Guest Writer: Malin Lagerqvist
Since I was a young teenager whatever I’ve done, I’ve always tried to do it perfect. Be an excellent student and dancer, have the perfect body and eat the healthiest food.
Today, for the first time in my 25 year life, I’m questioning my values. I can check the above off my “miss perfect” bucket list, but why am I always left feeling this emptiness?
Do You know when I feel the most fulfilled?
It’s when my family and I share good food and conversations in the small kitchen of our family home. It’s wallpapered in my favorite color, ”Neapolitan yellow.”
The other weekend we hung out over wine and Manchego, my now favorite cheese (sorry Parmigiano!) and it brought back a very special New York memory. Mom and I sat on moving boxes in my Harlem apartment, sharing a piece of the Spanish cheese. At that moment I couldn’t think of anything I was lacking. I had delicious, simple food from my favorite grocery store (Whole Foods) and I got to share it with the most important person in my life.
My family is far from perfect. But no matter the struggles we’ve faced, my parents have always loved and cared for my brother and me. It wasn’t until I moved to New York when I understood what family meant to me, how strong our bond is and how much I took them for granted.
“Your identity is very important, If you lose your identity, you lose your personality.”
Stefano Gabbana on going back to his Sicilian heritage.
And that is the spirit I love about the Dolce & Gabbana brand. When I see the #DGfamily ad campaign weirdly enough, I feel the same sense of fulfillment as when my family surrounds me. It’s not about the clothes, rather the experience and as a result, they create an emotional value.
Family and pasta, what more do you need in life!
The pictures were taken by Annika Lagerqvist during Milan Fashion Week February 2017, and note that they are just an inspiration for this story. The people in the photos has no connection to my content.
✏ Guest writer: Malin Lagerqvist
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