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:
“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.”
Photographs courtesy Anna-Lena Günther