Transcript for Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg talks about her new book, ‘Own It’
We're back now with a perfect guest the to celebrate international women's day, renowned fashion designer, philanthropist Diane Von furstenburg who has a new book out. It's called "Own it:the secret to life." Good morning, dvf. Good morning. It's great to see you. Tell us the reason behind this book, what was your motivation? Well, actually, you know, people, the publisher came to me and they said, you give such good advice and people quote you all the time, we do really well these books, would you do the book? At the time I thought I would call it "In charge." But to be in charge is not an aggressive statement. It's really a commitment to yourself, it's owning you who are, your own your imperfections they become your assets. You own your vulnerability it becomes your strength. I thought, to own it is really the secret to life. So then instead of doing something that would look condescending I decided to do a little dictionary. Everything goes back to own it. Yes. Because own it -- I wrote it during covid, something that was going to be fun on the verge of frivolous became fun -- Because we're all re-evaluating ourselves during this time of isolation, it's like a dictionary, a to Z, you alluded to words many of which you love, one in particular you don't care for, complain, why? Yes, well, my mother, you know my mother was a holocaust survivor and therefore I came out, my birth was a miracle and my mother always taught me fear is not an option and I was not allowed to be afraid, not allowed to complain and not allowed to blame, not even the weather. Not even the weather. You know, there's no complaining about this book, because even Gloria steinem says this book gives us the biggest gift, faith in our uniqueness. Oh, I love that. So talk about how it is, because sometimes it's difficult, especially for women to embrace our uniqueness. Well, the truth is that we -- the most important relationship in life is the one we have with yourself, once we have that every relationship is a plus not a must. We don't want to be needy, knowing that, we know we just have to accept who we are and the more we accept who we are the easier it is to deal with it. You know, so, many things are not pleasant but if you own it and you throw the fear away or the blame away or the shame away it automatically feels better already. You hope us own it with this beautiful, beautiful book. I was going to underline, but it's already done for you. It's brilliant. Thank you so much, Diane. Thank you. Happy international women's day to all women. Because we're lucky to be women and it's been really hard here in covid and so, hang on there. We will. Bless you my friend. Take care own it the secret to life by Diane Von furstenburg. I'm wearing one of my wrap dresses. Yes, she did notice. Her book is out today.
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