WHEN WERE YOU LAST MOVED BY SOME CREATIVE EXPRESSION?
"[At the CFDA Awards in June], Tilda Swinton accepted a fashion icon award for David Bowie. She wrote this brilliant, stunning letter to David and she used the pronoun “we.” She certainly expressed a lot of what I felt about him and probably spoke for many of the people in that room. It was really touching and made me cry. She did it without clichés. She just spoke to David, for all of us."
WHEN’S THE LAST TIME YOU LAUGHED?
"I laugh every day. That’s how I get through every day. I’m trying to think of what the last time was, but I don’t think I remember it. I was probably alone."
WHEN DID YOU REALISE YOU WERE BEAUTIFUL?
"It has a shelf life, beauty. And we’re always redefining it. When I was suddenly on covers and saw them just as I walked down the street, I would stand back and look at that and think, “Oh, boy! She is awful good looking, isn’t she?” And then I’d feel good."
"But then maybe the very next day, I’d pass by a mirror and see myself looking ridiculous. Sometimes I feel very handsome and sometimes I feel really ugly, and that’s always been true and probably will always be true. I go back and forth."
WHERE ARE YOU HAPPIEST?
"Anywhere in bed or the bush. If I’ve been in bed with someone, chances are I was wildly in love. And the bush took me to really wild places. I travelled all over Africa. I was very happy when I lived with hunter-gatherers. It was paradise for me, back to the beginning of who we were. I felt all the time that I was with real people—no facade, no fakeness."
WHAT ARE YOU MOST COMFORTABLE IN?
"The clothes that have proven the test of time. I like clothes that become old friends, washed a bunch, worn over and over, what I know. But I think that’s true for everyone. You have to know your own proportions, know what looks good on you. And you have to stick to it. You’ve got to find your style, which takes a while. But it happens."
"You realise, “What do people compliment me in? What colours do I feel good in? What flatters me?” You have to study that stuff and remember it, but I learned faster than most because that’s what I did every day for so many years. That’s really what it comes down to—finding out what looks good on you, specifically. We all have different proportions. And they keep changing! [Laughs.] You have to stay vigilant!"