News outlets have been catching feminist flak ever since.
But you know what? The main thing that most people, whether inside or outside the media, know about L'Wren Scott is that she had been Mick Jagger's girlfriend for 13 years.
Yes, Scott, who was found in her
She was working as a Hollywood stylist — a respectable although scarcely high-profile job — when she met Jagger in 2001. In 2006, Scott launched a line of designer clothes. Yes, such celebrities as
But from reading the feminist commentariat, you’d think that Scott was Coco
"On the day of her death from apparent suicide at age 49, Scott's most notable accomplishment, according to the media, was being Mick Jagger's girlfriend. Wait, seriously?
"Just what every successful woman wants chiseled on her gravestone: 'Herein lies the girlfriend of a man more famous than she.'
“News outlets on Monday could barely constrain themselves from trumpeting Scott’s association with the Rolling Stones frontman, sometimes even blasting it in the headline as if her relationship with a huge celebrity was the primary reason to grieve or care. ‘Mick Jagger’s girlfriend L’Wren Scott found dead,’ according to the
“I knew L’Wren Scott was a designer. Had no idea who her boyfriend was. RIP.,” wrote Luiza Ch. Savage,
"Before L'Wren Scott was known as 'Mick Jagger's girlfriend,' she was known as a designer with a pretty damn successful career," Abbie Ruzicka, staffer for Boston public TV-radio station WGBH, wrote.
"My thoughts are with Mick, but her name is L'Wren Scott, not 'Mick Jagger's Girlfriend,' " fashion reporter Nico Bellay tweeted.
Yes, L'Wren Scott's apparent suicide at a relatively young age was a sad affair: an elegant and talented woman who was fighting demons, financial or otherwise, that we'll never really know about.
But she wasn't Coco Chanel. And there's a reason nearly every news outlet that reported her death ran a photo of her in Jagger's company in happier days: Mick Jagger is simply a thousand times better known than L'Wren Scott ever was, and had there been no Jagger, there would have been very few news stories, except in the fashion press. Newspapers still have to sell newspapers, and the same goes for their electronic counterparts. On her own, L'Wren Scott was almost famous. She wasn't famous.