“Because I was a woman I never suffered discrimination, but because of my age”: Ana Núñez-Milara, director of ‘Yo Dona’
As one goes back in memory, one finds fewer memories. The images become more and more scarce, more imprecise, until we reach an almost infinite wasteland in which there are memories that were marked forever, and withstood the erosion of time. Throughout this interview, Ana Núñez-Milara She will talk about indelible memories, like when she arrived in Brussels, or when they pointed a kalashnikov at her.
a magazine made by me on a machine in the nineties, with interviews with Nick Carter, and we must not forget the reporting work I did with my father’s camera, narrating everything we saw from the car!” he jokes.
It is obvious that Núñez-Milara has an extraordinary capacity for oratory, trained for years on television news… and an obsession with memories: she says that Piqueras always referred to her by saying “come on, the one with the unpronounceable name.”
He has a document on his laptop with topics on which he wants to “reflect more” and for years he has been making a list on his mobile phone of adjectives, nouns and verbs that he likes.“Timid, subjugating, boastful, ancient, museum-like…”, read aloud. “Nice words, don’t you think?” she asks spontaneously.
He prefers not to comment on his formative stage, although sometimes he does, and he literally thinks that the journalism career “should disappear”, because it covers too many subjects without delving into any of them and contains too many biases. “This is much clearer abroad.”
He explains how he usually tells the anecdote about when “the delegate of the Financial Times In Brussels he asked me ‘what have you studied?’, and I told him journalism and he replied, ‘no, I’m asking you what you have studied.’ He was referring to whether he had trained me in economics, political science, history or law.”
“The more they tell me to think one way, the more I try to think the opposite,” Núñez-Milara describes herself. “Nowadays it seems like there is a moral dictatorship over what you have to think. There are groups that divide women into bad and good feminists. And honestly, some of the debates that exist about women cannot be taken lightly, and must be analyzed from different disciplines, human, progress, scientific, economic, social… Sometimes, those who doubt He crushes it, with arrogance and lightness. And not because I have more doubts am I any less of a woman,” she says.
“As a woman, talk show host and magazine director, I am often asked my opinions and what I love is to be honest, and I usually answer: on many topics, I have doubts. There are very sensitive debates that affect women. Every time something that has to do with the female universe is put on the table, a controversy is generated. Everyone thinks about your body. But wait a moment, let us reflect. In this job you have to have a little mischief. “We live in a time with a certain intellectual apathy”.
Frank and with an unpredictable point, she says that when she started working on television, as a correspondent in Brussels, as soon as she arrived at the European Commission she picked up the microphone and asked about bullfighting. According to her story, they answered her in a very correct way and the entire international press laughed at the commissioner’s response: “We do not answer personal questions, sorry.”
“Because of things like this, I have been offered to write a book about my life, now at thirty years old. The first answer I gave to the editor remains the same: I respect and love literature so much that at this moment I would not see myself capable of doing it, I “He seems arrogant.”
His career had a purely journalistic beginning, but not in lifestyle or fashion. “I started as an economic and political correspondent in Brussels. I arrived there when I was 23 years old. “I never suffered discrimination as a woman, but I did because of my age.” In Europe, she explains, “everything is in proportion to GDP and economic weight. And the ability to forge alliances, that makes you more or less strong.”
“Women I have known?” she asks herself. “A lot,” she replies gracefully. “I don’t like to define leadership with a single name, because There are very different leaderships. For example, Ayuso, Yolanda Díaz or Alexia Putellas… Ayuso responds to everything without any complexes and there you realize that she is not afraid of getting into puddles. Vestager, Lagarde and Merkel are great international references. Vestager is an incredible woman.”
He shares how he especially likes “the word influence, which has many meanings, political, economic, geographical… Whenever they call me I explain that they do not sell me profiles based on gender, but rather based on what they have achieved. I have grown up surrounded by very powerful women and that has taught me that there is no need to have any complexes.”
Now, as director of I Donatebelieves that “you have to know how to make decisions, be clear about the project and be ambitious, but A characteristic of contemporary leadership has to be humility, knowing how to ask for forgiveness and assume responsibilities without fear of making mistakes. I think that one moment you are in a managerial position and the next day you are not.”
“Most people don’t count their mistakes, do they?” she asks suddenly. “I apologize when I do things wrong. And if I publish something, the one ultimately responsible is me, the one who is the director, it is not difficult for me to assume responsibility. But I’m not afraid of being wrong. “I think there is an excessive ego in many professions”.
Now, from his position as director of I DonateNúñez-Milara is interested in giving a voice to truly influential women, putting on the table “fashion in all its meanings, as an industry and as a style, and current debates about women without complexes. You will rarely see one influencer in my magazine, influence is exerted from a position in which you have the ability to transform the world, politics, science and fashion, but really… And I hope girls pay attention to these models and not others. I hope there are more scientists making viral videos on TikTok,” she notes.
To the question “are you in the best moment of your life?” responds categorically. “Don’t know. You know what is the worst? That you will never know what is the best moment of your life or the worst. But I try to live each day. When they pointed a Kalashnikov at me in Tunisia, my first thought was ‘I’m going to die for a report for Telecinco’, and not because it was that network, but because it was where I worked.”
And he continues: “Then it is true that going from going to Paris to cover the terrorist attacks, doing makeup in a van and seeing dead people, to being in the front row at the Dior cruise show, oh my, it is a very strong change! But everyone the positions are complementary in a career”.
Memories are placed in memory without us being able to avoid it, some close and available along the path, ready to be shared and others protected, even hidden… some on the albero, others on stones. “Stepping on mud is the same as stepping on carpet, it’s all an exercise in journalism!”.
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