Be inspired by the women that have come before you, the ones that are laying ground in the present and those yet to come. In 1988 this woman made history with three Olympic Gold Medal wins and broke the World’s Record in the Women’s 100m Dash. Florence Griffith-Joyner aka “Flo Jo” was dubbed the “fastest woman in the world” and although World Records and gold medals support that statement, Flo Jo not only ran fast but her unique sense of style on the track could not be denied. Let’s start with those nails!!! At one point they reached lengths of 6.5″! For the 1984 Olympics in L.A., she maintained a more manageable length of 4″ and painted three red, white and blue and a fourth gold for the medal she had hoped to win in the 200 meter dash . . . she ended in 2nd and with a silver medal. On and off the track she sported wild nail style. In 1985, after the track season ended, she styled friends’ nails and hair in the evenings to help make ends meet. Flo Jo knows nails.
Now, to my favorite part . . . the “One-Leggers.” Of course Flo Jo’s daring style didn’t start and stop at her finger tips. She brought forth true originality in her running attire. Famous for her one legged body suits, these “one-leggers,” as she called them, were always with the left leg cut off and designed by Flo Jo herself. You could find Flo Jo in head to toe lace, day glo get-ups or hooded running set-ups fit for the future. Truly a style icon and inspiration.
Florence Griffith-Joyner passed away in 1998, ten years after her epic gold medal wins and record breaking run in the 100 meters. We looked to Griffth-Joyner, a woman who undeniably made history, for a source of inspiration for M.I.S.S. March. We styled the nails after her incredible year in 1988: three gold medal wins and her World Record 100 meter time of 10.49 (which she still holds). Although Flo Jo wasn’t sponsored by the likes of Nike (not that we could find), we felt that these track shoes circa 1999 were something that screamed “Flo Jo”! Go for the gold ladies . . . today, tomorrow and always . . . in all ways. “Let Your Dreams Run Free.”
Track shoes by Nike (1999) and vintage “one-leggers” from The Goods!, Chanel Gold Friction, Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear in Red Cherry, Sally Hansen Salon Nail Lacquer in Navy Venom and Revlon White on White.
Continue reading to see more of Flo Jo’s wild style!
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