Read the story of Nannette, breast cancer survivor

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Read the story of Nannette, breast cancer survivor

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« Hair, even if it’s a wig, can give you the strength to carry on. »

« Hair has always played a huge part in my life. Having been born into a family of hairdressers, it was only natural that I became one myself. My mother and I used to proudly wear our hair in beautiful long ponytails; a family tradition to celebrate our femininity. You can imagine how devastated we were when my mom got diagnosed with cancer and lost her hair. Trying to find her a decent wig only made things worse. « Please promise me to do something about this, Nannette, » my mom begged me with tears in her eyes after another failed visit to a wig shop.

Read the story of Renate, breast cancer survivor

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Read the story of Renate, breast cancer survivor

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« I realized that my beauty isn’t in my breasts or hair, but in my inner strength. »

« The first time I cried during this whole process was when I asked my oncologist: « Am I going to lose all my hair? » Sure, my main concern had been my boobs, but thinking of hair loss, it really hit me: I am sick, this is real. When shortly after the first chemo cocktail I discovered a bald patch, right in the front along my hairline, I decided to take matters into my own hands by shaving off all my hair. It may sound weird, but it actually turned into a beautiful, precious evening. My twin sister, my son and my partner all took turns shaving off a lock. I wasn’t allowed to see anything till it was done, but walking towards the mirror afterwards, I suddenly froze and turned around. I was terrified. Gently, my son took me in his arms and said: « Mama, you look stunning. » I took a deep breath and faced the mirror. Wow, he was right! I looked beautiful. Strong, like GI Jane. I loved it.

The eyes of the 80’s nightlife – Cleo Campert

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The eyes of the 80’s nightlife – Cleo Campert

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You know what they say: if you remember the 60s, you weren’t really there. Similarly, if you have a lot of party pictures of the 80s and 90s, you weren’t in the right scene. The visitors of Club RoXY, the epicenter of Amsterdam’s nightlife explosion, were simply too busy revolutionizing art, music and fashion to take photos. Luckily, one woman was there with two cameras, a curious heart and a sharp eye.

The ears of 80’s nightlife – Joost van Bellen

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The ears of 80’s nightlife – Joost van Bellen

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As one of the very first to preach house music, he touched our souls with his sounds. But as the ringmaster of the 80s and 90s club scene, Joost van Bellen also helped shape art and fashion into what it is today. Time to get down and dirty with my favorite DJ and find out why the spirit of the ‘Golden Age of Nightlife’ is more relevant now than ever.

The senses of vision and touch

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The senses of vision and touch

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Are you ready to awaken your senses? To get your (creative) juices flowing to the rhythm of a throbbing beat? Let’s pump up the jam and get seriously sexy and sweaty together! With these collections, I am inviting you to dance into a year of celebrations with me: the 30th anniversary of marlies|dekkers! To start, let me take you by the hand to the birthplace of my brand: the booming club scene of the late 80s and early 90s. Representing the senses of VISION and TOUCH, this is where I started sculpting the sensual shapes that would inspire and define several generations of feminine feminists.

Worn by women, made by women

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Worn by women, made by women

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‘Women-owned businesses’ may be a hot topic right now, but from the beginning – over 25 years ago! – Marlies had a very clear goal: to make a product for women, by women. A product that would not only empower the women who wore it, but also the women involved in making it. Since then, we have built a number of precious relationships with women all along our supply chain, based on mutual love, respect and empowerment. Time to put the spotlight on five heroes of our ’empowerment chain’.

Dare to shine – Fit & Style Appointment room

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Dare to shine – Fit & Style Appointment room

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I love the hustle and bustle of the holiday season; the shopping, decorating, meal planning and parties. But let’s be honest, it can get a little stressful, especially after a long, busy year. You give, give, give to others, but how about YOU? Ho, ho, ho! Time to stop for a second and invest in some self-care. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, you deserve it!

Beyond the legend – Carolyn Burke

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Beyond the legend – Carolyn Burke

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She was a model and photographer, muse and reporter, sexual adventurer and domestic goddess. Yet Lee Miller’s stunning beauty has made it difficult to evaluate her work in its own right, according to biographer Carolyn Burke, who made it her mission to reveal the woman behind the legend. « Writing her story, my heart broke several times. »

Singles Day 2022 – You’ve got this!

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Singles Day 2022 – You’ve got this!

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All the single ladies, listen up! Now that we singles have become the majority in a lot of countries, it is high time to stop feeling singled out. On Singles Day, let’s celebrate our freedom and independence by sharing all those solo milestones that make us go: ‘You’ve got this!’.

Anniversary cruise collection: Couture reimagined as swimwear

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Anniversary cruise collection: Couture reimagined as swimwear

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I can barely believe it myself, but soon, we’ll be celebrating the 30-year anniversary of marlies|dekkers! We sure weathered some storms throughout the years, but you know what they say: you cannot control the wind, but you can adjust your sails. To make a head start with the celebrations, I’ve designed a very special, limited-edition swimwear collection which combines my love – read: fetish – for maritime uniforms with my obsession with details.

Dare to go out with a bang

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Dare to go out with a bang

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There are stars, and there are superstars. And then there are people like Lee Miller; burning so bright, with such explosive energy, that they can easily be called supernovas. Whatever Lee Miller did – in love, life or art – she did with a flaming passion, starting with her dreams.

Queen of Reinvention

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Queen of Reinvention

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A Queen of Reinvention – not unlike Madonna – Lee Miller went through a number of amazing transformations in her life. But when she became a war correspondent in 1942, she really found her calling.

Lee Miller par Lee Miller

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Lee Miller par Lee Miller

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‘They had style, they had grace, Rita Hayworth, gave good face’. When Madonna sang those lines in ‘Vogue’, she could easily have been singing about Lee Miller. Yes, the American beauty was born with incredibly photogenic features, but she also knew exactly how to work the camera and embody every modern woman’s ideal.

The master of illusion

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The master of illusion

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« Is Lee Miller a man or a woman? » Lee chuckled whenever she heard that question. Born Elizabeth Miller, ‘Lee’ wasn’t just a nickname; it was the name she had choses with care when she established herself as a professional photographer, hoping to confuse prospective (sexist) clients about her gender.

Through Lee Miller’s viewfinder

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Through Lee Miller’s viewfinder

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As one of only six accredited female combat photographers, Lee Miller shook up the world of photojournalism with her unforgettable war pictures. But even before that, her beloved camera – a heavy Rolleiflex – was her passport to the world.

Take or make freedom

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Take or make freedom

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“If I need to pee, I pee in the road; if I have a letch for someone, I hop into bed with him.” It was a given for Lee Miller: of course women should have the same social and sexual freedom that men have been enjoying for centuries!

Lee’s lovey lips

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Lee’s lovey lips

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Lee’s lovely lips were an emblem of her power. Tall, untamed and mouthy, the Amazonian American loved to speak her mind and was known for her loud, raucous laugh. Immortalized by her lovers, her lips also became a symbol of sensuality.

Who sees who?

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Who sees who?

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Who sees who? Often called one of the most beautiful women of the 20th century, Lee Miller was used to being gazed at. Look deeply into Lee’s eyes however, and you see her power as a muse to turn the male gaze back onto itself.

FW22 Couture collection: Arasaid

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FW22 Couture collection: Arasaid

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Who was Lee Miller? The multitalented icon and artist was many different things to many different people, but I like to see her as a 20th-century renaissance woman who did everything with a burning passion and a bright, rebellious soul.

The many lives of Lee Miller

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The many lives of Lee Miller

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From the cover of Vogue to the bathtub of Hitler; feminine feminist Lee Miller’s life story is like a movie with many unbelievable plot twists. But behind the icon and queen of self-reinvention was a woman of flesh and blood – fierce and flawed, damaged but defiant. A woman like you and me. « I looked like an angel, but I was a fiend inside ».

Electric & electrifying – my muse Lee Miller

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Electric & electrifying – my muse Lee Miller

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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.

Dance through transformations and challenges

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Dance through transformations and challenges

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When was the last time you danced? A few weeks ago, while I was shooting the campaign pictures for the Nightlife Edition of our Awaken Your Senses collection in an empty nightclub, I suddenly noticed I was shaking my stuff. It was a sensual, groovy little dance; a spontaneous celebration of life.

Lee Miller & I

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Lee Miller & I

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Are you afraid to bluff? Don’t be! Sometimes, in order to fulfill the potential of all your amazing talents, you gotta fake it till you make it. (Just like the boys have always shamelessly done). Finding inspiration in the bravura of the legendary, multi-talented Lee Miller, I learned from the best.

More than a biological mother

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More than a biological mother

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To me, mother is a verb. It’s not something we are. It’s something we do. It’s about planting seeds and nurturing dreams and bursting with pride when we’ve helped others blossom. So, this Mother’s Day – biological mother or not – let’s celebrate the Mother Earth in all of us!

