George Sand (1804-1876): writer, feminist, and muse for Chopin, Flaubert and Proust. Secondary to her more significant achievements, Sand caused scandal in Paris by wearing clothes traditionally intended for men and smoking tobacco. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Sand
George Sand ..“I'm beginning to believe that there are angels disguised as men who pass themselves off as such and who inhabit the earth for a while to console and lift up with them toward heaven the poor, exhausted and saddened souls who were ready to perish here below.” A Biography http://turnofthecentury.tumblr.com/post/7123801386/i12bent-born-on-the-1st-of-july-french
Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, best known by her pseudonym George Sand, was a remarkable woman - a prodigious novelist, dramatist and campaigner for all manner of political reform. A rebellious, cross-dressing, cigar-smoking, scandalously-acting woman writer who lived at a time that was certainly much more of a man's world than today. Chopin was only one of many famous men in her life. After the relationship fell apart, in 1847, he scarcely composed again, before his death two years later.