Crowned Queen of Scotland at only nine months of age, proud Mary Stuart (1542- 1587) was off to a flying start. A tall beauty with golden-red hair and bewitching hazel eyes, Mary was so charismatic, so brilliant with words that her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, refused to meet her during their lifetimes for fear of being overshadowed.
Yet their destinies could not be more intertwined… Born in Scotland to King James V of Scotland and his French wife, Marie de Guise, Queen Mary Stuart knew from a very young age: she was born to rule. And she would do so with pride and passion; riding out at the head of her army in both victory and defeat, playing high-stake games, both in politics and love. Mary’s greatest obsession was the English throne, and, convinced she was the rightful heir, refused to give up fighting for it, even after imprisonment by her cousin and rival queen Elizabeth I. When Mary met the guillotine at only 44 years old, she proudly wore a blazing red petticoat, the symbol of a Catholic martyr. ‘In the End is My Beginning’ had been her life motto, and indeed, barely 15 years later, Mary Stuart’s son James would succeed Queen Elizabeth and become King of England. Mary Queen of Scots had lived and died, knowing she would have the last laugh: with her head held high.
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!