Her father has a fortune of more than £100M, but Lady Kitty Spencer says she feels empowered by earning and spending her own money.
In an interview with this month’s Harper’s Bazaar UK Princess Diana’s niece, 28, shared her thoughts on social media, women’s rights and feminism and revealed why being self-sufficient is so important to her.
‘It symbolises my independence. It means that I do not have to depend on or answer to anybody. I cannot be silenced or bargained with or threatened,’ said the daughter of Earl Spencer, whose fortune is estimated at £116M.
‘It means that if I want to work back-to-back, day and night, for weeks on end, then I can do so. It also means that during quieter times, if I want to go home to South Africa to lay low with my family and read a ton of books, that option is available too.’
Lady Kitty Spencer, a model and philanthropist and the niece of the late Princess Diana has revealed that she’s determined to earn her own money so that she can be in control of her life in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar
‘It gives me a balance and a rhythm that I have a say in. It makes me feel as though I am in command of my own life – or as in command as any of us actually ever is.’
In the same interview, she revealed why she refuses to conform to the expectations of Instagram.
‘Sometimes, I realise that I haven’t posted anything for a week or two and my numbers have dropped,’ she said.
‘I often hear people saying, ‘You should post images in threes so that they make rows when people look at your overall account’ or, ‘For x amount of modelling pictures, there needs to be one of you exercising and one of you cooking and one image of nature’.
In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Lady Kitty Spencer, 28, said she does not conform to the rules of Instagram and feels social media can be harmful and misleading
‘It’s crazy. I’m not living my life like that – never have, never will! I post what I want, when I want,’ she added.
Lady Kitty has been working as a model for several brands and is the brand ambassador of Italian fashion house Bulgari.
She said felt that social media was selling ‘a grey area between fantasy and reality,’ which could potentially have harmful consequences.
‘Many professional influencers and people with large social media followings have plenty of “back up content” that they will post on days when they are doing nothing.
‘They are fully prepared for the inevitable “off day” – whether that’s a bad hair day, or a day off between projects that consists of time with family, or a Netflix binge in pyjamas with no make-up on,’ she added.
Lady Kitty Spencer in Milan for the fashion week in February 2019. The daughter of the Ninth Earl Spencer said that despite her father’s wealth, she is determined to earn her own money
‘This means that they prioritise having fresh and constant glossy content and it looks as though every day is as glamorous as the next, which can be misleading and disheartening to women who believe it’s all happening in real time.’
Lady Kitty says she is a feminist and that she ‘understand[s] feminism to be advocating women’s rights on the basis of equality between the sexes.
‘I wholeheartedly believe in the advancement of women and I am opposed to all forms of discrimination. It’s important that men and women engage with feminism and women’s rights because, after all, nothing changes if nothing changes.’
Lady Kitty at the Dolce & Gabbana show during the Milan Fashion week in February 2019. She has modelled for the brand several times and walked on several of its Fashion Week runways
In February, the model attended a Bulgari dinner pary. She told Harper’s Bazaar that earning her own money makes her feel empowered
However, Lady Kitty said she felt a lot was still to be done when it comes to women’s rights: ‘the male-dominated systems of government and within most industries still prevail.
She pointed out the fact that women do still earn less then their male counterparts and that the number of
‘Women continue to earn less on average than men the number of women at CEO level is still small – in fact, that number is sadly falling. Of course, it’s great to see female CEOs and leaders of all kinds, however we cannot overlook the reality that women’s presence and influence in the public arena is still too limited.’
The interview with Kitty is now live on harpersbazaar.com/uk