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

by marlies|dekkers

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!”.

Hair everywhere, don’t care

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Hair everywhere, don’t care

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To shave or not to shave. Actually, that is not even the question. The question is: can we celebrate female body hair, wherever it is or isn’t?

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.”

Fixing the funding gap for female founders – Janneke Niessen

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Fixing the funding gap for female founders – Janneke Niessen

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You know the saying, ’empowered women empower women’? Well, investor, serial entrepreneur, technologist and innovator Janneke Niessen is the personification of that motto. I sat down with the Dutch feminist powerhouse to discuss the gender funding gap and how to fix it.

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.

Happy Singles Day

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Happy Singles Day

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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 Maysa, breast cancer previvor

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Read the story of Maysa, breast cancer previvor

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“Even though I am in pain today, at some point I won’t be in pain anymore. This won’t be the defining factor of my life, it’s just a small chapter. When women make this decision, I want them to remember that.”

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

by marlies|dekkers

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.

Van de krabbenmand naar sisterhood – Milou Deelen & Daan Borrel

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Van de krabbenmand naar sisterhood – Milou Deelen & Daan Borrel

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Mijn doel, al sinds ik meer dan 25 jaar geleden begon met het ontwerpen van lingerie, is om vrouwen zelfvertrouwen te geven. Maar ik heb gemerkt -en waarschijnlijk jij ook- dat vrouwen de neiging hebben om elkaar in plaats daarvan naar beneden te halen. Roddelen, beoordelen, slut shaming, noem maar op. Feministische schrijfsters Milou Deelen en Daan Borrel merkten dat ook, en besloten om er onderzoek naar te doen. In hun gloednieuwe boek ‘Krabben, van vrouw tot vrouw’ vergelijken zij vrouwen met een mand vol krabben, die proberen uit de mand te klimmen en daarbij elkaar naar beneden duwen. Waar komt de term krabbenmand vandaan, waarom doen vrouwen dit nog steeds, en hoe zit het met mannen? Ik mocht Milou en Daan alles vragen.

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.

Velvet voice

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Velvet voice

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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.

Your clitoris: the delicious ‘inside’ scoop

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Your clitoris: the delicious ‘inside’ scoop

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Which part of your body has your pleasure as its only purpose? That’s right, your clitoris! But did you know that the small bulb at the top your lips has over 8000 nerve endings (nearly twice the amount found on the head of a penis, ha!) and is only the tip of a vast, fabulous iceberg? I asked the magnificent Mal Harisson -clinical sexologist, TEDx speaker and clit-pioneer- to tell me all about it.

“Dare to be the CEO of your own career”

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“Dare to be the CEO of your own career”

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Who run this (digital) world? For Saskia Van Uffelen, the answer to that question is crystal clear: women. And what better role model for these women than the passionate CEO of Ericsson Belux herself? Named ICT Woman of the Year in 2011, Belgian-born Saskia is a great inspiration -not only as a digital visionary but also as a top manager who gracefully combines a hectic job with a family of five children. “In disruptive times, we need women.”

Life lessons from Lady Day

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Life lessons from Lady Day

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What makes Billie Holiday so unforgettable, and what can women today still learn from the Queen of Blues? I asked Dutch musical legend Sophia Wezer what it was like to be in Billie’s shoes.

Stella Bergsma’s Sensual Revolution

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Stella Bergsma’s Sensual Revolution

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Stella Bergsma is a singer, a writer, a Twitter virtuoso and an inventor of new words. With terms like ‘sletvrees’ (Dutch equivalent of ‘slut phobia’) and ‘suckjobs’ (blowjobs that suck), she touches society’s raw nerves while shaping a brave new world. I couldn’t wait to get down and dirty -or should I say wordy?-  with one of my favorite feminine feminists.

Alexander Monro breast cancer Hospital

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Alexander Monro breast cancer Hospital

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As soon as Marjolein de Jong shakes your hand and fixes her steel blue eyes on you, you see it: the dedication and determination. Under her direction, with the help of her dedicated colleagues, the Alexander Monro Hospital in the Netherlands has become a worldwide example of state-of-the-art personalized breast cancer care. In other words: a place where the patient feels that they come first. “We focus on caring and curing.”

