashion critics followed her everyday. Then the public discovered what was considered a style below the standard of what royalty is all about when the Duchess of Cambridge revealed through her clothing choices that she loved to recycle wardrobe and even shoes. Many fashion commentators said that she is not after all a fashion trendsetter but merely a fashion follower.
Let’s take a look how she transformed from being a commoner to royalty:
The stunning Jenny Packham peach and crystal embellished gown worn by Kate Middleton (above photo) during the ARK gala last December 8, 2011. The Duchess of Cambridge looked delicately wonderful in this amazing cut and style
Another commoner who entered the royalty spotlight in 2011 is Charlene Wittstock, a former South African Olympian, when she married the sovereign prince of Monaco, Prince Albert II. Like Kate Middleton, she is an “outsider” who tried to tear down the wall that divide the royalty and commoners. Charlene gradually transformed into a stylish Princess with her elegant and sophisticated fashion style. She wore an exquisite wedding gown in a column sheath design created for her by fashion maestro, Giorgio Armani, when she married the Prince in July 2011.
Charlene has a good body physique, maybe because she is a veteran swimmer and very captivating when wearing something that hides her wide shoulder. Her height and weight are in proportion and she has a good pair of legs.
Attending the Award Ceremony for badges of rank and medals during the Monaco’s National Celebration. Charlene is flanked by her husband’s nephew and niece, Andrea Casiraghi and Princess Alexandra of Hanover, both children of Princess Caroline.
The Duchess of Cambridge and the Princess Consort of Monaco have something in common: their prominent muscles. Both athletic and sporty, however Charlene established herself as a professional swimmer while Kate Middleton just enjoyed her love of sport and never made it to any professional competition.
Charlene Wittstock and Kate Middleton are not the only commoners who became the subject of intense media coverage after marrying royalty. Princess Mary of Denmark, Princess Letizia of Spain and Queen Rania of Jordan had experience the same intrusion and coverage too and these women are really glamorous and stylish in their own right. Not only are career-oriented women before marrying royalty, they also are women of substance.