Fashion Designers

Fashion designers design clothes, lifestyle accessories, and shoes that are not just functional but also aesthetically pleasing. Fashion designers may design the items for an individual, or for the mass market. With the modern human’s obsession with appearance and convenience, fashion designers have a lot of factors to consider while designing the garments and accessories. They work with a wide range of materials, and have to plan for the patterns, styles, and colors of each item they design keeping in mind the end customer. Fashion designing is an art influenced by social and cultural values that have evolved over time, thus it is a very dynamic and interesting profession. Today fashion designing is considered to be among the most lucrative and glamorous career options. Of course, it is a very challenging profession as well. It calls for a high level of creativity combined with a sense of aesthetics and managerial skills. Fashion designers work for designer labels and clothing manufacturers. They may design cheaper ranges of casual garments for the mass market or work on one-off exclusive creations working directly with a high profile customer. Browse this section to learn more about the famous fashion designers who have marked the world with their artistic expressions.

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 1 Rihanna

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 20, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Michael, Barbados

For anyone who has a penchant for music, Rihanna needs no introduction. Born as Robyn Rihanna Fenty, Rihanna is one of the most influential names in the music and fashion industry. Her effortless singing, catchy tunes and inimitable dance moves have won her eight Grammy Awards, eight American Music Awards, twelve Billboard Music Awards and two BRIT Awards.

 2 Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham.
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Famous As: Singer, Businesswoman, Model, Fashion Designer
Birthdate: April 17, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Harlow, Essex, England

An internationally recognized fashion designer and style icon, Victoria Beckham is widely regarded as one of the most powerful women in the UK. She was appointed an OBE for services to the fashion industry in the 2017 New Year Honours. Also a popular singer, she was part of the best-selling female group of all time, Spice Girls.

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 3 Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace.
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: December 2, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Reggio Calabria, Italy
Died: July 15, 1997
Legendary Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace founded the brand Versace, reputed worldwide for its luxury products, including clothes, accessories, and fragrances. He had also designed for renowned artists and for series and movies, too. He was shot dead outside his Miami mansion, Casa Casuarina, by Andrew Cunanan. 

 4 Donatella Versace

Donatella Versace.
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Birthdate: May 2, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Reggio di Calabria, Italy
Donatella Versace, sister of the founder of the Italian fashion brand Versace, Gianni Versace, inherited the company after Gianni’s murder in 1997. Donatella is now the company’s chief creative officer. She supports Elton John’s AIDS Foundation and was the first woman to win the GQ Designer of the Year award. 

 5 Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel.
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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: August 19, 1883
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saumur, France
Died: January 10, 1971

Coco Chanel was a French fashion designer and founder of the Chanel brand. She is credited with replacing the corseted silhouette as the feminine standard of style with a sporty, casual chic. Her work as a designer redefined the fashionable woman in the era post World War I. She also played a vital role in revolutionizing jewelry, handbags, and fragrance.

 6 Kate Spade

Kate Spade.
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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: December 24, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri
Died: June 5, 2018

Kate Spade was an American entrepreneur and fashion designer. Spade is credited with founding Kate Spade New York, a popular luxury fashion design house, which competes with the likes of Michael Kors. Kate Spade is also credited with creating stylish and affordable handbags that caused quite a revolution in the fashion world.

 7 Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld.
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: September 10, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hamburg
Died: February 19, 2019
German fashion magnate Karl Lagerfeld, son of businessman Otto Lagerfeld, had served as the creative director of Chanel and Fendi. He was also a talented photographer and caricaturist, and had a penchant for collecting books. He was known for his signature sunglasses, white hair, fingerless gloves, and detachable collars.  
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 8 Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren.
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: October 14, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: The Bronx

Fashion designer and businessman Ralph Lauren is the founder of the Ralph Lauren Corporation, a global multibillion-dollar fashion enterprise. Beginning his career as a salesman for a tie company, he went on to launch his own fashion lines and established himself as a popular name in the fashion industry within years. He is known to be a generous philanthropist.

 9 Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen.
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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: March 17, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lewisham, London, United Kingdom
Died: February 11, 2010
Designer Alexander McQueen had won four British Designer of the Year awards and one CFDA International Designer of the Year award. He began his career designing for Givenchy and later formed his own label. The openly gay and HIV positive designer committed suicide in 2010, shortly after his mother’s death.

