Evita on the Peso

Give me a balcony in every town and 

I will win their hearts.

A deposed president of Ecuador cites Eva’s success

The iconic Evita Peron has been honored in song, in film, on Broadway, and last week, on the 60th anniversary of her death, her face now graces Argentina’s 100 peso currency–the only woman to be honored in this very manly country’s banknotes.

From “Simply Irresistible” by Ellen T. White:

Pale, humorless, and uneducated, she used the only capital she had at her disposal–an uncanny ability to seem heaven sent.  Some say Evita slept her way to the top, but if sex were all it took, any number of women might have taken her place.  What was the magic dust she sprinkled on their eyes?

Evita’s lessons for every Goddess:

1. Take the higher road.   Keep a physical, as well as psychological, upper hand.  Always stand tall and establish a regal presence by throwing your shoulders back and keeping your chin up.

2. Create an air of quiet mystery.  Evita had no talent for conversation, but it seems the less said, the better.  Her unexpected silences made others a tad nervous and eager to please, yearning for more, curious to know what’s on her mind.  Leave a lot to the imagination and set yourself apart from the reality TV crowd that’s eager to tell all.

3. Overdress for success.  She charmed the masses by addressing them as “My descamisados” (shirtless ones) while maintaining a closet that was very far from empty. Even if you don’t own designer clothes or a crown, make an effort to look queenly.  Always wear what makes you feel like a million–and never tell where you got it for less. 😉

4. Choose your words.   Evita’s rise to power erased records of her mongrel birth.  Officially sanctioned accounts of her early years began to sound like myth: “Like Venus… Eva Peron was born from the sea.”  Jobless?  No, my dear, I’m between opportunities. Held on drug charges a decade ago?  That was a wild experiment in spiritual growth.  Divorced more times that you can count?  I’m passionate and tend to leap before I look.  As they say, “It’s never too late–in fiction or in life–to revise.”

Click on “Leave a Comment” (above left) to tell us what makes you feel like a million.

 © Sharon Birke

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Photography for the Goddess in Every Wife & Mother

Makeup by Kristen Pickrell


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