Zelda Kaplan: Well-Dressed Feminist

“I hope to let every girl know that she is somebody”

Zelda Kaplan, New York City fashionista and socialite, was sadly pronounced dead shortly after collapsing in the front row of a runway show during New York City Fashion week. At 95, Ms. Kaplan was known for her young spirit and endless partying. But, as we mourn the loss of an NYC fashion icon, it is also important to remember the other accomplishments of Kaplan’s life, including her work towards women’s rights.

According to a New York Time’s article, “Ms. Kaplan expressed a less-frivolous side during frequent trips to remote villages in Africa, speaking to tribes about the perils of female genital cutting and lobbying for a woman’s right of inheritance.”

This passion for women’s rights was inspired after hearing anthropologist Margret Mead speak, ultimately influencing her several trips to Africa to educate women.

Ms. Kaplan was definitely the embodiment of a well-dressed feminist, a powerful woman who knew how to dress and how to make a difference. She will be missed.


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