A Southern woman has infamous mystique. Books, ballads, TV shows and films have long tapped into the world’s fascination with a woman who is at once feminine, but not afraid to speak her mind; gracious, but in no way a pushover; and with the strength and force of hurricane winds whipping across the Gulf Coast. The Southern woman has earned her fitting nickname: Steel Magnolia. Perhaps it’s born of dealing with humidity so brutal it could melt the red right off of a boiled crawfish. No level of heat, humidity, bad weather or rough times can put a damper on the day-to-day business of being there for friends and family through thick and thin, volunteering in the community, being a master in her career of choice, baking the perfect red velvet cake for any occasion—or none at all—and all the while showing up looking as fresh as a spring breeze with flawless makeup and an iron will.
New Orleans Magazine would like to thank Saks Fifth Avenue for providing the cocktail and evening looks, furs, jewelry and styling for our 2015 Steel Magnolias photo shoot.