In the flood of media coverage that followed Carolyn Bessette’s super-secret wedding to John F. Kennedy Jr., one rule emerged: Never speak ill of the wed.
While Bessette-Kennedy, 30, and the man the tabloids refer to as her “hunky hubby” take their honeymoon in Turkey and the Greek islands, back home, the media is churning out hype.
By saying, “I do,” Bessette-Kennedy transformed her image from JFK Jr.’s latest squeeze to a walking grab-bag of archetypes: All-American beauty, man-manipulating genius, and a woman who lives up to the standard of intelligence and grace set by her husband’s late mother, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
The Daily News dubbed her “Camelot’s New Queen.” New York magazine called her “Instant Princess.” And Liz Tilberis, editor in chief of Harper’s Bazaar, gushed to The New York Times: “We’d love to have her on the cover. She’s going to be an amazing symbol of American style.”