MCCARTNEY: It’s not a feminist issue. It’s pretty extraordinary for any human being to work and have three kids under the age of 5.
JOFFE: But when I was there, it struck me that it is a feminist thing—women’s lives are so elaborately complicated.
MCCARTNEY: And yet you paint these lovely, young women who just come across as perfection. You paint perfection sometimes, don’t you? When you think of fashion photography, it’s a dream. It’s like we all want to be those women. We want to wear those dresses.
JOFFE: I don’t think I do want to be them. I’m fascinated to imagine what their lives are like, but I certainly wouldn’t want to be them.
MCCARTNEY: I don’t think their lives are anywhere near as glamorous as you think.
JOFFE: It just fascinates me to be only 18 and to have that life.
MCCARTNEY: Eighteen! They’re old if they’re 18 in this day and age.
JOFFE: Right. But still I’m interested in the sheer fascination of beauty- beauty is fascinating.