Lagertha, my Women’s Day warrior
Did you know that Lagertha, my kick-ass Viking heroine and style icon, isn’t just a character in a tv series*? She is an actual historic figure!
This is what they said about her in a 12th-century Danish history book: “Lagertha, though a maiden, had the courage of a man. She fought in front among the bravest. Only her locks flying down her back betrayed that she was a woman.”
I love her story so much that I chose Lagertha to honor on Women’s Day. Her image, a woman warrior, beautiful as a goddess, long hair flowing, sword dripping with blood, has also been my inspiration for the couture set: Earl Lagertha.
With the name, I refer to a specific period in Lagertha’s life. When her second husband (sexually) abused her, Lagertha defended her honour by stabbing him in the eye and getting the guy killed. To finish the job, she took his land and his title and became Earl Lagertha. Speaking of a well-deserved hostile takeover!
For the stunning Earl Lagertha lingerie set I combined feminine lace with leather stirrups as a reference to Lagertha’s excellent horse riding skills. The result is sexy and empowering; the hardcore meets the gentle. Or as Björk, another Nordic heroine of mine, likes to call it: big time sensuality!
*History Channel’s utterly addictive ‘Vikings’
REFLECTIONS FROM YOUR MIRROR
FOR THE WOMEN OF THE WORLD
Between king and QUEEN
Who is Tasya van Ree? The mysterious girl in the big black hat has been fascinating art connoisseurs and fashion lovers alike since she burst onto the scene with her stunning black-and-white photographs of celebrities like Michelle Rodriguez and (one-time lover) Amber Heard. I asked the Hawaiian-born visual artist of Dutch-Japanese ancestry (41) about her art and soul. “Between both King and Queen is where I exist.”
Sara Mearns (31) is New York City Ballet’s boldest ballerina. A passionate, intense dancer, she started dancing at 3 and starred in Swan Lake when she was only 19. But instead of resting on her laurels, Sara has kept challenging herself with daring projects, from a collaboration with hip-hop dancers to a leading role in a Broadway show. I talked with the fierce Swan Queen about sacrifices, body confidence, and how to turn pain into gain. “I’m not the typical skinny, tall, long-neck kind of ballerina.”
The art of love!
Get your creative juices flowing
This Valentine’s, don’t wait around for that love-note or those fancy chocolates to feel loved and desired. Express yourself to fall in love with yourself, now!