“Dare to upgrade yourself”

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“Dare to upgrade yourself”

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She was recently named one of the 20 most inspiring women in Ukraine and you only need to spend a few minutes in Alla Klymenko’s electrifying company to see why. During our rendez-vous in Kiev, the radiantly pregnant powerhouse shared her secrets for happiness and explained the 4 different types of ‘ice cream personalities’. “Things don’t happen TO us; they happen FOR us.”

Lady Day & I

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Lady Day & I

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The first time I saw the phenomenon that is Billie Holiday, she was wearing a frumpy maid uniform. Even though the movie I was watching with my mother -a romantic melodrama called ‘New Orleans’ (1947)- was innocent enough, and I was still a child, I could already tell there was something terribly wrong with the picture. This gorgeous, proud woman was too glamorous for her outfit; as a matter of fact, she was way too formidable for the movie! I would soon find out that Billie Holiday was one of those women that society likes to call ‘too much’. I was hooked.

Owning our perfect imperfections

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Owning our perfect imperfections

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Billie Holiday used to say: “I sing both the happy blues and the sad blues. Anything I sing, it’s a part of my life.” I think the Badass Queen of Blues would have loved what is happening in social media right now, with women from all walks of life sharing their ‘blues’, turning them into beauty and becoming complete in the process. Because after decades and decades of media and advertising telling us that we can only be happy when we have a ‘perfect’ life and a ‘perfect’ body, a growing group of shameless celebrities, bloggers and social media-savvy women are now claiming the right to be seen, with all their perfect imperfections. From Chrissy Teigen showing off the post-baby stretchmarks on her hips (fondly calling them #stretchies) to model Tess Holiday flaunting her plus-size curves with the hashtag #effyourbeautystandards; social media has emerged as an unlikely, but empowering place to shatter the stifling beauty- and lifestyle norm. WE are the norm, and we are wielding some powerful tools: self-love and hashtags!

Billie Holiday: Badass Queen of Blues

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Billie Holiday: Badass Queen of Blues

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Like a flower that grows from a crack in the sidewalk, Billie Holiday reached for the sun and bloomed, despite relentless adversity. Like Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, she transformed her pain and sadness into art, turning broken pieces into masterpieces. “Lady Day got diamond eyes, she sees the truth behind the lies”, Bono would sing in ‘Angel of Harlem’. Indeed, with gardenias in her hair, smoldering through smoke and tears, Billie Holiday used her voice to speak and sing her truth. Without shame, and no matter the price.

“My voice, my purpose”

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“My voice, my purpose”

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Few women are as controversial as Sylvana Simons, the Dutch dancer and tv presenter who gave up the privileges of fame to fight racism and discrimination. An icon to some, a villain to others, Sylvana is something infinitely more complex and precious to me: a dear friend whom I watched become a legend in her own lifetime. I had tea with Sylvana to speak about love, loneliness, and the incident that changed her life forever. “For 25 years, I had been avoiding this moment.”

Dare to use your voice!

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Dare to use your voice!

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Women have been told to shut up for a long, long time. “Let the woman learn in silence, with all submission,” the Bible admonished us. But even before that, in the Odyssey, Greek hero Telemachus declared that ‘speech will be the business of men’. Fast-forward to the twenty-first century, and it seems that the ban on women’s speech has been broken. After all, we have Angela Merkel and Beyoncé; we are world leaders, film directors, TED Talk-givers. Don’t let that fool you, though! From legal threats to ‘mansplaining’, women are still discouraged from speaking up, in many different ways. To make yourself heard as a woman is still an act of bravery. That’s why, as this season’s muse, I chose Billie Holiday: the ‘Badass Queen of Blues’ who used her voice to turn female anger, pain and sadness into creations of staggering beauty.

Celebrating a century of shamelessly sexy songs

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Celebrating a century of shamelessly sexy songs

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“I need a little hot dog between my rolls; move your finger, drop something in my bowl.” Cardi B’s latest saucy rhymes? No, it is bad-ass Blues legend Bessie Smith serenading sex in 1931, in a song written by the equally bad-ass Nina Simone. From those early 20th-century rebel blues on, popular music has been the perfect outlet for women to shamelessly celebrate female sexual pleasure. Even during the prudish Fifties, there was pop diva Dinah Washington singing about a ‘Big Long Slidin’ Thing’ and a decade later, Jane Birkin recorded the first female orgasm in a song with ‘Je t’aime… moi non plus’. Granted, there was a guy involved -French provocateur Serge Gainsbourg- but Jane’s moans broke a taboo by showing the world that yes, women actually do enjoy sex. A lot.

