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Miriam Höller 2/2: Strokes of fate & strengths

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Miriam Höller 2/2: Strokes of fate & strengths

Miriam Höller has worked as a stuntwoman, presenter and action model. The 31-year-old power woman made a name for herself by taking part in Germany's Next Topmodel and has made appearances in numerous well-known advertising campaigns. But life in the public eye also involves responsibilities. Miriam: "For a long time I wasn't aware of the impact I have. When you're in the public eye, being a role model and doing something special, you have a lot of responsibility. Now I'm standing where I looked when I was a young girl."

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Miriam Höller: More Serenity through failure

Today is Miriam Höller ...solidified. She no longer needs external recognition in order to be happy and succeed. In the interview, she says: "Of course, I'm in an industry where elbows are out and there's a lot of competition. I didn't get many jobs because someone was always prettier, better or more intelligent. But at some point, you stop getting angry about it. You realize that it goes on anyway and that everything that comes along is somehow okay." Miriam Höller is convinced that things in life come the way they have to come. She knows, "At some point you get a routine in failing and go your way anyway. That's the Serenitythat you get at some point.

Miriam Höller: "My boyfriend and I were like Bonnie & Clyde"

Miriam's long-time boyfriend Hannes also loved action and was a full-time extreme athlete. She says: "Hannes was one of the first athletes to be signed by Red Bull. He was a climber, paraglider, base jumper and eventually became Red Bull Air Race Champion. When you're in your industry, you naturally get to know the very people who are doing the same thing you are. Hannes and I both quickly realized: We love danger and share a fascination with risk. We fell in love with each other full throttle and had a very great, very extraordinary, but also very exhausting relationship over six years."

Exhausting, because both lived outwardly a perfection. Miriam Höller says: "We were like Bonnie and Clyde - immortal. The stunt woman and the aerobatic pilot. Everyone was looking at us and we had to show on the outside that nothing could happen to us. We had sought each other out and found each other. Our job was to show people how great life was. That was our image - to always tell people that we had everything under control. We marketed ourselves through this hero status. But at home, we were just a normal couple with normal problems."

Miriam Höller: Strokes of fate

Miriam believes that everything in life comes as it should. She has faith in life and is firmly convinced that everything has a meaning - even if you may not recognize it at first. A great blow of fate hit Miriam in 2016 when Hannes passed away. In the interview she says: "2016 was our year. Everything was perfect: we were in tune and had worked out our relationship. We had actually achieved almost everything we wanted to achieve. Then a phone call came and it said: Hannes has crashed."

Miriam Höller lost her complete support and trust in life. She says: "I was always madly in love with life - and suddenly you live in a grey cloud full of self-pity. You hate life and have insane amounts of anger. The worst was the longing for Hannes. I didn't recognize myself anymore and questioned everything. You work so hard, fight for everything and then you get such a blow from life. It completely knocks you down. Everything has completely collapsed."

Sudden lack of support

Hanne's tragic death was two years ago today. Miriam can now talk about it in a self-reflective way, but she doesn't want to forget the terrible accident. She says: "I am insanely afraid of forgetting how he smells, how he tastes, how he talks to me. It's one thing to learn, though: That setbacks happen to us in life. The only question is how you deal with it and where you put your focus."

Six weeks before Hanne's death, she broke both her feet in a stunt accident. She shattered her feet so badly that it was not clear whether she would ever be able to walk again. So within six weeks Miriam lost not only her life partner, the pillar of her private life, but also her professional life and all professional dreams and future plans. Miriam: "So then I sat in my wheelchair and didn't even know what to hold on to anymore."

"I chose life!"

But Miriam made a decision: although all the pillars of her life had broken away, she wanted to develop the strength to look forward. Miriam: "I was trapped in a grey veil for weeks. My mental and physical pain was unbearable. Then I wrote a list with pro and con arguments for and against life. I chose life and wanted to fight again."

Her environment motivated Miriam Höller to continue. She knows: "The people we surround ourselves with are very, very important! My environment has shrunk extremely in the last two years, but I only want to have open and honest people around me who have the courage to get this nagging out of me. Because life is beautiful. And that's a great value that I have now." In the past two years, Miriam has been able to recover and regain her energy. She appreciates life more today than she ever did before. And she will continue to face adversity proudly and strongly.

What are her plans for the future? Miriam: "I want to speak openly about what happened to me. I want to give people courage to fight and keep going. Currently I work as a speaker and do my jobs as a presenter. All the while, I stay true to my passions - action, adventure and cars." From the bottom of our hearts, we wish Miriam all the best on her journey.

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