Girl Crush of the Moment

Girl Crush of the Moment

Our girl crush of the moment (and one of our number one girl crushes of all time) is the one and only Baddie Winkle. 





Baddie is our number one badass babe to follow on Instagram. This 89 year old is not your typical Grandma, she's all about hip hop, twerking and slaying the basics. 





Along with giving us serious fashion inspo, Baddie also reminds us to always be yourself, no matter what age you are. She's all about loving yourself which is something we can totally get on board with!





"Stealing your man since 1928" - Baddie Winkle 



Follow Baddie on Instagram here 


Ciara x 
January 24, 2018 by Ciara Moran
Woman Power Wednesday: Niamh O'Donoghue

Woman Power Wednesday: Niamh O'Donoghue

This week for Woman Power Wednesday we're chatting to the fab fashionista and businesswoman that is Niamh O'Donoghue. This inspiring gal works as Marketing Manager for Image magazine and also co-founded Cupl Content Creation, a company where Niamh and her business partner help companies create content to help their brand grow. We caught up with Niamh to grill her about her career goals, Cupl and overcoming obstacles.



Photo from instagram.com/niamh_cupl

-What made you want to get into journalism? 

When I was in school I set my hopes on becoming a doctor or surgeon. Unfortunately, I spent more time I'm hospital than school and when the time came to do my leaving cert, I came out with about half of what I needed. 
While I was doing some stints in hospital I started reading - a lot - and writing as a form of therapy (and Netflix wasn't a thing back then). I wrote my first featured article at 14 in Kiss Magazine talking about my recent diagnosis with severe scoliosis. I got the kindest email back from the editor at the time (it was around 2008/9 - if this was you, get in touch!) who said I had a knack for writing. Low and behold, 6 years later I found myself in DIT studying journalism and have never looked back.



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-What would you say has been the toughest thing you’ve had to overcome in your life so far?

I've had my share of near death experiences: When I was 13 I was diagnosed with sever scoliosis and started on a 10-year journey to straighten my spine. Four spinal operations later and I'm one of a handful of people who has my spine fused to my hips, so I can't bend side to side or backward. That in itself brings a lot of difficulty day-to-day, but the human body is brilliant and I’ve learned to adapt. In 2015 I was diagnosed with kidney disease and thyroid cancer (within two-weeks of each other) while I was doing my thesis, so that was incredibly tough. These experiences though have me who I am and helped me to keep dreaming big.



Photo from instagram.com/niamh_cupl

-Tell us about Cupl, how did it come about? 

I co-founded Cupl Content Creation with my business partner Jake in 2017. Together, we combine our skills of photography, video, graphic design, branding, strategy and advertising to make really enjoyable experiences for brands and audiences. *deep exhale*. Now that the sales pitch is over: we make cool shit! Follow our journey at @cupl__ and cuplcreative.com 



Photo from instagram.com/niamh_cupl

-What would be your ultimate career goal?

Ultimately I see myself working in the fashion industry - I'll settle for fashion editor at Vogue! In the meantime I'd love to work at Man Repeller, Dazed or Refinery29. Alternatively, I'm more than happy to travel from fashion-week-to-fashion-week shooting street style. This year I’ll be shooting at London, Florence and Milan which I’m hugely excited about.



Photo from instagram.com/niamh_cupl

-What women inspire you? 

I'm grateful that I work in a job where I get to meet and talk to so many brilliant women. But, if I have to list some Irish champions; Sinead Burke, Sophie White, Ellie Balfe, Marie Kelly, Ciamh McCrory, my mammy andLouise McSharry.



Follow Niamh on Instagram here
Check out Cupl here


Ciara x 
January 17, 2018 by Ciara Moran
Woman Power Wednesday: Aisling Kelly

Woman Power Wednesday: Aisling Kelly

This week for Woman Power Wednesday, we chatted to the amazingly talented Aisling Kelly. Aisling is a Dublin based make up artist with a seriously impressive portfolio. She has been named as 'one of the most exciting make up artists in Ireland' by the Irish Times, has had her work published in numerous print publications and featured on both the big and small screen. We grabbed Aisling for a chat about her incredible career journey and her advice for any aspiring make up artists. 



