Extravagance and excess

Imelda Marcos gained notoriety for shopping trips to the world's swankiest boutiques and glitzy parties and lavish beautification in the midst of the Philippines' extreme poverty, the Associated Press wrote in 2001. The shoes became a symbol of extravagance and excess. In this photo, Imelda Marcos in 2001 was reunited with about 200 pairs of her shoes in the Marikina Shoe Museum, near Manila. (Photo by Joel Nito/AFP/Getty Images)
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