Glamour, the magical power of persuasion

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Glamour, the magical power of persuasion

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This season, more is more as glamour is back with a glittery vengeance. But was it ever really away? Not for me! From Marlene Dietrich in a top hat to Beyoncé shaking her booty in glittery thigh-high boots; to me, glamour is timeless and has many faces. It is the magical dust that gives everyday life that golden sparkle. More importantly, when used well, glamour can actually change your life. It has definitely shaped mine…

Wake up your inner Burlesque Bombshell!

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Wake up your inner Burlesque Bombshell!

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Watch out, world! Burlesque bombshell Mosh is coming for you! I was lucky enough to have the Russian-American performer star in my campaign recently and watching her pose up a storm for photography legend Ellen von Unwerth was as exhilarating as watching an actual, big-production burlesque show.

Hotter with her daughter

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Hotter with her daughter

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“Every second of life should be as fabulous as possible’, Real Housewife of New York City, Sonja Morgan (54) likes to say. And sure enough, whatever the flamboyant designer/ entertainer/entrepreneur touches, becomes instantly glamorous. Even motherhood! I asked the fearless vixen about sex, ageing, and how her daughter feels about her mother putting it all out there…

More than a mother

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More than a mother

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As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I became extremely aware of what I ate. After all, I was building a person, cell by cell! But even after those 9 months, even after I finished breastfeeding my daughter -who had grown gorgeously chubby on my milk- that awareness stayed. No matter how busy I was as a working mother, I made sure I spent quality time with Zilver, eating home-made quality food. Even if she sometimes preferred fast-food and sugary sodas…

Mother’s Day 2019

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Mother’s Day 2019

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As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I became extremely aware of what I ate. After all, I was building a person, cell by cell! But even after those 9 months, even after I finished breastfeeding my daughter -who had grown gorgeously chubby on my milk- that awareness stayed. No matter how busy I was as a working mother, I made sure I spent quality time with Zilver, eating home-made quality food. Even if she sometimes preferred fast-food and sugary sodas…

I AM A FEMINIST

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I AM A FEMINIST

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You know I’m a self-made woman who has made it her purpose to challenge women to dare. It’s an achievement I am immensely proud of, and for that reason I am equally proud to label myself a feminist. But looking back more than a hundred years, I’m even prouder of the progress women have made together.

Beautiful Complexity

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Beautiful Complexity

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After #MeToo, it’s crystal clear: the latest feminist wave is fueled by social media. So, to celebrate this Women’s Day, I sat down with Aafke Romeijn, who is not only a hugely talented musician, writer and journalist, but who, to me at least, is Holland’s undisputed Queen of Social Media. “On the one hand you have a bigger platform than ever as a woman and a minority, on the other hand, you get more shit thrown at you than ever.”

The link between Netflix & MeToo

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The link between Netflix & MeToo

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Just like Cupid & Psyche, Mrs. Dekkers and I seem to be an unlikely pairing. But when she and I first met some thirty years ago when I was one of the editors of Playboy, we immediately clicked. Asking me to interview her on the subject of Me Too is so Marlies. Bless her.

An unforgettable celebration of feminine|feminism

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An unforgettable celebration of feminine|feminism

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Marlies Dekkers did it again
Earlier this week, in a packed Maassilo in Rotterdam, lingerie designer Marlies Dekkers showed her upcoming collections – spring|summer & fall|winter 2019- during a two-hour extravaganza that included spectacular live entertainment. Marlies: “For over 25 years, it has been my mission to empower women. To make that mission come to life for the stage was a magical experience: an unforgettable celebration of feminine feminism.

Julia Child: the lady with the ladle

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Julia Child: the lady with the ladle

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Julia Child, the charismatic culinary legend who empowered women in the kitchen and beyond, was born on August 15th, 1912, in a posh LA-suburb called Pasadena. Her senses didn’t truly awaken, however, until she had a life-changing meal of oysters and sole meunière with her husband Paul in Rouen, which she described as “an opening up of the soul and spirit for me.” Aged 32, Julia signed up for the prestigious Cordon Blue cooking school where she found herself the only female student. “Up until then,” Julia said, “I just ate.”

