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'I have been surrounded by the most incredible singers, from Madonna to Prince' -Donatella Versace
The Proust Questionnaire: Donatella Versace
Madonna, Donatella Versace and Cher
The empress of Italian fashion began her career when her late brother, Gianni, founded the family label, in the 1970s. Four decades on, the ever stilettoed designer reveals her worship of the Medusa and her own weakness for diamonds.
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Family, friends, laughter, and music so loud you feel it inside.
Which living person do you most admire? Any homosexual or transgender people fighting for their rights anywhere in the world.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? My personality.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Insincerity.
What is your greatest extravagance?Diamonds.
What is your favorite journey? Any journey that leads me home.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Patience. And silence.
On what occasion do you lie? In the past, I may have lied to myself. I hope that is not true anymore.
What do you dislike most about your appearance? I believe in accepting your appearance, not disliking it.
Which living person do you most despise? Anyone who takes away another person’s rights or freedom.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? In Italian or English? Italian: “subito.” English: “now.”
What is your greatest regret? That my brother Gianni is not with us today.
What or who is the greatest love of your life? My children.
When and where were you happiest? Now!
Which talent would you most like to have? To sing. I have been surrounded by the most incredible singers my whole life, from Madonna to Prince, Lady Gaga, J.Lo, Beyoncé. To be able to have their talent for just one second would be incredible.
What is your current state of mind? Excited, energized, impatient.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? That Versace is now a brand with a solid future in the 21st century and beyond.
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? A high heel.
Where would you like to live? For me, traveling all around the world for my work is perfect. I’m too impatient to stay in one place.
What is your favorite occupation? The one I have right now.
What is your most marked characteristic? That I get what I want.
What is the quality you most like in a man? Charm and a good body.
What is the quality you most like in a woman? Strength and power.
What do you most value in your friends? Love, compassion, concern, humor, intelligence.
Who is your favorite hero of fiction? The Medusa.
Who are your heroes in real life? Kids on the street. That’s where you find real energy.
What are your favorite names? Allegra, Daniel.
What is it that you most dislike? Intolerance.
How would you like to die? Without me knowing it.
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