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POWERHOUSE GLOBAL MAGAZINE (PGMAG) INTERVIEW WITH: HRH PRINCESS MAJA VON HOHENZOLLERN (PMVH)

PGMAG: Thank you your Highness for granting us this opportunity.

PMVH: Thanks, it's my pleasure.

PGMAG: From our research we were made to understand that you are an incredible designer. Please tell us about your collections.

PMVH: I don`t know, if I am incredible but thanks for the compliments. Since 16 years I started designing under my brand "Princess Maja von Hohenzollern". I design different product lines for furniture, interior, Bath, home decoration as well as pet accessories and children's products, which are represented in about 80 countries. I combine royal style with innovative, modern design. I am currently launching my new bathroom fittings and accessories collection (BRAVAT), which is the first vegan and “PETA-Vegan-Approved” certified sanitary ware collection in the world. Many will think that bathroom fittings and bathtubs are vegan anyway, but oils, components, fats and lacquers often contain animal ingredients. I have been a vegan myself for many years and am involved in charity work as an animal welfare activist with my "Heart For Strays" Foundation (https://heart4strays.de/).

I live together with about 16 adopted dogs and cats, which I have saved from the street

and killing centers. Therefore it is important to me that my collections are produced free of animal suffering. My new toy collection with farm motives for children and my royal household collection with smart products for home and travel are vegan too. I am also a speaker and expert on sustainability and therefore I make sure that my collections are produced in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way. Vegan products also have a better ecological balance. (https://www. prinzessinvonhohenzollern. com/

PGMAG: As a global entrepreneur, what are some of the keys to running a successful business?

PMVH: You have to be creative and have a good feeling for people, trends and the spirit of time. You should trust your intuition and go your own way. Above all, you should have the courage to pursue an idea single-mindedly and, if necessary, to swim against the tide. Be a leader and not a lemming. It is important to always deal fairly with business partners and customers.

I design different product lines for furniture, interior, Bath, home decoration as well as pet accessories and children's products, which are represented in about 80 countries. I combine royal style with innovative, modern design.

PGMAG: How would you describe your leadership style?

PMVH: I would describe my leadership style as straightforward and sensitive. It is important to have a clear attitude and direction, but listening to and appreciating the work of my team is very important. Mutual respect, trust and freedom to work independently creates a productive working atmosphere.

PGMAG: As a Royal Princess, what is message for those who are struggling with self confidence?

PMVH: It is not important whether you have a title or a famous name. What matters is what makes you a person. Everyone has different abilities and talents that make him special and of which he can be

You have to be creative and have a good feeling for people, trends and the spirit of time. You should trust your intuition and go your own way. Above all, you should have the courage to pursue an idea single-mindedly and, if necessary, to swim against the tide. Be a leader and not a lemming. It is important to always deal fairly with business partners and customers.

I have more respect for her than for a guy who is bragging about his newest sailing yacht. It is not bad if you fail with something, the important thing is that you had the courage to try. So fix the crown and move on.

proud. I do not judge people by their origin, for me it is always only what they have achieved and whether they stand up for others. When I experience in animal welfare that a poor old woman still shares her little food with the street dogs, then I have more respect for her than for a guy who is bragging about his newest sailing yacht. It is not bad if you fail with something, the important thing is that you had the courage to try. So fix the crown and move on.

PGMAG: What are the three books that changed your life? PMVH: Anständig Essen by Karen Duve, Tiere denken (On Animals , Animal rights and human limitation) by Richard David Precht, as well as several books about Buddha and his life.

PGMAG: In your capacity as a global influencer and an international speaker, what would be your message to world leaders on issues affecting lives?

PMVH: My message to leader is that they should value the lives of all living beings. By this I do not only mean the lives of all people regardless of their

origin, but I also mean that the lives of animals are just as valuable as those of humans. If we treat every animal with respect and love, people will also treat each other more peacefully. In the reversal one can see that in almost all countries where there is war, animals are also treated badly. "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated'. (Mahatma Gandhi).

And also world leaders need to hire more women in leading postions. Women have so many valuable skills and it has been proven that companies that have an equal number of women in their management teams are economically more successful. Women must finally be given equal opportunities and equal pay.

PGMAG: What would you say to your younger self?

PMVH: Stay true to yourself, be courageous, lead a selfdetermined life and mistakes are part of life, learn from them.

PGMAG: Thank you once again for granting us this interview. We wish you good health and more successes on your journey.

PGMAG: Many thanks for the nice interview and the good questions!

And also world leaders need to hire more women in leading postions. Women have so many valuable skills and it has been proven that companies that have an equal number of women in their management teams are economically more successful. Women must finally be given equal opportunities and equal pay.

BIOGRAPHY

H.H. Princess Maja von Hohenzollern is a designer for furniture, home-decoration, pets-, children- and lifestyle products. She is successfully presented with her collections in about 80 countries on the international market. She was honored with the "ASIA DESIGN AWARD GOLD" in Shanghais/China as the best designer. She has a high international reputation in media. Princess Maja von Hohenzollern also is a keynote speaker at Europe's most renowned speaker agency, 'Speakers Excellence', on the subject of sustainability. Princess Maja is a committed animal welfare activist and lives together with many rescued stray dogs and cats. For her global social commitment Princess Maja von Hohenzollern was awarded with important international awards. Princess Maja is an ambassador for PeTA and honorable member of 'Eduxanima' in Romania, a program that educates children in animal welfare classes at school. Out of respect and love for animals and humans, as well as knowledge of the connections between factory farming, pollution and famine in the world, Princess Maja is a vegan. She lives together with 11 rescued dogs and 5 cats, that she all has adopted from the street.

Decorations_ - PETA Compassionate CitizenAward (Germany) - 'Asia Design Award Gold'- Award as best designer Shanghai (China) - PAWU- Award for animal welfare Ucraine (Ukraine) - Highest honor of the city of Kiev/ Ukraine (Ukraine) - "Shining World Heroine Award" (USA) - "Aachener Tierschutzmedaille" (Germany) - "Freedom of Kenmare" (Ireland ) - "Europäischen Tierschutzpreises" (European Animal welfare award) - "National and international Thailand-friend " - russian decoration" "Mäzenat des Jahrhunderts" (Russia) - russian decoration "Zar Peter der Große" (Russia) - russian decoration "Pilar" (Russia)

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin. com/in/princess-maja-vonhohenzollern-b8300321/

Website: www. prinzessinvonhohenzollern.com

Princess Maja is an ambassador for PeTA and honorable member of 'Eduxanima' in Romania, a program that educates children in animal welfare classes at school. Out of respect and love for animals and humans, as well as knowledge of the connections between factory farming, pollution and famine in the world, Princess Maja is a vegan.

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