The MNY Spotlight

Meet DeMar Regier, Great-Grandmother, Writer, and Women Empowerer

Introduce yourself!

My name is DeMar Regier. I live in Kansas City, am 94 years old, having lived through the Depression, World War II, Polio and the many other events since.  Even so, my life has been long and happy, filled with days teaching, publishing children’s books and poetry, traveling, rearing two successful children!   

DeMar wears the Sampaguita Cluster Earrings and Isla Sarong in Porcelain Blue

You've lived through many fashion decades. Which one has been your favorite and why?

I am partial to the forties for this reason: You could really dress up! Gloves, hats, high heels, jewelry (even hose!) were all part of going to lunch, church or wherever you wanted to look nice. You felt pretty! It was the era of big bands when you danced the night away, often in long gloves and dresses, a corsage pinned to your shoulder. It was also the decade I fell in love which gave a rosy glow to everything!

DeMar is co-founder Louisa's husbands grandmother. She is pictured here with her husband, Bud. 

You always look so stylish and pulled together. Can you please share your most tried and true fashion and beauty hacks? 

That is much too flattering! But thank you. If there has been one guiding principle, it goes back to Aristotle who said that beauty consisted of three parts: proportion, consistency of the parts, and luminosity. That made sense. (Don’t wear long jackets if you are short; see that your accessories blend; put some sparkle in your personality!)

Who has served as a fashion role model for you? What makes them a fashion icon in your eyes?

I always admired Audrey Hepburn. To me she dressed appropriately (her clothes always seemed to fit her personality) and she never looked artificial or shallow. I admired her work as an Ambassador for UNICEF. Plus, she was naturally beautiful.

DeMar, you have always been very forward-thinking and raised a daughter who had a very successful career in a male-dominated field. Why is it important to empower women?

To me it is important for the very reason that Anne is a doctor! She was fortunate to live at a time when opportunities were opening up to women. Today, with its many career options and ways to use talents available, is truly exciting. In my day it was primarily nursing or teaching.

What has been your proudest moment as a woman?

The accomplishments of my children, grandchildren and their spouses have given me my proudest moments.

DeMar with her daughter Anne

What draws you to the Mestiza brand?

I like the “flow” of lovely fabric, beautiful colors, and exquisite design that combine to move gracefully with your body. Mestiza accomplishes that.

How did you like wearing your Mestiza piece? How did it make you feel?

For me, it does what I just mentioned! lt's versatile and I can drape it many different ways.

Last, what do you think the key to a long, fulfilling life is?

A guiding principle of kindness and respect, not only to people, but to the universe, is essential to me. Add to that a strong sense of identity which gives one the ability to do your best, let go, and always be yourself.  

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