Mother Earth, Father Sky

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Mother Earth, Father Sky

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Like our ancestors who worshipped both Mother Earth and Father Sky, I stay grounded by watching the stars. But what can astrology tell me about my career and leadership skills?
About 15 years ago I became interested in astrology. Based on the premise ‘as above, so below’, this endlessly fascinating science analyzes the marriage of Mother Earth and Father Sky. In other words, it looks at the relationship between patterns in the sky and phenomena on earth. I believe that studying your natal chart – the astronomical snapshot of the sky taken at the moment and from the position you were born – can provide you with precious tools to express your natural gifts, in many different areas of your life. So, when renowned ‘astro–economist’ Han van Straaten suggested a reading of my chart, focusing on my career and leadership skills, I jumped at the chance! Here are some highlights of the insightful ‘soul map’ he made for me:

Inspired by Mother Earth – Have you heard the call?

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Inspired by Mother Earth – Have you heard the call?

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Have you heard the call? The call to venture into the unknown and meet your tribe in an ecstatic celebration of love, music and nature? Whether it’s a full–moon party on a tropical island or a deep–desert dance fest, the party starts as soon as you decide to drop everything and follow your heart. Travel light; you only need to pack the essentials. With some great swimwear, like my own fashionable yet durable bikinis and bathing suits, you’re ready for any type of action!

Women’s Day

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Women’s Day

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(Eco-) Feminism in numbers
I once saw a woman wear a badge with a very catchy slogan: ‘Destroy the patriarchy, not the planet’. As radical as that may have sounded, she made a great point: there is definitely a connection between the exploitation of women and the exploitation of Mother Earth. To quote Ana Sandoval, a land defender and feminist activist from Guatemala: « In the end, all the struggles have the same objective: the defense of life. » This Women’s Day, let’s celebrate both feminism and the green movement for fighting hand in hand to protect and empower the voiceless. Here are some poignant statistics to inspire you. Happy Women’s Day!

Ancient Indonesian beauty secrets

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Ancient Indonesian beauty secrets

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I don’t remember if it happened while I was blissing out during a Balinese beauty treatment or when I was floating in a divine infinity pool* on Nusa Lembongan. But at some point during my holiday in Indonesia I realized: this is where the goddesses themselves come to get pampered! Long before ‘self–care’ and ‘clean beauty’ were even a thing, ancient Indonesian wellness remedies and treatments were passed on from generation to generation, based on the magic and bounty of Mother Earth. The great news? You don’t have to get on a plane to experience them! From the healing massage and herbal scrub to the skin–boosting elixir; do try these at home for a great summer glow. Just don’t forget the most important ingredient: a gentle smile that shows your gratitude to Mother Earth.
* You can find the pool and a number of gorgeous, beach-front villas at the heavenly Beach Shack at Sandy Bay. A must-visit!

Valentine’s Day – Rebel at Heart

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Valentine’s Day – Rebel at Heart

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For some people, love grows slowly. « Like a beautiful flower, opening its petals one by one, » they’ll swoon. How peaceful that must be! When I fall in love, it’s the opposite of peaceful. Flowers blossoming? More like fireworks exploding! In my face! As soon as love hits me, I see the world through rose–colored glasses. Everything looks more brilliant, more beautiful, more alive. Normally a minimalist, I now go for anything pink, gold and glittery. And I’ll break more than just style rules. For my love, I’ll break any rules. My rebel heart has woken up.

Merel Krielaart

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Merel Krielaart

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To me, Merel Krielaart is the ultimate real-life Mother Earth. Traveling, living, and working with her colorful family, this Dutch-born beauty has turned her bohemian lifestyle into a hugely successful brand: World Family Ibiza. On top of that, Merel is one of the hottest grey–haired beauty icons of the moment. I wanted to find out: what is this earth mama’s secret?

Political animal – Marianne Thieme

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Political animal – Marianne Thieme

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Having founded and led the world’s first Party for the Animals – there are now 19 chapters worldwide – Dutch politician and animal rights activist Marianne Thieme (49) is one of Mother Earth’s brightest and bravest representatives. But what fuels this feminine feminist’s fire? The clue can be found in her choice of swimwear…

Goddess Freya

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Goddess Freya

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Is it a plane? Is it a bird? Oh, it’s something much more exciting, the most glamorous sighting you’ll ever see: goddess Freya, racing her golden cat–drawn chariot through the sky. She’s blindingly beautiful, and boy, does she know it. Throwing her head back in laughter, she shakes a trail of spring flowers from her cascading locks. When she cries in extasy, her tears turn into pure gold. If you’ve got it, flaunt it! Some days, she turns her magical cloak of falcon feathers into wings to jet through the sky, other times she rides a boar, rumored to be her human lover in disguise. Speaking of lovers, there are so many! « Men, they are just too delicious, » she says rolling her eyes, then flashing a blinding smile. Not war god Odin, but Freya, the fearless leader of the Valkyries*, has the first pick among the brave warriors who died in battle. The chosen ones are welcomed in Freya’s magnificent hall, the rest go to Valhalla.

Running against the biological clock – Cynthia Monteleone

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Running against the biological clock – Cynthia Monteleone

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Running on the tracks in her signature Wonder Woman outfit, a red hibiscus behind her ear, multiple world champion track athlete Cynthia Monteleone looks like a bona fide superhero. And indeed, during the indoor world championships in 2019, the track star accomplished something seemingly supernatural: in 400–meter sprint, she broke her personal record set 24 years ago! How did she do it? In her book, ‘Fast over 40: a memoir and training guide’ Cynthia tells us all, but I was lucky enough to have a one–on–one conversation with the anti–ageing icon.

Goddess Melissa

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Goddess Melissa

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Who run this mother? Girls, of course, but let’s not forget about the bees! According to the latest ‘buzz’, bees pollinate nearly three quarters of the plants that produce 90% of the world’s food (!), but our ancestors already realized how essential these magical golden creatures are to our survival. There have always been Bee Goddesses; voluptuous Anatolian divinities wearing beehive–shaped tiaras and feisty Hindu honey goddesses with a venomous sting. Yet nobody adored them as much as the ancient Greeks who had a cult of bee goddesses, nymphs and priestesses – an entire ‘hive’! – all sharing the same name: Melissa.

Goddess Nüwa

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Goddess Nüwa

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The body of a snake, the spirit of a tigress, the power to create life. Meet long–haired beauty Nüwa, aka the Chinese Mother Earth. Creating animals and humans out of clay and controlling all the elements, this beloved serpent goddess had powers that equaled and even surpassed those of any male god. And, like any woman, Nüwa loved to surprise. A proto–feminist icon with a twist in the tail.

Goddess Xochi-Quetzal

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Goddess Xochi-Quetzal

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I sometimes wonder: how different would our lives have been if, after committing the original sin, only Adam would have been punished? What if Eve would have been allowed to stay and party in paradise, having sex with whomever she pleased? Would women have been freer, more sexually liberated? Would we have had more fun?

The Goddess Connection – Bettany Hughes

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The Goddess Connection – Bettany Hughes

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Was God once a girl? For the award–winning historian, author and broadcaster Bettany Hughes, this question was the start of a ‘magical history tour’ to uncover the hidden stories of the feminine divine. Through her series and books such as ‘Venus and Aphrodite, history of a goddess’, the British professor shares the kind of insights that may just wake up your inner goddess.

Goddess Lalita

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Goddess Lalita

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In ancient times, earth goddesses ruled the world. With the emergence of patriarchy around 1500 years ago, however, they were dethroned in all but one place: India. In Hinduism, goddess energy, aka ‘Shakti’, is considered the foundation of life itself – the creative force that is responsible for the creation, nurturing and destruction of the universe. With a wild and heartfelt passion, this feminine life force has been worshipped throughout the ages in India in the shape of goddesses, as diverse and colorful as the real–life women who inspired them, from graceful Durga to fearsome Kali. Of all the Hindu goddesses who embody love, Lalita (‘She who plays’) may be my favorite. In a playful yet passionate way, she urges us to love: ourselves, each other and perhaps most importantly, the earth.

Green heart, feminist soul

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Green heart, feminist soul

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When feminist ideals meet environmental goals, beautiful things can blossom. I believe this season’s gorgeous Mother Earth collection is the ultimate proof of that. But how did we make it happen?

Celebrating our sensuality

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Celebrating our sensuality

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Once upon a time, women were divine, and so were their juices. Whether it was our milk or our blood or that beautiful liquid known as ‘nectar of the gods’; we flowed freely and without shame, our feminine powers lourishing. Now is the perfect moment to reclaim those powers. Let’s become forces of nature again! Are you ready to tame the shame and join the juicy revolution?

Goddess Kupala

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Goddess Kupala

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The story of Kupala, the Slavic goddess of summer solstice, is an ironic love story. How else to call a love tragedy that has been inspiring a wild annual celebration of love and sensuality for as long as people in Russia and Eastern Europe can remember?

Goddess Asase Yaa

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Goddess Asase Yaa

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Did you know that each zebra’s stripes are unique? Just like no two human fingerprints are alike, no two zebras have the same stripe pattern. Asase Yaa, Mother Earth of the Ashanti people of Ghana, loves us all: humans, animals, and plants. And whether we have stripes or spots, leaves or limbs; she loves us all equally. From her womb, she gives birth to us. Into her arms, she takes us at the moment of our death. Want to pray to her? There are no temples for Asase Yaa, no priests to serve her. You go to a field, kiss the soil, fertilize it with your tears. She’ll hear you. She is earth itself.

