Red Magazine - - Attitude -

worlds ex­isted, she got ob­sessed and re­searched about them. “This is weird be­cause I’m not in­ter­ested about the sex par­tic­u­larly, but the weird stuff that re­volves around it. I read about au­to­bi­ogra­phies, cul­tural move­ments and sub­cul­tures.” She owns a hip­ster hand­book, books about punk, and au­to­bi­ogra­phies on strong fe­male char­ac­ters. “I love learn­ing. I al­ways want to know about ev­ery­thing. I want to do so many things.”

Months back, Dulce planned a fundrais­ing for Yolanda. She could have just sold clothes to raise money, but she stub­bornly re­fused. “I went, ‘I’m not go­ing to sell stuff, I’m go­ing to make this a huge project and raise mil­lions.’ It speaks so much of how I am as a per­son.” Go big or go home, as Dulce says. But she couldn’t lift the project off the ground, and she got up­set, de­pressed, even. She ad­mits that her num­ber one flaw is that she does not take fail­ure well.

“It’s my strong sense of com­pet­i­tive­ness,” she ad­mits. When she won first run­nerup at the Mega Young De­sign­ers Com­pe­ti­tion in 2006, she was up­set. “I was so bit­ter. I re­ally was. I al­ways want to win. That year, the prize in­cluded a chance to move to Canada. I was like, ‘[ I didn’t win] be­cause I’m not for Canada, I’m for Lon­don!” But right now, who re­ally cares? Once, when she was study­ing in Cen­tral Saint Martins, an in­struc­tor asked her to write con­crete points on how she would mea­sure her suc­cess. She re­calls writ­ing im­me­di­ately: For her brand to be sold glob­ally. A goal achieved, and pur­sued con­tin­u­ously. Mich Dulce hats have stock­ists not just in Lon­don but also in New York, Tokyo, Sin­ga­pore and Bangkok.

Dulce is noth­ing but strong-willed — she knows what she wants, and she will go out there and get it. Men must be in­tim­i­dated, this writer re­marks. When the topic of dat­ing comes up, she im­me­di­ately com­ments, rolling her eyes, “Oh my God, I am so un­date­able.” But Dulce ad­mits she loves online dat­ing, and even met a friend through it who gave her what she thinks is the best ad­vice. “He said to me, ‘ If peo­ple are in­tim­i­dated by you be­cause you’re too strong, it just means you have to date a higher kind, some­one who will not be in­tim­i­dated.’”

And fi­nally, she re­veals her as­pi­ra­tions on hav­ing a fam­ily. “I want kids. I’m built to have a fam­ily, to be a wife, and I don’t see any­thing wrong with that,” says Dulce res­o­lutely. She be­lieves one does not need to re­ject fem­i­nin­ity to be a fem­i­nist. “That’s my take on fem­i­nism. I don’t want to be the man of the house, I just want to raise my kids re­ally well.” Dulce tells, al­most like a prom­ise, that the only time she will be com­pla­cent about her craft is when she be­comes a mother. “It's such a big part of be­ing a woman. Why would that be a bad thing? It’s just mak­ing your own de­ci­sions. Fem­i­nism is about the free­dom of choice of what you want to do and which parts of be­ing a fe­male you're will­ing to em­brace. It’s not set­tling for some­thing [out­side the norm], it’s just choos­ing what you want to do, and hav­ing the free­dom to do it.”

But she raises her hands in in­dig­na­tion and says, “But I have the worst love life in the world!” She partly blames it on her mov­ing around a lot: She’ll spend a few months in New York, move to Lon­don, then to Paris and Manila and back. Al­though as she gives this in­ter­view, Dulce is hours away from a flight to Paris where she will re­side for a few years, and it will be the first time she will be stay­ing in one city for quite a while. Maybe she’ll set­tle down, maybe she won’t, but at the young age of 32 with a global

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