Name a woman that has shaped your life so far?
I couldn’t possibly name one woman, this is because growing up I had my mum and my step-mum, who have both shaped my life. They have both taught me so many things about life, always encouraged me to follow my dreams and always offered me support when I’m in need. I have been so lucky growing up with two great women in my life.
A woman in a position of power that you admire?
I really admire Jameela Jamil, I love how honest and open about her life she is online. I also really admire how she admits to mistakes and preaches that it’s human to do so, cancel culture has become so damaging online, but we are all humans who make mistakes. She also really fights for young women, her campaign against detox teas was so monumental (I know these affect all genders, but many ads were targeted at young women). Now that Instagram has banned toxic diet promotion, she really has made history and helped so many people who would have been so affected by these ads.
Which woman would you like to be more like?
Ashley Graham, she has really influenced me in many ways. I love her confidence, her body confidence, her compassion and kindness. She (in my eyes) was the catalyst for inclusivity in the fashion industry, she knew what she wanted and she got it! I really admire that kind of drive.
The best lesson we’ve learnt from another female?
I’ve learnt a lot from Munroe Bergdorf, she has taught me a lot about feminism and about fighting for what you believe in. She is truly amazing, I learn something new from her weekly through her Instagram. Munroe said that once we stop focusing on genders, we will stop this notion of not being “woman-enough or man-enough. Focus on individuality” and that really stuck with me, individuality is much more important, do what makes you happy!
Change you’d most like to see for women going forward?
More women in power! Women and men should be equals, making decisions together. We need more women in parliament, more female CEO’s, more women in the tech industry.
A lesson you’d most like to instil in younger women for the future?
That your beauty isn’t everything, that relationships aren’t everything and that your career isn’t everything. Be you, do what makes you happy and do things at your own pace.