Putting the fun in feminism

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Putting the fun in feminism

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It was a dream come true, working with the legendary photographer Ellen von Unwerth. I had admired her work for years, her iconic images of women like Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, and Madonna in magazines like Vogue and Vanity Fair, her unforget-table campaigns for Guess and Chanel, but I had also felt a very strong kinship with her: here was another woman who celebrated women’s bodies without ever objectifying them. A woman who had been pioneering feminine feminism, just like me.

JULIA & I

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JULIA & I

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– 3 reasons why Julia Child is one of my favorite feminine feminists –

Dare to indulge!

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Dare to indulge!

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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.

Why the apron is hot again!

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Why the apron is hot again!

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– From fertility goddesses in ancient Crete to kitchen goddess Julia Child, phenomenal women have always had a thing for the apron. And now the simple, yet symbolically complex cover-up is back, starring on catwalks, concert stages and of course, in my latest collection! This time, the apron is all about food, fashion and feminine feminism.-

DREAM WOMAN

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DREAM WOMAN

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When I have trouble sleeping, I think of Donna D’Cruz. Or rather, I hear her whisper in my ear, in her incredibly sexy Australian accent: “Breathe in, breathe out…”. It works, every time. Meet the real life goddess who uses music, meditation, and the magic of sleep to reawaken women’s true power. “We are human beings, not human doings.”

Anti-aging beyond botox

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Anti-aging beyond botox

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Do you believe in the fountain of youth? Neither does Belgian doctor Peter Aelbrecht. He does, however, offer something nearly as miraculous: a personalized, holistic combination of Western medical science and alternative treatments that can slow ageing and dramatically improve the quality of your life. My kind of Doctor Love!

The lady in blu

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The lady in blu

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She predicted the brightly colored hair trend years before it hit the runway at Chanel and she foresaw the rise of ‘flawed’ supermodels like Winnie Harlow. One thing is clear: trend forecaster and designer Antoinette van den Berg, aka The Lady in Blu, lives, wears and breathes trends. I sat down with the sparkly, blue-haired personality to find out what the future has in store for us. “I’m telling you, old is cool!”

Breathing Beauty

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Breathing Beauty

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An interesting thing happened when I did Nadia Narain’s yoga class the other day. I had checked myself in the mirror beforehand, and thought I looked fine, but when I looked again afterwards, I fell utterly in love with my reflection!

Your pleasure, your power

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Your pleasure, your power

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Forget waiting around for compliments and a candy G-string; this Valentine’s Day, let’s seduce ourselves! How can you seduce others if you don’t know how to seduce yourself, right? But it actually goes so much deeper than that. I was in New York recently, where the magnificent Mal Harrison – clinical sexologist, TEDx speaker and clit-pioneer – explained to me why loving yourself up is one of the most empowering things a woman can do, in the bedroom and beyond. “It’s about owning your pleasure, your body, your power!”

Sustainable, healthy & cruelty-free

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Sustainable, healthy & cruelty-free

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Jaap Korteweg is a 9th generation farmer who loves the taste of meat. He is also the world’s first vegetarian butcher. With his amazing ‘I-cannot-believe-it’s-not-meat’ products, Jaap manages to convert even the biggest steak lovers. “Let’s take the animal out of the food chain.”

Ringing in 2019!

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Ringing in 2019!

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What a beautiful whirlwind 2018 has been! As I’m about to ring in the new year, I would like to take a moment and look back at an amazing year with you.

CHRISTMAS with a TWIST

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CHRISTMAS with a TWIST

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To quote one of my favorite Christmas songs: it’s the most wonderful time of the year. The magical sights, sounds and smells, the sacred spirit of togetherness; I just can’t wait for my favorite season. So, I don’t!

Quiet Power

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Quiet Power

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Only 11 days after he beheaded his second wife (the flamboyant Anne Boleyn), King Henry VIII married a pale, fair-haired maiden called Jane Seymour. Who exactly was this girl, and what had made the king so besotted with her? To this day, historians don’t quite know what to make of her.

Royal Halloween

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Royal Halloween

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Hooray for Halloween, that moment of the year you can transform into anyone you want to be! As a matter of fact, when it comes to uncovering my desires and expressing them in my looks, you could say that everyday is Halloween for me. It’s even the main principle behind all my designs: dare to be! So, this Halloween, why not dare to get inspired by my Queen Elizabeth collection and transform yourself into the queen you really are? Let’s rock your royalty!

