What is the first thing you both do when you wake up?
M: Breakfast in bed. I prepare it, so I go into the kitchen and I bring it back. I always wake up too early for someone else to prepare it, but sometimes my husband does.
T: I clean my teeth.
What if you were a colour?
M: I’ve always been fuchsia. I’ve always had a passion for this colour.
T: I feel that I’m all colours.
If you are in difficulty, who do you call?
M: Now, my husband, but also my sister and my mother.
T: My sister.
Which food do you think represents you?
M: Ice cream. I adore it.
T: …. difficult, but I think…. coffee? Ever since I was little I’ve always loved it. I used to have a drop of coffee in sugar and I made a little ball with it: I loved it. But in reality, I’m not coffee, I’m much more tranquil and placid; I drink a lot of it but it doesn’t seem like it, and so I am more of a camomile.
If you could both learn something that is difficult for you, in a second, what would you choose?
M: To sing. I’ve always been absolutely tone-deaf.
T: I would like to know how to draw really perfectly, even with a biro. One of the things that fascinates me most is the talent of someone who can photograph with their hand. Even though I love all art, in general.
If I say the word happiness to you, what, or who, comes to mind?
M: My wedding day.
T: My family.
What is the last thing you bought?
M: Reindeer antlers with bells. Something more to do with fashion? A pair of Swarovski ballet flats from Manolo, super lady. I don’t know how I entered a period in which I like mature women. Ballet flats to wear without stockings.
T: The Christmas decorations with my sister, this afternoon.
What do you need to feel at home when you are travelling?
M: The bag with my teas and my herbal teas.
T: My nightdress and dressing-gown, and this is already a part …. and my shaw. If I have these things I feel safe.
Is there an object you wouldn’t want to be separated from, which is perhaps a lucky charm?
M: My wedding ring, and then I always have a small medal of the Virgin of Lujan. I don’t know why, but you know, when you get attached to something?
T: My rings. I don’t know why but I’m very attached to these. They are all presents from people I love, from my family: they all mean a great deal to me. One of them was given to me by my father, one by my mother and one by my grandmother. I feel protected by them.
What do you do when you have to concentrate?
M: A hot bath because that way I can remove myself from the world, and I’m able to think
T: I find it very hard to concentrate but I usually listen to music, depending on what I have to do. If I have to study, no, but if I have to draw then, yes. Music doesn’t distract me because it keeps worries away.
If you had written a book about your sister, what title would you have chosen?
M: La Vispa Teresa (Lively Theresa)
T: La vie en rose … She has her head in the clouds.
Something you would never wear?
M: I saw some UGG shoes covered with red diamantè and I really thought that with these I couldn’t arrive in any possible world.
T: Something terrible for me? I can’t stand white cotton, or sheer, light brown, lycra stockings. But then, I have a passion for stockings and those really are ugly.