CARLA SOZZANI Born in Manut, Italy, former editor in chief of Vogue Italia, founding editor in chief of Italian Elle, as well as Carla Sozzani Editore, a publisher of art, fashion, and design books. Founded 10 Corso Cosmo in Milan, 25 years ago.
Downtown: Name three women that inspire you, and why.
Carla Sozzani: Georgia O’Keeffe, Karen Blixen, and Simone de Beauvoir all inspire me because of their pursuit towards freedom.
Downtown: What has been the secret of your success?
CS: I credit my success to starting anew every day.
Downtown: If you were going to pass on one piece of advice to a young woman looking for success, what would it be?
CS: My advice would be to follow your instinct and listen to the people you respect.
Downtown: In the fight for women’s equality what area do you think needs the most attention?
CS: Women still need to be given more respect personally and professionally.
Downtown: What are you most proud of in your career?
CS: I am most proud of my integrity.
Downtown: Where do you get your confidence?
CS: I’m still learning how to build my confidence. It’s a work in progress.
Downtown: What makes a woman beautiful?
CS: A woman is beautiful when she is secure in herself and her beliefs.
Downtown: What gives you joy?
CS: Nature always brings me joy. It’s calming and inspiring at the same time.