Inspired by Mother Earth

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Inspired by Mother Earth

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My muse for this season, Mother Earth, has many names and faces. But one thing is beyond question: she is beautiful. Breathtakingly, mind–blowingly beautiful. ‘A beautiful, warm, living object’ is how Apollo– program astronaut James B Irwin described her, claiming that seeing the earth from above ‘will change any man’. Over 2000 years earlier, the ancient Greeks considered her a robust, ‘broad– bosomed’ beauty and called her Gaia, a poetical form of ‘gē’ meaning ‘earth’. (You may recognize the root ‘ge’ from words like geology and geography). On Greek vases, we see a full–figured Gaia rise from the earth, representing everything that lives. She is loving and fearsome at the same time, just like mothers have appeared to their children since the beginning of humanity. She is the creative/destructive energy of life itself. The message is clear: you don’t wanna mess with this’big momma’!

Goddess Gaia

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Goddess Gaia

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The French like to say that God created women, but the ancient Greeks knew better: it was woman who created the gods. Well, perhaps not exactly a living breathing woman like you and I, but the great mother of gods and people, animals, and plants, personified by earth itself. The Greeks liked to describe her as ‘broad–bosomed’ and ‘many–flowered’; an ‘all–nourisher’ and ‘all–destroyer’. To them, she was the ultimate goddess of raw, maternal power. She was worshipped in caves and by springs where her life–giving water burst forth like milk from breasts or menstrual blood. They called her Gaia: the one we are born from and fed by, but also the one we return to when we die. The original Big Mama.

Rob Peetoom – Hair guru with a mission

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Rob Peetoom – Hair guru with a mission

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Having empowered women since 1969, Dutch hairstylist Rob Peetoom has definitely earned a place of honor in this magazine. Although he may seem like a bundle of contradictions – a feminist patriarch, a trendsetter who goes beyond trends – Rob’s vision is straightforward: if a woman looks good, she feels good. Good enough to take on the world! During a lovely conversation on Bali, where Rob and his team styled the amazing hair looks on these pages, the maestro shared his wisdom and yes, some great hair tips.

You go Goddess

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You go Goddess

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Modern–day issues require new, modern–day goddesses. Who else to pray to for your dream job, body confidence or an internet–breaking Instagram post? Meet the up–to–date divinities who can help you become your sassiest, sexiest, most successful self.

The self-love show

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The self-love show

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I live and breathe feminine feminism. With each of my designs, but also through a number of empowering side projects such as ‘The Self–Love Show’: a series of intimate, animated conversations on Instagram Live with feminine feminists from all walks of life. The subject? You guessed it, self–love! Because after all these years, I know one thing for sure: self–love is the key to unlocking potential. Your own potential, but also that of the women around you. So, let’s inspire each other! Let’s lift each other up! Here are some nuggets of self–love wisdom to get your started. Enjoy!

Goddess Inanna

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Goddess Inanna

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What if we loved our vulvas so much, we would applaud each time we looked in the mirror? Well, get ready for some 6000–year–old sex– and body positivity in the gorgeous shape of Inanna, Sumerian* goddess of love, sex and political power! ‘The lady of the Largest Heart’, Inanna was called by high priestess Enheduanna, the earliest known author of written literature. She is described as stunning, flanked by lions, dazzling with gold and jewels, and then there was her incredible vulva… « When she leaned against the apple tree, her vulva was wondrous to behold, » the priestess writes. « Rejoicing at her wondrous vulva, the young woman Inanna applauded herself. » You go, goddess!

My muse Gaia – the original Big Mama

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My muse Gaia – the original Big Mama

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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.

Mother Earth and I

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Mother Earth and I

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Mother Earth and I weren’t BFF’s from the beginning. Our relationship grew in stages, like the rings of a tree, into a beautiful, soulful, if not turbulent marriage. Looking back, studying our tree rings, the saying ‘through thick and thin’ comes to mind. There are thin rings, created during ‘lean’ years when I largely ignored Mother Earth, while the thick, robust ones are the result of us getting up close and personal. Sometimes a little too personal… Like during a hardcore survival trip in Sweden’s wilderness when I was 16.

Mother Earth’s ‘Comeback’

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Mother Earth’s ‘Comeback’

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« Your muse for this coming season is Mother Earth? Seriously? ». Going by my friends’ and colleagues’ reactions, you would believe that this was the most shocking thing I had done since designing and wearing my ‘bare–butt dress’. « Isn’t it a bit hippie-dippie? » some would ask delicately, while others bluntly branded the subject ‘unsexy’. I couldn’t blame them. While our ancestors saw Mother Earth as the ultimate manifestation of fertility and creativity – read: the very first sex symbol – centuries of patriarchy have tried to tame and scandalize the raw, female power she symbolizes. They almost succeeded. Almost!

Amanda van Effrink

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Amanda van Effrink

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I’m all about pink and glitter, Jeanne de Clisson had a thing for black and red. But even though I’ve never killed anyone – thank god! – Jeanne and I have more in common that just a strict color scheme.

Sioejeng Tsao

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Sioejeng Tsao

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There was one moment during my transformation into Cheng I Sao that I looked in the mirror and saw my ancestors. It was so intense! Like an out-of-body experience, except I was still very much there. Because I was carried by the love and fighting spirit of all the strong women that came before me.

Laura Reijling

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Laura Reijling

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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.

Tess Maylo Blom

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Tess Maylo Blom

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I had a rocky start. Born a month early, I spent a week in an incubator, struggling to breathe. But my mom says I was a born fighter. ‘Maylo’ is my second name; it means ‘winner’ in Hawaiian. I still fight for what I believe in; I never mindlessly follow the crowd.

Esra Önsöz

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Esra Önsöz

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I am a warrior. I have been one for as long as I remember. I work hard for my goals, no shortcuts or distractions. Even though I did gymnastics for years, I didn’t start dancing till I was 15. One day, during an audition, I was told I was ‘a typical gymnast and would never be a dancer’. « Okay, » I said to myself, « it’s ON! ».

Sigrid Boersma

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Sigrid Boersma

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I may not have 200 Roman ships and 20.000 legionnaires after me like queen Teuta, but I know what it’s like to feel trapped and attacked. Too many women do. But we have one very important weapon: our voices.

Beertje van Beers

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Beertje van Beers

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As a writer for this glossy, researching all the badass female pirates was incredibly inspiring. Having felt like an outsider most of my life, deciding early on to write my own rules, I could relate to each single story of swashbuckling defiance. But Victorian streetfighter Sadie the Goat was my favorite, and how excited I was to step into her lace-up booties and kick some ass!

Margriet Planting

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Margriet Planting

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There was a moment during my transformation into pirate queen that I looked in the mirror at my belly – I was exactly 27 weeks pregnant – and started laughing. Grace O’Malley? Grace O’Belly, rather! The setting couldn’t have been more spectacular; the dramatic sky, the wild sea. It was like an Elizabethan sea battle painting come to life. But to really get into the role of a savage she-pirate was a little harder than I thought.

Jody Vivian

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Jody Vivian

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All it took for me to become Anne Bonny was putting on her pirate coat and boots. It was like an instant transformation! You see, except for the killing and setting everything on fire, I’m actually a lot like her. A modern-day pirate.

Mo-Yccia Hanley

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Mo-Yccia Hanley

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The first time I saw a picture of model Winnie Harlow, I was shocked. Here was this gorgeous woman, with the same skin condition I have: vitiligo. And she was totally owning and working it! I was just going through a difficult period; I was 12, 13 years old and desperately wanted to be ‘normal’. Every day, I thought: « Why can’t I be like the rest? ». But Winnie showed me how to take something that makes you different, and use it to your advantage. Just like pirate Jacquotte Delahaye with her flaming red hair.

Freedom

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Freedom

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How savage are you? Do you chart your own course, even in the middle of a crazy storm? The glorious female pirates in this magazine are savage for sure, but they weren’t all born that way. Each of them reached a point where they felt they HAD to break free. The universe was telling them: do it, NOW!

Anne Bonny: the original Lady Liberty

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Anne Bonny: the original Lady Liberty

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By shaking off society’s rules, legendary female pirate Anne Bonny inspired many generations of women to take their destinies into their own hands. But could anyone ever have imagined that this ‘swashbuckling savage’ would become THE symbol of feminism and freedom?

Pirate Queen – Raise your rebel flag!

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Pirate Queen – Raise your rebel flag!

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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.

Anne Bonny & I – My Pirate Life

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Anne Bonny & I – My Pirate Life

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Growing up, I never belonged. But even though I got bullied and often felt lonely, deep down inside I already knew: forget fitting in, I was born to stand out! So, I proudly wore my make-up and heels to school and played by myself; an outcast in the courtyard. Let them call me a ‘freak’ and a ‘weirdo’; I entertained myself by fantasizing what my life would be like once I was free. One thing was for sure: I was going to be legendary. And it would happen by nurturing exactly that which made me stand out.

Anne Bonny – ‘The Pirate Queen’

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Anne Bonny – ‘The Pirate Queen’

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A glorious, red-haired wrecking ball, Anne Bonny was born to break all the rules. Rejecting a society that treated women as weak, the Irish-born badass created her own, roaming and robbing the Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy with her (lesbian) lovers, becoming the most famous female pirate of all time.

