Zen Moment: Norma Kamali

The fashion designer, wellness guru and founder of NormaLife spills her fountain-of-youth secrets

Words by KELLY ATTERTON

 

Norma Kamali — the visionary fashion designer and queen of the wellness movement that has become so synonymous with California — has always been ahead of the curve, focusing on a strong immune system, clean eating, acupuncture, breath work and meditation long before it was popular.

In addition to her eponymous clothing line, she’s now launching her own wellness brand, NormaLife. First up is The Skinline: four clean, unisex products meant to simplify skincare from head to toe.

A morning person, Kamali is up at 4:30 a.m., in the office by 6, and devoted to her Physique 57 afternoon workouts. “In the morning, my brain is hot and I don’t want to lose any of the juice,” she says.

She’s been meditating since 1970 and closes her offices in New York for a half hour each afternoon for anyone who wants to partake in group meditation. “It’s the one thing I’ve received the most thank-you’s for.”

Kamali, who doesn’t drink alcohol or eat meat, is also adamant about sleep, explaining that “restoring after stressful days is key for healthy living.”

 

Feature image: NORMA KAMALI. Photo by Michael Waring.

 

This story originally appeared in the Summer 2019 issue of C Magazine.

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