Fifty years at centre of the Fashion Industry is a legacy that few can boast.

For Norma Kamali – the age-is-but-a-number veteran designer, who recently hit the milestone anniversary – her’s has been a tenure punctuated by waves of feminism, repeated battles for gender equality, and numerous new challenges to the ever-stubborn status quo.

While known in the main for creating beach-bedazzling swimwear and her eponymous brand’s punchy-yet-practical aesthetic, under the radar of ready-to-wear Norma has been leading the charge against objectification ­at every scale – from street-side catcalling to global commercials.

During a recent trip to London, Norma shared with us her vision for the future of female empowerment following the #MeToo and Equal Pay movements – and why positive self-esteem is so very crucial to the cause.  

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