Dior By Dior,

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - The News -

In the ’50s, fash­ion was a very elit­ist world – and I wasn’t a part of it. I never had a fa­ther and was living with my mother. I was a bit wild and not big on so­cial­is­ing. So when I walked in, Mon­sieur Dior was im­me­di­ately charmed and de­cided to hire me on the spot. His en­tourage, the peo­ple of the fash­ion world, didn’t agree with his de­ci­sion. They thought I wasn’t per­fect; I was too dif­fer­ent to what they were used to, too avant-garde. But he liked me and said to them, “Well, I don’t care what you say. I want to work with that girl.” I only needed one sea­son to be­come a star. It must have been a dif­fi­cult sea­son. Yes, it was tough but I didn’t care what oth­ers said. There was a lot of crit­i­cism but I didn’t let that get to me, also be­cause I knew I had Mon­sieur Dior back­ing me up, of course. Is your strong char­ac­ter one rea­son why you were Mon­sieur Dior’s muse? I do think so. I think he liked my na­ture be­cause he had to sup­press his own re­bel­lious spirit.

Vic­toire Doutreleau

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