Romantic Rebel

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Romantic Rebel

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Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how did your legend grow? So much more than just Elizabeth I’s older sister or the wicked ‘Bloody Mary’ who burned over 280 protestants at the stake, Mary Tudor (1516–1558) lived a life full of heartbreak, defiance and glorious triumph. Born the daughter of the notorious King Henry VIII and the Spanish Catherine of Aragon, the auburn-haired beauty grew up as a cultured Renaissance princess with a knack for languages and a passion for fashion.

Self-made Seductress

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Self-made Seductress

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Who was Anne Boleyn? Read the history books, and you get the facts: Anne Boleyn (1501- 1536) was the Tudor sister who became the Queen of England, the mother of Elizabeth I, and the tragic love of King Henry VIII who had her beheaded after only 1000 days of marriage. But read the countless poems, biographies and movie scripts, and you get the picture: by daring to dream, Anne Boleyn stubbornly and singlehandedly changed the course of history.

Lover & Survivor

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Lover & Survivor

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She is mostly known as ‘that other Boleyn Girl’ or ‘the Mistress of Kings’. But I see Mary Boleyn (1499/1500 – 1543) as a woman who dared to defy all the rules to follow her heart. In other words, a historical heroine in her own right.

True Queen

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True Queen

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Tudor (1516–1558) lived a life full of heartbreak, defiance and glorious triumph. Born the daughter of the notorious King Henry VIII and the Spanish Catherine of Aragon, the auburn-haired beauty grew up as a cultured Renaissance princess with a knack for languages and a passion for fashion.

Proud Mary

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Proud Mary

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Crowned Queen of Scotland at only nine months of age, proud Mary Stuart (1542- 1587) was off to a flying start. A tall beauty with golden-red hair and bewitching hazel eyes, Mary was so charismatic, so brilliant with words that her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, refused to meet her during their lifetimes for fear of being overshadowed.

Talent for Intrigue

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Talent for Intrigue

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Was Jane Boleyn, aka Viscountess Rochford, a villain or a victim? One thing is certain: no other woman in the 16th century was as closely associated with as many dramatic events…

Queens at Arms

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Queens at Arms

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Of all the splendid performances in the movie ‘Elizabeth’ (1998), Fanny Ardant’s brief, but wickedly sexy portrayal of Mary of Guise is amongst my very favorites. In real life too, this French vixen may not have been as legendary as Elizabeth, but she was a feminist power house in her own right.

Natural sunscreen: safe & sensual?

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Natural sunscreen: safe & sensual?

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I truly believe that we are what we eat. But aren’t we also what we apply? On our skin, that is? After all, our skin is our largest organ, and it absorbs a large part – according to some studies as much as 64% – of what we put on it.

Art after #METOO

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Art after #METOO

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When Wim Pijbes became the Rijksmuseum’s director in 2008 (the most prestigious museum of The Netherlands), the first acquisition he made was my feminine feminist ‘Bare Bottom Dress’, comparing it with Mondriaan’s paintings and Rietveld’s iconic chair. A bold move, and typical for the dapper art historian with the rebellious streak who made the world news by breaking protocol and shaking hands with Barack Obama in front of Rembrandt’s Night Watch. As soon as the #MeToo movement hit the art world, I couldn’t wait to sit down with Wim and talk about the consequences of this historical event. “It all goes back to Eve picking the apple.”

QUEEN of pearls

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QUEEN of pearls

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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.

UNLOCK your potential

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UNLOCK your potential

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Marlies to Zilver: When you look in the mirror, what do you see? No, I’m not talking about a quick peek to check your make-up or a stolen glance at a reflective store window. REALLY take a look. Get in front of a mirror, close your eyes, then slowly open them. Can you see YOU in your reflection? Or are you too fixated on the things you don’t like; that wrinkle by your left eye or those 5 extra kilos? We all have our physical insecurities, and if you want to fix them, go ahead! But starting now, I challenge you to focus on REAL confidence. The kind of confidence that makes you see your inner beauty shine through. The kind that makes you look at yourself and go…: “Damn, I love this woman!”

NO ONE like me

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NO ONE like me

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As liberal and open-minded as Marlies Dekkers is now, during her childhood she was equally conservative. “Every night, I would be on my knees, praying my Hail Marys.” Still, that period is precious to her; it has shaped her into the power woman she is now. This year, Marlies celebrates being in business for 25 years, the perfect opportunity to look back at her milestones.

