Kid Sisters: Why Lee Radziwill Is Way Cooler Than Jackie O.

Lee Radziwill on the cover of People Magazine, 1976

Lee Radziwill on the cover of People Magazine, 1976

Being a kid sister isn't easy, especially if your older sister goes on to become the First Lady, not to mention a major American style icon. 

As the younger sister of Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Lee Radziwill was undoubtedly overshadowed for most of her life.

And I can empathize.

Having grown up with an older, much more glamorous sister, I definitely get (on a much smaller scale, mind you) what that can be like.

So, let's forget about WWJD (What Would Jackie Do?) for a moment and appreciate the innate fabulosity of Lee Radziwill. Here are a few of the key things that make Lee just as fab as Jackie, if not more so:

1. Lee's style seems a lot more modern and timeless than Jackie's, which came off at times as oh so prim and proper, even in her most casual of photos. I mean I can't imagine Jackie running around on a beach in wet jeans with frayed bottoms as Lee is doing in these photos.

Photos from the 1970's from Lee's book Happy Times

Photos from the 1970's from Lee's book Happy Times

To me, these pix look as though they could've been ripped from any Summer 2014 style story since Lee's outfit and hair are pretty consistent with trends happening right now. Hello, flair-leg denim, frayed hems and bouncy, shoulder-length hair.

(To be fair, Lee herself was recognized for her style and formally inducted into the International Best Dressed Hall of Fame in 1996.)

2. She (and then-close friend Truman Capote) went on tour briefly with the Rolling Stones in 1972. Would Jackie have ever done such a thing? Gosh No! That would have been too edgy and unseemly for her.

Lee, Mick and Bianca Jagger

Lee, Mick and Bianca Jagger

It's also been rumored over the years that Lee had an affair with Mick Jagger, something she has denied emphatically. If it is true, however (please let it be TRUE!), then I say that definitely trumps Jackie's alleged affairs with both Bobby Kennedy and Marlon Brando.

3. She tweets @LeeRadziwill

Lee On Twitter

Lee On Twitter

and even has her own signature hashtag - #LifeLessonsWithLee.

A #LifeLessonWithLee from Her Twitter

A #LifeLessonWithLee from Her Twitter

Something tells me Jackie would have been very much anti–social media, viewing it as an intrusion. Kudos to Lee for immersing herself in modern technology and #stayingcurrent.

4. She's hung out with and been interviewed by acclaimed director Sofia Coppola. Gotta love the fedora and the pink cigarette pants. Again, #stayingcurrent.

Lee and Sofia Coppola

Lee and Sofia Coppola

So, the next time someone starts talking about Jackie's pillbox hats, pearls, or cat-eye sunglasses, you can bring up #LifeLessonsWithLee or wearing pink cigarette pants at age 79 or the alleged (Don't sue me!) affair with Jagger.

 

*Photo Courtesy: Lee Radziwill on the cover of People Magazine, 1976; Photos of Lee on the Beach from her book, Happy Times; Photo of Lee, Mick & Bianca Jagger, copyright Peter Beard/Art+Commerce; Photo of Lee & Sofia Coppola from Pinterest