EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: KARLIE ON KARLIE
What was your first interaction with the DVF brand?
I fell in love with the DVF brand during my first runway show. The beauty of the brand is that everyone feels Diane’s magic whenever they wear the clothes—on or off the runway.
What makes the House of DVF relevant today?
I think House of DVF is relevant to today because it embodies the importance of self-care and self-confidence. When you’re comfortable with being yourself, you’re able to make so much more of life and the relationships you have. It’s always relevant to be grateful, creative, bold and – most importantly – yourself.
The first time you met Diane, what was she doing?
The first time I met Diane was at a casting call—one of my first ever. I was nervous to have a meeting with such an iconic designer and she completely put me at ease with her exuberant smile and kindness. She’s been a very special presence in my life ever since.
How are you the woman you want to be?
My curiosity and desire to continue learning helps me be the woman I want to be.
What inspires you, and how do you inspire?
Learning new things, tapping into my creative side, and helping others inspire me.
What is the most inspiring thing Diane has ever said to you?
Diane once told me that it’s a true privilege and duty to use your voice to help and support people who may not have a voice. Seeing her live this value every day by sharing her platform and giving back is very cool.
My real life Wonder Woman is…
…My mom. She’s is one of the strongest people I know and created so many opportunities for my sisters and me to pursue our passions.
This is your second campaign for DVF, and you have walked for the House for many seasons. How has your relationship with DVF and with Diane evolved over the years?
Diane has been such a powerful figure in my life. She embodies the woman I aspire to be. She’s been an incredible mentor and friend and for as long as I’ve known her, she has supported me and encouraged me to challenge myself in ways I didn’t know were possible.
What’s one new thing you’re in love with right now?
Right now, I’m completely obsessed with the iPad I got as a holiday present. I take it with me everywhere 🙂
Can you name one woman around you who is working magic?
Christy Turlington Burns. She has figured out how to balance all aspects of life which is truly magic! I respect and admire her so much not only for her career, but also because she was able to go back to school and have a family while founding Every Mother Counts. That women really does it all!
What does it mean to be self-made?
Self-made = some serious hustle.
What inspires you to have no fear?
Ha! Who says I have no fear? When I’m scared, I try to imagine the worst that can happen and often times I realize I can handle it. My family, friends and mentors give me strength to take risks because I know they’ll always be there to support me.
What does #youbeyou mean to you? Why is this rallying cry important right now?
It means be YOU! There is only one of you and we all need to celebrate what makes us different.