Diana Vreeland on self invention

Diana Vreeland didn't need anyone to tell her that she could be anything she wanted to be. She'd already figured that out for herself at the tender age of 14 - if she couldn't find the perfect girl to emulate, she decided that she would be that perfect girl. So begins the extraordinary tale that made this woman one of the most iconic, and intensely original beings of the 20th century.

She famously told her two sons:

'You've got to be either first in the class or at the bottom of the class—don't be in the middle.'

Not the best advice for school-going children, but you get her point - be original, be your own person, be utterly irreplaceable.

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