Photo of the Week: The Leather-Clad Leading Lady

The producers at BIO.com review hundreds of photos of famous figures each week, from award-winning actors and popular singers, to headliners and scandal makers. While we're digging through these archives, we often come across amazing photos that we're...
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The producers at BIO.com review hundreds of photos of famous figures each week, from award-winning actors and popular singers, to headliners and scandal makers. While we're digging through these archives, we often come across amazing photos that we're...

The producers at BIO.com review hundreds of photos of famous figures each week, from award-winning actors and popular singers, to headliners and scandal makers. While we're digging through these archives, we often come across amazing photos that we're just dying to share. So, without further ado, here's the one image that stands out to us this week:

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Amelia Earhart upon her arrival at Hanworth Airfield, London, May 22, 1932. (Topical Press Agency/Stringer)

The center of attention, just as she would have liked it, Amelia Earhart is congratulated by well-wishers, pressmen, and the American Ambassador to Britain after having completed her solo transatlantic flight—the first for a female pilot. Earhart had the intention of flying to Paris (as Charles Lindbergh had done five years earlier), but rough conditions and mechanical issues forced her to land in a pasture in Northern Ireland where her reception consisted of two farmhands. Not so glamorous. Shortly after, however, she was in London receiving a hero's welcome and—according to a newsreel from the time—the clothes of Ambassador Mellon's daughter, as "all that Amelia took across was $20 and a bottle of tomato juice."