Reading this book was such an immense pleasure. I kept thinking "I wish I had read this when I was younger", but perhaps Diane's story has reached me at just the right time.
I have always admired Diane von Furstenberg for being a successful female fashion designer and also for having such an iconic and timeless brand. I also admire women of smarts and character, qualities easily spotted within her.
Although she's had a charmed life, her history is rich. Her mother survived the holocaust and in a lot of ways, this shaped the woman she became. Despite the tragic ordeal she lived though, her mother was an extremely positive person and bestowed many useful lessons upon her: Fear is not an option, Don't dwell on the dark side of things but look for the light and build around it, If one door closes look for another one to open, Never ever blame others for what befalls you no matter how horrible it might be, Trust you and only you to be responsible for your own life (pg 7).
In addition to those important words of wisdom, another reason I'm happy I read this book is because of Diane's notion of living a man's life in a woman's body. How revolutionary! How wonderful to be young and pretty, receiving the benefits of that while still being smart, powerful, and in control. To me Diane is an admirable feminist and my personal role model.
"I loved being that woman high on her heels walking in and out of places like a tornado, taking planes as if they were buses, feeling pragmatic, engaged, and sexy. I loved the idea of being a young tycooness who smiles at her shadow and winks at herself in the mirror. I loved having a man's life in a woman's body" (pg. 165).