Photo courtesy of Aisling. 

-What's your favourite thing about your job?

There's nothing better than making people feel more confident in themselves. Make up is such a powerful tool and the transformation in attitude that takes place during a makeover is so special to witness. When someone sits in my make up chair, I always want them to leave feeling like a bad bitch - super confident, cool and distinguished. Seeing that happen is the best. 



Photo courtesy of Aisling. 

-Was your plan always to be a make up artist or was it something you fell in to?

I realised recently that even as a child I had been subconsciously leading myself into this career path through my hobbies and natural interests, like painting my Barbie's faces and trying to make myself look like my favourite singers with bits of cheap make up that came with the Sabrina the Teenage Witch magazine that I begged my parents to buy me once a month! The first moment that I remember thinking 'this is what I want to do' was seeing Pat McGrath's make up for John Galliano SS10 ready-to-wear show. I was 15 at the time and it jumped off the pages at me. I'd never seen anything like it and I remember gasping out loud at how beautiful, meaningful and moving it was. I started my art portfolio that year and went from there. I was lucky that when I started social media was only in the beginning of becoming what it is so I wasn't under any pressure in terms of getting a certain amount of likes or followers. I just posted what I was creating for my portfolio and the following and clientele came naturally from there which allowed me to work for myself part-time during art college and full-time since graduating in 2016. I work hard on my craft continuously and the career path has come as a result of that.   



Photo courtesy of Aisling. 

-What would you say say has been your proudest career achievement to date? 

I've been lucky to have loads of great moments in the short time that I've been working as a make up artist and it's impossible to pick just one moment that stands out. Getting a first class honours degree in design for stage and screen was a huge achievement for me after four years of consistently hard work. Being signed on the creative board of Not Another Agency while I was still a student was also a big deal that meant a lot to me. Pat McGrath is my all-time make up hero and she commented on a photo of my make up that I posted on Instagram and that was a big deal for me! Most recently, Italian Vogue published a photo from a shoot I put together and to see my make up with the Vogue stamp on it felt amazing. 



Photo courtesy of Aisling. 
 
-What advice would you give to young women looking to get into the make up industry? 

It's really great that so many more young women are pursuing creative careers but with social media, make up artistry can sometimes be portrayed as an easy job where you get sent free products all the time, when in reality it's often 18 hour days, early call times, doing make up outdoors in all weathers at all hours or giving up your weekends to work while your friends are out drinking! My advice would be, if you're passionate about make up and willing to work really hard, it's the best job in the world. Think long-term, keep practicing and try not to worry about how your work is perceived online or by others - as long as you're improving your skills every day and are creating work that makes you feel happy, that will come through in your work eventually and the work will come back tenfold. 




-What women inspire you? 

To me, an inspiring woman is someone who identifies her goals and chases them with perseverance, fearlessness and with respect to others - even if she doesn't receive the same respect back. I also admire any women who work selflessly to help others, particularly those involved in the Repeal the Eighth movement and those helping to combat homelessness in Ireland. In particular, my mom inspires me everyday. She suffers with a chronic illness called M.E. that has changed her life drastically over the last decade but she still somehow manages to be the most supportive, encouraging, kind and loving mother and friend to me and everyone else in her life. 


Follow Aisling on Instagram here 
Check out her website here 


Ciara x 
January 10, 2018 by Ciara Moran
Woman Power Wednesday: Courtney Smith

Woman Power Wednesday: Courtney Smith

For this week's instalment of Woman Power Wednesday, we had a chat with super stylist Courtney Smith. Courtney is a stylist, creative director, writer and presenter, who has worked with clients such as Louis Vuitton, Brown Thomas and Tommy Hilfiger. We caught up with Courtney to grill her about all things fashion. Enjoy guys! 



Photo from courtneysmith.ie 

-What sparked your interest in fashion and styling?

