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A Gold Superyacht For Ladies

La Belle is an 80-meter gold and crystal-encrusted superyacht described as a floating “boudoir for women” by its female designer.

“There will not be any boy’s toys — such as pool tables or beer kegs — on board,” Italian designer, Lidia Bersani, told CNN.

“But there will be a fantastic spa with a beauty center, large mirrors, and huge wardrobes,” she said of the concept yacht, apparently the first designed specifically for women.

“I felt, as a lady, it was my duty to design something especially for us, where we can feel a woman’s touch,” Bersani said. “There will only be off-white, ivory, and cream colors. All surrounded by furs, silk, gold, pearls, crystals, live music, aromatics and flowers.”

Not that all women are on board with Bersani’s “warm and romantic” bejeweled boat.

“I don’t know any woman who lives in a dream world where these things are desirable,” said Maria Jaschok, director of the International Gender Studies Centre at Oxford University.

“It feels somehow remote, like some sort of little girlish dream, traveling in that eternal pink cloud.”

Bersani also designs apartment interiors, and defends the hyper-feminine yacht: “I don’t know a single woman who does not like flowers and is not dreaming of diamonds. If you get married, the most amazing day in your life, you want to be dressed in an amazing white long dress, looking like a princess, with a gold diamond ring on your finger, around romantic music, happy people, and plenty of flowers.”

Generally, owners of superyachts are not females. But this does not mean women don’t influence the world of superyachts.

“In terms of superyacht owners, I’d say they were upwards of 90% male,” said Rory Trahair, of superyacht brokers Edmiston.

“That said, superyachts on the whole are designed for the preferences of a couple — for their interests, design, style, and taste. And while the person chartering a superyacht is often male, the person in charge of the holiday is often his wife or girlfriend” Trahair continued.

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