In Conversation: Beatriz Monteiro

In Conversation is a new series of talks with women we find fascinating: We want to hear their take on femininity & feminism, fashion & body image, work, play and things that move them.

First up is Beatriz Monteiro, stylist & personal shopper. Born and brought up in São Paulo, Brazil to a German mother and Brazilian father, she moved to Frankfurt as a teenager and has lived here since then.

 

In Conversation is a new series of talks with women we find fascinating: We want to hear their take on femininity & feminism, fashion & body image, work, play and things that move them.

First up is Beatriz Monteiro, stylist & personal shopper. Born and brought up in São Paulo, Brazil to a German mother and Brazilian father, she moved to Germany as a teenager and has lived in Frankfurt since then.

Here’s Bea, in her own words:

 

 

On identity:

“People are often confused when I say I’m half Brazilian: They have an image in their heads, so I hear things like ‘But you’re so fair, your hair is short…’ There isn’t one way to be a Brazilian woman — tan skin, long hair curvy hips — that’s more a stereotype than a real thing. It’s the same with my (half) German identity: My Portuguese surname makes me ‘foreign’, my fluent German spoken with a slight accent confuses certain people.

These people like you to conform to a certain identity, it makes it easier for them to ‘understand’ you — but it’s our nuances that make us interesting, the things that aren’t like ‘everyone else’.”

  

 

A favourite piece of clothing:

“A blazer, most definitely. I always have one on hand, even when I travel somewhere warm. It is a game changer when it comes to an outfit. I particularly love big shoulders, asymmetry, interesting patterns. I have a very small, curated closet with quite a few blazers, it's become my thing and I love playing around with combinations."

 

Indispensable life hacks:

“A great playlist when I’m not in the best of moods”

“Fresh flowers and a hairdresser’s appointment are"other little ‘gifts’ that I love indulging in.”

 

A favourite ritual:
“I love coffee, but at home, I’m a passionate tea drinker. I enjoy going out to have a great cup of coffee at one of my favourite cafes.”

 

 

Learn more about Beatriz and her fashion and style philosophies on her website. Follow her adventures on Instagram.

Photographs courtesy Anna-Lena Günther

 

 

 

 

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