I think it’s always been a part of me. As a child I loved to play dress up and would create fashion shows for my parents with outfits concocted out of just tights! It grew from there; as a teenager I used to spend my summers in the Grafton Academy doing pattern cutting or sewing courses and finally I studied fashion design in Sallynoggin before going on to do a postgraduate in London College of Fashion in Fashion media. I also worked in fashion retail from the age of 16 and loved styling customers so it all just tied in when I decided to make it my career. It was pretty organic. 




Photo from instagram.com/courtneysmithstyle 

-Who would be your dream client?

For a shoot? Vogue Australia - I adore all their shoots and their fashion director Christine Centenera is my ultimate girl crush so it means I would get to work with her!



Photo from courtneysmith.ie 

-What has been your career highlight so far?

Vogue.com featuring me on their website was definitely a pinch me moment but a defining career highlight would probably be shooting for Elle magazine Croatia. 



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-What do you think of the fashion scene in Ireland at the minute? 

I think it's amazing and it's evolved so much too. Irish women have never been afraid of expressing their individuality and personal style and we have such amazing vintage stores and stand alone boutiques so it's easy to stand out from the crowd. I think industry wise we probably still have a long way to go though, sometimes the creative briefs can be a little stifling, brands here are just more safe than they are abroad but we're getting there.



Photo from courtneysmith.ie 

-What's your tips for vintage shopping? 

I 
usually fall in love with a fabric or print first before I even see what type of garment it is and then I usually end up buying it, it might not even fit me at all but I will just get it altered. I also buy key items I know will work into the rest of my wardrobe such as statement coats or kimonos and also a lot of vintage accessories. Vintage shopping in Dublin is easy - we have amazing stores! I have a good relationship with some of them where they will phone me when something amazing comes in they think I will love, which ends up usually being bad news for my bank balance. 



Photo from instagram.com/courtneysmithstyle 

-You play such a large role in the Irish fashion industry and have worked with lots of young models. How do you think the fashion industry affects the young women working in it? 

Well just look at models such as Thalia Heffernan and Kelly Horrigan who are now in their 20s but I have been working with them since they were 15 or 16, both are very strong young women and haven’t let the industry affect them in a negative way but that could be down to their family and friends too and the types of people they are. I think in general the Irish fashion industry is a lot kinder than the international scene, we appreciate and generally prefer our models to be healthy over too skinny. I would be more worried about what social media is doing to young women and their self esteem than the fashion industry. 



Photo from courtneysmith.ie 

-What women inspire you?

That’s a tough question, I’m inspired by many women for many different things. My mum recently set up a blog aimed at women over fifty, I’m in awe of her that after retirement she can just create a new life like that and overcome new challenges like learning how to run a blog and work a computer which she never knew how to do before. Also my sister who is a new mum and literally took to it like a duck to water, I always thought I was going to be the more maternal one, she’s an incredible mum. Then there’s the women in my industry such as Kate Young, Grace Coddington, Grace Woodward to name just a handful who inspire me to create beautiful imagery and to aim high to achieve my goals.


Check out Courtney's website here
Follow her on Instagram here


Ciara x  

January 03, 2018 by Ciara Moran
Woman Power Wednesday: Tara Stewart

Woman Power Wednesday: Tara Stewart

This week for Woman Power Wednesday we chatted to the impossibly cool Tara Stewart. Tara is an Australian gal, now based in Dublin, and is your go-to girl for anything to do with music. Tara bounces between working as a music journalist, a radio presenter and a DJ. We caught up with Tara to chat all things music, enjoy! 



Photo from instagram.com/tarastewartdj 

-You have a really varied career; radio presenter, DJ and music journalist, how did you get started?

