Ende 2019 haben wir unser All-Sizes-Fotoshooting veranstaltet, bei dem wir wunderbare Frauen aus unserer Community in allen bei uns verfügbaren Größen abgelichtet haben. An diesem wunderbaren Tag sind aber nicht nur sehr tolle Fotos entstanden, die es Euch leichter machen, die richtige Größe zu finden - wir hatten auch eine Menge Spaß und spannenden Austausch. Im Busenfreundin-Interview hat Pia von Team Kora mit den Models ausgiebig über ihre Perioden, den Shooting-Tag und ihre Erfahrungen mit den Menstruations-Panties von KORA MIKINO gesprochen.
*Jessica kommt aus den USA und wir haben das Interview mit ihr auf Englisch geführt*
"It is just my period. Terms used to mask it or make it sound sweeter are just unnecessary."
Hey Jessica! First of all, tell us something about yourself - who are you and what is it you’re doing?
My name is Jessica and I am a 25 year old American-German woman. I studied international relations in my bachelors and masters and am currently working at a large newspaper company as an editor and translator. I am passionate about politics and civic engagement but require creative outlets like dance and photography in spare time to decompress from the heaviness of my work.
Do you have a preferred term when talking about your period?
It is just my period. Terms used to mask it or make it sound sweeter are just unnecessary.
When was the first time you had your period?
I believe I was around 12 or 13 years old.
"For many years it felt like something that was just happening to me that I had to deal with rather than understanding the why and how to become closer to my body and take steps to make myself more comfortable."
Were you prepared for it? How did you feel and how did you deal with it? Did you talk about it? If so, with whom?
Absolutely not. I was never instructed by my parents nor my school about how to use menstruation products. Fortunately, my mother was around the day I got my first period and I was then instructed how to use a tampon and a pad. We talked about what this meant for me as a biological woman (being able to now become pregnant and conceive a child) but we didn’t discuss menstruation as a bodily process. Therefore, for many years it felt like something that was just happening to me that I had to deal with rather than understanding the why and how to become closer to my body and take steps to make myself more comfortable.
Periods: blessing or curse?
Blessing. (But sometimes the cramps are a bloody curse – pun intended)
Do you have a routine when it comes to your period?
I used to dig out my oldest and ugliest granny panties with stretched out waist bands out of my wardrobe for my period. For a long time I thought the whole process was ugly and I could never feel beautiful or comfortable on my period anyway so why not bring on the granny panties. But I am glad that has changed for me.
Except for the blood, what else happens before or during your menstruation with your body?
Before my period: extreme mood swings. Like every time. I even give my boyfriend a gentle reminder a week before my period and that he helps me process the unexplainable emotions that always seem impossible to shake. On my period: BLOATING. On the first two days usually I feel like a hot air balloon. I only feel comfortable wearing clothes that are not tight fitting or stiff. The first two days of my period also include extreme cramps and pain. I use a combination of a natural oil and ibuprofen when the pain is unbearable.
Which kinds of monthly hygiene products have you tried?
I believe I have tried most. I am not a fan of tampons and have used a combination of pads and a menstrual cup.
What do you currently use when you are on your period?
Mostly pads but I always wanted to pursue a less wasteful approach to my period. I have a menstrual cup but on the first two days it is unbearable to have the cup in when I am cramping so much. I usually use the cup on the following three or four days of my period.
Do you keep a cycle calendar?
Yes, I use an app on my phone!
What is your period like? Length, regularity, rather strong or weak?
It is usually five to seven days long with the first two days being incredibly painful, heavy blood flow and hard to deal with. The rest of the period is rather weak with weak blood flow. My period comes around the same time each month which helps me prepare for it.
Did you ever have synchronized periods with a friend or someone you lived with?
Yes, when I played sports at my university it seemed that the entire women’s team was in sync with one another. Bless our male coach who had made a few pad/tampon runs for us.
"I was never educated about my period and it was a taboo thing to talk about in the U.S."
Has it always been natural to you to talk about your period? If not, what was the reason?
At a young age no. I was never educated about my period and it was a taboo thing to talk about in the U.S.
And what happened to change that?
As I got older and had medical problems (between 16-20 years old) related to my period, I voiced my confusion and frustration to friends and family and those walls began to break down. I learned so much in that time and began long journey to loving my period as part of my being.How do you talk to your significant other about your period?
Openly. He has even washed blood stained panties of mine. While he didn’t know a lot about periods before we were together (previous girlfriend hid them as much as possible) he has been very supportive and wanted to learn in order to help me.
Have you ever had an embarrassing experience in connection with your period?
White skinny jeans at a birthday party – shall I say more?
Did you ever experience a situation you felt uncomfortable with your period? And can you laugh about it today?
Putting a tampon in for the first time and making it about two steps before passing out in the bathroom. That was pretty humiliating but now is hilarious.
"I would rather see realistic commercials where women are going to work or doing everyday things. It would be more relatable."
What do you think about the medial treatment of the subject menstruation (e.g. depiction in film/TV, commercials)?
I kind of have to give an eye-roll now when I see commercials of women ‘on their periods’ doing yoga or acrobatics. It is often the case for me that I am more tired on my period and would rather see realistic commercials where women are going to work or doing everyday things. It would be more relatable.
How did you hear about KORA MIKINO? And did you know our company/our products in advance to the shooting call?
Instagram! And no, I didn’t but I am glad I found Kora Mikino. It was just what I was looking for.
How did you hear about the shooting?
An advertisement looking for women of all sizes.
Why did you apply for the shooting?
After investigating the brand and products further, I applied the same day.
Have you ever stood in front of the camera wearing only underwear? Does this feel like a conquest for you?
I never stood in front of a camera wearing only my underwear. I have always wanted to, said I would and never did. It feels more like reaching another level of confidence and a way of loving myself. In front of a camera and tons of people there is nowhere to hide. You show every bit of yourself. The first few minutes there I thought I would run out the door. But after meeting everyone and how kind and supportive the crew and models were I felt even more confident to show my body. It was so wonderful.
What are your expectations of today and of the outcome of our shooting?
I wanted to learn more about the people behind the brand as well as how the panties felt after wearing them an entire day.
How do you get along with our period panties?
Love them. They fit just right without squeezing anywhere and felt cool throughout the day. I also felt beautiful. I didn’t feel like I was wearing a diaper, which is how I feel when I am wearing pads.
How do you feel about the wearing comfort?
I am very happy. They didn’t stretch out, squeeze more or become dumping. I am more than pleased.
Were you surprised by some aspect of the panties?
Yes! I like that the panties are also breathable. I think that adds a layer of comfort that I never considered before. Plus, I didn’t realize how freaking cute I would look in them.
Would you recommend our panties to a friend?
Yes. Especially because they cater to all sizes.
Alle Fotos wurden von Sarah Staiger gemacht.