10 RANDOM FACTS (english version)

to read in German, click here

Since the artificial world celebrates its first anniversary this month, I thought of doing something I haven’t done yet but that has to be on every blog for it being totally cliche. that’s why I out together a random 10 facts list that are don’t have any connection (that’s the random part). so pick your favourite soda, lean back and let these (no so alternative) facts surprise you 😊


  1. I can read kyrillic letters

therefore, I can read and write in Russian. since I’ve stayed in Russia a lot the last years, I’ve gotten to know the language a little better. speaking is not as fluent as I’d like it to be but at least I can bust out total random words now that were used to practice the letters. I’m still trying to figure out when ant (муравей) or refrigerator (холодильник) will be useful. however, I learned the most important sentence: ordering vodka – but immediately! („Я хочу водку сейчас!“)

  1. smalltalk is not my most exquisite talent

by that, I don’t mean that I am completely unable to talk small, but regarding the fact that smalltalk is huge part of any job in music/media it’s still kind of funny that I am not as good at it as I should be. It’s just not something that’s comes 100% natural to me and there have been moments with awkward silence. but it comes in handy that I am not easily embarrassed and I find my humour to be a good way to deal with weird situations. but be warned if we ever meet and I won’t exactly react the way you expect to (told you I’m a freak… oh well, that’s point number 10)

  1. I haven’t had my natural hair colour since I was a sweet teeny-strify

probably I’ve already had almost every colour on top of my head but I certainly never did red. but it all started with highlights when I was 14, turned into a black-haired emo kid shortly afterwards. that somehow became a mix of copper, brown and violet until I dyed one big strand of hair blonde and blonder. for a while I’ve been famous for my blonde/dark brown look until I became a full blown peroxide blonde. about three years ago I had my cotton candy colour phase with lilac and rose until I settled for a more natural blonde – for now.

  1. coffee junkie…

it’d be an understatement to say that I love coffee. I am addicted! I can only every start a day with a cup of that hot brown liquid. I drink it without sugar, just with a shot of soy or almond milk (no dairy) to black if there’s none of that. I hardly miss out on an espresso after dinner and one of my favourite drinks is espresso-martini (thus, espresso mixed with vodka).

  1. I quit school…

… but then I went back (kind of). In my hometown, I hated school although I was the first one to actually get the chance to do my attend a gymnasium in my family. to be able to fully focus on my band, I left school one year before graduating and moved to Berlin. 6 months later I had my first record deal! after 2,5 albums and world wide shows with my band, I decided to finally get my Abitur (A level) – because yaaaaaaas education! eventually I graduated with top grades while I also worked on my first solo EP Glitter + Dirt. often people ask me whether that was hard but it came easy to me because this time I actually went to school because I wanted to and not because I needed to. you see, sometimes you shouldn’t be afraid of any detours because you seem to learn even more if you take a different road.

  1. I was a total otaku.

that means I’ve been a huge fan of manga and anime when I was a teenager. there was a time when I owned almost 500 manga books before I decided to sell most of them to move away from my how town to become a star. I still have a weak spot for some of those comics and I feel nostalgic thinking about it. I gotta admit, I hardly know any new releases and my favourites are classics like Sailor Moon, Dr. Slump, Angel Sactuary, Paradise Kiss or NANA.

  1. once, I went to university

after doing my A-levels I thought „I should become a student now“ and actually started studying psychology. I’ve hardly been there for just two semesters until I realised that it wasn’t for me. too theoretical, too mathematical, too much anything else… what I actually learned was that statistic sucks and that empathy is more important than psychology.

  1. gender & sexuality matters

that sounds kind of ironic but I make them matter on here because I want them to matter less out there. two of my most popular texts that to date are the one where I tried drag for the first time and the one where I write about the chances of our gen(d)ration to make change happen. I am absolutely convinced that both gender and sexual identity are a lot more fluid than the majority of people seem to think. that’s why I never wanted to celebrate a big public coming out (that would be so 90s) or label the things I do. don’t get me wrong, I also believe that a coming out can be quite powerful too, but on the other hand it carves something into stone that doesn’t necessarily need carving. since people sometimes seem to be in desperate need of a little labelling, lately I like to use the word queer because it meaning is more open to interpretation, it is more inclusive of both sexuality and gender and describes something that’s non conform with unwritten social rules or heteronormativity. the German newspaper BILD used the word pansexual for me and I don’t completely disagree with that (I was surprised though that they even knew of this concept) although the rest of the interview was highly dramatised. in the end, all those concepts are just theories that try to explain something but will they ever be able to truly grasp the complexity of a person?

  1. breakfast is my passion

sometimes I can’t fall asleep at night because I am so excited about breakfast in the morning! when I went vergan for half a year, it was the hardest to not eat any eggs in the morning. gladly, I also love soy yoghurt (because I hardly eat dairy) with blue berries or porridge (take me to London) or a real good bircher muesli… I get hungry just thinking about it and as I write it, it’s late at night.

  1. F•R•E•A•K•S!

as part of the first generation of digital natives one of the first social networks was MySpace, but before that there were two social medias that I used that most people don’t know anything of that. first of all, there as a huge network in Germany for anyone who loved manga/visual kei that was called animexx. that’s where I actually wrote with members of my band for the first time before actually meeting at a convention. but my friends and me had the need for something more personal to connect and so created a private forum called FREAKS! (in the spirit of the TV show Friends). for three years we communicated with friends and people we met all over the world in threads to connect and talk about things that mattered to us the most. today, it almost feels revolutionary thinking about it long time before there was Facebook and Instagram.


Photos von Eileen // Stylejunction



I’m wearing…

faux fur by ALLES BERLIN c/o COEXIST

velvet flared pants from COEXIST

white shirt by UNIQLO

sunglasses ‚club master‘  by RAY BAN c/o ZALANDO

orbit necklace by Vivienne Westwood


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4 thoughts on “10 RANDOM FACTS (english version)

  1. I’m also studied psychology but dropped it because there were a lot of difficulties with mathematical statistics and neurophysiology – it was difficult for me.
    And yes, sometimes I’m also feel hungry in the middle of the night or in the early morning when it’s still dark, lol
    thank you for interesting info about you!

  2. I also tried psychology but leftafter the exams… Now I’m a teacher at primary school and I’m studying at university (and I don’t really mind statistics ^^).

    I’m a breakfast lover too. I was surprised to read you were vegan. I feel concerned because I stopped eating animals since I was 11 🙂

    Thanks for the informations, it was great to get to know you better 😀 Years after years, you’re still a great source of inspiration.

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