By Glam & Essence
One of America’s fashion icon, Gloria Vanderbilt has passed away.
She died at home with family members by her side at the age of 95. According to her son, Anderson Cooper, a CNN anchor, Gloria has been suffering stomach cancer,to which she finally succumbed. Gloria was the great-great-granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt, a 19th Century tycoon.
The socialite, who was married several times, made her name in the 1970s and ’80s as a designer jeans pioneer.
“Gloria Vanderbilt was a painter, author, and designer but also a remarkable mother, wife, and friend.
“She was 95 years old, but ask anyone close to her, and they’d tell you, she was the youngest person they knew, the coolest and most modern,” according to the statement made by her family.
Gloria Vanderbilt was the beneficiary of a multi-million-dollar trust fund at under 2 years when her father died. She became widely known as the “poor little rich girl” in 1934, because of a high-profile custody fight between her mother and her aunt in New York.
The aunt eventually won the legal battle, described by the media at the time as the “trial of the century”.