Why Turning 50 Rocks!

by marlies|dekkers

I’m turning 50 this weekend. Can you believe it, 50! I think you should push yourself at any age, but there is something about the big five-0 that’s special. Basically, you’re at the midpoint of your life; it’s literally your midlife. You have one Louboutin in the grave.

So when I turn 50 on Sunday, I’m ready for an “Awakening”.

“The Awakening”, is a short-film I created this year. It is raw and provocative, capturing my thoughts on modern day feminism. I envisioned and created the film in honor of women.  With this movie, I send a message to women all over the world; “Shed your old skin and free yourself from expectation; dare to take a bite from the apple.”

Together we can disarm the stereotypes that for far too long have misled our societies; that we (women) don’t have the skills, intelligence or the guts to accomplish. All we need is females thinking forward: women who understand that equality isn’t dependent on external factors; something passively received or violently acquired.

Women, who train their minds so that they feel powerful themselves. Women, who feel, think and radiate confidence. Not against, but in partnership with men. Ultimately we give progress to ourselves. We are the third movement; females moving forward.

The one gift I ask for, above all else, for my 50th Birthday is that you take the time to view “The Awakening” and share my movie with all the women you know.

Let’s collectively free ourselves from expectation and dare ourselves to take a bite from that apple! 

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Between king and QUEEN

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Between king and QUEEN

by marlies|dekkers

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.”

BRAVE ballerina

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BRAVE ballerina

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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!

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The art of love!

by marlies|dekkers

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!