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The Woman I Wanted to Be
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One of the most influential, admired, and colorful women of our time: fashion designer and philanthropist Diane von Furstenberg tells the most personal stories from her life, about family, love, beauty and business: "It's so good, you'll want to take notes" (People). Diane von Furstenberg started with a suitcase full of jersey dresses and an idea of who she wanted to be--in her words, "the kind of woman who is independent and who doesn't rely on a man to pay her bills." She has since become that woman, establishing herself as a major force in the fashion industry, all the while raising a family, maintaining that "my children are my greatest creation." In The Woman I Wanted to Be, "an intriguing page-turner filled with revelations" (More), von Furstenberg reflects on her extraordinary life--from her childhood in Brussels to her days as a young, jet-set princess, to creating the dress that came to symbolize independence and power for generations of women. With remarkable honesty and wisdom, von Furstenberg mines the rich territory of what it means to be a woman. She opens up about her family and career, overcoming cancer, building a global brand, and devoting herself to empowering other women. This "inspiring, compelling, deliciously detailed celebrity autobiography...is as much of a smashing success as the determined, savvy, well-intentioned woman who wrote it" (Chicago Tribune).
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"Diane's book evokes everything she has lived through. It is honest, direct and fascinating -- just like the author herself!"--Anna Wintour "Diane von Furstenberg's story offers a behind-the-scenes look into the ups and downs of building a global business, creating an enduring brand, and finding true love. By sharing the path that enabled her to become the woman she wanted to be, Diane shows all of us how to live a life of focus and passion."--Sheryl Sandberg "Diane is the original modern princess who created the iconic wrap dress and has influenced fashion everywhere with her talent, lifestyle, elegance and beauty. Every girl will love reading her book."--Kate Moss "It has been a gift to read this book, and a true privilege to learn and discover that much more about DVF. What a thrill to be given an opportunity to peek even further into her life."--Sarah Jessica Parker "In this era when girls are made to think it's better to be a princess than a person, Diane von Furstenberg's The Woman I Wanted to Be is just the reverse. I thank her for honesty, spirit, encouragement to be one's own self in public and professional life, and a memoir that covers more human experience than most novels. Pick it up -- you won't put it down."--Gloria Steinem

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