Jacqotte Delahaye – ‘Back from the Dead Red’

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Jacqotte Delahaye – ‘Back from the Dead Red’

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Once upon a time, in Haiti, there was a girl with hair red as fire. ‘Jacquotte’ she was called, and she was as badass as they come. Her mother died in childbirth and when her father got brutally murdered, young Jacquotte was left alone to care for her disabled brother. What job opportunities were there for adventurous, strong-willed girls in the 17th century? That’s right, not a whole lot. And so, Jacquotte became a pirate. Even better, she became a feminist heroine.

Three modern pirates

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Three modern pirates

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They may not wear eye patches or have a parrot on their shoulder, but these modern-day she-pirates are making waves and shifting paradigms, in the same swashbuckling spirit as the pirates of yesteryear. Watch out, world!

Pirate women – Laura Sook Duncombe

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Pirate women – Laura Sook Duncombe

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« Where are all the female pirates? » For American writer Laura Sook Duncombe, it started with a simple question which became a quest to dig up and share the incredible stories of ‘the princesses, prostitutes, and privateers who ruled the seven seas’. The result: the ultimate guide to swashbuckling women throughout the ages. « It’s a myth that pirates buried their loot. Their stories are their real treasure. »

Cheng I Sao – ‘Madame Cheng’

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Cheng I Sao – ‘Madame Cheng’

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From prostitute to powerful commander; this is the incredible story of Cheng I Sao – not only the most successful pirate (male or female!), but also the most badass ladyboss in history. Born close to the water in modern-day Guangzhou, the young Shi Yang understood early on that pearls don’t just lie on the seashore; you have to dive for them. And so she did!

Jeanne de Clisson – ‘The Lioness of Brittany’

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Jeanne de Clisson – ‘The Lioness of Brittany’

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In the mid 1400s, French sailors who saw blood red sails emerging from the fog knew it meant one thing. They were about to die. After all, noble-woman-turned-pirate Jeanne de Clisson built her notorious ‘Black Fleet’ for only one reason: to avenge her husband’s death. And in this, she showed absolutely no mercy. Blood for blood.

Grace O’Malley – ‘She-King of the Irish Seas’

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Grace O’Malley – ‘She-King of the Irish Seas’

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The feminist folklore of Grace O’Malley begins in her childhood, when she begged her chieftain/pirate father to take her along on an expedition to Spain. When he refused, saying ‘her hair would get caught in the ropes’, Grace chopped off her mane. Bam! From now on, she was known as ‘Granuaile Mhaol’ , Irish for ‘Grace with the cropped hair’.

Happy Singles Day – You’ve got this!

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Happy Singles Day – You’ve got this!

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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!’.

Happy Singles Day – You’ve got this!

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Happy Singles Day – You’ve got this!

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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!’.

Sadie ‘The Goat’ Farrell – ‘The Queen of the Waterfront’

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Sadie ‘The Goat’ Farrell – ‘The Queen of the Waterfront’

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Some girls want to be princesses when they grow up; Sadie Farrell had a different dream: to become a pirate, and the meanest one at that! Growing up in the crime-filled slums of Victorian New York, Sadie knew how to throw a punch. Described as ‘slight of build, but mean and vicious’ (surely a euphemism for ‘skinny bitch’) she became a ruthless mugger at a young age and even developed a legendary signature move: headbutting her victims in the stomach. It earned her her fighting name ‘Sadie the Goat’.

Ilham Mestour: Hair Queen with Pirate Roots

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Ilham Mestour: Hair Queen with Pirate Roots

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Royalty and celebrities like Queen Máxima of the Netherlands and Naomi Campbell trust her with their hair and she could easily paper her walls with all her Vogue, Elle and Harpers Bazaar covers. But at heart, Dutch-Moroccan hair stylist Ilham Mestour is, and will always be, a pirate.

Spreading the (self-) love!

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Spreading the (self-) love!

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I live and breathe feminine feminism. With each of my designs, but also through a number of empowering side projects such as ‘The Self-Love Show’: a series of intimate, animated conversations on Instagram Live with feminine feminists from all walks of life. The subject? You guessed it, self-love! Because after all these years, I know one thing for sure: self-love is the key to unlocking potential. Your own potential, but also that of the women around you. So, let’s inspire each other! Let’s lift each other up! Here are some nuggets of self-love wisdom to get your started. Enjoy!

Sayyida al-Hurra – ‘Pirate Queen of Morocco’

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Sayyida al-Hurra – ‘Pirate Queen of Morocco’

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She wasn’t called Sayyida al-Hurra at birth. It was a title she would earn, based on her fearlessness and fierce intelligence: ‘Lady who is free and independent’. But it was thanks to her badass pirating, that she would forever be known as the ‘Pirate Queen of Morocco’.

Princess Alfhild – ‘The Pirate Princess’

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Princess Alfhild – ‘The Pirate Princess’

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This is a story of a princess in an ivory tower… with a twist! Because this princess, rather than ride off into the sunset with her prince on the white horse, became a formidable Viking pirate, leading a fleet of rebel pirate girls.

Anne Dieu-le-Veut

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Anne Dieu-le-Veut

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Anne Dieu-le-Veut’s incredible story? It’s all there in her ‘nom de guerre’*: her spirit, her creed, her life. ‘Dieu-le-Veut’ means ‘as god wants it’, meaning that when Anne wanted something, her will was so strong, it was as if the gods themselves wanted it too! Born Marie-Anne Dominique du Pres in 1661 in Brittany, France, we may assume that her early years were not exactly smooth. When we first read about Anne, she is being taken ‘off the streets’ and deported to the Caribbean. This was part of a program that imported prostitutes for local French buccaneers, hoping that they would give up pirating and settle down as farmers with their new wives. Well, when she arrives in freebooter heaven Tortuga, farming seems to be the last thing on feisty Anne’s mind.

Stranger fictions

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Stranger fictions

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Who are you in your parallel life? A queen, a CEO, a swashbuckling pirate? This holiday season, let’s do some ‘space-time’ traveling and get ready to manifest our wildest dreams.

Mary Read – ‘Mark Read’

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Mary Read – ‘Mark Read’

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Being a pirate is all about bending the rules, and for Mary Read that very much included gender rules. One half of the dynamic, swashbuckling Pirate Queen duo of Mary Read and Anne Bonny (see Couture), this warrior woman excelled in not one, but two male-dominated careers: the navy and piracy. She fell in love with both men and women. And she identified sometimes as a woman – Mary – and sometimes as a man: Mark. Centuries before the terms ‘feminism’ and ‘gender fluidity’ were invented, Mary was living them. Ferociously.

Own your spots with German fashion model Widget

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Own your spots with German fashion model Widget

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Meet Widget: international model, modelling-coach, medical academic and total powerhouse! Widget did an incredible photoshoot in my Peekaboo leopard collection and I just fell in love with the images. Flirty, fun, fierce and feminine; Widget shows us what it looks like to feel comfortable in your own skin. She reminds me of a gorgeous leopard, totally owning her spots!

Own your spots with Rui Jun Luong, founder of Asian Raisins

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Own your spots with Rui Jun Luong, founder of Asian Raisins

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Meet Rui Jun Luong, a multidisciplinary designer on a journey to inclusivity. She describes photography as « a way to express and capture her observations ». Growing up in The Netherlands, she noticed that there were not a lot of Asian people around. Rui Jun now explores themes like identity, diversity and inclusivity through her work. As the founder of the ‘Asian Raisins’ Asian racism awareness community, she strives to achieve the elimination of (unconscious) racism and discrimination. Only then, everybody will be able to safely and proudly own their rightful spot in society!

Own your spots with Jasja Heijboer, owner of Ace Agency

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Own your spots with Jasja Heijboer, owner of Ace Agency

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Martin Garrix, Don Diablo, Yellow Claw, Sam Feldt, Lucas & Steve, names from the music industry that you probably know. Meet the power babe behind them: Jasja Heijboer, owner of Ace Agency based in Amsterdam. As an international booking agency she represents the leading DJs in the electronic music scene, arranging and organizing everything for all of their performances across the globe. The music industry is still known as largely dominated by men, but Jasja is one of the women who stands her ground right in the middle of it. Let’s find out how she owns her spots!

Own your spots with body positivity-guru Ellie Sweet

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Own your spots with body positivity-guru Ellie Sweet

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Posting underwear-selfies on Instagram; for Ellie it’s normal day-to-day business. The goal? To promote having a positive attitude towards your body, with all its ‘flaws’ and ‘imperfections’. If anyone can teach us how to own our spots, it’s Ellie! Time for a chat.

Black magic

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Black magic

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‘Black magic woman’, ‘whore queen’, ‘witch’; just some of the names thrown at Cleopatra throughout the centuries. It’s the oldest trick in the book: knocking down powerful, sexually confident women by labeling them witches and sexual predators. Surely Cleopatra must have used black magic? Well, Cleopatra definitely cast a spell, but of a different kind: she bewitched with words.

Power dressing now

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Power dressing now

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Power dressing? Hey, why not learn from the best? Forget pantsuits and muted makeup; flamboyant, fiercely feminine Cleopatra is back as a power-dressing icon, and we are here for it!

