The British upper crust Mitford family raised six girls and one boy. The sisters got the short end of their parents’ attention while they pinned their hopes on their son, so the girls formed their own little secret society with its own language. And the six Mitford sisters each became famous -or infamous- in a different way, in addition being part of an extremely eccentric family.
The Mitford sisters were like a train wreck wrapped in a tornado wrapped in a circus fire – you could’t avert your eyes from their lives. The Times’ Ben Macintyre famously caricaturised the women with impressive pithy: “Diana the Fascist, Jessica the Communist, Unity the Hitler-lover; Nancy the Novelist; Deborah the Duchess and Pamela the unobtrusive poultry connoisseur”. They were young, beautiful, and sharp as a whip (but often, to their detriment). They were some of the 20th century’s first celebutantes – as in, people who are famous for being famous à la Kim Kardashian – at a turning point in history: the rise of fascism and communism. As “It Girls”, the media picked them apart for the emerging loyalties to both ends of the political spectrum. Nancy became the Socialist muse of David Bowie, Unity the flirty fan girl in Adolf Hitler’s inner circle, and so on. Individually, they were fascinating. As a whole, they were utterly, horribly unforgettable…
Unity went to Munich and competed with Eva Braun for Hitler’s attentions. Diana was imprisoned as a threat to the British government. Nancy was behind that. Each sister has a unique story that you can read at Messy Nessy Chic.