Diane von Furstenberg: 'All females are powerful'
Diane von Furstenberg thinks men can make women hide their strength.
The fashion designer is one of the few women in the industry who owns, designs and controls her own label, and counts A-list stars like Jessica Biel and Julia Roberts as clients. While labelling her as a 'strong' woman isn't necessarily incorrect, Diane thinks all ladies have power - just some are distracted from it.
"Every person is a brand now and obviously I can relate to that," she said during a recent chat as part of the What She Said series. "I never met a woman who wasn't strong, but I think men and religion can make them hide it. It’s telling that when tragedy strikes it's always the women who take over.
"You always compete with other women, but you respect and admire them too."
The 69-year-old channels her passion for female empowerment through her clothes and her work, and she doesn't approve of anything that tarnishes this.
In 2014 Sheryl Sandberg’s Ban Bossy campaign launched, encouraging ladies to lead, but the designer and other high-profile women like Victoria Beckham and Beyonce weren't impressed by the choice of wording.
"I really resented that campaign” she recalled. "I always put my name to anything that's to do with feminism but I felt that belittled us. Never be a victim."
Despite currently being one of the biggest names in the fashion industry, Diane didn't strive to become such a success. She's never been a big planner and had just a few things on her checklist when she was an ambitious young woman.
"I had no idea what I was going to do with my life” Diane shared. "All I knew was that I wanted to be liberated, pay my own bills and sleep with whoever I wanted."
"One day I just made this dress and suddenly I'd sold a million" she added of her iconic wrap dress. "I was doing social media before that was even a thing."