Turn up the self-love this Valentine’s Day

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Turn up the self-love this Valentine’s Day

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Whether you are single or not, celebrate this Valentine’s Day by starting a life-long romance… with yourself! To get you inspired, I am sharing some nuggets of self-love wisdom from our Self-Love Show, a series of fun, lively conversations I had on Instagram Live with some of my favorite feminine feminists. Get ready to turn up the self-love!

100% that goddess

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100% that goddess

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A few years back, Rihanna posted a picture of her latest tattoo: the Egyptian goddess Isis, spreading her magnificent wings under the singer’s breasts. “Goddess Isis – Complete Woman – Model for future generations,” the badass singer wrote.

Ful medames recipe

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Ful medames recipe

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According to some sources, there was always fava beans soup or stew served at Cleopatra’s table. More than two thousand years after the last Egyptian Queen died, these beans are still the core of Egyptian cuisine. Nationaal food ful medames is a stew, soup or dip, often mixed with garlic, tahini (sesame paste), lemon and olive oil. Find out how to make it yourself!

A reversal of the laws of nature

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A reversal of the laws of nature

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« Have any of you seen the Nile? Well, you can spare yourselves the journey; she carries it in her eyes, » Julius Caesar, clearly besotted with Cleopatra and her endless violet eyes, declares in the 1963 Cleopatra movie extravaganza. A little later, the Queen of Egypt herself (Elizabeth Taylor) tells general Marc Anthony (her real-life lover Richard Burton) that she carries the fertile Nile in other body parts as well: « I am the Nile. »

Work it, slay it, pin it and say it!

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Work it, slay it, pin it and say it!

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Do you consider yourself a Feminine Feminist? Do you believe we can have it all? And are you ready to say it loud and proud? Then get right to the ‘point’ with these empowering pins!

The celestial Queen

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The celestial Queen

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More than merely little points in the sky – ‘petit points’ – Cleopatra used the stars to manipulate the present and anticipate the future. In tough times – plague, famine, war – the stars helped her lead her people and come out stronger than before. The fated sky was Cleopatra’s compass and guide. The ‘Celestial Queen’ is even believed to have commissioned the stunning starry ceiling of the Dendera Temple: one of the best-preserved ancient diagrams of the cosmos, featuring the Egyptian gods as signs of the zodiac.

Mysteries of the past

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Mysteries of the past

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“With her voice, like an instrument of many strings, she could pass from one language to another, » Greek biographer Plutarch gushed about Cleopatra, noting that the Egyptian queen spoke no less than 9 languages. Even though Cleopatra was born in Egypt, she was about as Egyptian as Elizabeth Taylor. Her Macedonian Greek family, the Ptolemies, ruled over Egypt for centuries, but Cleopatra was the first and only Ptolemy to bother to learn the language of the 7 million people who called her their queen. A gesture of respect and a great political move: she was able to communicate directly with her troops.

Feminine superpower

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Feminine superpower

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What does female rage look like? Until #metoo, we had nearly forgotten, after centuries of being told to suppress our anger and bury it under a smile. But in ancient Egypt, it had a name and a face: Sekhmet, the fierce lion-headed sun goddess, who was forged from the fire rays shooting from Ra’s eyes. Wearing a sun disk circled by a cobra on her head, bad-ass Sekhmet burned bright in her flaming dress, creating deserts with her fire breath. And as the official patron of pharaohs, Sekhmet taught Cleopatra not to fear her own rage, but unleash it to scorch and sear her enemies. She showed her how to roar.

the Queen of Summer

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the Queen of Summer

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Like a mighty snake, the Nile river slithers through the driest desert land with its life-giving waters, creating a lush strip of paradise along its banks: Egypt. Not surprisingly, the Egyptians called their land a ‘Gift of the Nile’ while their most magnificent female pharaoh, Cleopatra, will always be known as ‘the Queen of the Nile’.

More than a mother

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More than a mother

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For nine months Zilver was part of my body, but as soon as I held her in my arms, I realized that my task as a mother was to give my daughter wings. Even if that meant she would fly away from me someday!

Making it easy being green – Dieuwertje Damen

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Making it easy being green – Dieuwertje Damen

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Besides being head of product & design, Miranda Martinez is the green conscience of my company. When we started over 25 years ago, our mission was clear: to make beautiful products with an empowering message in a way that does not harm people or the environment. Sustainability may be a hot topic right now, but it has always been part of our brand’s DNA. And thanks to Miranda’s passionate endeavors, we are now taking it to the next level. Time for a chat with the female founder who is helping us with that process, Dieuwertje Damen of Rainbow Collection.

Summer of love 2.0

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Summer of love 2.0

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The Summer of Love may be more than half a century behind us, but hippie culture with its ‘multi-culti’ influences is hipper than ever. Going deeper than just using a retro filter, our Instagram generation is embracing hippie values such as wanderlust, free love and clean eating. And guess what? It may be exactly what the world needs now. Excuse us while we kiss the sky!

Twisted sisters – Kaat Bollen

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Twisted sisters – Kaat Bollen

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How can we have better sex? I talked with delightful Belgian psychologist and sexologist Kaat Bollen about slow love and porn, about reclaiming our bodies and starting a sexy sisterhood. “Your brain is your largest erotic organ. Keep it stimulated!”.

A language of symbols – Karen Hamaker-Zondag

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A language of symbols – Karen Hamaker-Zondag

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From astrology-based dating apps to Instagram ‘astro babes’ with millions of followers; astrology, that ancient study of the connection between heaven and earth, seems hotter than ever. It wouldn’t have surprised Cleopatra, who relied on the planets and stars as her guides. And it certainly doesn’t amaze world-leading Dutch astrologer Karen Hamaker-Zondag, who nevertheless warns against hypes and shortcuts: “Astrology is not a form of spirituality. It is a language you have to learn.”

Fiercely feminine – Kaouthar Darmoni

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Fiercely feminine – Kaouthar Darmoni

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She is the link between ancient Arab goddess wisdom and Western feminism, between the head and the body, between Cleopatra and you. When it comes to Feminine Feminism, I cannot think of a more dazzling and delightful role model for women’s empowerment than Dr. Kaouthar Darmoni (PhD). During our exhilarating conversation, the university professor and goddess dance coach let me experience hands-on – or should I say hips-on? – how women unleashed their feminine power 4000 years ago. « It’s about taking back ownership of your vagina, your body, your self! »

A sacred symbol

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A sacred symbol

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Daily baths of donkey milk? Nah, as sexy as it sounds, it’s probably just another fabrication by the usual Cleopatra-obsessed ‘historians’. But if we are to believe Egyptian hieroglyphs, the Queen of Egypt had a much more fascinating beauty secret: the blue lotus. A sacred symbol of rebirth and healing, the flower was associated with the goddess Isis, aka the magnificent ‘Lady of the Holy Cobra’.

She came in colors

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She came in colors

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Like a rainbow scarab, Cleopatra came in colors. A multi-faceted woman – goddess, queen, mother, lover – her iridescent shades varied depending on the angle and point of view, always changing, always magnificent. A crisis leader pur sang, Cleopatra’s colors shone brightest during times of trouble.

When women ruled the world – Kara Cooney

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When women ruled the world – Kara Cooney

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When it comes to women in power, we’ve come a long way, right? Or perhaps not so much? I talked to feminist Egyptologist and archaeologist Kara Cooney, author of ‘When women ruled the world’, about female power, then and now, from Hatshepsut to Hilary. « Cleopatra was the slut that needed to be shamed for many generations. »

Cleopatra: Drama Queen or fearless female leader?

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Cleopatra: Drama Queen or fearless female leader?

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She was born in 69 BC in Alexandria, and when she passed away 39 years later, Queen Cleopatra VII had ruled Egypt for 22 years with more courage and charisma than most male leaders before her. A shrewd strategist, a skilled diplomat and a dazzling self-promoter, she had been the last and greatest Egyptian pharaoh. With glamour and grandeur, Cleopatra had claimed her role in world politics, controlling nearly the entire eastern Mediterranean coast at the height of her power.

Cleopatra & I

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Cleopatra & I

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“Now, that’s how you make an entrance!” I told my 10-year old self when I watched a voluptuous Elizabeth Taylor roll out of a carpet and onto the floor with stunning sass and self-possession in the movie ‘Cleopatra’ (1963). Liz, or Cleopatra – they became interchangeable to me – was about to lose it all and had smuggled herself into Caesar’s palace to beg for help. But of course, this bad-ass b***h didn’t beg but demand, casually stealing the Roman general’s heart while she was at it. Within a few minutes, I made a second mental note: when life drags you down, don’t be a drag, be a queen!

Crown yourself

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Crown yourself

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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.

Dare to be a comeback Queen

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Dare to be a comeback Queen

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Some periods are so dramatic and life-altering that even though you can’t even fathom the outcome yet, you already know in the depth of your soul: we will forever speak of before and after. As I write this, we’re in the midst of a revolution, accelerated by a pandemic: people in face masks are marching the streets. Just like the women who started the MeToo movement and the Swedish teenager who told the world: ‘Our house is on fire’, they were tired of waiting for change. And so, they became the change.

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year!

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What a year it’s been! While many of us are eager to start 2021, I would like to take a moment and look back at a year that shook us all, but still left me with gratitude and hope in my heart.

