Meet 94-Year-Old ‘Superhero’ Mamika
Mamika doesn’t have any super powers, but this 94-year-old grandma is definitely a superhero.
According to TODAY, Frederika Goldberger is a normal elderly French woman, but just wait until you meet her alter ego, a super senior citizen who goes by the name Mamika.
Frederika retired in her early 80s, but that just left her bored and unhappy. So, in order to help ease her boredom, her grandson Sacha Goldberger began photographing her. After a couple of years of photographing his grandma, Mamika the superhero was born.
Sacha Goldberger told TODAY:
“I always loved comics and I wanted to show what could happen to the superheroes when they are old. Superman and Wonder Woman, they’re all young. I wondered what they would be like when they got older.”
Frederika actually is a hero. Originally from Budapest, Hungary, Frederika was a baroness, born into a wealthy Jewish family. When World War II broke out, Frederika was forced into hiding. She and her husband risked their own lives to help hide others as well. By the end of the war, Frederika had saved 10 people from the Nazis.
After World War II, she left Hungary and emigrated to France where she raised her family.
Frederika is currently modeling and working with her grandson on the Mamika projects. She often gives her own ideas for the photo shoots and enjoys interacting with all of the stylists and assistants who are on scene.
“The pictures gave her something to do again and helped give her more self-confidence again. It’s a love story. Before I made the pictures, I wanted everyone to know her — she’s incredible.”
Sacha’s first book with her, Mamika: My Mighty Little Grandmother, was published in April.
The two held an exhibition at the Gallery Sakura in France and are expecting further exhibitions in Vienna and possibly even England and the United States. They’ve also started working on a Mamika movie together and have even published a second book, Mamika & Co., which was released in France in early November.