What I Learned From A Conversation With Jane Birkin
With the exception of perhaps Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, there's no female style icon more revered than Jane Birkin. Women have been emulating her elegant Parisian cool (which she achieved despite the fact that she's British) for decades. So, of course, I was beyond excited when I had the chance to interview her a few years ago for map magazine. I recently stumbled across the recording of our conversation and it reminded me of how inspiring it was.
During the 30 minutes or so we spent chatting, I quickly learned that there's so much more to Jane Birkin than being a fashion darling or Serge Gainsbourg's muse. And what I loved most is how real and vulnerable she allowed herself to be, speaking openly about her failures, insecurities and what it feels like when fame and attention fades away.
For someone who is considered to be "perfect" in many ways, it was so refreshing to hear that she experiences the same moments of doubt and feelings of unworthiness that almost everyone faces at one time or another. What I learned from Jane was that, regardless of who are, you’re bound to feel such negative emotions – the difference between those who are successful and those who aren’t is the fact that successful people acknowledge those feelings and chase their dream anyway.
And I especially love the wisdom that she said she lives by:
"Aung San Suu Kyi once gave me the advice to be cautiously reckless. That’s such a good piece of wisdom and I’ve used it everywhere. And you must believe that people can change and that you can change things. It’s like the butterfly theory: Even if you’re the smallest person in the world, you can change somebody else’s whole destiny in one day. Learning that made me realize that I can be of some use."
Read the original interview in map magazine here. Images courtesy of Jane Birkin.