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Stella: Lowkey staying cool

🙋🏻This is Stella, she was born into a Chinese restaurant household and taught at a young age to help and work to alleviate her parents’ work and “suffering”, like many of the Chinese kids in the Netherlands. ⠀🍀Unlike most of her Dutch-Chinese peers, however, Stella loves #lowkey. She’d rather Reddit than Instagram, rather read than drink, rather questions her parents about the political unrest in Hong Kong than answering their question “have you eaten already” and rather spend money on environmentally conscious soaps than on the latest Louis Vuitton.⠀💯She oversees the restaurant, manages employees (who are her age), goes to college, handles Chinese parents in a Western environment (aka functions as their administrative assistant) and loves green tea flavour, even when...

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Michele Aboro: fighting taboos and chances

Don’t let others define who you want to be in life.  🦸‍♀️Michele is a woman you meet and never forget: you’ll be in the same room with her and feel this zen-like energy radiating from her. Although she is a 7-time World Boxing and Kickboxing champion she could have been the Yoda of Zen-teaching and we would’ve believed you as well. We think it comes from the challenges and victories she’s seen in life that have shaped her as the strong woman she is today.  🥇Michele was told at 9 years old she couldn’t box because she was a girl. She persevered and at age 32 she won the Women’s International Boxing Federation (WIBF) super bantamweight world title and defended it...

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Peggy Gou / Just Gou'ing It

😍We have a girl crush. It's Peggy. Peggy-effing-Gou. This brilliant Berlin-based Korean DJ is taking the world by storm and we are fangirls too. 🦹‍♀️It's not only for the fact that Peggy is one of the few female successful DJs (talent and perseverance), has flawless skin (genetics and great maintenance) or even for the fact that every outfit she wears seems to be impeccable (greaaaat taste).  🙅🏻Gou started off quite similar to most Asian kids: her parents sent her to Europe to learn English. She then decided to study fashion but soon realized it wasn't for her and switched to music and moved to Berlin. There she worked in a record shop day-time and at night on her own music - all with the...

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Cars, football and loving life to its fullest ⚽ 💁🏼 🚗

👩‍🔧“I think I've been fortunate to grow up in a no-nonsense environment and experienced through the lens of sport and work what comradery and loyalty mean. I have never felt or identified as a minority, or think that I could not solve things that my male partners could. I think it might've made me feel more levelled - no matter what gender I work and play with.” 🥊Meet Sammy Jo (SJ for friends): an ultimate Rotterdam Dutchie whom we met in Koh Samui while punching our guts out at Muay Thai camp . While SJ was handing out killer high kicks, we became intrigued when she explained she's a car mechanic at day and a pro-amateur football player the rest...

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Nike, Sharks and the ocean's ultimatum - Meet Miao Wang

   Wherever you look, you can find inspiration. When brainstorming about our next feature, we looked closer to home and got thrilled by the thought of featuring a super source of inspiration, and also our dear friend, Miao Wang. Miao balances her time as a brand creative strategist at Nike for Greater China during the day time and saving sharks through her swimwear startup "ISWT / In Sharks We Trust"  at night. As an avid diver, she amazes us with all the stories about the immense beauty of Mother Ocean and the misperception about sharks that we have (yes we must admit.. we also had them). We sat down with Miao to talk about balancing sports and sharks, being a...

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