“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.

It was love at first sight, the first time I saw Frida Kahlo with her stubborn brows and voluptuous flowers. After that, during every phase of my life, Frida was there, pushing me to celebrate my uniqueness, urging me to CREATE, no matter what! For this issue of FEMININE/FEMINIST, I followed Frida’s spirit all the way to Mexico City and immersed myself in her colorful world. To find out what Frida was really like, 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.

Closer to home, I talked to a number of fearless feminine feminists who -like Frida- love and create with abandon. To name but a few: German opera superstar Nadja Michael, the embodiment of the highest level of expression and shoe designer Ruthie Davis, who turned out to be just like the amazing shoes she designs for Beyoncé and Lady Gaga: daring, empowering and totally fabulous. I also interviewed Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley, known as the Hemsley Sisters, who started a culinary wellness revolution. After all, isn’t cooking a beautiful and important way to express yourself?

The message is clear: whatever your talents or interests are, whether you’re born a bitch, a painter or a chef, express yourself! Exactly 25 years ago, I started marlies|dekkers with a dream: to make lingerie that empowers women. With my designs, I wanted to give women the confidence to explore my motto: Dare to dream, dare to grow, dare to be. Looking back, together with the people that played a pivotal role in my career, I can proudly say that I’ve come a long way. But I’m not done yet! Like Frida once famously said: ‘I don’t paint dreams, I paint my own reality’. Well, I will never stop dreaming, and I will never stop striving to make those dreams reality. And along the way, Frida will be looking over my shoulder.

‘Viva la vida!’ Dare to celebrate life, now! — Marlies Dekkers

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Happy Women’s Day

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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!

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?

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!”

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.

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In Maison Marlies blog kun je van alles lezen over het leven achter en rondom het bedrijf. Of je nu wilt weten waar ze haar inspiratie vandaan haalt voor het ontwerpen van een nieuwe collectie, of dat je interesse hebt in haar levensstijl, gezonde recepten, of haar smaak in bijzondere kunst, je kunt het vinden in de blog. Deze zakenvrouw krijgt het voor elkaar om met een knipoog te schrijven over haar zakenreizen, shop avonturen, haar collega’s, vrienden en familie en zelfs over haar vakanties waar ze even helemaal tot rust komt. Wanneer je even niet meer weet hoe je jou goede bh maat kunt vinden, biedt Maison Marlies een aantal richtlijnen zodat je je boezem kunt schudden zonder dat je borsten eruit floepen. Comfort voor je buste is een combinatie van de juiste maat en de juiste kwaliteit. Je wilt toch geen onhandig ondergoed, terwijl dit eigenlijk heel makkelijk voorkomen kan worden door het dragen van hoge kwaliteit lingerie?! En wanneer je voorgevel goed op z’n plaats gehouden wordt kun je eindelijk volledig je vrouwelijkheid vieren. De blog geeft advies over het mixen en matchen van lingerie, over het stimuleren en inspireren van je eigen stijlgevoel en houdt je op de hoogte van de laatste trends.

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Haar celebrity vrienden zijn ook erg blij met de perfecte pasvorm van de bh's van marlies|dekkers. Deze vriendinnen laten met trots hun sexy lingerie van marlies|dekkers zien in fotoshoots voor tijdschriften, en tijdens optredens, tv-shows of zelfs in films. Maison Marlies wijdt een speciaal gedeelte van de blog aan gerelateerde nieuwtjes en ontwikkelingen zodat je altijd op de hoogte blijft van de laatste ontwikkelingen rondom de speciale missie die de visie van Marlies’ ademt voor de toekomst.