How important are clothes to you? Describe your style, if you have one, and tell us how appearance impacts how you feel about yourself.
Because of my job as reporter I had to wear always a neutral style: comfortable enough to go out to the field to cover an unexpected news in the most uncomfortable of the environments and good-looking to cover a press conference or a formal event with dignity. There is no time to go home to change if something happens and you have to go to the mountain to follow the rescue of a distressed climber, or go to the scene of a terrorist attempt. You have to be quick and get ready for all kind of scenarios. So I get used to that kind of clothing: Jeans (blue or black) a sweater or a t-shirt and a blazer or a wide shirt. Comfortable shoes. For feast days and special occasions, I like to wear skirts and dresses. I like elegance.
I stopped thinking about how appearance impacts how I feel about myself long ago. A medication I had to take made me gain a lot of weight in no time, to the point that there were some people who didn’t recognise me. After some years, another medication made me lose too much weight and so on. Now I think I’m in my proper weight. And that’s good. I was more concerned about my health than my appearance.
Recently I changed my look at the hairdresser. The doctor told me to do exercise and because of my balance problems the only sport I can do is to swim, so I began to go to a swimming pool. And it was tedious to do my hair after each session, so I decided to do a perm, and have my hair curled. No more hairdryer. Again, I opted for comfort. And who cares about all this?