A Story of a Poor Filipino Girl Who Got Absolute Power in Her Country, but Nothing Good Came of It

When Imelda Marcos was young, she looked a lot like Cinderella. This girl from the Philippines, from an ordinary family, has always had a bright appearance. When she was 18 years old, she easily won a beauty contest in her country. The future president, Ferdinand Emmanuel Marcos noticed Imelda like it usually happens in fairy tales when the prince falls in love with an ordinary girl. Except their story didn’t end with a “happily ever after,” instead it turned into a very divisive biography of a woman who is often called the iron butterfly, and she is one of the best examples of abuse of power.