Renowned fashion reporter and best-dressed Canadian Jeanne Beker received the Order of Canada this week during a glamorous investiture ceremony held at Ottawa’s Rideau Hall.
Established by Her Majesty the Queen, the high civilian honour recognizes “an outstanding level of talent and service or an exceptional contribution to Canada and humanity.” Jeanne, 62, accepted her well-deserved designation on Friday, Nov. 21 wearing a gorgeous, scarlet gown from the Toronto boutique Freda's.
On Monday (Nov. 24), the fashion entrepreneur appeared on City's Breakfast Television Montreal, where she described what it felt like to receive the prestigious medal.
“It was very, very humbling,” she said. “No question – just about my proudest moment."
This week also marks a new chapter in Jeanne’s incredible career, as the mother of two has unveiled her new capsule collection for The Shopping Channel, which boasts everything from jewelry to eyewear and stylish apparel.
Jeanne Beker receives the Order of Canada. Photo: © Sgt. Ronald Duchesne, Rideau Hall
“I pick and choose pieces that I like, I work with stylists and designers, and then I offer that to women across the country,” explained Jeanne. “Hopefully there will be things in there that resonate with [women] and empower them to make their own choices.”
The line is also a family affair, with one top in particular featuring a print that was designed by Jeanne's artist daughter, Bekky O'Neil.
Toronto-born Jeanne started her illustrious career as an actress and mime, but soon found her calling as an arts reporter. She received accolades as co-star of the groundbreaking CHUM show The NewMusic before finding her longtime home as the gregarious host of FashionTelevision (FT), reaching 130 countries around the world and interviewing every top designer. She is now host and segment producer of FT and FashionTelevisionChannel (the first channel of its kind in Canada), designs a collection for Hudson's Bay (EDIT BY JEANNE BEKER) in addition to her The Shopping Channel line and writes for numerous publications, including The Globe and Mail.