“I was a daddy girl”
First Albanian truck driver is praised for her courage
She started out as a hairdresser, but then Bianca Dervishi got behind the wheel of a truck. The Albanian reports on the unusual job change and how she inspires and motivates young girls to make their dreams come true on Tiktok.
Bianca Dervishi is a truck driver in Italy.
Bianca Dervishi was still a minor when she left Albania 16 years ago for Italy, according to Albora, a news site for the Albanian-speaking diaspora in Switzerland. She has built a new life in Italy and tries to live her dreams every day.
She started working as a hairdresser, but quickly realized that she didn’t want to do this for long. So she gave up the job and decided to pursue her passion. She began training to become a truck driver.
Even as a child, she was fascinated by large vehicles. “When I was very young, I would often ride in the van with my father to deliver to the store we had. I was always more of a daddy girl than a mommy girl who loved dolls or anything like that. I’d rather play with trucks.”
She has almost 200,000 followers on Tiktok
Now she is behind the wheel herself. «The truck is my second home». At first, the men would have looked funny when they saw the Albanian woman at the wheel. After all, it wasn’t a woman’s job, she was told. She is now well known in the trucker scene – and beyond. Because on Tiktok she shares her life as a truck driver. She now has almost 200,000 followers.
According to her own statement, she also inspires many girls and women to realize their dreams. Some even started truck training.
She visits her home country of Albania two to three times a year. She misses Albania because she associates many memories with it. (lrc)