That's a very long one to answer! I've been playing music since I was 8 or 9 years old, I played the saxophone, flute and guitar and studied music throughout high school. When I finished school I wanted to make it in the lights as a musician and I moved to Ireland from a small town in Australia to pursue that. After a few years of highs and lows I kind of fell out of love doing that side of music. My early twenties were really hard because I was in a new country, trying to build a life and a career while working in hospitality full time, needing to afford rent, bills etc and also put money into music. So a few years ago I decided to put that side of me on the shelf and get into radio. I love to talk and love music so I thought it would be the perfect job lol. I sent in a really bad demo to a small training radio station, but they gave me a shot to work on my craft. Then after a few months I sent a demo into RTE and Adam Fogarty the station editor of the RTE digital stations 2XM and Pulse gave me a shot and I got my first show on a Thursday night. From there, he kept pushing me and helping me work on becoming a better presenter. Then I got another shot on Tracy Clifford's show on 2FM as a new music contributor. I would come in to RTE any spare time I had and would come in before and after my cafe job just so I can learn more, get more experience and meet people. I never went to college to so I had to learn from the ground up. While working my way into 2FM I was also working full-time in hospitality. A year and a few months ago I stopped working in that job and it was a really hard time. I didn't have a stable job to support me while trying to graft my way up the radio ladder. But at the same time it was the best thing for me, because I was more flexible and available so I started to get more work in radio. Now I can afford to pay my rent, bills and a few wines on what I earn so that feels good tbh. In regards to DJing, last year I was doing a good few club gigs here and there to get my name out there more and earn a bit more cash moneyz. I basically wrote to bookers I knew and said yo gimme a shot, I play deadly tunes. Then this year I've been lucky enough to have been booked for pretty much every Irish festival. 



Photo from instagram.com/tarastewartdj 

-Has music always been your passion in life?

100% I love music so much. I was brought up on so many musical styles from Elvis Presley on my dad's side and Joni Mitchell on my mum's side. Even though I don't really write music anymore, I still am able to release my passion for music when I'm DJing. I really love playing songs people love and can dance to.



Photo from instagram.com/tarastewartdj 

-Do you think there's a strong female presence in the Irish music industry?

I think there is now yes. There are a lot of female women killing it in radio right now and in the music world as singers and musicians. 



Photo from instagram.com/tarastewartdj 

-What would you say has been the highlight of your career so far? 

That's a hard one because I don't even feel like I've achieved a quarter of what I want to in my career yet. But, in saying that, my radio highlight would have to be interviewing TLC, Shania Twain, Faith Evans, Jojo and En Vogue. They're legends I grew up listening to. DJ wise, my highlight would have to be playing Forbidden Fruit and Longitude Festival, those two gigs were so much fun.



Photo from instagram.com/tarastewartdj

-What women inspire you? 

My mam firstly. She's an amazing woman and although I probably still wreck her head at 27 she's the best. Missy Elliott, she's just a legend. Emma Fraser, I've seen her grow two amazing business over the years and I'm a very proud friend. Tracy Clifford, she's been my mentor in radio since I started and she's helped me so much along the way. Shania Twain, that bish has been through some mental shit in her career and personal life, from her husband cheating with her best mate to having lyme's disease and losing her voice, and she's still killing it. 


Follow Tara on Instagram here 


Ciara x 





 





December 27, 2017 by Ciara Moran
Woman Power Wednesday: Enya Martin

Woman Power Wednesday: Enya Martin

For this week's Woman Power Wednesday, we chatted to Enya Martin. Enya is a Dublin based comedian, famous for her hilarious Facebook videos, featuring characters such as Shardon and Chanto. We caught up with Enya to chat female comedians, her love for Dublin and selling out her theatre show. 



Photo from instagram.com/gizalaugh_enyamartin

-What made you want to get into comedy?

I never once thought of pursuing comedy as a career, I just thought I had a razor sharp wit and a good sense of humour. It wasn’t until mid 2015 when I saw Facebook videos taking off that I thought to myself, maybe this is an opportunity to show new people my sense of humour and my ability to write. The first video was a great hit so I kept going and here we are! 



Photo from facebook.com/gizalaugh

-Many of your characters and sketched are based on a specific Dublin background, such as Chanto, or typical Irish mammy’s, such as Sharon. Do you think it’s important to celebrate and be proud of where you’re from?

Definitely, I wouldn’t be where I am if I wasn’t from Clondalkin. It’s where I source my material, it’s made me who I am today. I take advantage of it.



Photo from facebook.com/gizalaugh

-What would you say has been your proudest achievement in your career so far

Writing my own theatre show and selling out the five dates, which is something I never could have imagined. Growing up I was never the popular kid in school but after completing a goal like that I felt on top of the world.



