” Steel Butterfly”
“They went into my closets looking for skeletons, but thank God, all they found were shoes, beautiful shoes.”
The Marcos Regime is primarily known for its brutality and corruption. However, Imelda Marcos is known notoriously for her love of material things and most infamously shoes.
Imelda Marcos, in full Imelda Romuáldez Marcos, née Imelda Remedios Visitacion Romuáldez (born July 2, 1929, Manila, Philippines) public figure in the Philippines who wielded great power during the 20-year rule of her husband, Pres. Ferdinand Marcos. She remains one of the richest politicians in the Philippines through her collection of clothing, artwork, and jewellry, along with money in offshore bank accounts under the pseudonym “Jane Ryan”. As a result, she has been called a kleptocrat by her critics who accuse her of plunder.
The harsh rule of Ferdinand Marcos and the Marcos regime led to much of the poverty in the Philippines and suffering. Yet, Imelda and the presidential family hardly suffered. They lived a lavish, ostentatious, glamorous, royal lifestyle at the expense of their people. Draining most of the funds from the Philippine government, Imelda Marcos purchased extravagantly. Imelda travelled to New York and other destinations to buy fashions, high-end jewellery and other luxury items. She visited all of the major palaces and cities of mankind and purchased items left and right. Imelda bought the world’s biggest diamond in 1983. She bought a Michelangelo piece for three and a half million dollars. In addition, she bought a 26 story skyscraper in Manhattan.