A Woman Who Can: Capri Cafaro Teams Up With Karen Millen

by Sarah Carr

The political commentator on being a fashion ambassador and the key to success for young women. 

Capri Cafaro (Courtesy Photo)

Despite always being media and television-ready, former Ohio Senate Democratic leader Capri Cafaro says she was a “late bloomer” when it comes to fashion and discovering her own personal style.

After purchasing her first Karen Millen piece in 2010 at Selfridges in London, her collection began to grow. Whether she was attending an event, delivering political commentary on air or busy at her desk, there was a Karen Millen dress to fit. Her clothes allowed for the “seamless transition” that Cafaro was looking for in her day-to-day life. They got in contact and Cafaro says, “the rest is history.”

As the first woman in North America to be part of Karen Millen’s #WomenWhoCan campaign, Cafaro says that she is beyond proud to have joined their team as an ambassador, an occurrence that was almost “serendipitous.” 

“I think that Karen Millen and the ‘Women Who Can’ campaign reflect the fact that women can be whomever they want to be, however they want to do it. Women don’t have to short-change themselves, or change things about themselves in order to be successful.”

Though being front and center in a camera wasn’t particularly new to Cafaro, the fashion photo shoot experience that came with being an ambassador was a skill set completely foreign to her until now. She described it as “not all hype and PR” as people might assume the ambassador experience would be.

Whether it be fashion or politics, Cafaro says that the key to success for young women who are just starting out in their own careers is to simply be yourself.

“Particularly in the world that we live in now where social media is this curated reflection of people’s lives, oftentimes young women and young people in general think to themselves, ‘Oh my goodness, everyone has it all together.’ Just remember that everybody is human. Nobody has it all together. You have to be the best person that you can be. If there is something that you really want to do, invest your time in that, learn as much as you can about it and keep going for it.”

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