Donatella Versace is adamant that women should still wear sexy outfits in the #MeToo era.
The 63-year-old is chief designer at Versace, a label renowned for its racy aesthetic popularised by celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez and Elizabeth Hurley, who have worn the brand’s designs to many A-list events.
Though conversations about the sexual harassment of women are still rife in the film, music and fashion industries, Versace doesn’t believe the ongoing discussions should determine the way women dress.
“To be empowered is to look your best, to show femininity,” she insisted in an interview with The Times. “Sexy is an attitude. It doesn’t have to be about sex. It can mean, ‘Look at me, I have something to say.’ Female empowerment is not someone in a pair of jeans and no make-up. What are you supposed to do because of #MeToo, become unsexy?”
Though the fashion legend has strong opinions when it comes to style, she is open to debate and shared that the popularisation of social media definitely has had an influence on her professional decisions.
“It’s a revolution. Now you have direct contact with a younger generation. You can listen to different people from all over the world, and it makes it easier to understand that you need to change,” the platinum blonde star shared. “That’s when I began to push it a little bit. It was these conversations on the Internet which changed what I was doing completely. The Internet is an instrument that lets you be in tune.”
During the interview, Versace spoke about her late brother Gianni Versace, who was tragically murdered in 1997. Like her, the designer also had powerful ideas about the best way to dress, but his sister was never afraid to tell him the truth.
“No one else had the courage (to say no to him),” she smiled. “I would say, ‘This is wrong. Let’s do it again.'”
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