 10 Tom Ford

Tom Ford.
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Famous As: American fashion designer
Birthdate: August 27, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Austin

Tom Ford is an American fashion designer. During his time as the creative director at Gucci, Ford saved the fashion house from near bankruptcy and turned it into a powerhouse. In 2006, he established his eponymous luxury brand and has since been referred to as a style icon and fashion icon; he was named in All-TIME 100 Fashion Icons list.

 11 Halston

Halston
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Famous As: Fashion designer, Costume designer
Birthdate: April 23, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Des Moines
Died: March 26, 1990

Designer Halston began his career designing hats for American milliner Lilly Daché. He is primarily remembered for pioneering cashmere, or Ultrasued, in the mid-1970s. Known for his party-loving personality, he popularized the halter dress for women. He was also known for his homosexual relationship with Victor Hugo.

 12 Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney.
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: September 13, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lambeth
Fashion designer Stella McCartney is the daughter of Paul and Linda McCartney. An avid animal rights activist, she uses cruelty-free fabrics in her designs. She was the creative director for Britain at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. She has also won honors such as the VH1/Vogue Designer of the Year.

 13 Tommy Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger.
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: March 24, 1951
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Elmira

Thomas Jacob Hilfiger, better known as Tommy Hilfiger, is a legendary fashion designer who has gained worldwide fame with his eponymous fashion line. He had begun his career with the fashion chain People's Place. His brand is now owned by Phillips-Van Heusen, though he remains its chief designer.

 14 Calvin Klein

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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: November 19, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: The Bronx

Known for designing tight-fitting signature jeans, the award-winning American designer is the co-founder of the New York-headquartered fashion brand 'Calvin Klein Inc'. Calvin Klein featured in The International Best-Dressed Hall of Fame. Father of noted television producer, Marci Klein, Calvin has funded Democratic Party candidates and made financial contributions to the Political Action Committee.

 15 Michael Kors

Michael Kors.
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: August 9, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Long Island, New York

 16 Christian Dior

Christian Dior.
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Famous As: Fashion Designers
Birthdate: January 21, 1905
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Granville
Died: October 23, 1957

Christian Dior was a French fashion designer. He is credited with founding Christian Dior, one of the world's top fashion houses, which is currently owned by Groupe Arnault. At the time of its founding, the clothes designed by Christian Dior revolutionized women's dress. The brand also re-established Paris as the fashion hub of the world after World War II.

 17 Vera Wang

Vera Wang
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Famous As: Designer, Figure skater, Fashion designer
Birthdate: June 27, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

Beginning her career as an editor for Vogue, American fashion designer Vera Wang began to work independently at the age of forty, designing wedding dresses, evening gowns and figure skating costumes for her celebrity patrons, eventually opening retail stores in several big cities across the world. Also a successful figure skater, she competed at the 1968 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

 18 Virgil Abloh

Virgil Abloh
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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: September 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rockford, Illinois, U.S.

Virgil Abloh is not just a designer but also a qualified architect. He has been a DJ, too. Apart from heading Louis Vuitton's menswear collection as its artistic director, he also became the first Black designer to lead a major fashion brand. He has also launched the luxury streetwear label Off-White.

 19 Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani.
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Birthdate: July 11, 1934
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani initially worked for Cerruti and others such as Allegri and Hilton. He founded his menswear fashion brand Armani in 1975 and later diversified into sport, hospitality, and music. He is known for designing red-carpet looks and won the CFDA International Award in 1983.

 20 Dame Vivienne Westwood

Dame Vivienne Westwood.
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Famous As: British fashion designer
Birthdate: April 8, 1941
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tintwistle

British fashion designer, Dame Vivienne Westwood, is credited for bringing modern punk and new wave fashions into the mainstream. She attended a course on jewelry at the University of Westminster but left before graduating. She worked as a teacher for a while before turning to fashion designing. She eventually opened four boutiques in London.

 21 Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs
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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: April 9, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

 22 Mary-Kate Olsen

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Famous As: Actress, Fashion Designer
Birthdate: June 13, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, United States

Mary-Kate Olsen began her career when she was 9 months old, starring in Full House with her twin, Ashley. Since then, the Olsen twins have starred in several Dualstar productions, launched a fashion brand, and written a book. Mary-Kate is also a competitive equestrian and has struggled with anorexia nervosa.

