GROWING UP IN THE SEVENTIES I’VE ALWAYS RESISTED EXPECTATIONS THAT SOCIETY WANTS TO PUT ON ME
When someone says, “Dress your age” — I actually think to myself, that’s very sad for the person saying that, because it’s really about oppression, it’s about society trying to control you. It goes in reverse, too. A lot of people my age discount young people, and that’s not OK either. I have always kept learning, and embraced technology really, really early on, and because of that no one is dismissing me. No one is saying, you can’t be an influencer. I personally have not had that experience, but again, I am not a person who puts myself in that role.
I USE MY PERSONAL STYLE TO CONVEY WHO I AM AND WHAT I WANT THE WORLD TO KNOW ABOUT ME
The reason I’ve become associated with sunglasses is that I’m actually a person who does not like to be photographed, so when I first started being photographed, sunglasses helped me to feel safe and more comfortable. I was in London and was doing an interview on air for BBC, it was the early days, before I had practice doing this. I was literally frozen. My agent came over and said, “Here, let her wear sunglasses.” The minute I put them on I became relaxed, so they kind of became a signature for that reason.
My style is my story, really. I was a professor for 20-years, teaching social policy and social work and the law. Five years ago, I was beginning to be very frustrated with academia. It was feeling controlling, and I felt the need to express myself in a different way. I started to take classes at some fashion schools in New York City, and everyone said to me in class, you have such great style, you should start a blog. So, I did a lot of research and I couldn’t find a blog that spoke to someone like me. It started as a passion project, I had no agenda, I knew no one in fashion, I just started taking photos and writing and putting myself out there and leaving myself open to whatever opportunities came my way. The message I want people to come away with is that it’s never too late for you to have a passion, to do something new, to reinvent your life if you’re wanting adventure or not happy with it.
TODAY WE WILL IS A VERY AFFIRMATIVE STATEMENT
For me, Today We Will is accepting myself, and accepting ourselves. What does purpose mean to me? Purpose is why we get up in the morning, and I think for me it has always given my life a lot of meaning because I’ve always had one. So “Today We Will Keep Learning” comes from my belief that you should be a lifelong learner.
We’re living in interesting times because they’re an in between time. A lot of the old ways, the old institutions that used to keep us safe and keep us together are not working anymore. That’s because change is happening at an exponential rate, and we as humans have not had time to respond to it. That’s where the optimism comes in because I think that when old things break down there’s a lot of excitement and possibility, because you can make new things. So I’m very passionate about creating spaces and working with all generations where we can just allow ourselves to not know for a moment and then think of amazing things we can do to make a change.