While browsing through the books at a library in her Ukrainian hometown of Donetsk, Anna Gavlirenko, better known as Anna Gav, came across a book that changed her life. It was Coco Chanel’s biography. At the time Anna Gav was 13 years old. Today Gav, 32, is a designer of bead jewellery.
“Chanel is for me a symbol of strong women who are not afraid to change the world,” explains Gav. “I see that strength very much in Finnish women. Here women are independent and courageous enough to challenge established concepts of arts and behaviour. I also consider myself a strong woman and I want to be as open-minded as possible. I want to change the world around me and make it more attractive for women,” she continues.