‘My boyfriend knows if she calls, I’ll hang up’: the power of sisterhood

I never knew how much I trusted her until I realized that if something goes wrong in my life, I can just call her and unload. No matter how busy she is, she comes to the rescue. When Harper’s Bazaar magazine folded in 2020, it was hard because [as the magazine’s fashion editor] it was a big part of my identity. Alyce was the first one I told, and she just said, ‘We’ve got this. You’re going to do this and this, I’m going to contact X, Y, and Z.” I wasn’t scared because I knew I had Alyce.

I feel that Alyce respects me more at work level now that I’m older. She asks my opinion and takes my advice. And I respect her more emotionally. I always call her and want to do things with her.

We do everything together. We’re so in each other’s pockets. We love just laying on her bed and scrolling through our phones together. I hate to admit it, but she’s my best friend.

Alice: Caroline was the cutest girl. Everyone just loved her – she was very easy going and always said funny things. We didn’t express a lot of emotions growing up, we didn’t cuddle. When she was four or five, she made me pay for hugs. If I did something nice for her, she’d say, “You can get 100 hugs now.” She still doesn’t show much emotion, so when she does, it feels really good. Once a year I get a nice birthday card, saying nice things about my achievements and thanking me for being her sister. I love that. I have kept them all.

“I don’t do it often, but when I text ‘SOS’ she immediately calls me back, whoever she is with.”

We share the same core values ​​of family, work ethic and fairness. But I’m very organized while Caroline can sweep things under the rug. She is now a freelancer and sometimes she forgets to bill clients so she has no money. Sometimes she is like a child and does not take responsibility for the realities of life. She forgot to pay for her car registration and was stopped and had to leave her car on the side of the road. She called me and I said, “I don’t have time for this. Take an Uber.”

I know Caroline appreciates my advice, but sometimes she doesn’t want to be told what to do. One time I said something to her that I had to go the extra mile to get the next job. Then she said, “It’s so hard to live in your shadow.” That upset me because I thought, “You don’t live in my shadow. Everyone is obsessed with you.”

I try to shield her from things. When I was recently involved in a lawsuit, it was the worst time of my life. [Alyce was sued by Tania Liu, her business partner at fashion brand The Daily Edited, for allegedly misusing company funds, which Alyce denied. In May last year, Alyce sold her stake in the company to her former friend. That confidential deal effectively ended the dispute.] It was stressful for our whole family as our parents helped with the legal fees, but I didn’t talk to Caroline about it because I didn’t want her to worry about it.


I lean on her for emotional support. I don’t do it often, but when I text with “SOS,” she immediately calls me back, whoever she is with. I did that when I broke up with my last boyfriend. I just know she’s always there; you can’t rely on friends in the same way. I also know that I will always get absolute honesty from her. With a previous boyfriend she told me, “This is a bad idea. You don’t have to do this. You don’t have to settle.” While friends would say, “Oh yeah, he’s nice.”

I never get sick of her. I could have her with me all the time. I think everything she does is funny. She packs work snacks in pretty jars; who does that? She is the cutest person I have ever met – the greatest amusement and excitement in my life. My friend knows that if I talk to him and call Caroline, I will hang up and pick her up. I know I’m only going to have one child and I feel sad for that child that they won’t have this person to amuse them like I have had.


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