’tis the season to sparkle

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’tis the season to sparkle

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If you are like me, you cannot WAIT to kickstart the festive season by filling up your house with fresh, fragrant greens and sparkly decorations. With every shiny ornament I hang in my tree, I say a little prayer of gratitude for all the love and friendship in my life. And with every touch of gorgeous red, I honor one very special lady… Eve!

24 hours of Christmas bliss in London

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24 hours of Christmas bliss in London

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“If things happen anywhere, they happen in London,” Queen of Crime Agatha Christie once said. Well, London is never more happening than during the Holiday season, when my favorite city is transformed into a magical, fairytale-like lighting spectacle. From scoring sexy stocking fillers to scarfing down scones at the Ritz; here is how my daughter Zilver and I like to spend 24 hours in London’s Christmas wonderland.

Singles Day 2020

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Singles Day 2020

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All the single ladies, listen up! With single women rapidly becoming the majority, it is high time to stop feeling singled out. On Singles Day, let’s celebrate our freedom and independence by sharing all those solo milestones that make us go: ‘You’ve got this!’.

HALLOWEEN: How to turn terror into a treat

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HALLOWEEN: How to turn terror into a treat

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It was a perfect day to die. Laying on the tracks, all my senses were heightened: I felt the cold metal in my neck, the blood trickling down my chin. I smelled the damp earth. Suddenly, a crippling fear crept up from deep inside my belly. What if this really was my last moment on earth? What if I died right now? I looked up at the crisp autumn sky one last time. Then I closed my eyes and descended into my deepest fear.

A heart for women – Angela Maas

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A heart for women – Angela Maas

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By putting women’s hearts on the map, ‘cardiofeminist‘ Angela Maas has saved many lives while fighting sexism in the medical field. As the pioneering professor in cardiology for women likes to say: “Men and women are equal, but when it comes to cardiovascular disease, treat her like a lady.

A world of wanders – Marcel Wanders

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A world of wanders – Marcel Wanders

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From his famous ‘knotted’ chair to in-fl ight tableware and multi-sensory hotel interiors, Dutch designer Marcel Wanders’ creations are not just smart, but also fun, fantastical and romantic. (He even designed a fabulous pregnancy testing kit!). Through them, he has touched the hearts and minds of people worldwide for over 30 years, including mine. Time for a heart-to-heart with ‘the Lady Gaga of design’.

Read the story of Erin, breast cancer survivor

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Read the story of Erin, breast cancer survivor

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“There’s a lot of emphasis put on women and how they look, equating their value with where they measure on the scale of physical beauty and perfection. Sometimes, with all the changes that happened to my body, I don’t know where I fall on that scale anymore. I have to remind myself to throw out the scale.”

Read the story of Sarina, breast cancer previvor

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Read the story of Sarina, breast cancer previvor

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“For every test that I had, I felt this fear and constant anxiety that they would find something. And I’m not going to be here for my little girls if they find something. Now I feel like whatever happens in life, I did what I could do, and I’m just going to live.”

Read the story of Aleena, breast cancer survivor

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Read the story of Aleena, breast cancer survivor

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“The doctors are trained and taught statistics, but you know your body. Don’t let somebody that can’t feel what you feel, tell you what you know about yourself. That’s huge for me because I experienced it with the ultrasound technician. Had I listened and went home, who knows how far along my cancer would have been?”

An erotic experiment – Ype de Boer

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An erotic experiment – Ype de Boer

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Think you know everything about sex? Think again! For his must-read book ‘The erotic experiment’, Dutch philosopher Ype de Boer took off on a journey to discover strange new sexual worlds, freeing our erotic minds along the way.

Read the story of Casey, breast cancer previvor

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Read the story of Casey, breast cancer previvor

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“In some ways I feel like having surgery has made me accept my body more. I have all these scars, the illusion of being able to be perfect has been shattered. So I can either accept that, or I can hide away. I would rather learn to accept it.”

#FEELITONTHEFIRST

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#FEELITONTHEFIRST

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Most breast cancer patients (almost 75%!) have discovered the disease themselves. Early detection is incredibly important to be able to prevent needing very heavy surgeries and treatment. That’s why team marlies|dekkers is here to remind you to #feelitonthefirst!

The story behind my care bra for breast cancer survivors

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The story behind my care bra for breast cancer survivors

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Breast cancer awareness has always been a cause very close to my heart. And from the beginning of my brand, I have had conversations with breast cancer survivors who told me about their struggles, needs and wishes. Since comfort and support is in the DNA of all my designs, I often received very positive feedback from these women about my collections. But I wanted to know more. A few years ago, after a meeting with renowned surgical oncologist Jean Klinkenbijl, I decided to organize a special get-together for my team and a group of (ex-)breast cancer patients. That evening, I discovered that out of the 15 women present, 14 women had their needs met by my regular designs. Not bad, but not enough for me. I knew what I had to do: design a special post-op bra.

Jumping into the unknown

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Jumping into the unknown

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One itsy bitsy spider bite was all it took. To be more precise: one lethal bite from the notorious Greenback spider, found only in the Iraqi Desert. “Murderer, Baghdad…” her uncle had whispered with his dying breath, and now she found herself 3000 miles from home. The air in her room was thick with sexual desire and the sweet scent of jasmine. As the Adventuress looked up from her map to glance over at the beautiful bronze body asleep next to her, she realized something. She had never felt more alive.

One of the wild ones

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One of the wild ones

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“Baby, don’t-cha know that it’s rude, to keep my two lips waitin’ when they’re in the mood,” the Socialite sang, kicking up her heels. Darling, what a roll she’d been on! Paris, London, Rome… And everywhere, the same routine: champagne, caviar, diamonds disappearing into her suitcases. Oh, she knew he was watching her. But the diamonds were already in Moscow, and she was about to pull a Colt out of her stocking. Foolish boy. “In the mood,” she sang and laughed out loud.

Bossy and we know it – the face and future of female leadership

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Bossy and we know it – the face and future of female leadership

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From Cleopatra to Sheryl Sandberg; women have proven again and again to be excellent leaders. Yet there is still a worldwide gender leadership gap. And how about those deeply engrained stereotypes? I was interviewed by Caroline Glasbergen, successful Dutch entrepreneur and female business coach, who asked me: ‘What does female leadership look like?’

Exhilarating masquerade

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Exhilarating masquerade

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A wig, an exotic accent, a fake passport; not much was needed for the Charlatan’s exhilarating masquerade. Oh, the freedom she felt once transformed! Shameless and above the law, she took what she wanted: your money, your job, your husband. But tonight, for the first time, she had almost taken someone’s life. Looking in the mirror afterwards, she was startled to see the mask staring back at her. Had she gone too far this time? Lost herself completely? With trembling fingers, she tried to take it off…

Time is the best killer

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Time is the best killer

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It was 11 o’ clock on a December evening and her finger was on the trigger. Silently stalking the streets, summoning the shadows, she was about to commit her 16th murder. A faint smile appeared on her face as she remembered her first time. At only 10 years old, she had coolly washed the blood off the kitchen knife afterwards. A natural born killer. And now, death had become her living. She took a deep breath, and with a movement both swift and serene, the Assassin aimed…

The shadow of our smiles

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The shadow of our smiles

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Murder, she wrote. And very successfully! But in her brave writings, bestselling author Saskia Noort – aka ‘the Dutch Queen of Suspense’ – goes beyond murder. Giving a voice to female fear and shame, she dares to touch on subjects such as sexual violence and victim blaming. “A lot of people say: ooh, I could never kill anyone! But have you ever been beside yourself with anger?”

You’ve asked for it

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You’ve asked for it

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He gasped when he saw the first flash of lethal red lace. She smiled, pulling the zipper down a little further. “You are perfect,” he said. “My Venus.” The fool. She was nobody’s Venus. She was a devil in a blue dress, a red-lipped rebel with a cause. And he was a goner, caught in her web. “Tempt me,” he moaned. Hmm, why not have a little fun before the final, fatal stroke? “You’ve asked for it,” she said, and with a cat-like shrug, the Temptress let the dress slip from her shoulders.

Girl power? Political power!

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Girl power? Political power!

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Who really run the world? Well, although women are more socially engaged and activist than ever, it’s still the straight white men who rule the political game. Enough of that, political scientist Julia Wouters says. “Politics are too important to leave to men.”

Finally – the Archeologist

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Finally – the Archeologist

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“Finally,” the Archaeologist whispered as the most magnificent face she had ever seen emerged from the dust and the darkness, transcending centuries with its golden radiation. Could this really be it? The final resting place of Cleopatra, Goddess Queen of ancient Egypt? All of a sudden, a rustling sound. She didn’t believe in curses, but she knew that this gilded shrine could easily become her own tomb. Without turning around, she placed her hand on her gun.

Writing 101 – How to slay captions, Agatha-style

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Writing 101 – How to slay captions, Agatha-style

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If you have a social-media account – and who doesn’t? – you are a publisher, a marketeer and a writer. Yes, in this content-driven world, we are all writers. But how can you find your voice? How to best tell your story? In one single caption? Well, let’s ask the best selling novelist in history.

Never tell all you know

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Never tell all you know

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Her typewriter, plenty of black coffee, her mind filled with murder. Ah, such bliss! As the Crime Writer started typing, words spilled onto the page like drops of blood from a fresh wound. There they were, the usual suspects: the vamps and vicars, the perverts and poisoners. A murder, a method, a motive. All of a sudden, a vision flashed, then vanished. But when she opened her eyes, it was there on paper: « The mystery of the missing crime writer. » Enraptured, she continued to write…

Sherlock who?

