What are you willing to sacrifice in order to achieve ultimate success? Most importantly, when confronted with the greatest challenge in your career, would you be willing to risk it all? War, poverty, and social ruin, Coco Chanel survived thanks to her ambitions, persuasion, and instinct. Her classic rags-to-riches epic resulted in an empire that shattered an industry dominated by men. We know her designs and her famous Chanel No. 5 perfume, but who was the woman behind the timeless style? Life wasn’t always $4,000 patent leather handbags and drapey pearl necklaces.