There’s a magical synchronicity between Cate Blanchett’s style and her career. The actress, who has twice been nominated for Best Actress Oscars for playing Queen Elizabeth I, has also been the reigning ruler of the Red Carpet for more than a decade. We can say with complete confidence that these accomplishments are both incredibly challenging and rare to achieve. The astonishingly beautiful and talented Blanchett is only one of five actresses ever to have received two Oscar nods for playing the same character. She is also the only actress ever to have received an Oscar for playing another Oscar-winning actress, for her uncanny portrayal of legend Katherine Hepburn in the film, The Aviator. Australian-born Blanchett has long been praised for being a style risk taker who wears runway fashions with enviable ease and an unfailing success. It’s no secret that the fashion world is a fickle one, focused on the young more often than not. At 47, Blanchett shows no signs whatsoever that her status as a singular, style star is on the wane. A longtime fan of the designer Alexander McQueen, Blanchett’s seeming-ease in choosing the perfect look time and time again has more to do with her exemplary taste and assiduous research than random luck. “When I have my moments of insomnia, you’ll find me on,” she is quoted as saying. In 2014 Blanchett looked absolutely ethereal wearing the most expensive Oscar gown of all time, a stunning, nude-colored, Armani Privè dress embellished with $100,000 of Swarovski crystals. Her Chopard jewelry - which included earrings with 62 opals, a diamond bracelet and ring - came to approximately $18 million. It would be incorrect to assume that Blanchett’s interests and passion are limited to acting and fashion. Earlier this year the United Nations chose the wife and mother of four to be its newest Goodwill Ambassador. She is also a devoted champion of female empowerment and has frequently spoken out about our society’s unrelenting and unfair focus on women’s outward appearance. “I think that there’s an incredible amount of scrutiny, which can lead to pressure … It can lead to consciousness,” she has said. “In my industry, which I can only speak for, if you start to become self-conscious, it’s actually the enemy of the place to make work from.”

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