Governed by NO ONE

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Governed by NO ONE

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Flame-haired, brave-hearted and always dressed to dazzle, Elizabeth the First, also known as England’s ‘Virgin Queen’, is one of the most unforgettable women in history. Her glorious reign is known as The Golden Age ~ a period that saw the birth of Shakespeare, the defeat of the Spanish Armada and the emergence of England as a world power. It lasted almost 45 years; Elizabeth’s legacy as a feminist icon however, has already spanned nearly 5 centuries. “My sex cannot diminish my prestige.”

Between king and QUEEN

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Between king and QUEEN

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Who is Tasya van Ree? The mysterious girl in the big black hat has been fascinating art connoisseurs and fashion lovers alike since she burst onto the scene with her stunning black-and-white photographs of celebrities like Michelle Rodriguez and (one-time lover) Amber Heard. I asked the Hawaiian-born visual artist of Dutch-Japanese ancestry (41) about her art and soul. “Between both King and Queen is where I exist.”

BRAVE ballerina

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BRAVE ballerina

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Sara Mearns (31) is New York City Ballet’s boldest ballerina. A passionate, intense dancer, she started dancing at 3 and starred in Swan Lake when she was only 19. But instead of resting on her laurels, Sara has kept challenging herself with daring projects, from a collaboration with hip-hop dancers to a leading role in a Broadway show. I talked with the fierce Swan Queen about sacrifices, body confidence, and how to turn pain into gain. “I’m not the typical skinny, tall, long-neck kind of ballerina.”

FEARLESS fly GIRL

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FEARLESS fly GIRL

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Niatia (pronounce: ‘naah-tee-yah), also known by her stage name Lil Mama (28), is a fearless rapper, singer, dancer and actress from Brooklyn, New York. Her breakout hit ‘Lip Gloss’ came out in 2007, and since then she has been a celebrity judge on America’s Best Dance Crew, played Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez in VH1’s CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, and was most recently the lead actress in a movie called ‘When love kills; The Falicia Blakely story’. But it hasn’t always been a smooth ride…

GUTS & GLORY

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GUTS & GLORY

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Meet Viktoriya Isakova (41), a stunningly beautiful Russian actress who is not afraid to get down and dirty for her brave performances. Her film credits include ‘Tochka’ (2006), a movie about human trafficking and prostitution and ‘Mirrors’ (2013), in which she plays the tragic Marina Tsvetaeva, one of the greatest Russian poets of the 20th century. I talked to the winner of many (international) awards about ageing, lingerie, and the need to always stay true to yourself.

LUST for LIGHT

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LUST for LIGHT

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With her stunning staged photographs, Dutch artist Marie Cécile Thijs (1965) connects the past with the present in an intensely poetic, painterly way. Originally a lawyer, she decided more than fifteen years ago to follow her love for the camera. In just a short period of time, Marie Cécile became an internationally acclaimed artist whose works are included in the collections of museums like the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and the Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego. She has also presented her art at TEFAF (widely regarded as the world’s pre-eminent fair of art and antiques), Art Miami and Photo Shanghai. For her signature series ‘White Collar’, Marie Cécile photographed the only surviving 17th-century pleated ruff in the world, then digitally added it to her models for an almost surreal, mesmerizing result.

BRAVE new style

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BRAVE new style

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From Li’l Mama’s spectacular makeover to singer Brandy’s unforgettable outfits, Hollywood stylist Michael Mann creates looks that turns women into the best, most powerful version of themselves. In other words: power dressing pursang. I talked to the über-stylist in LA to find out how he does it, and even managed to score a few tips…

HOTTER with her daughter

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HOTTER with her daughter

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“Every second of life should be as fabulous as possible’, Real Housewife of New York City, Sonja Morgan (54) likes to say. And sure enough, whatever the flamboyant designer/ entertainer/entrepreneur touches, becomes instantly glamorous. Even mother-hood! I asked the fearless vixen about sex, ageing, and how her daughter feels about her mother putting it all out there…

Fearless FUN

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Fearless FUN

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She started out as a contestant on the Norwegian version of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’; a few years later her debut single ‘Sunrise’ reached triple platinum status. But what makes Norwegian/Cuban star Alexandra Joner (27) such a feminine feminist icon is the fearless fun with which she expresses herself; in her singing and acting, but also in her fabulously sexy looks (often wearing marlies|dekkers, of course!). “I am fighting to make ‘sexy’ a positive thing!”

