Donatella Versace may not be the first name that comes to mind when you hear the words "role model," but if this month’s Vanity Fair Proust Questionnaire is any indication, we could all stand to learn a little something from the ice-blonde Italian designer. The 59-year-old is as acerbic as ever in her responses, which are uniformly awesome in their sheer Donatella-ness.
I imagine her perched in a solid gold chair—the Versace version of the Iron Throne, with the Medusa logo’s serpentine strands in place of swords—puffing away on a gilded e-cig (an item she does, in fact, own) and huskily dictating her answers to an assistant, never missing a beat or breaking a sweat. Case in point:
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? "My personality."
And then this:
What is your most marked characteristic? "That I get what I want."
She also neatly sums up her outlook on women’s empowerment in two responses:
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."
And refuses to apologize for her divisive beauty choices:
What do you dislike most about your appearance? "I believe in accepting your appearance, not disliking it."
Finally, she gives the answer that deserves a round of applause:
Which living person do you most admire? "Any homosexual or transgender people fighting for their rights anywhere in the world."
And that, ladies and gents, is how it’s done.