UN Women | Natalina Talks Fashion and Identity
“Unfortunately far too much emphasis is placed on how an "attractive" woman should look and how an "attractive" man should look, further creating binaries that divide genders and don't provide freedom of expression.”
–Natalina Isabelle von Schappach
Interviewed by: Maisha Kabir
Maisha: Define your style.
Natalina: I would define my style as classic with a modern New York twist
Maisha: Biggest fashion inspiration?
Natalina: Katharine Hepburn–I love menswear meets New York mod.
Maisha: If you were to trade closets with one person, who would it be and why?
Natalina: It would have to be Emma Watson. Not only is her style fantastic, but she takes great care into wearing eco friendly clothing, much of which supports local industry and women.
After my internship ended, I continued my involvement with UN Women, becoming Executive Producer of the In Support of HeForShe film that UN Women premiered at the HeForShe Turns Two Gala at MoMa with Emma Watson, Trevor Noah, Secretary General of the UN Ban Ki-moon and Justin Trudeau among many others. Attending the gala and having the opportunity to see my film premier in front of a large and diverse audience with the knowledge that it was directly helping to facilitate conversations about gender equality continues to be a highlight of my college career. Please check out the film here: In Support of HeForShe Film.
I think there is great potential within such a commanding and prominent industry to contribute to breaking down barriers and promoting expression that is not limited to preconceived notions of gender. I am excited to see how companies such as Calvin Klein, that is now a Title Sponsor of the HeForShe Initiative, will make progress in the fashion industry especially with such powerful global influence.
If you are interested in being involved with the HeForShe campaign or with TajRupt, do not hesitate to reach out to Natalina at [email protected] or by Facebook messenger.