of Jimi Celeste
L'Wren Scott seemingly had it all: a bustling career in fashion, jetsetting around the globe with her rockstar boyfriend Mick Jagger, luxurious homes and wardrobes.
Suddenly, last Monday all of this came to a halt as Scott took her life
in a Chelsea apartment. The fame, fashion, and glitz couldn't help her get away from her secret $6 million dollar debt.
The beautiful wall that she had built to hide her business' shortcomings came down after her incredibly devastating death, showing even the elite cannot escape monetary issues.
There's an unspoken truth
about the New York City elite - so many of them keep a curtain of perfection up, but behind it is crippling debt, insurmountable insecurities or heartbreaking domestic issues. But the way of life is expected to be kept up.
The fabulous life that is shown in magazines, newspapers and online everywhere helps maintain a reputation, which then helps promote and maintain those high-profile positions that keep the elite running.
But with more fame and fortune comes more pressure and stress, which can bring down anyone.
Back in 2009, world-renowned celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz came to find herself $24 million in debt. With large paychecks, how could this happen? In 2004, she was helping transport her partner Susan Sontag around the country for cancer treatments, taking private planes to many different places. She was also helping her father with his treatments, as around the same time he was also diagnosed with cancer.
She also just couldn't resist the high life and was recklessly spending her money, something that is common in celebrities and the like, who are suddenly catapulted into the 1% international elite.
Scott grew up under the guidance of her adoptive Mormon parents in a small Utah town, far away from the bright lights of New York and Los Angeles. Upon her moving to the city and becoming the name we all know now, she changed her real name, Luanna Bambrough, to reflect the more glamorous persona she was to encompass for years.
But as we have learned, not everything was rosy, as seasoned publicist Norah Lawler, who knew Scott, said:
"She was turning 50, her business was closing, and she's friend with celebrities but can't go to them [for help]."
After a certain point, that curtain that is put up to protect oneself becomes the barrier to freedom.
Her legacy will live on in the work that she has done over the years in print and in film, even after her shining light has gone out.
With our deepest condolences, we here at PopWrapped honor her work and hope that if you or someone you know finds yourself in a bind you think you cannot escape, you can.
The curtain can always be lifted, you just need to let people help you raise it up.
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