|"There is nothing more important than being yourself, not losing your personality, and fleeing from the fashion victim phenomenon. That’s how a person is most attractive."|
Adapted from the digital newspaper “Alba digital”
is a young woman who lives in Madrid and works
as the communications director for the Spanish haute couture label
Pedro del Hierro and as the image consultant for “Las
Rozas Village.” At one time, she was also a runway
model for Vittorio & Luccino. Her work places her squarely
in the heart of Madrid’s lively fashion world, where artistry
and creativity are put at the service of an ever-changing
Although she lives in a highly image-conscious world, María León
has remained rooted in Catholic and family values that serve
as a compass for her life. She is also a
supporter and sponsor of the Pure Fashion program, which
teaches girls to express their own dignity through the way
they dress, becoming protagonists of a modesty revolution based on
the values of interior beauty.
In the following interview, she
shares her perspective on the challenge of combining fashion and
values in today’s world.
|María León at a Pure Fashion promotional event in Madrid.|
Q: Why do you participate in Pure
I love being able to relate two worlds: that
of fashion and that of values.
Q: How do you
keep from getting caught up in frivolity in a world
so focused on image?
The most important is to
feel supported by one’s family. My family plays the most
important role in my life. And although you find worthwhile
people all over and I’ve made friends in this world,
they are not like lifelong friends.
Q: Isn’t the family “out
of fashion” today?
It’s a shame, because it seems
that people don’t appreciate family unity. But then you realize
what emptiness is there without it.
Q: Would you like
to start a family?
It’s what I would most like
in the world. But many people these days start building
their house from the roof down: with children. I think
the first thing is to get to know the person
well, have a dating relationship and engagement the right way,
and then when you have clear that this is the
right person, get married.
Q: What do you think of
the abortion reform that is going on in Spain?
I do not agree with it. I am always pro-life.
What attracted an Environmental Studies major to fashion?
a world that has a lot of culture and history
behind it. It’s very creative, and I’m a bit artistic.
Q: How do you see today’s fashion?
As I often
say in my blog, which is also found in
the digital magazine of fashion and culture, Asmoda, in
which I speak about fashion and values, trends come and
go, but there is nothing more important than being yourself,
not losing your personality, and fleeing from the fashion victim
phenomenon. That’s how a person is most attractive.
is behind those trends?
The celebrities have a great
influence because people imitate them. That’s why it is so
important to adapt fashion to yourself, especially the youth, and
|"Although I work in the fashion world, which from the outside appears a bit glamorous, I had a traditional and very Catholic education, and I have my beliefs very much present during my day."|
to let your parents give you advice, because they are
the ones who really want the best for their daughters.
Q: What’s being worn this fall and winter?
pink, high boots, leather jackets. The ideal complement would be
scarves in an animal print.
Q: Do you shop at
I shop at Pedro del Hierro, of course.
I always have something of theirs in my closet. But
yes, I wear very accessible clothing. The secret is to
mix it up. Sometimes it seems like I’m wearing something
very expensive, and I actually bought it in the cheapest
Q: Aren’t we becoming ever more consumeristic with this
fashion that is so attractive and so cheap?
I’m afraid so. That’s why I recycle a lot. I
give what I don’t wear to those who need it
most. And above all, if I have some brown boots
from three seasons ago and they still look good on
me, why do I want others? It’s not necessary to
buy the latest fashions from every season.
Q: With so
much care and attention to the body, could we be
forgetting to cultivate beauty in our souls?
Yes. Part of
my work involves having an image and not going out
looking like a mess. But although I work in the
fashion world, which from the outside appears a bit glamorous,
I had a traditional and very Catholic education, and I
have my beliefs very much present during my day.
How do you live that faith, and what does it
Every morning, I offer my work to
God during 15 minutes of meditation. That’s how I have
the strength to face the day. I also go to
Mass whenever I can, in addition to every Sunday, above
all to give thanks. And there is a little book
I’m crazy about, that I carry everywhere with me in
my purse. It’s called “La quiniela de tu vida” (The
Lottery of Your Life”) by the Capuchin Ángel de Novelé.
What gives you strength and energy is the faith