 23 Sade Adu

Sade Adu
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: January 16, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ibadan, Nigeria

Nigerian-British singer Helen Folasade Adu, or Sade Adu, often blends Afro-Cuban tunes with soul and smooth jazz in her music. The Grammy Award winner had initially studied fashion designing and been a model. The founder of the band Sade, she has released iconic tracks such as No Ordinary Love.

 24 Tan France

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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: April 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Doncaster, England
British-Pakistani-American fashion designer Tanveer Wasim France, or Tan France, broke barriers by becoming one of the first openly gay South Asian and Muslim men on American TV. He soared to fame with shows such as Queer Eye, Dressing Funny, and Next In Fashion. He has also released a memoir.

 25 Jimmy Choo

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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: November 15, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: George Town
While locked down in Malaysia during the COVID-19 crisis, luxury footwear designer Jimmy Choo came across the idea to open a fashion academy in London. Born to a modest shoemaker in Penang, Choo had mastered the art of shoe designing in London, where he later launched his eponymous shoe brand.

 26 Olivia Culpo

Olivia Culpo.
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: May 8, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cranston, Rhode Island

Olivia Culpo is an American social media personality and fashion influencer. She gained international recognition after winning the Miss Universe beauty pageant in 2012. As a fashion influencer, she has collaborated with many fashion and beauty brands, such as Kipling and L'Oréal. She also owns a restaurant in Rhode Island.

 27 Guccio Gucci

Guccio Gucci.
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Famous As: Italian Businessman
Birthdate: March 26, 1881
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Florence
Died: January 2, 1953
Son of an Italian leather-goods maker, Guccio Gucci was initially reluctant to join his family business and worked in hotels instead. Changing his mind later, he opened the first Gucci shop in Florence in 1921. The year of his death, 1953, saw the opening of the first Gucci store abroad.

 28 Mischa Barton

Mischa Barton
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 24, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England
British-American actress Mischa Barton rose to fame with Lawn Dogs (1997) starring opposite renowned actor Sam Rockwell. She received two Teen Choice Awards for playing Marissa Cooper in the Fox television series The O.C. her other works include Notting Hill, The Sixth Sense and Pups. She is also an ambassador for Save the Children and the One Water campaign.

 29 Georgina Chapman

Georgina Chapman.
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: April 14, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England
Actor and designer Georgina Chapman co-founded the women’s fashion brand Marchesa, along with Keren Craig. Chapman was previously married to producer Harvey Weinstein but left him amidst multiple sexual abuse allegations against him in 2017. She has hosted shows such as Project Runway: All Stars and designed for red-carpet events.

 30 Diane von Fürstenberg

Diane von Fürstenberg.
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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: December 31, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brussels

 31 Jackson Wang

Jackson Wang.
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: March 28, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong

Hong Kong rapper, singer, and dancer Jackson Wang gained international popularity as a member of the South Korean boy group Got7. Born into a family with a rich legacy in sports, he played multiple sports as a teenager before he began his entertainment career. He is the recipient of many BreakTudo Awards.

 32 Louis Vuitton

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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: August 4, 1821
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: France
Died: February 27, 1892

After losing his parents at 10, Louis Vuitton ran away to Paris, where he gained repute as a box-maker/packer, and was even hired by Napoleon III’s wife, Empress Eugénie de Montijo. He then founded the iconic French fashion and luxury goods brand Louis Vuitton, which now operates in 50 countries.

 33 Antonio D’Amico

Antonio D’Amico.
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: January 20, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mesagne

Antonio D'Amico is an Italian fashion designer and model. After working as a designer for the luxury fashion company Versace, D'Amico went on to found his own fashion design company. Also known for his long-term relationship with Gianni Versace, D'Amico is often depicted in films and TV series that talk about the founder of Versace

 34 Summer Phoenix

Summer Phoenix
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 10, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Winter Park, Florida, USA
American actress Summer Phoenix is also an active supporter of numerous charities and activist groups. Summer is a member of The Paper Cranes, an alternative band that plays the New York City club. She appeared in the movies Kate's Secret and in Russkies and later appeared in movies Wasted, Dinner Rush, and The Faculty. Summer played lead roles in the movies Esther Kahn and Suzie Gold

 35 Wendy Williams

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Famous As: TV Host, Actress, Fashion Designer, Author
Birthdate: July 18, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ocean Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey

Wendy Williams is an American media personality, businesswoman, television host, and author. She was the subject of a TV series titled The Wendy Williams Experience, which chronicles her work as a radio show host and her on-air spats with celebrities. As a businesswoman, Williams has created several product lines, including a jewelry collection, a fashion line, and a wig line.

