Dior By Dior,
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.