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21 Questions with… Norma Kamali

Famed for designing Farrah Fawcett's iconic red one-piece and for her collection of parachute pieces, Norma Kamali is continually growing her business — most recently with a capsule collection for Barneys and with the expansion of her Wellness Cafe.

We asked the digitally savvy designer our 21 questions.

  1. SONY DSCWhen I get dressed in the morning I think… about my appointments for the day and how to make what I wear work for all of them.

  2. The one item of clothing I’ll never get sick of wearing is… my favorite shoes.

  3. When it comes to staying in shape I… work out every day and do a mostly plant based diet.

  4. My favorite healthy snacks include… nuts and berries.

  5. The beauty products I can't live without are… moisturizer with olive oil and calcium.

  6. My guilty pleasure is… Thai massages.

  7. My biggest fashion pet peeve is… people dressed head-to-toe in designer labels.

  8. I’d never go a day without… olive oil.

  9. When I’m looking to de-stress I… work out, get massages and drink “Calm," a magnesium-based supplement packet that you dissolve in water.

  10. What I love most about New York City is… it's my hometown and has everything for everyone.

  11. What keeps me excited about fashion is… that it makes people feel good.

  12. My favorite place in the world is… the ocean.

  13. On a typical Saturday night I… like to do something new.

  14. I would never travel without… my All in One Dress.

  15. The one electronic device I couldn't live without is… my iPhone.

  16. If my days had one extra hour I’d… the list is too long to write.

  17. The last thing I Googled was… Nelson Mandela.

  18. I’m most excited for the winter season because… it's a chance to be with friends and family at a special occasion event or off to warm weather to chill in a swimsuit and workout clothes.

  19. When I’m looking to get inspired I… interview women for my blog.

  20. The best style advice I ever got was… "know thyself."

  21. People might be surprised to learn that… in my research for my STOP OBJECTIFICATION campaign to stop the objectification of women, I found all women around the world have issues with food. Also that clothes, in fact, do not objectify women; case in point is the female volleyball gold medal winners for the USA.