Effortless EXPRESSION

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Effortless EXPRESSION

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When I think of someone who is the embodiment of the highest level of expression, I have to think of German opera superstar Nadja Michael (47). This fearless feminine feminist is absolutely unforgettable in roles like Medea, Salomé and Lady Macbeth, performing phenomenally not just as a singer, but also a dancer and actress. How does she do it?

Selfmade STAR maker

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Selfmade STAR maker

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She grew up in a town with 3 traffic lights; now Lisa Benson represents some of the top names in the industry like Chanel Iman, Chrissy Teigen and Kelly Rohrbach. I met up with the IMG model manager to talk about the art of persistence and the importance of dreaming big. “I always trust my instinct.”

Dare to dazzle

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Dare to dazzle

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Karen Erickson is unique, with a mind as bright and sparkly as the fabulous, hand-crafted jewelry she designs for celebrity-fans like Madonna, Kate Moss, Angelina Jolie and Beyoncé. I met the ‘Duchess of Fabulous’ in New York, where she dazzled me with her stories and enlightening insights. “One day, instead of falling in love with each other’s genetalia, we will fall in love with each other’s souls.”.

More than a mother

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More than a mother

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What is it like to have a mother who is more than a mother? I asked my own daughter Zilver (20) and realized: it takes more than a daughter.

Mother’s Day 2018

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Mother’s Day 2018

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What is it like to have a mother who is more than a mother? I asked my own daughter Zilver (20) and realized: it takes more than a daughter.

Women’s Day 2019

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Women’s Day 2019

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Happy Women’s Day! I am extra excited about this edition, because wow, what a year it’s been for feminism! This is the year that we went global; that we showed up with our money, our bodies, our time and our voices to show the world: this is OUR time!

Floating gardens

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Floating gardens

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Did you know that Mexico City has its own Venice?  At only an hour’s drive from the fabulous chaos of the capital?

Did you know that Mexico City has its own Venice?  At only an hour’s drive from the fabulous chaos of the capital?

It’s called Xochimilco, meaning the ‘Place of the Flowers’ in Náhuatl, and floating down its famous green canals in a colorful, open air trajinera (gondola) while being serenaded by a band of trumpeting mariachis was one of the absolute highlights of my Mexico trip.

There I was, grooving to the infectious tunes, surrounded by relaxing locals and refreshment vendors offering delicious drinks and snacks from their boats: a Mexican fiesta on the water! This area, now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is where the Aztecs built fertile riverbeds called chinampas, on which they were able to grow crops, thereby creating ‘Floating Gardens’. So, when you watch your boatman propel your bright-colored trajinera forward by pushing his long wooden pole in the canal, remember: in Xochimilco, you are not just traveling through water, you are traveling through time.

The ART of eating well

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The ART of eating well

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Loved by the food, fitness and fashion industries alike, sisters Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley have taken the health and wellness industry by storm since launching their family-run wellness business in 2010 for people who want to live healthier, happier lives.

Sun, sand, scissor kicks

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Sun, sand, scissor kicks

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I’m going on a trip and I’m bringing…
Well, unfortunately not my gorgeous personal trainer. But his sexy summer work out is a nice alternative. If you like torture, that is.

I AM A FEMINIST.

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I AM A FEMINIST.

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You know I’m a self-made woman who has made it my purpose to challenge women to dare. It’s an achievement I am immensely proud of, and for that reason, I am equally proud to label myself a feminist. But looking back more than a hundred years, I’m even prouder of the progress women have made together.

Proud FEMINIST STATEMENTS in velvet and lace

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Proud FEMINIST STATEMENTS in velvet and lace

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One of Frida’s most potent weapons was her style. The more she was suffering, the more elaborate and regal she would dress. And so, you could often find Frida laid up in bed in a spectacular headdress and extravagant jewelry, looking like a surrealist vision and a folkloric Mexican queen.

She comes in COLORS

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She comes in COLORS

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Frida Kahlo used to say: “The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to.” I asked Emma Gale (44), a delightful Australian painter with a passion for color and a fascination with Frida Kahlo to give me some tips and tricks: how to get those creative juices flowing? 

The art of love!

