International Women’s Day: Lily Cole Leads Celebrations For 150th Anniversary Of Beatrix Potter

Lily Cole

by Edwina Langley |
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She was a writer, an artist, a conservationist and botanist. She lived in the Lake District at the turn of the 20th century, and her best-known tale followed the story of a naughty rabbit named Peter. Who else could we be talking about than national treasure, Beatrix Potter?

It's been 150 years since the birth of the celebrated children's author and what better day to draw attention to her remarkable life than today, International Women's Day?

Lending her support to the Beatrix Potter 150th anniversary celebrations, is literacy and environmental campaigner Lily Cole. Speaking ahead of today, Lily said: 'I have read Peter Rabbit to my daughter. It is amazing how timeless and relevant the story is over 100 years later. There is something so powerful and real about a story which can transcend time and continue to light the imaginations of children. In beautiful simplicity, Beatrix Potter captured something poignant, funny and enduring.'

Lily is not the only A-lister supporting the campaign, however. Across the country, stars have taken to Instagram to post pictures of women who have inspired them, using the hashtags: #Beatrix150 and #beatrixlegacy.

So far models Erin O'Connor and Julia Restoin Roitfeld (founder of mother's website Romy and the Bunnies), and Game of Thrones actress Laura Pradelska, have joined the social media campaign.

Julia championed the extraordinary beauty that was Audrey Hepburn, whereas Erin posted a picture of her grandmother, as did Laura, who poignantly captioned the snap: 'My grandmother. Woman. Mother. Auschwitz survivor'.

Throughout the week, other VIPs are expected to show their support for the anniversary, so stay tuned...

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