Pirate: Mary Read
Embodied by: Laura Reijling (performing artist)
When people see me up on stage, twirling my pasties, they find it hard to believe that I have fears and insecurities. But I do! I just don’t let them stop me. Growing up, I was much more of a ‘good girl’; trying to fit in, giving in to my fears. Then, one day, out of the blue, I signed up for a dance audition. Which was pretty crazy, because I had never danced before! I didn’t get the job, but I found my passion. I woke up my inner pirate that day.
I loved playing pirate Mary Read. Yes, it was cold and windy on the beach, but being a fan of the Wim Hof method, I embraced the elements to get into my role. And Marlies really helped me to release my inner power. Both Marlies and Mary are so strong and inspirational! I also really related to the way Mary Read continuously crossed gender boundaries. I have done the same thing in my performances, and it is incredibly empowering to explore both your masculine and feminine side.
A few weeks ago, I created and performed my first solo burlesque show. Was I scared? Of course! But channeling my inner pirate, I went straight into that fear. And as I was stripping, shedding my clothes and inhibitions, I felt so much support from the women in the audience. It was glorious! I believe each woman is gorgeous in her own way, no matter what color or size. The pirate shoot was a celebration of that diversity. Just being there that day with all these different women, you could feel the raw, female power. And I am so proud to be part of a project that shows you how beautiful the world can be when women lift each other up.
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fall|winter 20 preview
In January, I presented my newest FW20 collection during a show full of dance and entertainment in Rotterdam. All my work as a feminist designer is inspired by muses, powerful female icons from past and present. And for FW20, my muse will be crime writer Agatha Christie. A few months from now, you will get to discover the collections, and see how they tell stories like Agatha’s thrilling books do..
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Dr. Bram Bakker is a psychiatrist, a writer, a runner and a provocateur. With his many bestselling books and columns – and yes, even his own theatre show – he urges us to think outside the box when it comes to our mental health. Not crazy about popping pills? Bram shared some interesting alternatives with me, from throwing out our phones to running ‘till we puke’.
Peas & peppers instead of pills
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