Norma Kamali On The Real Importance of Being a Role Model for Women


Welcome to our Rule Breakers series, which spotlights five fabulous, gutsy women who are breaking boundaries in their respective fields—from supermodel Chrissy Teigen to designer Cynthia Rowley. Over the next few months, expect career advice, risk-taking tips, and insight on how to be an overall badass. Read more about the series!

Norma Kamali may have nearly 40 years of success as a fashion designer under her belt, but her real passion is in empowering other women to seek out their dreams and become independent. “If I have any experience that can help you, I am there,” she told us.
Nowhere is this sensibility more evident than in her designs, which are a confident mix of style and function—from svelte suiting in bold geometric patterns to curve-hugging cocktail dresses in black or red. “I think very seriously about how clothing effects women,” she says.  “We don’t always have days where we feel invincible, but when we feel really good, there is nothing you can’t accomplish in that day.”
This mentality extends into a sense of healthy living: Kamali has extended her brand into Wellness Cafe products that help you build a strong immune system, for example. “I will do what I have to do to make sure every woman today can have all the ammunition to be wonderful,” she insists.
Watch the video above to get a peek of what it is like inside the mind of this inspiring pioneer.

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StyleCaster’s Rule Breakers series is presented by Revlon.

Production Director: Samantha Lim
Producer: Robert Vasquez
Videographers: Simba Productions