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Hannelore Knuts: “This was only the introduction”

April 29, 2015

Ms. Knuts, a few years ago you curated Ultramegalore, a retrospective exhibition based entirely around you and your career in the modeling industry. Does that make you a narcissist?

There’s nothing wrong with narcissism as long as it’s within some boundaries. It’s a good drive. Narcissism is a sort of self-respect. But Ultramegalore, that’s just my sense of humor! It’s a nickname I’ve had since the beginning. The thinking was, “Let’s make it as narcissistic as possible!” (Laughs) I was actually a bit concerned about that. But I am only Ultramegalore because of all the hard work of the photographers, stylists, make-up artists, and creatives that I’ve worked with.

Is fashion an inherently narcissistic industry?

The industry is totally driven by narcissism. There’s a lot of ego-tripping, a lot of power games. There’s a lot of nasty stuff in the business. But I think you need an ego. Being …

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