Another Example of The Healing Power of Style

I am constantly overwhelmed and inspired by the brief and powerful interactions I have with people I meet on the streets of New York. Oftentimes I am left breathless by the insight and wisdom shared by those that I approach and have realized that style and personal expression can have a profound effect on the way we live our lives.

This week I met an incredible woman named Marta Ventos, while walking down Madison Avenue. When I told Marta how beautiful she looked, she began to tell me that she is in New York from Spain, seeking treatment for cancer. She explained that she was wearing a head wrap due to hair loss and  that she always has a positive outlook on life. I asked Marta if she would answer a few questions and share her story on Advanced Style. She happily agreed, check out her wonderful responses below:

“This is my second Cancer in three years and I have never used
“peluca” that means fake hair. I always
prefer to change the look of the day depending
on how I am dressed.I have found beautiful hats and foulards and I myself make different arrangements.
I never want to give the image of a person with an illness, even I have
never thought that I have a cancer, and in some way that helps me.”

1.How does dressing up affect your mood and ability to deal with your illness?

It helps me to join ordinary life instead of retreating from normal activities.
2. Have you always had a love of style and personal expression?
Yes, always
3. On trying days what inspires you to put yourself together and look your best?
To think that there are always others in worst conditions than me: I can’t complain.

4. Any Advice to people dealing with an illness?
Everyone has their own recipe. I have never think about the fact that I have an illness.
5.Has your style changed in the last few years?
No, I have never follow trends, even in furniture, which I am working with, I like the intemporal, not fashion.

  • What a beautiful lady. She has not let illness dull her light. I wish her all the best!

  • It is so fantastic how positive this lady is, as well as looking fabulous. I wish her all the best with her treatment.

  • WONDERFUL!!! What a beautiful role model!!! Her message is a blessing for each one of us. Going through difficult times with such a positive attitude is something the books all talk about but to hear someone actually applying it and living it is so much more powerful!!! Thank you Ari!!!!

  • What a humbling post…such a brave lady yet she is dealing with it in such a positive way…very humbling. She looks exquisite with her forest green cape and headgear…love her look. Thanks for sharing. Sharon

  • Smart. And smart looking.

  • Lovely post! What a great lady!

  • Salud para ella, que bonita entrada. Gracias por compartir. Quiero invitarte a ver mi ultimo shooting Filthy Andy, muévete a verlo. Besos y besos.

  • Oh she looks so striking in that deep green color. So beautiful.

  • Beautiful woman with a beautiful outlook on life!

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  • What an inspiring lady!

  • Sue

    God Bless her….what a positive lady.

  • So inspiring Mark. I have such admiration for her, her style, joy for life and positive outlook!

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  • LOVE this! Awesome Pics!

  • This woman! I am awestruck

  • A lovely woman wearing one of my favorite colors.

  • Marta is dressed beautifully from head to toe and her headwrap is exquisite and elegantly enhanced by her scarf. Her self expression, verbally and visually, is very inspiring.

    Thank you for featuring the radiant and stylish Marta and for sharing with us, with honesty and empathy, the many faces of life as we age.

  • A beautiful woman with a fabulous attitude toward life. Green is my favorite color – she is terrific in it!!

  • Ari, thank you for allowing Marta to share her story with us. At this time of year, it reminds us of the true priorities in life.
    Jean & Valerie

  • Thank you for this. Marta is a beautiful and inspiring lady, I wish her the best with her treatment.

  • anke

    Impressive story,
    i do think if you take care of yourself and have your own style gives selfconfidence end esteem , i wish her all the best.

  • mo

    I loooove that – perfect combination!!!


  • What an inspiration. A beautiful lady inside and out.

  • You can tell at first glance that Marta is someone who has always dressed with style – look at those marvelous glasses and turban! She has such an inspirational attitude towards her situation, and Jean and Valerie are right – it does remind you of what's important in life.

  • Beautiful and such a graceful attitude. Thanks for sharing her story.

  • Great!

  • Libby

    What an inspiring woman! And such exquisite taste! Thanks Ari for this. I wish her an illness free new year and years ahead!!

  • She looks amazing and such a strong character. Lovely story and interview.

  • Im green with envy over her shades of green! HA! Love love everything she has on she is beautiful!

  • Thank you both for what I can only describe as a beautiful and humbling burst of inspiration : )

  • Anonymous

    Out of all the ladies you've had on Advanced Style, Marta has touched me the most. On Nov. 20, two days before Thanksgiving, I learned that I had breast cancer. On Dec. 10th, I had surgery. Although I face 6 weeks of radiation, I consider myself very lucky. The cancer was found early, so I won't require chemo (Thank God!) And my right breast is still sore, but it's still there so I can't complain.

    Marta inspires me – now I need to look thru my closet and find something other than jeans and T-Shirts to wear!

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