I am such a sucker for powerful women. I was raised by a mother who taught me that all of the clichés that exist about succeeding can be a reality with enough hard work and ambition. Being in business school and having a fundamental understanding of how business and other social structures operate, it’s obvious that, slowly but surely, women in influential positions are on the rise. Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook and Mary Barra of GM are just a couple examples of this. Considering the male-dominated industries they are in, tech and automotive, women do happen to be an anomaly. What happens when you look into a female-oriented fashion industry? Major companies such as LVMH and Gucci Group are headed by men, running the show behind the scenes.
Recently I was, well, Googling Google and how awesome it would be to be an intern there and came across some videos on Google Glass. As a part of a series on these, they released a video with the truly powerful, beautiful, and iconic Diane von Fürstenberg, Founder of DVF, wearing the glasses during New York Fashion Week. Although I will never get to hang out with her and Bianca Jagger at Studio 54, she is still one of the most influential people in the Fashion Industry and an advocate of strong, independent women. Not only does this video capture how wonderful of a person DVF seems to be, it does a great job capturing the energy of NYFW. Seriously, how inspiring is this? It made me feel all tacky and cheesy. I got goose bumps from it. Ugh.
Google did such an amazing job with this, tapping into a totally different market than who might actually wear Google Glass. And seeing things from the perspective of DVF? Even better. She says in the video “be the woman you want to be.” For any young women, this is a priceless piece of advice and beautiful testament to the idea that women don’t have to be pinned against one another in friendship, acquaintances, or careers.
Who or what inspires you to be insanely awesome?