The Absolute Woman: It’s All About Feminine Power


As a young American designer in Paris during the swinging sixties, Vicky Tiel met Elizabeth Taylor, and married her makeup man. Tiel and Taylor became fast friends and confidants, sharing their mutual love of sexy, fitted clothes and a fun-loving lifestyle.

Along with Parsons classmate Mia Fonssagrives, they opened a trendy boutique in Rue Bonaparte that catered to the hip and happening: fashion models, movie stars, and Paris society personalities. Vicky’s flirty mini skirts, daring dresses, and hot pants became all the rage, and a lifelong intimate friendship resulted between Tiel and Taylor as they gossiped, drank champagne, and trusted each other totally. While in Paris, Tiel met the great Coco Chanel, who became her mentor and advised her to create her own signature perfume. From these friendships blossomed Vicky’s gift for advice, and her desire to share what she knows with other women.

Now, after years of pushing the boundaries of fashion with her best girlfriends, Tiel shares her tricks for living a bold and successful life. In THE ABSOLUTE WOMAN, Tiel writes with passion and humor about her one-of-a-kind experiences, from the glamorous parties and famous men of her career in Hollywood and Paris, to the Chanel straw hats and home-grown meals of her idyllic Florida home in “Life Part Two.” You’ll learn all her best secrets for living a sensational life: how to seduce and keep an ideal lover, turn a setback into success, steer clear of “crazies,” eat for health and beauty, dress with poise, harness your smarts, and find the power to create the life you want.

Bringing together all of Tiel’s best stories, original sketches, and personal photos, THE ABSOLUTE WOMAN is an unforgettable tribute to fearless women everywhere that will inspire you to unlock your own unique feminine power.