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Sherlock who?

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A swift movement in the dark, a stifled cry, an overturned chair. A crime, but no clues. “Oh, but there are always clues, chéri,” The Detective said with an enigmatic smile. Making eye contact with every suspect in the room, she took a magnifying glass out of her immaculately tailored trench coat. “It’s not enough to merely see; one must observe,” she declared. Then, briskly: “But first, let’s have a nice cup of tea, shall we?”

A coup de foudre

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A coup de foudre

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A coup de foudre, it had been. “Cheers, beautiful stranger,” he had said, clinking her champagne glass. That’s when she fell. Madly. Deeply. And she continued to fall, hard, after he told her he had met someone else. But no more. She caught sight of her own face in the glass. There was absolutely no remorse, no sorrow as she poured the vial of cyanide into his sparkling champagne. “So long, beautiful stranger,” the Poisoner whispered.

From trench to trend: the trench coat

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From trench to trend: the trench coat

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For over a century now, the trench coat has been the ultimate ‘it coat’. But how did this military garment, first worn during WWI by officers in the trenches – hence the name! – become one of the ultimate icons of androgynous chic? A short history of a feminist style icon with a sexy twist.

Destination Fall|Winter 2020

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Destination Fall|Winter 2020

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Did you know a woman’s heart is very different from a man’s heart? But that the male body is still the norm in ‘modern’ medicine, costing many women their lives? For this issue of Feminine Feminist, I interviewed ‘cardiofeminist’ Angela Maas who has been fighting sexism in the male dominated medical field for the past 35 years. The secret of her steadfastness? Her femininity. “I didn’t want to lose my ‘softness’,” she told me. Angela also treated herself to some permanent makeup – eyeliner and eyebrows – to always look and feel her best, even during a 4 am emergency surgery. Angela’s personal interpretation of ‘Feminine Feminism’.

Dare to use your imagination

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Dare to use your imagination

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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.

Camilla Läckberg: Queen of everything

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Camilla Läckberg: Queen of everything

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With over 24 million copies of her crime novels sold in more than 60 countries (outselling even Stieg Larsson in her native Sweden), Camilla Läckberg is often hailed as ‘the New Queen of Crime’. But with her sexy, bold and unapologetic lifestyle, she also reminds me of another Swedish icon who doesn’t live by anyone’s rules but her own: Pipi Longstocking. “I’m not afraid to dream big.”

Mystery girl Agatha Christie

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Mystery girl Agatha Christie

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Imagine Agatha Christie, and you probably see her most famous female detective, Miss Marple: a neat old lady, snowy white hair, tweeds and pearls. Don’t be fooled! The woman who sold 2 billion copies of her books in 104 languages – outselling even the bible and William Shakespeare- lead a life filled with passion, fast-paced adventures and the wildest plot twists. “I had the firm conviction that, if I went about looking for adventure, adventure would meet me halfway.”

Agatha & I

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Agatha & I

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There I was in my silk evening gown, steaming up the windows of the Orient Express with a handsome stranger when we heard a bloodcurdling scream. Just that morning, I had poisoned my husband on a Nile steamer after solving a gruesome murder at an archaeological dig in Mesopotamia. Quite a day, I dare say! Especially for a 9-year old girl in a small town in Holland.

Empower women

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Empower women

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Our brand is on a mission; we are here to empower women and spread the feminine feminist message.

Sustainable solutions

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Sustainable solutions

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We commit to use our expertise to create and find sustainable solutions for our products and introduce sustainable innovations in cooperation with other experts in the industry.

Transparent

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Transparent

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We will be transparent about the steps we take to reach a positive impact on environmental and social aspects of our supply chain. We will share our long-term goals and plans with you online.

Fair & Equal

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Fair & Equal

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To us being fair & equal means that human rights are respected and promoted within the company and its supply chain.

From a basket of crabs to sisterhood – Milou Deelen & Daan Borrel

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From a basket of crabs to sisterhood – Milou Deelen & Daan Borrel

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My goal, ever since I started designing lingerie over 25 years ago, is to empower women. However, I have noticed -and you might have too- that women tend to bring each other down instead. Gossiping, judging, slut shaming, you name it. Feminist authors Milou Deelen and Daan Borrel noticed it as well, and decided to investigate further. In their brand new book ‘Krabben – woman to woman’ they compare women to a basket full of crabs, trying to climb out of the basket and pushing each other down along the way. Where does the term ‘basket full of crabs’ come from, why do women still do this, and what about men? I had the pleasure to ask them everything.

YOU GOT THIS

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YOU GOT THIS

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It’s safe to say that our lives have changed over the past few months… BIG TIME. Contrary to the freedom that we were used to, we now find ourselves restricted. The world that we live in is changing, and so we have to change our ways. But remember that we are all facing the same challenges. Let’s connect and support each other with understanding, inspiration and motivation. We’re in this together, and we’ll get through this together.

Miljuschka’s wonderful watermelon salad

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Miljuschka’s wonderful watermelon salad

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This watermelon and coconut salad recipe by Dutch kitchen goddess Miljuschka instantly makes me feel like I am having lunch at a tropical beach. Close enough! And the best part? Making it takes only 15 minutes.

Behind the scenes: hairstylist Bianca van Zwieten

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Behind the scenes: hairstylist Bianca van Zwieten

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Meet Bianca van Zwieten: professional hairstylist and total boss babe. She has over 20 years of experience in hairdressing, and 10 years of experience as an International Session Stylist in fashion. During these years she has won the most prestigious hairdressing award in the Netherlands, The Hairdresser of the Year Award, at the Coiffure Awards gala. She also won the third prize internationally in the Global AIPP awards held in London. Bianca’s work can be seen in magazines such as Elle, Vogue, Marie Claire and Grazia, and… on the runway of my FW20 fashion show!

Perfect with all your imperfections…

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Perfect with all your imperfections…

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Do you feel quite vulnerable on the beach? No wonder! Just think about it: you’re laying on your back, surrounded by strangers, and you’re wearing something minuscule that, just a few hundred meters down, on the boulevard, you wouldn’t be caught dead in! Simply put: the beach has its own set of rules. So when I started designing swimwear, I felt I needed to crack that code. Off I went, on a tour of different beaches in different countries, trying out different states of undress. (And yes, that included an exciting afternoon on a nudist beach.)

feminine feminism in numbers

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feminine feminism in numbers

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Who run the world? You, me and Béyonce have known the answer to that question for a very long time: girls. But has the rest of the world caught up yet? When we look at the state of women’s rights, we see a mixed bag of victories and setbacks, we see a whole lot of discrepancies. Girls get better grades than boys, but get paid less once they graduate. Women play the leads in Hollywood movies and Netflix series, but are still underrepresented in world politics. These numbers and percentages show: we’ve come a long way, but still have far to go. But they also show this: no matter what you throw at a woman, she will rise. I believe that 100%.

Women’s Day 2020

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Women’s Day 2020

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My favorite day of the year: International Women’s Day. The day on which my mission, to empower women, is actively being pursued by millions of women -and men- worldwide. On this day we celebrate what we have achieved, and we look forward to the future of (feminine) feminism.

Booty building

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Booty building

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One of the perks of working out 5 times a week, besides a healthy body and mind, is having a great booty. A booty so great, in fact, that I didn’t hesitate to show it off during my own catwalk show the other day! I asked my trainer and booty icon, Canadian dancer Samantha Newman, to share a highlight from her BOOTYBUILDING101 classes.

Keto curious?

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Keto curious?

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The fact that I feel bikini-confident all year round is, of course, a nice bonus. But for me, the biggest payoff of following the keto diet is the way it optimizes my health and gives me tons of energy.

Super (skin) food

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Super (skin) food

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‘If you can’t eat it, why put it on your skin?’. I pretty much live by this beauty adage. After all, with your skin being one of your body’s largest organs, anything – and I mean anything! – you put onto your skin will end up in your bloodstream.

Podcast by the pool

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Podcast by the pool

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I LOVE a good podcast. When done well, it is both informative and relaxing. On top of that, the intimate quality of it can make me me feel like I am having a really good talk with a very clever friend.

Cool moves for a hot bod

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Cool moves for a hot bod

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Did you know that my bikinis and bathing suits are burpee proof? Thanks to their perfect fit and quick-dry material, you can turn the pool and the beach into your gym!

Get freezing!

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Get freezing!

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Can you strengthen your body and mind by exposing yourself to extremely cold temperatures? ‘Iceman’ Wim Hof, world record holder for the longest ice bath (1 hour, 53 minutes), convinced me a few winters ago that you can.

Building bridges

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Building bridges

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From the Erasmus Bridge and the Mercedes-Benz Museum to Qatar’s metro network; Ben van Berkel’s iconic landmarks bring people together in rapturous beauty, again and again. I talked with the Dutch architect and educator about sensuality, ‘healthy’ buildings and the remarkable parallels between our designs.

