How I Mental Health: Manolo Blahnik

Here, how the fashion icon stays centered.

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This year, the 78-year-old Spanish footwear icon, who's been name-checked in Twilight, Sex and the City, and a Jay-Z song, celebrates 50 years in business and a chic new NYC flagship.

  1. Social media has zero impact on my sense of well-being.
  2. My definition of a mental-health day is being around nature.
  3. My happy place is the library.
  4. On a good day, I deal with rejection by watching a wonderful movie; on a bad day, I deal with rejection by reading a fabulous book. When you feel rejected, you must do things you find joy in!
  5. The not-so-great coping mechanism I had to abandon is [nothing]. I don’t abandon anything; I fight for it!
  6. When I’m being pulled in many directions, I immediately know what to do!
  7. The workout I turn to, to calm down, is walking in my garden.
  8. When I can’t fall asleep, I read, watch movies, sketch.
  9. If I’m stressed before bed, I eat chocolate; if I’m stressed when I wake up, I eat chocolate.
  10. The one person I know I can always be myself with is my dogs.
  11. I feel the most confident when I’m well-dressed and feel fresh and groomed.
  12. In my time of need, I turn to 1930s films.
  13. My comfort food is pasta and a huge salad with olive oil and lemon.
  14. The song I put on for positive vibes is White Rabbit,” by Jefferson Airplane. I adore Grace Slick!
  15. My advice to myself when I’m feeling low is always try to dream.
  16. When I’m down, I want my friends to tell me interesting stories.
  17. I think meditation is probably not for me.
  18. My mental-health mantra is “Keep going, keep going, keep going.”

    This story appears in the Summer 2021 issue of Marie Claire.

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