Photo from instagram.com/gizalaugh_enyamartin

-Comedy has traditionally been dominated by men. What advice would you give to young women looking to break into the comedy scene?

If you’re funny then you’re funny. Don’t let gender turn you off giving it a bash. Women love going to see female comedians as they can resonate with each other. You wouldn’t believe the amount of men who tell me about how they love my comedy! I suppose the advantage I had is that I could road test all my material on social media and that gave people the belief that I was worth paying the money to go see.



Photo from instagram.com/gizalaugh_enyamartin

-What women inspire you?

Joan Rivers because she just slayed comedy as a female!



Follow Enya on Instagram here 
Check out her Facebook videos here 
Enya recently announced a Vicar Street show, you can get tickets to that here



Ciara x 

December 13, 2017 by Ciara Moran
Woman Power Wednesday: Jenny Wong

Woman Power Wednesday: Jenny Wong

This week for Woman Power Wednesday we caught up with the badass businesswoman, Jenny Wong! Jenny is a little powerhouse who has singlehandedly turned her hobby of nail painting into a fully fledged, very successful business. We caught up with Jenny to chat nails, starting a business and inspiring women.



Photo from nstagram.com/jennyyuksanwong

-When did you start getting into doing nails? Did you ever think it would ever lead to such a successful business?

I dropped out of two undergraduate degrees when I was younger and had been working in retail for about seven years when I decided to do nails. I always wanted to get a degree but at 25 I was still lost as to what type of career I was really interested in. I decided to learn a skill because I felt there was an opportunity to be your own boss there. I also enjoyed painting my own nails and was getting into nail art at the time. Tropical Popical had just opened and there was nothing like it in Dublin. So I said to myself, 'I’m gonna work there.' Three “stunning” (as my old boss Andrea would say) years later with the best girls ever and I was ready to take the leap into self-employment. I wanted to know what went into running a business and I also wanted a challenge, I wanted to see if I could do it.  I didn’t ever think it would lead into a successful business, I just put the head down, worked tirelessly, tried to have as much fun as possible with my clients and something amazing blossomed from all of the hard work and tears. And I honestly couldn’t be more proud of my little business.



Photo from instagram.com/jennyyuksanwong

-What do you love most about your job?

I love that I get to meet different people every day. Everyone usually is going somewhere nice or has a nice story as to why they're getting their nails done, so that’s always lovely chatting to them. I love my independence. I love that I can be flexible with my hours, it’s great not needing permission to take days off. I can work more when I need to, so I’m not limited on working hours.



Photo from instagram.com/nailsbyjennywong

-What would be the ultimate business goal?

To own a bigger premises with a few staff. I’d love my own little salon fam someday, that would be great. 



Photo from instagram.com/nailsbyjennywong

-Whose nails would you love to get your hands on?

The women who own Floss Gloss, I just love their branding. I have the ultimate girl crush on them! 



Photo from instagram.com/jennyyuksanwong 

-What women inspire you?

There’s a massive amount of driven and highly ambitious women in Dublin right now. Some I’ve worked with, some I’ve hung out with, some I only know from a distance through social media. But I’m so impressed with what every one of them have done as business women, as social activists, as ambassadors for body positivity. I’ve learned from and have been inspired by all of them, there’s just way too many to mention here but there’s tonnes of them in the city! ️


Follow Jenny on Instagram here
Check out her work here 


Ciara x 

 

December 06, 2017 by Ciara Moran
Woman Power Wednesday: Aoife Dunne

Woman Power Wednesday: Aoife Dunne

This week on Woman Power Wednesday we're taking a look at the insanely talented Aoife Dunne. Aoife is a gal with many strings on her bow, working as a hugely successful visual artist, creative director and a stylist. We caught up with Aoife to chat inspiration, the Irish art scene and career highlights.  



Photo courtesy of Aoife 

-You’re a visual artist, creative director and a stylist, do you think they all flow into one mass of creativity or do you see them all as separate jobs?

