Pirate: Teuta of Illyria
Embodied by: Sigrid Boersma (model & domestic violence activist)
I may not have 200 Roman ships and 20.000 legionnaires after me like queen Teuta, but I know what it’s like to feel trapped and attacked. Too many women do. But we have one very important weapon: our voices.
Only three years ago, I found myself in an abusive relationship. It started with mental putdowns, but eventually turned violent. Why did I not leave after the first strike? It was a combination of shock and wanting to help him. And after a while, I became so emotionally drained that I couldn’t think straight anymore. My confidence was gone. People will always tell you that it can’t be done. I’m sure Queen Teuta didn’t have a lot of supporters when she took over her husband’s crown. But I’ve learned to trust my inner compass. My big breakthrough happened when I participated in the Miss Netherlands competition. I decided to use my voice to break the taboo surrounding domestic violence. Sharing my story was so empowering and liberating! I have now created a platform where women can do the same, anonymously, because sharing is the first step in overcoming shame and getting back your confidence.
During the pirate shoot, Marlies asked me to tap into my inner strength. And as I was standing on that cold, windy beach with my sword and heavy leather coat, it kind of all came together for me. I realized that I’ve managed to turn my pain into my passion, and it’s made me stronger than ever! I’m not afraid to go after things; shop around ideas for tv shows, approach magazine editors for articles. I’m fearless! These pictures are a celebration of that, and who knows? Perhaps they can inspire other women to also shamelessly chart their own course.
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fall|winter 20 preview
In January, I presented my newest FW20 collection during a show full of dance and entertainment in Rotterdam. All my work as a feminist designer is inspired by muses, powerful female icons from past and present. And for FW20, my muse will be crime writer Agatha Christie. A few months from now, you will get to discover the collections, and see how they tell stories like Agatha’s thrilling books do..
Running for your life
Dr. Bram Bakker is a psychiatrist, a writer, a runner and a provocateur. With his many bestselling books and columns – and yes, even his own theatre show – he urges us to think outside the box when it comes to our mental health. Not crazy about popping pills? Bram shared some interesting alternatives with me, from throwing out our phones to running ‘till we puke’.
Peas & peppers instead of pills
General practitioner Tamara de Weijer believes that we would feel a lot better if we hit the produce stand before we visited the pharmacy. “On a massive scale, we have been putting the wrong kind of fuel in our bodies.”
Singles Day – You’ve Got this!
All the single ladies, listen up! With single women rapidly becoming the majority, it is high time to stop feeling singled out. This Singles Day, let’s celebrate our freedom and independence by sharing all those solo milestones that make us go: ‘You’ve got this!’.