miuccia prada thinks you should get a job

​“If you don’t work, if you depend on a man for your bread, how can you be happy?"

by i-D Staff and Isabelle Hellyer
26 May 2015, 3:14pm

Hannah Thomson

Miuccia Prada has long been an inspiring woman: she earned a PhD in political science while running things at both Prada and Miu Miu. In a recent interview, Miuccia far and away proved her legendary status by dishing out truly iconic wisdom on some crucial topics. Here's everything you need to learn about... 

"I had this problem - worrying about looking old - when I was 33 and thank God I got over it and it never came back," said Prada, now 66. "And in any case, if we work, who cares? If you don't work, of course you think about the problem of your wrinkles from morning until night. If you work, you have something better to think about."

Independent women...
"If you don't work, if you depend on a man for your bread, how can you be happy? If you are young and blonde, maybe he will love an older one with black hair. So just live your life. This is so obvious."

Changing beauty paradigms...
"From a commercial point of view, eventually people will start saying [being older] is fantastic. You won't convince people with models, but when each of us really believes in ourselves, and feels good and beautiful and sexy and secure, that will be it."

"I'm very proud of my job. I used to be ashamed of it because I was educated, I was a feminist. But finally I am proud of it. I earn my own money, which is a huge thing for a woman." 

Dressing with a budget...
"If you can afford it, you can, and if you can't, you can't. I would say: wear vintage. I would say: be strong and proud. Look chic with something less expensive."


Text Isabelle Hellyer
Photography Hannah Thomson

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