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Martha Stewart wore hot pants to work when she was a Wall Street stockbroker

Summary List PlacementLong before she was sharing sultry pool selfies and spending hours snowplowing her farm, Martha Stewart was a stockbroker who wore hot pants to work. The lifestyle mogul worked on Wall Street as an institutional broker for seven years in the '60s and '70s. "We were the real thing....

Martha Stewart

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Long before she was sharing sultry pool selfies and spending hours snowplowing her farm, Martha Stewart was a stockbroker who wore hot pants to work.

The lifestyle mogul worked on Wall Street as an institutional broker for seven years in the ’60s and ’70s.

“We were the real thing. You saw the movie ‘Wall Street?’ I lived it,” the 79-year-old businesswoman told Harper’s Bazaar’s Jada Yuan in a profile published Tuesday.

Stewart recounted her time on the trading floor as the sole female employee at her company and drinking martinis at lunch. She also talked about her work attire during that era, which included hot pants. Stewart said that she had two velvet pairs, in peach and dark brown, which she wore with a sweater tucked in and either boots or high-heeled shoes, and accessorized with an alligator belt. 

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“I looked great in them,” Stewart said.

Hot pants — short shorts, which Stewart described as showing “plenty of leg and a little bit of your butt” — were all the rage in the 1970s, but the style first became fashionable in the 1950s, when stars like Marilyn Monroe were pictured wearing them. And though hot pants have fallen in and out of fashion in the decades since, the style has popped up on runways in recent years, with Vogue publishing an article with the hottest hot pants to buy in 2016.

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Stewart’s interest in fashion likely came from her modeling career, which began when she was 16. At one point, she signed with the popular agency Ford models and regularly booked TV commercials.

Stewart told Yuan that her time in modeling and finance taught her how to navigate the bad behavior of some men.

“You had to keep your cool and just do your thing, and brush them away,” Stewart said. (In the same interview, she described herself “a modest girl” who “did not f— around.”)

Speaking about interactions she had during her time on Wall Street, Stewart mentioned men making advances in taxis and a broker who she said “locked women in his apartment for kinky reasons.” Stewart said she adopted one woman’s pet cat because the broker wouldn’t let the woman go home to feed it.

Without mentioning anyone by name, Stewart said that she knows “almost every single one of the famous guys that has been accused and set aside” during the #MeToo movement. She said that while she believes some are guilty of the accusations brought forth against them, others have “awful personalities.”

“I know those people very, very well, and you know the man just talks about sex during dinner,” she said. “That doesn’t mean anything to me.”

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