Amber Valletta

Then and Now

photography Maciek Kobielski
interview Maddalena Iodice

 

“THE VIOLENCE AND PREJUDICE THAT SO MANY HAVE BEEN EXPERIENCING THROUGHOUT THE US NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED. HOWEVER, BEYOND ALL OF OUR MANY PROBLEMS AND CHALLENGES; AMERICA IS A PLACE OF HOPE.”

MI Hi Amber, thank you for your time. We are extremely excited about this collaboration for MUSE Travel Issue America! With our theme in mind, I would like to start by asking you what do you think of your country today. Having had the chance to see the world as you have had since an early age, I am curious how this has changed your perspective…
AV Goodness that is a serious question! I think the United States is a wonderful country. Sadly, we are very divided at the moment as the election reflected a few weeks ago. I think we have to face our sins as a collective society. We have forgotten the Native American population and their birthrights to this land, we have forgotten freedom for all, and justice for all. The violence and prejudice that so

many have been experiencing throughout the US needs to be addressed. However, beyond all of our many problems and challenges; America is a place of hope. A country where you can still fight for change and dream of a better future. Now more than ever it feels as though we all need to be involved in our political process and be active citizens as to not loose the freedoms we value.
MI Your career then and now. How has it changed?
AV I worked everyday back in the ’90s and felt often like I was not the owner of my own life. Now, I make choices for my life. I do what makes me feel good rather than trying to please others. I have a deep respect for my business and the power that the fashion industry has to impact society.

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