FN Pick: Imelda Marcos Turned 85

The former first lady celebrated her birthday in classic fashion with a footwear-topped cake.

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Imelda Marcos

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The world may know Imelda Marcos best as one of the savviest political survivors, having endured exile with dictator husband Ferdinand, the former president of the Philippines, and then slowly restoring the family name to prominence. But pop culture recognizes her more for the 3,000-plus pairs of pumps and designer shoes she once owned. The former first lady celebrated her 85th birthday in classic fashion last Wednesday in a town north of Manila, marking the occasion with — what else? — a footwear-topped cake.