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Campi Di Vegonno, 1987, “This really represents my childhood in Italy. I remember always feeling free outside.”

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1980s, “One of my grandfather’s beautiful drawings. I could look at it forever. There’s a sense of grace that my grandparents always carry within them wherever they go. I strongly feel that they passed it down to their three children. Grace is not something you can be taught in my opinion. It’s something you’re born with.”

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New York City, 1994, “My mommy. Isn’t she beautiful? I always loved showing her off at school because all the boys thought she was so hot! People often think that I grew up in America because I have no Italian accent when I speak English. But that’s because my mother is American. She grew up in New York and was modeling during college and ended up in Milan, where she met my dad. I lived in Italy until I was 19.”

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Surimago, 1980, “My dad and my grandfather at work. So beautiful, so inspiring.”

The Inspiration Issue | Jennifer Missoni

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Interview by Kristin Larson
Portrait by Matthew Williams
Hair and Makeup by Britney Batt
Family photos provided by Jennifer Missoni

You might not be familiar with Jennifer herself, but you certainly know her iconic family. With a last name like Missoni, it’s never been easy for her to fade into obscurity—not that she’s ever wanted to. “I always knew I wanted to be an actress since I was a little girl,” she says, now living out her childhood dream in New York City. Although fashion is her family’s business, she acknowledged early on that it wasn’t her chosen form of creative expression. “I never was passionate about fashion and design and textiles in that way.” Yet she has been, and continues to be, inspired by her family. A tight-knit crew (pun slightly intended), the Missonis embody the classic Italian lifestyle: food, wine, and lots of family fun. “I was always so happy to see my grandparents, my aunt and uncle, and my father doing interviews or receiving compliments from strangers. I am so proud to be a part of this family and watch the company grow and expand."

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