I believe in challenges
When I saw male sporters, I knew I could never become as strong as they are. But I never had a female rolemodel who gave me the right example or challenged me to take it to the next level. I honestly always thought my sport level was above average. In my carreer I always aim for more, but in sports I was satisfied with what I was doing. Or, was I running away for difficulties? Scared? Where was the fighter mentality I normally have in everything I do?
Then, the right challengers came across. High level fitness became more popular than ever for women and true rolemodels arose. There came more female personal trainers and I got inspired by their power and motivation. I noticed that I never discovered how far I could go, how strong and fit I could become… I used to sport like a girl.
I really got my wake-up call. I found out I could do far more and I set new goals. Within a few weeks I became much stronger. On Instagram I follow a lot of female sport rolemodels. They are extremely dedicated and they keep inspiring me. I scroll down their pictures daily which gives me a bigger smile when my personal trainer arrives to exceed my boundaries again.
In bed with Arianne
As far as I am concerned, there is only one heiress to Edith Head’s throne, and that is the magnificent Arianne Phillips (53), twice Oscar-nominated costume designer and Madonna’s favorite style-collaborator. Like Edith, she is a tastemaker and visionary in both film and fashion. And just like her legendary predecessor, she is a feminist icon in her own right. I had the rare chance to interview Arianne and ask her about Madonna, feminism in Hollywood and why she thinks lingerie is ‘everything’. “We definitely do NOT like to hide it!”
Where the ‘queen of cups’ meets the ‘dress doctor’
In art school, many years ago during a nude model drawing class, I had a life changing insight: What if I, as an artist, used a woman’s body as my canvas? If you make a painting, someone will hang it on their wall. If you design a chair, someone will sit on it. But if you design lingerie, someone will wear it, and by doing so, complete your art! I had found my mission.
My couture collection – a cross between magic and camouflage
All my work as a feminist designer is inspired by muses. Powerful female icons from past and present. Although women have been marginalized for centuries, archetypes of female power have always been there. Through my designs, I bring them to you. To help us shape the world of modern-day feminism.
“You can have anything in life if you dress for it” – Edith Head
Fabulous words, and they could easily have been mine, but it was the legendary Edith Head – one of Hollywood’s most iconic designers – who said this many decades ago.