Talent for Intrigue
Was Jane Boleyn, aka Viscountess Rochford, a villain or a victim? One thing is certain: no other woman in the 16th century was as closely associated with as many dramatic events…
The intriguing Lady Rochford was born as Jane Parker in a wealthy, well-connected family in Norfolk around 1505. When she married George Boleyn in 1525, Jane did not suspect that her sister-in-law, beautiful and glamorous Anne, would become Queen of England. Yet soon, as one of Anne’s ladies-in-waiting, Jane would find herself dragged into maelstrom of intrigue and betrayal. She conspired with Anne against one of the king’s new mistresses, and got temporarily banished from court when Henry VIII found out. Not long afterwards, Jane became involved in an even bigger controversy when both her husband and Queen Anne were sent to the scaffold on accusations of incest and conspiracy. Did Jane provide the false testimony that got them beheaded? And did she really,
5 years later, facilitate queen Catherine Howard’s secret liaisons? There was never any proof, yet on the 13th of February 1542, it was Jane’s turn to lay her head on the executioner’s block, condemned to death for high treason. Although not even a portrait remains of the mysterious ‘Lady Rochford’, she managed to become one of history’s most controversial women. A shrewd plotter or a scapegoat? Perhaps she was merely a charismatic woman with a talent for intrigue. I like to think so.
I AM A FEMINIST.
You know I’m a self-made woman who has made it my purpose to challenge women to dare. It’s an achievement I am immensely proud of, and for that reason, I am equally proud to label myself a feminist. But looking back more than a hundred years, I’m even prouder of the progress women have made together.
FEARLESS ﬂy GIRL
Niatia (pronounce: ‘naah-tee-yah), also known by her stage name Lil Mama (28), is a fearless rapper, singer, dancer and actress from Brooklyn, New York. Her breakout hit ‘Lip Gloss’ came out in 2007, and since then she has been a celebrity judge on America’s Best Dance Crew, played Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez in VH1’s CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, and was most recently the lead actress in a movie called ‘When love kills; The Falicia Blakely story’. But it hasn’t always been a smooth ride…
GUTS & GLORY
Meet Viktoriya Isakova (41), a stunningly beautiful Russian actress who is not afraid to get down and dirty for her brave performances. Her film credits include ‘Tochka’ (2006), a movie about human trafficking and prostitution and ‘Mirrors’ (2013), in which she plays the tragic Marina Tsvetaeva, one of the greatest Russian poets of the 20th century. I talked to the winner of many (international) awards about ageing, lingerie, and the need to always stay true to yourself.
Women’s Day 2019
Happy Women’s Day! I am extra excited about this edition, because wow, what a year it’s been for feminism! This is the year that we went global; that we showed up with our money, our bodies, our time and our voices to show the world: this is OUR time!