 36 Lisa Rinna

Lisa Rinna
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 11, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Medford, Oregon, United States
American actress Lisa Rinna is best known for playing Billie Reed in TV series Days of Our Lives and Taylor McBride in TV series Melrose Place. She has been a main cast member on the reality TV series, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, since 2014. Rinna has also written three books: Starlit; The Big, Fun, Sexy Sex Book; and The NYT best-seller Rinnavation.

 37 Edith Head

Edith Head.
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Famous As: Costume Designer
Birthdate: October 28, 1897
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Bernardino, California
Died: October 24, 1981

 38 Pierre Cardin

Pierre Cardin
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Famous As: Grand couturier
Birthdate: July 2, 1922
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Venice
Died: December 29, 2020

Italian-born French fashion designer Pierre Cardin revolutionized unisex fashion with his geometric designs. His wine merchant father wanted him to study architecture, but Cardin deviated to fashion instead, starting his career as a men’s tailor. He introduced the Space Age look and also licensed his name out to other products.

 39 John Galliano

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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: November 28, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gibraltar

 40 Princess Stéphanie of Monaco

Princess Stéphanie of Monaco.
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Famous As: Model, Singer
Birthdate: February 1, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Monaco

Princess Stéphanie of Monaco is the youngest child of Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, and his wife, Grace Kelly, an American actress. She is currently 14th in the line of succession to the Monegasque throne. As a schoolgirl, she learned classical dance and piano. In her career, she has been a singer, swimwear designer, and fashion model.

 41 Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta.
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: July 22, 1932
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dominican Republic
Died: October 20, 2014

 42 Christian Siriano

Christian Siriano.
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: November 18, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Annapolis, Maryland, United States

 43 Jessica Jung

Jessica Jung.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Actress, Model
Birthdate: April 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Francisco, California
Korean-American entertainer Jessica Jung is a former member of the South Korean girl band Girls' Generation. She has also appeared as Elle Woods in the Korean version of Legally Blonde and has starred in the series Wild Romance. She owns a fashion brand and has released a bestselling novel, too.

 44 Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin
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Famous As: designer
Birthdate: January 7, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris

When French-Egyptian fashion designer Christian Louboutin entered the fashion scene in Paris, he designed women’s shoes but eventually also launched a men’s collection, too. He is known for his signature stilettoes with red soles. He later also ventured into leather goods and bags. He is openly homosexual.

 45 Brandi Glanville

Brandi Glanville
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Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: November 16, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Salinas, California, United States

Best known for her appearance on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Brandi Glanville is a designer and model who has also hosted podcasts and released two bestselling books. Apart from working with brands such as Valentino and Gucci, she has also appeared in movies such as The Hungover Games.

 46 Nicky Hilton Rothschild

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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: October 5, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Nicky Hilton Rothschild is an American businesswoman, model, socialite, and fashion designer. Born in Hilton family, Nicky is also a member of Rothschild family through her marriage. In 2004, Hilton launched her own clothing line and started her second line, Nicholai,  in 2007. She has also supported a range of charitable organizations, including Starlight Children's Foundation, Make-a-wish Foundation among others.

 47 Johnny Weir

Johnny Weir
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Famous As: Figure Skater
Birthdate: July 2, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Coatesville, Pennsylvania, USA

American figure skating champion Johnny Weir is also a two-time Olympian and has several medals in his kitty, including a bronze in the 2008 World Championship. The son of a nuclear engineer father, he was a skilled equestrian before he began training in skating at 12.

 48 Jodi Lyn O'Keefe

Jodi Lyn O'Keefe
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 10, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cliffwood Beach, New Jersey, United States

 49 Mary Quant

Mary Quant.
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: February 11, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Blackheath, London

 50 Tina Knowles

Tina Knowles.
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: January 4, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Galveston, Texas

Tina Knowles is an American fashion designer and businesswoman. In 2004, she launched House of Deréon, a now-defunct ready-to-wear fashion line. While her fashion brands, such as Miss Tina and House of Deréon, have been generally regarded as one of her most important contributions, her biggest contribution to the society is letting her daughters, Beyoncé and Solange ,follow their passion.

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