Magazine article Variety

Vera Wang

Magazine article Variety

Vera Wang

Article excerpt

Anyone who thinks raising children is easy hasn't raised children. "I would confide in my girlfriends," Vera Wang says of her most challenging moments as the mother of two daughters, now young adults. "I realized that there was no place to go to understand what was happening."

The designer notes a "tsunami" of stimuli swirling around young people today, from family dynamics to "what's going on culturally - the hookups, the Tinder thing," as well as the obsessive pressure to hyperachieve in school, at sports and in countless other pursuits. Wang came to view anxiety as an almost standard component of young people's lives, "a pandemic."

Simultaneously, a few years ago, she was in search of a philanthropic opportunity. She'd known noted psychiatrist David Shaffer for years. At the suggestion of Shaffer's ex-wife, Anna Wintour, the two got together to discuss the lack of resources addressing anxiety among the young. …

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