International Womens Day, Frida Las Vegas

Stavroula Adameitis

 

Some know her as Frida, others as Stav, and then whole lotta of  you know her as the lady that makes those colourful Aussie glamour sacks. That’s right folx, today we are drawing a big love heart around Stavroula Adameitis – local superwoman, fashion designer, neon-art creator, groovy wonderland celebrator, lover of BIG THINGS in Oz: AKA Frida Las Vegas.

Fresh off the back of her Hollywood Forever Mardi Party at The Imperial on Saturday and with her neon-art exhibition in UP still glowing 😉 … In preperation for International Womens Day this Sunday we caught up with one of our favourite femmes:

Group of people wearing colourful outfitsYou’re quite the busy bee, designing clothing, neon art, and maintaining a social life – where did this work ethic come from? And what drives you both creatively and professionally?

I’m driven to make things that don’t exist yet and create a positive change across mediums. The time/energy juggle is real, but all the long days and nights are worth it, especially when a customer lets me know how their outfit made them feel fantastic. Self-confidence and satisfaction are injected into each of my garments and artworks because lordy knows we all need as much as we can get of both precious resources.

I do pack a lot into my days, but I also need hardcore down time to have the energy to work and be social at the same time. Recently, I’ve discovered the joys of swimming laps to decompress. I’m no Olympian but taking the time out from the noise of the world to flap around a pool is my idea of true luxury these days!

Woman floating on a pineapple lilo in a poolWho are some of the female role models in your life?

My grandmothers Stavroula Mountzouris (whom I was named after) and Angela Vozvoteca were incredibly resilient women. They both lived through WW2, the Greek civil war, poverty and hardship, ultimately leaving their homes and families at a young age to move to Australia in the 1950s.

Photo plague of an older greek womanPictured Above: Stavroula Mountzouris

Black and white photo of a women wearing casual clothing and sunglasses, circa 19402
Pictured Above: Angela Vozvoteca

Their lives were the opposite of glamour: Stavroula worked as a hospital cleaner and Angela as a cook in a Greek restaurant, working 7 days a week and somehow raising families without any English language skills in a strange new country. I forever take my hat off to them for making sacrifices in their youths to future-proof the wellbeing of their children and children’s children. You haven’t truly lived until you’ve felt the tidal wave of love and affection from a Greek yiayia!

 

When it comes to feminism and the evolution of strong fem voices in the media (highlighting issues around gender equality, #metoo, body positivity, education for girls, taboo of health talk), is there a particular message that resonates with you?

All these topics resonate with me, as they are all equally important and sadly relevant in 2020 as they’ve always been – perhaps with more visibility given the widespread amplification of ideas thanks to the Internet. I’ve always been a feminist and was raised to be so by my Mum who yearned for her own form of personal freedom as the child of migrant parents growing up in racist, suburban Australia.

She encouraged me to question the world around me and educate myself in whatever subjects I was interested in, not only “girls stuff”. Education is empowerment and shouldn’t be denied of anyone, regardless of their gender/s.

Woman posing in a bedroom filled with trinketsWithin the arts and wider queer community, we have an incredible fem culture that celebrates women, proving you don’t have to be female to be a feminist. That type of support network is crucial to keeping the momentum and fight for equality going, how do we make International Womens Day a year long celebration?

Championing women is not something that can or should be done by women alone. It’s up to everyone to recognise we’re all human and take responsibility for treating each other as such. One single day isn’t going to change the socio-political climate; but you never know what conversations might happen on that day to spark positive change.

You can’t stop progress!

 

Visit the Frida Las Vegas Neon-Art exhibition currently on display at Imperial UP, until end of March 2020.

Find out more about Stavroula and Frida Las Vegas online!