´╗┐

A Girl's Best Friend

When Philippine strongman Ferdinand Marcos fled the country on Feb. 25, 1986, First Lady Imelda was forced to leave behind the 3,000 pairs of shoes that would place her in the record books. But she wasn't traveling light: when the couple landed in Hawaii, the U.S. Customs Service confiscated Pampers boxes stuffed with jewelry, including a gold crown and three gem-encrusted tiaras (not to mention $200,000 worth of gold bullion and $1 million in Philippine pesos). And that's just what they managed to load onto the C-141 cargo plane to Hawaii: back at Malaca˝ang Palace, officials discovered a stash of...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!