Donatella Versace has launched Medusa Power Talks, a female-led platform designed to discuss the experiences of women in power in 2021.And the 65-year-old, perma-blonde whirlwind has invited a quartet of powerful women to debut the talk series, which begins on Tuesday, March 30.
“The archetype of a powerful person has changed forever. For me, to be powerful is above all, the freedom to express yourself as you are, without any fear. Power plays many roles in our everyday lives. With my amazing panel of friends, Medusa Power Talks will discuss, examine and no doubt argue, about what it means for us all to be powerful in 2021,” said Versace.
The project kicks off with a series of recorded interviews with participating speakers, including Precious Lee, Indya Moore, Irina Shayk, Chelsea Miller, and of course, Donatella Versace.
“I am passionate about offering a platform to voices that represent the future I want to see, and I can’t wait to hear their stories,” said Donatella, of her desire to reclaim leadership in the conversation about female empowerment.
In an extraordinary live, Donatella, the youngest of four children, went from her native Calabria as a teenager to Milan to become the muse and internal critic of her brother Gianni, and then the designer of the house’s Versus collection. Following Gianni’s death in 1997, she became the house’s creative director and designed ad campaigns starring Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Courtney Love, Demi Moore, Lady Gaga and Beyoncé.
A noted champion of gay rights and the LGBT community, Donatella hopes the new series will also help “create space for women and nonbinary folx to discuss the role power plays in navigating modern life, and the double standards they must often maneuver in moments of expressing power, or even in positions of authority.”
These interviews will be shared on Versace’s social media platforms from March 30 and will culminate in a live discussion on the brand’s newly launched Clubhouse profile. The series title stems from the symbol of the house, the Medusa, representing unapologetic authority and female empowerment.
As part of the Milanese house’s commitment to supporting gender equality, Versace donated a portion of sales made during the International Women’s Day weekend to the Women’s Centre for Creative Work, an LA- based organization prioritizing and elevating the work of women of color, queer, trans, and non-binary folx and artists in other marginalized communities.