My heart is literally broken… If there’s anything to know about me, it’s that I adored this man…
Although Oscar de la Renta is the reason I fell in love with fashion at a very young age, he represented so much more to me than beautiful dresses. He represented chasing your dreams and rising from the very bottom to the very top through hard work, dedication and perseverance… He was my every day reminder that dreams do come true no matter where you’re from, your class or race. If he could make it, so could I. He’s from a small island in the Caribbean just like my family, but his vision for his life exceeded the borders of the Dominican Republic. He landed an apprenticeship in Spain to work under the legendary Cristóbal Balenciaga as a teenager… His mother was dying and, of course, he didn’t want to leave her side, but she refused to let him stay, so off to Spain he went, and with a heavy heart because he knew he’d never see his mother again… and the rest is history. He certainly made her proud.
As a Dominican American, he has also made me so unbelievably proud. From our humble island to the White House and beyond… From poor beginnings to building one of the most iconic and sophisticated fashion houses in the world… He was a gem… And one of the finest. And a national treasure to not only the Dominican Republic, but to America…
Farewell to a fashion legend and my fashion icon… I’m so honored to have met you and to have captured that magical moment. I’ll never forget it and the way you looked me up and down with a smile on your face as if you were approving what I was wearing. It was an indescribable feeling. Say ‘hello’ to Coco for me…
Pakistan’s torchbearer for girls’ education
Like millions around the world, I draw strength from brave Malala’s example.
I have seen courage in many places — in the thousands of our nation’s military members I have met and represented; in those who ran toward the gunfire in a Safeway parking lot on Jan. 8, 2011; and in our leaders who take the tough votes because it’s the right thing to do — but Malala’s courage is uncommon.
In the face of oppression and bitter injustice, she demands education and opportunity. In the face of violence from the hands of cowards, she refuses to back down.
Malala is a testament that women everywhere will not be intimidated into silence. We will make our voices heard.
We will speak, no matter how hard it is to do so.
~ Gabrielle Giffords for Time 100 (x)
Bravo, Malala! The youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in its history for her tireless and relentless fight for children and girls’ education! Wow, what an extraordinary accomplishment!!! Her courage, tenacity, resilience and perseverance is truly a force to be reckoned with and I think we can all learn a thing or two from her!
“I’m not interested in living in a world where my race is not a part of who I am. I am interested in living in a world where our races, no matter what they are, don’t define our trajectory in life.”
Wounds don’t heal the way you want them to, they heal the way they need to. It take time for wounds to fade into scars. It takes time for the process of healing to take place.
Give yourself that time. Give yourself that grace. Be gentle with your wounds. Be gentle with your heart. You deserve to heal. You have a right to know peace in your skin.”