AD: Being the editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar, how do you feel you can be a role model to young women?
MVL: I feel like it’s my duty to utilize the influence I have through Harper’s Bazaar to spread the stories of these inspirational women, in order to broaden the current definition of a role model.
AD: Harper’s Bazaar has partnered with IWC for the “Table of Twelve” dinner. What does this collaboration mean to you?
MVL: The modern woman takes her time to realize her dreams. In that journey she will involve other women. Call it sisterhood. These values IWC and Harper’s Bazaar share and are the starting point in making these incredible women visible, to encourage them and also to inspire other women. Time is precious. Both IWC and Harper’s Bazaar realize this and encourage ambitious women to live their dreams now.
AD: What’s next?
MVL: The nominees’ shortlist was announced on September 10th on Harper’s Bazaar – and this year we want to hear from our readers: for the first time, everyone will be able to vote for their role model via our website on October 15th.
The winners of the Women of the Year award will be invited to the Harper’s Bazaar Talks, giving readers the chance to hear from them directly.