Though I feel like I’ve been living with my Rowdy Male Roommates forever (#mistake), my first Milan Roomie was actually a petite blonde puta from Northern Italy with big eyes and a sharp tongue, writer Marta Stella.
Marta Stella and I used to share a little loft walking distance from Plastic-a club she rarely went to, as the nights I’d spend there getting drugged by Drags, she’d be home, reporting Couture. She’s a determined and talented girl-the result of which landed her a job with Marie Claire Italy at (shocking!) age 23.
Tell me how you started writing.
I was in High School when a Journalist came to my class for a workshop. In that class my professor hated me because I write with my left hand-“The Devil’s Hand”- but she knew I could be good, so she suggested my work to our guest-who got me a job writing for the local newspaper! That's where my passion started.
When you say you work at Marie Claire I can’t help thinking of Ugly Betty or The Devil Wears Prada. Please tell me it’s the same thing?
The cliché’s aren’t true-let’s just say I eat chocolate every day.
So no Soap Opera Drama? So disappointing! Well then what’s the best part about your job?
My favorite thing is the interview.
Marta interviewing Christophe Brunnquell by Silvia Bergomi
Would you rather interview Lady Gaga or Lana Del Rey?
Nicki Minaj or Rihanna?
Kanye West or Woody Allen?
Woody Allen, duh!
LOL-what’s the best interview of your life?
I met the daughter of a famous Italian politician on a mountain resort when I was seven. We stayed together on a sofa and she explained Italian history-I think this was my first and favorite interview.
Cute-and of your career?
I guess John Malkovich or Benedetta Barzini-she was cool-we just drank Bloody Mary’s.
But doesn’t it get frustrating writing about other people? Don’t you wish you could just write about yourself?
Writing about myself is fun but I’m already selfish enough. And anyway I always put myself in my work.
I’m sure lots of people compare you to Carrie Bradshaw, which is probably annoying.
I’m not ashamed to say I watched Sex and the City. The idea is that stupid girls watch SATC and smart girls watch the news, but I watched both! Like, I know what’s going on in Afghanistan but I also know which kind of Jimmy Choos Carrie was wearing, and I think that’s OK.
Why do you think everyone’s comparing SATC to GIRLS?
People are saying that GIRLS is “the anti-Sex and the City” but I don’t think it is. It’s just different. First of all, the characters are much younger and second, they’re a different generation-they represent a different type of feminism. It’s wrong to compare the two shows just because they’re about women in New York.
I think that’s the problem-because there are so few shows about women, they don’t think of them as just shows-but “SHOWS ABOUT WOMEN”-and therefore expect us to relate to them. I mean, sorry if eight women don’t represent all of us.
Exactly. It’s stupid to categorize women in general.
Speaking of New York, you said you want to move there. Will you write for U.S. Mags or stay True To Italy?
Both! But actually I don't know how the market will move-maybe the next new trend will be writing from Bielorussia!
Marta Stella by Yulia Zinshtein
What’s your goal, as a writer?
I’m not sure yet. Writing a book is over, it’s old-fashioned. I’d rather publish a book of my Tweets-but I’m getting over Twitter as well! I love words so much that I get jealous of words-I feel that when words aren’t important to you, it’s better to just not say anything at all! Like, I don’t care what you’re eating for breakfast-I don’t want to hear about your muffin. Who cares about your bacon?
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