The marriage was opposed by the King's governments in the United Kingdom and the Dominions. Religious, legal, political, and moral objections were raised. Mrs Simpson was perceived to be an unsuitable consort because of her two failed marriages, and it was widely assumed by the Establishment that she was driven by love of money or position rather than love for the King. Despite the opposition, Edward declared that he loved Mrs Simpson and intended to marry her whether the governments approved or not.
The widespread unwillingness to accept Mrs Simpson as the King's consort, and the King's refusal to give her up, led to Edward's abdication on 11 December 1936. He was succeeded by his brother Albert as George VI. Edward was given the title His Royal Highness the Duke of Windsor following his abdication, and he married Mrs Simpson the following year. They remained married until his death 35 years later.
Before, during and after World War II, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor were suspected by many in government and society of being Nazi sympathisers.
The Duke and Duchess lived in France in the pre-war years. In 1937, they visited Germany as personal guests of the Nazi leader, Adolf Hitler, a tour much publicised by the German media. Hitler said of the Duchess, "she would have made a good Queen."
In the 1950s and 1960s, she and the Duke shuttled between Europe and the United States, living a life of leisure as society celebrities. After the Duke's death in 1972, the Duchess lived in seclusion and was rarely seen in public. Her private life has been a source of much speculation, and she remains a controversial figure in British history.
The Woman I Love (1972, made-for-TV movie) focused on Edward VIII's love affair with Wallis Simpson. Wallis was portrayed by Faye Dunaway
The New York Times has a fascinating preview of Alex de Looz' interview with Steven Meisel from the "Post-America" issue of 032c Magazine.
the magazine has "a 14-page fold-out section that kept the production quality high: when you hold this issue in your hands, and when you pull out this colorful, fold-out archive of two decades’ worth of Vogue Italia covers — all shot by Meisel — you experience a lush, compact moment of “Print crisis? What print crisis?” It’s a Technicolor Vogue accordion, but it also has a certain grace, which is very much in line with 032c’s changing from what T Magazine itself once called the “new ugly” and channeling that into our own kind of energetic classicism."
Seen in the fold out is one of the original WOMEN women: Shana Zadrick. While at Women, Shana had four Italian Vogue covers in a row: September, October, November and December 1991.
WOMEN Management was founded in New York in 1988 with an inspiration to expand the definition of beauty. Over the past two decades, WOMEN has launched the careers of models such as Carmen Kass, Isabeli Fontana, Iselin Steiro, Natasha Poly, Fei Fei Sun, Anna Ewers, Kasia Struss, Valentina Zelyaeva, Julia Stegner, Kate Moss and Shana Zadrick.
In 2003 offices in Milan and Paris were opened to further the management vision of WOMEN worldwide.