This is Joan Didion, author of Goodbye to All That, Slouching Toward Bethlehem, The Year of Magical Thinking, and a slew of other fantastic books and essays. The LIFE Images Collection / Getty Julian Wasser Read them all. Really. She's also basically the original Cool Girl. The LIFE Images Collection / Getty Julian Wasser Those sunglasses! That searing gaze! The one-time Vogue editor honed her classic look as a reporter in the '60s and '70s. John Bryson/The LIFE Images Collection / Getty Images It's also when she famously developed her simple but ridiculously effective packing list, which she catalogued in her collection of essays, The White Album. Her secret? "Two skirts, two jerseys or leotards, one pullover sweater, two pair shoes, stockings, bra, nightgown, robe, slippers, cigarettes, bourbon. Bag with: shampoo, toothbrush and paste. Basis soap, razor, deodorant, aspirin. prescriptions, Tampax, face cream, powder, baby oil." That's it. Which is why it totally makes sense that she was named the newest face of luxury French brand Céline. Courtesy of Céline Yaaaaaaas! Advertisement Didion, like Céline designer Phoebe Philo, exudes an understated effortless cool. And plus, it's obvious that Philo's already pretty influenced by Didion already. The LIFE Collection / Julian Wasser At 80, Didion proves that being an It Girl is timeless. Getty Images Peter Kramer We doff our oversized sunglasses to you, Joan. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF C-Span 2 / Via logger.believermag.com Share On facebook Share On facebook Share On vk Share On vk Share On pinterest Share On pinterest Share On lineapp Share On lineapp Share On twitter Share On twitter Share On email Share On email Share On sms Share On sms Share On whatsapp Share On whatsapp Share On more Share On more Share On tumblr Share On tumblr Share On link Share On link Share On copy Share On copy Omg It's Prime Day!