Tom Ford: 'I Am My Own Muse'

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"I guess I’m hyper-self-conscious about people thinking that I’m egotistical, but there’s a difference between being egotistical and knowing your value as a product and an actor. I know my value as a product, and I’ve divorced myself as a human from myself as a product. Sometimes, I feel that I’ve controlled my image too much, and no one knows who I really am."

-- From a 2007 profile of the prolific designer written by Vanessa Grigoriadis and published in New York magazine.