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Sarah Jessica Parker: I'm No Fashion Icon

11/19/2012 at 09:00 AM ET

Sarah Jessica ParkerHenry Lamb/Photowire/BEImages

Sex and the City‘s Carrie Bradshaw is considered a fashion icon to many women, but the woman who played her says she doesn’t identify.

“It’s not an identity that I … connect to. I’m grateful if anyone says anything kind, and if they say something less kind, I take that as a part of anyone talking about you at all,” Sarah Jessica Parker told PEOPLE on Wednesday night at the Barneys New York and Walt Disney Company ‘Electric Holiday’ launch. “It’s not how I think of myself and I think it’s probably the healthier approach.”

Don’t get her wrong — the actress still appreciates a good outfit. “I love beautiful things,” she said, “and I’m privileged to borrow a beautiful dress. I feel really lucky and I genuinely enjoy it. I feel like [fashion] has a proper place in my life.”

But let’s just say you won’t catch her in a tutu at the grocery store. “It’s just not a reality — not when you have three kids and you go to the market and there are hungry people at home. You have a limited time to do it. There’s just no time to let vanity enter into that,” she said.

While picking the right dress was a priority for Wednesday night’s event (Parker, who hosted, wore L’Wren Scott), the star said the main goal of the evening was helping superstorm Sandy victims. Select Barneys stores and Barneys.com are donating 25 percent of sales from the Electric Holiday product collection to the American Red Cross for relief efforts.

“Everybody’s in serious need and this is going to go on for a while,” Parker said. “I’ve been giving back in a way that I feel I can and should and it’s not going to end in the next week. There’s still going to be a lot of opportunity in the future to see how people are doing and what they need.”

–Carlos Greer 

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Autumn on

She seems well grounded and that’s always great to read about anyone this day in age.

joe on

Who is she kidding? She puts more effort into looking effortless than anyone!

Jen on

I think her attitude is a lot healthier than say, that of LeAnn Rimes who obsesses over every detail printed about her. SJP sounds like her priorities are in the same line as those of us not living in the Hollywood realm. Refreshing to see from a celebrity, actually.

SanD on

She’s great! I have always liked her a lot.

Shea on

Very healthy approach and she sounds like every other mother out there! I’ve seen posts slamming her for wearing “overly casual” outfits while walking with the children. Personally, I don’t reach for designer duds when taking mine to the store or park; I’m happy if my socks match on some mornings!

Lisa D. on

I love SJP. Most of the time, when she’s photographed out and about, she’s with at least one of her children AND she’s dressed like a normal person! No fancy get-ups just to walk her son to school or take her daughters for a walk. Thanks for keeping it real, Sarah!

Amy on

She was talking about everyday life, not special events. You can see that she takes a casual approach when you see pics of her in jeans, etc with no makeup. So no Joe, she isn’t kidding anyone!

Mary on

M-i-c-k-e-y M-o-u-s-e

Beamerlou on

She always seems so HUMBLE. Definitely a forgotten attribute for most Hollywood types.

LeSigh on

I just love her. You see so many pap photos of her with her kids, walking them to school or taking them to a park; she seems to be a really involved mama. I love her kooky personal style too, and I love that she wears HATS! Hats are fabulous and so is she.

Kim on

She seems very much “normal”. When you see pics of her out with her kids she’s always dressed like every other Mom..jeans, tennis shoes, sweatshirt etc.

fanofboardwalkempire on

thanks for helping out Hurricane Sandy victims and you do always look great and fashionalbe whether you try or not- you have style!

Emmy on

That opening paragraph makes no sense, People magazine. Please get some copy editors for your online edition. My four-year old could craft better sentences!

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