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The art of love!

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Get your creative juices flowing

This Valentine’s, don’t wait around for that love-note or those fancy chocolates to feel loved and desired. Express yourself to fall in love with yourself, now! 

Welcome to the garden of EARTHLY DELIGHTS

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Welcome to the garden of EARTHLY DELIGHTS

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You may not think of Frida Kahlo as a typical gardener – can you imagine her in rubber boots? – but together with her beloved Diego she turned the garden of their ‘Casa Azul’ into a luscious paradise of locally sourced flora.

How to keep your heels and standards HIGH

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How to keep your heels and standards HIGH

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Ruthie Davis is just like the amazing shoes she designs: daring, empowering and totally fabulous. After making Reebok hip again and completely revamping Uggs, she launched her own brand 10 years ago and quickly became the go-to designer for feminine feminists like Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. I met up with the American style maven in New York where we discovered we have a lot in common. Ruthie: “Fashion can be a tough game! I’m proud to still be standing… in my six-inch heels!” 

Think eyebrows and a moustache?

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Think eyebrows and a moustache?

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Frida didn’t just accept her ‘masculine’ look, she exaggerated and cultivated it! In one famous family photo, a young Frida wears a three-piece menswear suit with so much ‘swagger’ that one thing becomes clear: at just 17 years old, Frida already knew how fashion can transform you into a living work of art.

The GREAT connector

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The GREAT connector

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It has become THE way to express yourself: social media. But how to best broadcast your message and maximize its potential? I asked the woman who foresaw the social media revolution and turned beauty- and fashion stylists into the new superstars: Brooke Wall.

La casa AZUL

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La casa AZUL

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Of all the vibrant colors Frida used in her paintings, blue conveyed her deepest emotions. “Cobalt blue is electricity and purity. It’s love,” the Mexican painter wrote in her journal.

Frida and I

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Frida and I

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It was love at first sight, the first time I saw Frida Kahlo as a young teen. Those stubborn brows, those voluptuous flowers; this was a colourful outsider, a feminine rebel with a feminist cause, just like me! And, although we lived more than a half century apart, I felt in my heart of hearts that we shared an insatiable hunger for life, art and love. But what would really shape me was the realization that Frida wasn’t ashamed of what made her different. As a matter of fact, she celebrated it! 

Up close and VERY PERSONAL with Frida Kahlo

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Up close and VERY PERSONAL with Frida Kahlo

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What was Frida really like? To find out, I had an exclusive interview with the woman who was there when Frida’s bathroom filled with personal treasures was opened after more than 50 years: Hilda Trujillo, director of the Casa Azul in Mexico City. 

“Opening the archives allowed us to discover the most important thing: the human being behind the famous artist.” 

The unforgettable ‘The broken COLUMN’

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The unforgettable ‘The broken COLUMN’

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As a child, polio crippled Frida’s right leg; as a teen, she was injured horrifically in a traffic accident. After that, Frida’s health would continue to deteriorate, causing her unbearable pain and forcing her to wear corsets for the rest of her life.

“I was born a bitch, I was born a painter”

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“I was born a bitch, I was born a painter”

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This season, I celebrate the colorful life and art of Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter, selfie-queen avant la lettre and original bad-ass Feminine Feminist. With her paintings, Frida liberated feminine themes of identity, sexuality and fertility from their stigma. With her insatiable lust for life, she still encourages generations of women to shamelessly express themselves.

The FEMININE|FEMINIST movement at Masters of LXRY

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The FEMININE|FEMINIST movement at Masters of LXRY

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After the very successful show in Los Angeles, the FEMININE|FEMINIST movement continues. On December 9th Marlies will showcase her latest collection inspired by the great Edith Head at the Masters of LXRY event in Amsterdam.

(English) Happy Holidays – ADVENT(UROUS)

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(English) Happy Holidays – ADVENT(UROUS)

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Do you remember as a child, excitedly ripping open the first door of your Advent Calendar to get to the scrumptious secret within? Well, I created something for you to regain that delicious excitement… and more!

Hollywood, the FEMININE|FEMINIST movement is here!

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Hollywood, the FEMININE|FEMINIST movement is here!

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On October 18th Marlies Dekkers and her FEMININE/FEMINIST movement showed her signature collection and the latest collection inspired by the great Edith Head, during a distinctive Burlesque fashion show in downtown Los Angeles.