My Danish mask

SOMETIMES YOU GET THE FEELING THAT EVEN YOUR APPEARANCE SCREAMS ‘I'M NOT DANISH’. MOST DAYS THIS MAKES YOU PROUD, BUT SOMETIMES IT MIGHT MAKE YOU A BIT TIRED. OCCASIONALLY, YOU WISH YOU COULD PUT ON A DANISH MASK AND JUST DISAPPEAR IN A CROWD. LAURÉLINE AND ANNA HAVE ATTEMPTED TO CREATE THIS MASK.

What does this mask actually look like? Lauréline and Anna asked four students how they saw Mr. and Mrs. Denmark. Mostly Mrs. Denmark. What does she look like? Based on the answers they have designed a mask for each student. A kind of magical mask that connects ‘us’ with ‘them’.

My Danish mask – Copenhagen Language Center
By Lauréline Gormsen Démonet and Anna Sircova, Danish 3 module 5

Duyên, Vietnam

English teacher

How would you describe the way everyone dress here in Denmark compared to your homeland?

I think the Danes look very alike. They usually dress in neutral colours.

In Vietnam, we prefer colourful clothes. I also think that the Danish women use a lot of makeup. They use makeup even on days when they stay at home. Using makeup in Vietnam is something very formal like a work uniform. The Vietnamese style is more feminine than the Danish style. The traditional Vietnamese dress is long and very clingy.

Have you changed your personal style since arriving in Denmark?

Yes. I have actually changed my style of clothing since I arrived. When I walked around in Copenhagen, I had the feeling my dresses were inappropriate. It felt like people were staring at me constantly. It was very uncomfortable.

How would you describe a typical Dane?

The Danes are beautiful especially when they have fair skin. Fair skin is a beauty ideal in Vietnam. A typical Danish woman has fair skin, blond hair and a friendly face. She is not very feminine but looks strong.

By Lauréline Gormsen Démonet and Anna Sircova, Danish 3 module 5
By Lauréline Gormsen Démonet and Anna Sircova, Danish 3 module 5

María, Venezuela

Psychologist and flamenco teacher

Have you changed your personal style since arriving in Denmark and why?

In the beginning, I felt very insecure. It was a mystery to me: How did the Danish women manage to look so beautiful even when wearing winter clothes and biking around the city?

Practicalities forced me to change my own clothes habit. It’s not easy to combine high heels, short summer dresses or tight trousers with the Danish weather, biking and cobblestones.

Now I use leggings and ankle boots. I gave up jewellery: It is terribly unpractical. Earrings get stuck in scarfs, and bracelets become incredibly cold.

How would you describe a typical Dane?

A typical Danish woman has a simple and relaxed style. She dresses practically without makeup and jewellery.

My Danish mask – Copenhagen Language Center
by Lauréline Gormsen Démonet and Anna Sircova. DU3 module 5

Georgiana, Romania

Constructing Architect

How would you describe the way everyone dress here in Denmark compared to your homeland?

In Romania, the women’s goal is to get men to notice them. Because of that, they wear a lot of makeup and jewellery.

I don’t think Danish women dress to please men. During the communist period, people were starved of colour, so today the people of Romania love bright, colourful clothes even if the colours are cheap and of poor quality.

In Denmark, the colours look expensive. Sophisticated. Natural. But in Romania we have maintained our tradition for fine craftsmanship. My grandmother embroidered a folk costume shirt for me. She is very proud of it and I still have it.

How would you describe a typical Dane?

The Danes all wear black, maybe because Danes believe in equality. They all look alike because the Danish society is very homogeneous.

My Danish mask – Copenhagen Language Center

Ekaterina, Rusland

Works with marketing

How would you describe the way everyone dress here in Denmark compared to your homeland?

Typically, the Russian style is what you would call bling-bling and show-off. Even if a Russian woman is just going to the supermarket, she will try to look good with high heels and everything. In Denmark, this might be considered overdressed. The Danish style is more discreet and simple with trainers instead of stilettos.

My Danish mask – Copenhagen Language Center
by Lauréline Gormsen Démonet and Anna Sircova. DU3 module 5

Lauréline and Anna

Lauréline Gormsen Démonet is a costume designer, and Anna Sircova is a photographer and scientist in psychology.

See more photos from the project here:

laurelinegormsendemonet.tumblr.com and annasircova.com

Your oppinion

Have you changed your personal style since arriving in Denmark and why?

How would you describe a typical Dane?

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  • Sandra Campos

    For me the danes are very similar to each other, always blond with blue eyes and they like this way, with specific terms in their langague to target danes sons and grandsons of imigrants. Not having this same blonde appearance catches the eye. I do not change my apparence but they are always looking so much to me and trying to discover what languague I speak with my husband, they imagine anyone wants to study danish and they have a poor ideia about other languages, except english. They are not friendly, they never smile and they do not like immigrants, they do not usually employ them. They are corporatist and they think that Denmark is a paradise. The shops closes very early and they do not care to please and to sell. They do not like food with spices and they never make parties, they are solitary, cold and individualistic. Women are not elegant, do not wear makeup or nail polish or jewelry. They have lots of babies very early and no sex appeal.

    1. Venice

      Why are you in Denmark then if you hate it so much? The way you perceive a place and people reflects who you are in the inside. You see what you want to see. I see Danes as friendly, funny, fair when it comes to employment and equal rights for women. Modern, liberal society that appreciates one’s right to prich personal life, spending rime with family. That’s why shops close early so that also employees can enjoy the same rights. Also comparing to any ither nation in Europe Danes party a lot-they socialize with friends and family on picnics and at home and basically everywhere. Be more positive and you will start seeing positvie things around you. Also as someone coming from abroad don’t tou think your hosts deserve a little bit more respect?

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