Flirty wide-set eyes. A regal bearing. And that famous name. Hereâs why brand-new Harvard grad Rose Kennedy Schlossberg is about to become . . .Jackie 2.0
There is something so familiar about the young brunette girl in the club wearing a simple white tee and jeans. The perfectly symmetrical features, the big eyes. The graceful way she carries herself â not like a model, exactly, more like royalty.Itâs Jackie Kennedy all over again.
Rose Kennedy Schlossberg, eldest daughter of Caroline Kennedy, has been channeling the look and style of her late, fabulous grandmother ever since she was a teen.So far, sheâs kept a low profile. But as she graduates from Harvard University next Thursday with a bachelorâs degree in English and starts to make her way in the world, she will be impossible to ignore â especially as her doppelganger is about to experience a cultural resurgence.
Jackie O is the subject of dueling film projects, both due out next year, and last week, Hyperion announced it would publish a series of interviews she recorded in 1964 with historian and family friend Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.Schlesinger, who started out as a speechwriter for JFK in 1960, stayed close to the family through three generations and got to know Jackieâs granddaughter before his death in 2007.âRose was and is the leader of the pack â her opinion counts. She is highly regarded within the ever-expanding [Kennedy] circle,â the Pulitzer-winning author told biographer C. David Heymann in an interview for âAmerican Legacy: The Story of John & Caroline Kennedy.ââIn many respects,â he said, âshe is the face and future of the clan.â
Rose Kennedy Schlossberg was raised on the Upper East Side, the eldest of 3 children of artist Edwin Schlossberg and, of course, Caroline Kennedy. Her name, which came from her great-grandmother, was chosen not by her mother but by Jackie â who, ironically, never liked her mother-in-law, or vice versa. But as she once told press secretary Pierre Salinger, âThe old batâs about 100 years old, so letâs give her some respect.â
The former first lady was a regular presence in Roseâs life, right up until Jackieâs death in May 1994, when her granddaughter was 5. Jackie used to make regular visits to the Schlossbergsâ apartment for what she called a âroll aroundâ with baby Rose. When Rose was a little older, âGrand Jackieâ â the Schlossbergsâ name for âgrandmaâ â would take her on outings to playgrounds and museums, including the Met, right across the street from Jackieâs apartment.âJackie, who lived just a few blocks away from the Schlossbergs on the Upper East Side, saw Rose basically every day and doted on her,â says Kennedy biographer Christopher Andersen. âJackie knew it was important to sow the seeds of good behavior early on, and she tried to do that in the final years of her life. It was a mission for her.â
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