The House of Versace Explores What Power Means to Women in 2021
Donatella Versace and the team at Versace have launched ‘Medusa Power Talks,’ a female-led platform that discusses the experiences of women in power in 2021. The project will include a series of recorded interviews with notable women and friends of Versace, ending with a live discussion on Clubhouse.
Speakers including Precious Lee, the first African American curve model to grace the pages of Vogue; trans actress and model Indya Moore, best known for her memorable role on Pose; Russian model and actress Irina Shayk; social impact strategist and influencer, Chelsea Miller; and of course, Donatella Versace. These interviews will be shared on Versace’s social media platforms and will culminate in a live discussion later this month on Clubhouse.
Driven by her own unique experiences of what “power” means, Donatella creates space for women and nonbinary folx to discuss the role power plays in navigating modern life, and the double standards they must often maneuver in moments of expressing power, or even in positions of authority.
The archetype of a powerful person has changed forever. For me, to be powerful is above all, the freedom to express yourself as you are, without any fear. Power plays many roles in our everyday lives. With my amazing panel of friends, Medusa Power Talks will discuss, examine and no doubt argue, about what it means for us all to be powerful in 2021. I am passionate about offering a platform to voices that represent the future I want to see, and I can’t wait to hear their stories.
— Donatella Versace
The project aims to magnify voices making progressive steps towards gender equality and championing female power, which makes Versace’s Medusa logo the perfect emblem to embody the program. Medusa has long been a symbol of power, and for Versace, she represents unapologetic authority and female empowerment. She is an iconic signifier of the fearless Versace woman.
The move plays into the Versace brand’s core attributes, giving a voice to the femininity, strength, and sexiness the house has built its legacy on. ‘Power’ oriented taglines such as ‘Do I Want More Power? Who Doesn’t‘ gives the house ownership of a word that has traditionally tettered on both admiration and fear. The house is unapologetically embracing the ambition of power which needs no apology, and is oddly enough a wide-open space for Versace to own. More power to them.
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