We are all heroes!
The most beautiful thing for me as a designer is to see the bright eyes of the people that I am allowed to transform. Clients, whom I design dreamrobes and weddinggowns – very special outfits – and bring them a little magic in the everyday life. It’s a nice feeling to do something good to others and to help them realize their dreams. That’s why I love my job!
But far too often, I also meet people who are insecure. Especially when it comes to fashion, to appearance we judge us very hard. We want to please others and forget the only thing that really matters: To love ourselves! Feeling comfortable in our own skin, recognizing how strong and beautiful we are and what makes us special.
To do the project “Be your Hero” has long been a heart’s desire! I wanted to encourage someone with my work to gain a new perspective and encourage him/her to feel better! So I searched for everyday heroes and started a raffle. I did not expect the overwhelming feedback! Many people participated, shared their creativity and their dreams with the world. It was so hard to pick just one! … so at least I picked four ladies with very special, inspiring stories. All stories you can find on my Facebook page.
Now the project was much bigger than first thought! In order to set up such an action, I brought a few co-conspirators into the team. Behind the scenes, I was busy designing four magical dresses including a styling concept for our heroines. Within two weeks, cuts were made, sewn, dyed, rhinestones glued and crowns made until everything was ready.
On the big day, Petra opened her doors to us in the “Fotopartyzone” and offered a perfect location! We had enough space to transform the four women and Sarah from “Luminous Lux” put the finishing touches on with the make-up. As a photographer, “EosAndy” worked hard and staged the heroines, while my team partner Luke was busy filming.
That was an eventful day! We all loved the girls, most of whom had never been in front of the camera. With ease and motivation we were able to capture one great picture after the other. They were not masqueraded, but simply transformed into the admirable heroines they truly are!
Here’s what happened:
Constanze was our Mistress of the Water, which she portrayed with incredible elegance and ease. She is a talented, strong woman whose inner glow has infected us directly!
“[…] I have been involved in the Moebius Syndrome Germany e.V. for years. As an affected person, I know the various problems only too well and would like to fight for more publicity and recognition of those people in everyday life. The syndrome is super unknown and many doctors do not even know it. Through my charity project this year, I finally got some attention. If you like, you are welcome to read the article here. Due to the syndrome, I almost never dare to face the camera, which is a great dream for me. To hold such a picture of me in my hands – to see that I am more than a disease that I´m suffering from since birth. “
Our next heroine is the dear Sarah. The picture expresses so perfectly her inner strength and her warm-hearted, great charisma!
“[…] I started doing Cosplay (costuming/ sewing) myself a couple of years ago. I saw that and immediately fell in love with the idea of finally being someone who was strong, self-confident, but also magical and fabulous. […] However, that also had a downside … since I’m not the thinnest, I’ve had to hear on every convention: “Why do you do that, leave that to those with the right bodytype!” “You’re way too fat for that!” “You can not be the character, look at yourself!”… That’s the way it is now, that I no longer cosplay. I put on at most a wig when I go to Cons. Basically, my heroine is supposed to be me. Confident about cosplay/ costumes again. Show me that I can also “join in” and find pleasure in doing my own projects again.”
Our heroine Jasmine is a real fighter! Her story has touched us a lot because it shows what strength means. Despite some fatalities of the past, she has become a determined, self-confident young woman who has impressed us with her radiant personality.
“[…] I was bitten by a dog at the age of six. My left half of my face had completely ignited so that my nerves, muscles, bones and tissue were taken from me. After 14 surgeries my face has been reconstructed by 90%. The scars I’m still wearing are the scars of my struggle. The fight against bullying, the prejudices, the looks, the surgeries and my own struggle for my life. But I have made my weakness to my strength: I am working as a medical assistant with dying patients and am always happy to help people or to encourage them. Because everyone is beautiful! As a personal desired character, I would like to be a warrior or elf, I would not care. It should only reflect my strength, my courage, my struggle and myself. “
Our last heroine is Nina. Behind her delicate and sweet appearance is also a real fighter! She has had a hard time, but I hope our action has shown her that there are many great adventures in future!
“[…] I graduated from high school four years ago, worked as a volunteer in psychiatry, just finished my studies and am a rehabilitation pedagogue. I do not work at the moment. Today was supposed to be my first day, but I had to cancel the job because I was suffering from skin cancer and was in the hospital for most of August. But since 2 days I am back home and I have got almost all important results – everything looks good now!
I’m not sure what I would like to be. Either an elf like in Lord of the Rings or WoW or the Dragonmum in person, because I’m the mother of the rabbits! Both the Elves and Daenerys have a close relationship to animals and magic. They look so tender but are actually fighters. “
Many thanks to all participants – Without you this crazy project would never have been possible!