international women: berlin

We traveled the globe, asking women in Tokyo, Berlin, Paris, Mexico City and the US who their role models are, what feminism means to them and what the best thing about being a woman in 2016 is. And while there’s no straight answer to any one of those...

by i-D Staff
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09 March 2016, 9:55pm

Rafaela Kaćunić, 26

Where are you from?
I'm originally from Split, in Croatia, but I grew up in the industrial area of West Germany. After studying and working in Paris I've moved to Berlin, where I'm currently based.

What do you do? Does being a woman impact it? 
I mainly work as an art director and set designer for the fashion and music industry. I guess there is a certain impact since my creative ideas and vision are directly linked to my emotions, experiences, dreams and fears as a woman. Most likely, it also reflects in my work. However, I'd say my intuition and curiosity have much more impact on what I do than my gender has though.

Who are your female role models?
I've never really had a role model, but I'd like to mention some women who inspire me and always will for different reasons: Grace Jones, Sade Adu, Miranda July, Hildegard Knef, Bianca Jagger and Amy Winehouse.

What does feminism mean to you?
Getting stuff done, empowering women, and not comparing yourself to others. 

Do you think men can be feminists?
Hell yes! I only surround myself by male feminists who dig me and meet at eye level.

If you could change one thing about the world what would it be and why?
I would change the lack of empathy and love, because, well just look around you.

What's the best thing about being a woman in 2016?
Opportunities.

What advice would you give the next generation?
Be real, passionate, work hard, and love life.

@la_raf 

Lani Berelsmann, 27

Where are you from?
I was born in Cologne and I live in Berlin. I'm half Thai and half German.

What do you do? Does being a woman impact it?
I study fashion design and do some jewelry design, too. Beside that I'm also a model. I don't think there is an impact on what I am doing by being a woman, though.

Who are your female role models?
My friends and Erin Wasson.

What does feminism mean to you?
The same rights and chances for both gender -- to be valued for my opinion and what I am doing instead of my gender.

Do you think men can be feminists?
Of course.

If you could change one thing about the world what would it be and why?
No weapons, no nuclear energy, no war. Freedom. Everywhere and all the time.

What advice would you give the next generation?
Do whatever you want. Trust yourself. Find your goals and go for it.

Kyla Callista, 20

Where are you from?
Bali

What do you do? Does being a woman impact it?
I'm a student. At the moment, I'm doing lots of animation for myself and collaborations, short film, and also graphic design.

Who are your female role models?
Mama.

What does feminism mean to you?
Knowing that you're loved and valuable.

Do you think men can be feminists?
I think men are more than welcome to participate in, and in fact that we need everyone to take their place on the table. So, I think yes, men can be feminists.

If you could change one thing about the world what would it be and why?
Time, then you can change more than one thing.

What's the best thing about being a woman in 2016?
Being a woman in 2016.

What advice would you give the next generation?
Knowing who you are and having the right identity, your story is unfinished.

@kylacallista

Helga Lilja Magnúsdóttir, 32

Where are you from?
Reykjavík, Iceland.

What do you do? Does being a woman impact it?
I am a fashion designer and owner of Helicopter. Being a woman does not impact that at all except that I make womans clothing mostly and I can fit them on myself. It should definitely not impact whether I am a man or a woman. This line of work is individual based, not sexist.

Who are your female role models?
My grandmother, Jórunn Viðar, is my main role model and always has been. She is a composer, and is very true to her heritage and nationality. Her music has that Icelandic sound that is really otherwordly, full of energy and hidden meaning. She is so independant, amazing, and has the best sense of humor.

What does feminism mean to you?
Equality and fairness.

Do you think men can be feminists?
Of course.

If you could change one thing about the world what would it be and why?
I would eliminate the bad in people, greed, hatred, and stupidity. That should actually solve most of the problems we face today. Slowly, but we would get there.

What advice would you give the next generation?
Keep up the good work! Feminism in Iceland is a big issue and our girls are such role models. They're strong and independent and don't give a shit about rules. These ongoing tiny protests are inspiring to watch and be a part of and I know that this is only the beginning.

@helgahelicopter

Julia Dalia, 25

Where are you from?
Berlin

What do you do? Does being a woman impact it?
I'm a model and blogger. There is more variety in fashion for women therefore as a female blogger one has more options. When it comes to modeling, well, women are the fairer sex ;) Women get objectified more often or objectify themselves. It can be annoying when that happens. But I love myself enough so this doesnt affect me too much. Fortunately, I'm signed with Models1curve and they are all about body positivity.

Who are your female role models?
Gladys Aylward, Frida Kahlo, Rosa Parks, and Joyce Meyer.

What does feminism mean to you?
It means that I believe women and men should have equal rights. We are still facing opportunity gaps in 2016. This is a serious issue. Sadly the ideal of equality for everybody doesn't conform with the reality for many women in the modern age. If you think my place is in the kitchen, your place is in the 1800s.

Do you think men can be feminists?
Feminism empowers a society structure where the oppression of women is eliminated and gender relations are characterized by equality. Yes, men can and in particular should be advocates for women.

Whats the best thing about being a woman in 2016?
We live in a time where everything is possible.

@julia.dalia

Kira Stachowitsch

Where are you from?
I'm from Vienna, but now living in Berlin.

What do you do? Does being a woman impact it?
I am co-founder and editor in chief of international magazines INDIE and MATERIAL GIRL. I'm a photographer and DJ, and work as a consultant and creative director. I sincerely hope being a woman has an impact on my work, I like to believe it makes it better in every little detail.

What does feminism mean to you?
Fighting for and working on improving the lives of women all over this world. But it also means connecting with the women around me, creating chances and supporting each other in every possible way. I am lucky to be part of a network of great women here in Berlin.

Do you think men can be feminists?
In a wider sense, yes. It's actually my Dad's birthday on March 8th, he is the perfect example. (Happy Women's Day Birthday, Dad!)

If you could change one thing about the world what would it be and why?
For humankind to be more empathetic.

What's the best thing about being a woman in 2016?
There are so many great role models for young women today. Inspiring personalities such as Tavi Gevinson, Amandla Stenberg, FKA Twigs, Arvida Byström, Petra Collins, and Lena Dunham.

What advice would you give the next generation?
If there are things that we feel need to be done why not do them ourselves instead of passing on clever advice to the next generation. Our generation isn't exactly too old to change things yet.

@kiraaurelie

Credits


Photography Britta Burger

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