More than a feeling

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More than a feeling

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Don’t ignore your emotions; they are much more powerful than you can imagine. By linking the magical world of emotions with hard science, Dutch scientist Pierre Capel, professor emeritus in experimental immunology, shows us the consequences of our feelings and the power of our minds. The message: we can do much more than we think. “Meditate. It’s the single best thing you can do for your health.”

Anne Fleur Dekker: the firestarter

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Anne Fleur Dekker: the firestarter

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They call them the ‘Me Me Me’ generation, but I happen to be a great fan of the brave, creative, technically savvy Millennials who are taking to the streets and Twitter to voice their unfiltered opinions. I had a conversation with Dutch opinion maker and activist Anne Fleur Dekker, one of my favorite ‘new pioneers’.

Running for your life

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Running for your life

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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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Peas & peppers instead of pills

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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.”

When finance meets feminism

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When finance meets feminism

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It’s hard to believe, but for women, talking about money is more of a taboo than talking about sex. And why are we still scared of (financial) success? I sat down with financial wizard Annemarie van Gaal to figure it out and score some amazing tips in the process. “If you don’t make any profit, whatever you do is just a cute little hobby.”

Space: the final frontier for feminism?

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Space: the final frontier for feminism?

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Even though we make up almost 50% of the world’s population, less than 11 percent of history’s space explorers have been women. Yes, the glass ceiling between earth and orbit is all too real. Luckily, it looks like the latest generation of feisty ‘fly girls’ is about to smash it.

Wanderlust

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Wanderlust

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As soon as I held my newborn daughter Zilver in my arms, I realized that I had been given a hugely important task: to give her wings. So, I raised her using the exact same motto with which I design all my lingerie: dare to dream, dare to grow, dare to be. And I never stopped using my own wings to fly, traveling the world to make my dreams come true. Because I believed that being ‘more than a mother’ was the best way to teach by example. But what did Zilver think of having a mother with wanderlust?

fall|winter 20 preview

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fall|winter 20 preview

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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..

Boss bitches Marlies Dekkers and Famke Louise on a mission

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Boss bitches Marlies Dekkers and Famke Louise on a mission

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Last Monday, Marlies presented her collections for 2020 in a spectacular show at Villa Thalia, Rotterdam. Singer Famke Louise had a big role during the show. She performed two of her songs: her newest song which will soon be released, and her iconic ‘Boss Bitch’ for which Marlies joined her on stage to rap a verse herself. “The best moment of the evening”, according to model and influencer Joann van den Herik.

Revelation – Miki Agrawal

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Revelation – Miki Agrawal

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From period underwear and pee-proof panties to an affordable, portable bidet; Miki Agrawal invents products that disrupt society while streamlining people’s lives. Initially ridiculed, the companies she founded now have a collective value of over $150 million. With her new book ‘DISRUPT-HER’, the bad-ass mover and shaker has written a rallying cry for women to radically question the status quo. I talked with Miki about her drives and dreams (and our shared disgust for the use of dry, abrasive toilet paper).

Learn how to F.L.Y.

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Learn how to F.L.Y.

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Whether you are single or not, celebrate this Valentine’s Day by starting a life-long romance… with yourself! To learn how to F.L.Y. (First Love Yourself), let’s get inspired by aviator Amelia Earhart, who was as brave in love as she was in the sky.

Heleen van Royen: more than a phenomenon

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Heleen van Royen: more than a phenomenon

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Dutch bestselling author Heleen van Royen is the Amelia Earhart of writing: thrill-seeking, groundbreaking, not afraid to risk it all. On top of that, Heleen loves to cause a stir. So much so, that it sometimes overshadows the brave message of her work. Time to put a spotlight on the artist behind the phenomenon.

Amelia & I

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Amelia & I

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I have been called ‘crazy’ many times in my life. When I rejected my parents’ expectations to become a housewife. (“You’re deluded.”). When I applied for a prestigious art school. (“You’re crazy.”). When I decided to start a lingerie brand, designed completely from a woman’s point of view (“Who wants that?”). And they were right: what I wanted was often batshit crazy. But it seemed even crazier NOT to do it. If you want to be the pilot of your own destiny, you have no choice. You face the empty sky and fly off into the unknown.

Bombastic fantastic

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Bombastic fantastic

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From the cockpit to the streets to the runway; no other item of clothing has meant so much to so many different people, from pilots to punks to proud feminine feminists. A brief history of the badass bomber jacket.

Amelia Earhart: the flying feminist

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Amelia Earhart: the flying feminist

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She became a star as the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932, and a legend when she disappeared without a trace in 1937. But what made Amelia Earhart a feminist hero was the way she showed women worldwide that the sky is NOT the limit.

Own the sky in my Aviator couture collection

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Own the sky in my Aviator couture collection

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Are you ready for takeoff? You better be, because this season, we will reach for the stars with feminist hero of flight Amelia Earhart. By flying solo across the Atlantic in 1932, this pioneering aviator showed women worldwide that the sky is NOT the limit. Standing defiantly on the wing of her plane in her jodhpurs, leather jacket and lace-up boots, Amelia exuded both grit and grace. She personified freedom. And she gave us something we had been craving for a long time: our own, swashbuckling heroine.

Dare to dream crazy.

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Dare to dream crazy.

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The bright blue skies above Santa Paula Airport, 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles, were vibrating with the sounds of airplanes looping, rolling, and spinning through the California sunshine. “So fierce, I love it!”, photographer Ellen von Unwerth declared with a big smile as our models, embodying Amelia Earhart’s fearless spirit in my ‘Aviator’ couture collection, posed away for by the wings of a shiny red plane. All of a sudden, a majestic aircraft appeared in the shimmering heat above the tarmac. As it headed straight towards us with roaring engines, my heart skipped a beat.

In 2020, become your own muse!

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In 2020, become your own muse!

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With 2020 peeking around the corner, it is time to say goodbye to a marvelous 2019. Ever since I started marlies|dekkers, my dream has been to empower women. And every year, we’ve taken great steps to do so!

The next step in transparency!

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The next step in transparency!

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On the 12th of October I signed the Transparency Pledge, promising to be transparent about our production locations by publishing a list of the involved factories online. The pledge was developed by a global coalition of nine trade union federations and human rights organizations and is a part of the #Go Transparent campaign organized by Clean Clothes.

Bossy and we know it – the face and future of female leadership

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Bossy and we know it – the face and future of female leadership

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From Cleopatra to Sheryl Sandberg; women have proven again and again to be excellent leaders. Yet there is still a worldwide gender leadership gap. And how about those deeply engrained stereotypes? I was interviewed by Caroline Glasbergen, successful Dutch entrepreneur, female business coach and founder of New Female Leaders: a platform and foundation for New Female Leadership. She asked me: ‘What does female leadership look like? »

Singles Day – You’ve Got this!

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Singles Day – You’ve Got this!

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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!’.

marlies|dekkers at Masters of LXRY 2019

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marlies|dekkers at Masters of LXRY 2019

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In January 2019, Marlies Dekkers launched her newest spring/summer & fall/winter 19 collections during a two-hour extravaganza in Rotterdam. Accompanied by spectacular live entertainment, Marlies her mission of empowering women came to life on stage: an unforgettable celebration of feminine feminism. Now, the feminine feminist movement continues! The newest marlies|dekkers collection, inspired by legendary Jazz singer Billie Holiday, will be shown at Masters of LXRY 2019 in Amsterdam.

Le blog Maison Marlies

La marque marlies|dekkers offre un large choix de lingerie fine et sexy qui peut être portée par n’importe quelle femme et qui correspondra parfaitement à ses besoins. Sur notre blog Maison Marlies vous pourrez en savoir plus sur ce qui se passe en coulisses chez marlies|dekkers. Que vous souhaitiez en savoir plus sur la créatrice, son style de vie, ses idées de recettes saines ou bien son style incroyable, vous trouverez tout cela sur le blog. Cette femme d’affaire arrive à trouver le temps d’écrire à propos de ses voyages d’affaires, de ses virées shopping et de ses vacances quand elle a le temps de se reposer. Et même en étant en vacances, elle prend le temps de vous raconter tout ça.

Donner des conseils mode

Si vous êtes perdue pour trouver le bon style ou la bonne taille de soutien-gorge, la Maison Marlies vous donnera des conseils pour rester au top tous les jours. Vous bénéficierez de conseils style sur quoi porter et comment l’associer avec nos soutien-gorge et nos bikinis. Vous ne voulez surement pas faire de faux-pas surtout si vous décidez de porter de la lingerie de luxe et des soutien-gorge incroyables ! Lorsque votre poitrine reste en place grâce à marlies|dekkers, vous pouvez célébrer votre féminité dans toute sa splendeur. Notre blog vous offre des conseils sur comment associer des ensembles lingerie. Il vous informe aussi des dernières tendances mode et lingerie, et est une véritable source d’inspiration !

Marlies et les people

Les célébrités sont aussi heureuses de porter le parfait soutien-gorge marlies|dekkers. Ces femmes montrent fièrement leurs ensembles lingerie marlies|dekkers dans les shooting photo des magazines, sur scène, lors d’émission tv ou bien sur grand-écran. La Maison Marlies a dédié un espace spécial sur son blog pour parler des inégalités homme-femme qui persistent, mais aussi des évolutions et progrès. Marlies souhaite l’égalité homme-femme dans le monde et en fait sa mission.