Just a few months after her only son debuted a moving documentary about her life, Franca Sozzani, the editor of Italian Vogue and international style icon, passed away today at 66 years old. Franca: Chaos and Creation was met with rave reviews when it premiered at the Venice Film Festival, serving now as a timeless ode to one of fashion's most influential minds. 

Having worked in the industry for decades, Sozzani is recognized throughout the fashion world as being a nurturer of young talent across the board, from photographers like Steven Meisel, Bruce Weber and Peter Lindbergh to rising journalists and designers. In 2008 she led the conversation about diversity by publishing the first-ever "Black Issue," featuring only women of color, and has been a leading proponent of sustainable clothing. 

As the glitterati mourn the loss of this great talent, let's remember some of her most inspiring words.

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