Read the story of Renate, breast cancer survivor
Cancer is a horrifying ordeal and really puts you to the test. But it also awakened my inner power. I had expected to feel less feminine with each step, but I actually learned: my beauty is not in my hair or my breasts; it’s in my strength! From day one I’ve tried to put a positive spin on the experience. Sharing my journey on social media, connecting with women all over the world, was very much part of that. But also the way I kept expressing my femininity in my looks. The first time I went outside with a shaved head, for example, I wore my reddest lipstick and a gorgeous long dress. And I refused to wear the ugly ‘chemo caps’ they suggested to me at the hospital. I tapped into my creativity – another ‘gift’ from cancer – borrowed my mom’s sewing machine and started making beautiful, comfortable turbans and headbands. Things took off from there, and now I have my own brand! The name says it all: The Head Up Club. Looking back, I can honestly say that I wouldn’t have wanted to miss this journey of growth and self-discovery, as painful as it has been at times. My hair is quite long again, and I just sent a message to my hairdresser: « Help! Please take it all off! » I miss my GI Jane power cut. Who would have thought that? »
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..
Running for your life
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
General practitioner Tamara de Weijer believes that we would feel a lot better if we hit the produce stand before we visited the pharmacy. “On a massive scale, we have been putting the wrong kind of fuel in our bodies.”
Singles Day – You’ve Got this!
All the single ladies, listen up! With single women rapidly becoming the majority, it is high time to stop feeling singled out. This Singles Day, let’s celebrate our freedom and independence by sharing all those solo milestones that make us go: ‘You’ve got this!’.