I feel working in both art and fashion is very difficult, which results in having several titles. I am first and foremost an artist and I most definitely feel all of my skills communicate with each other in every single project, whether I'm working in a gallery space, film, theatre or a photoshoot.


Photo courtesy of Aoife

-Where do you get the inspiration for your work?

I think the secret to being inspired and maintaining originality is seclusion. Creativity and efficiency need solitude to thrive. Being alone feels like a problem that needs to be solved and so people try to solve it by connecting. But I feel connection is more like a symptom than a cure. Solitary conditions allow you to focus attention inward and it is in this state of mind that you become most inspired.


Photo courtesy of Aoife

-What do you think of the Irish art scene at the minute?

I feel the Irish art scene has progressed rapidly in recent years. It is hugely encouraging to see so many young, talented artists from all disciplines making really exciting work. The future looks very promising!


Photo courtesy of Aoife

-You’ve had so many huge career achievements at such a young age, is there one that stands out as a special one?

Exhibiting at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver in the group show “Bodaciousss” with iconic artists such as Dara Birnbaum and Keith Haring is definitely one that stands out. The show was an overwhelming success and I felt honored to be exhibiting alongside artists from earlier generations who pioneered hybrid styles of art-making.



Photo courtesy of Aoife

-What women inspire you?

Any woman that is the true embodiment of courage and perseverance in the face of opposition, criticism and judgment, is inspirational. The most inspiring women to me, are the women that empower other women to be tough, ambitious, have passion and purpose.



Check out Aoife's website here
Follow Aoife on Instagram here 


Ciara x 

November 29, 2017 by Ciara Moran
Woman Power Wednesday: Soulé

Woman Power Wednesday: Soulé

This week on Woman Power Wednesday we caught up with the crazily talented Soulé. This Dublin singer/songwriter is making major waves on the music scene, with her debut single, Love No More, being nominated for 'Irish Song of the Year' at the 2017 Choice Music Prize Awards. We grabbed Soulé for a chat about all things music, enjoy guys! 



Photo from instagram.com/souleofficial

-What made you want to get into music? Was it something you’ve always had a passion for?
 

Music has always been something I wanted to do. Growing up I remember imitating The Spice Girls and TLC and wanting to perform like them. The older I got, the more drive I had to pursue music and to practice becoming a good songwriter too.



Photo from instagram.com/souleofficial 

-What’s your opinion on the Dublin music scene at the minute? Do you think there’s a place for women in it? 

We are lucky enough to be in a golden time with the amount of talented Irish female artists. The Irish music scene is truly embracing female musicians of all genres at the moment and that’s amazing.



Photo from instagram.com/souleofficial

-What would you say is your biggest musical influence?

My biggest musical influence would have to be the great Chaka Khan. Her energy as a performer is so beautiful to see and really inspires me.



Photo from instagram.com/souleofficial 

-What would you say has been your biggest career highlight so far? Do you have a certain goal in mind?

My biggest career highlight so far has been being nominated for 'Irish Song of the Year' at the Choice Music Prize Awards and playing on three major stages at this years Electric Picnic.



Photo from instagram.com/souleofficial 

-What women inspire you?

My mom is my biggest inspiration. Her strength and the way she loves is honestly a gift.



Follow Soulé on Instagram here


Ciara x 

November 22, 2017 by Ciara Moran
Woman Power Wednesday: Vickey Curtis

Woman Power Wednesday: Vickey Curtis

For this week's Woman Power Wednesday we're chatting to the amazing Vickey Curtis. Vickey is a spoken word artist who made headlines last year when she spoke out about her experience in a misogynistic and homophobic attack. We spoke to Vickey about the connection between misogyny and homophobia, spoken word and inspiring women. 



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-Do you think speaking out about the incident where you were attacked on a night out after challenging a man on his misogynistic and homophobic comments reminded people that often misogyny and homophobia are intertwined?

Yeah, I think it reminded people that hate is definitely layered and that an attack such as mine isn’t only rooted in one sort of hate, but many. I'm sure that it got people thinking about it too. People who’d never thought about it before, people who are in a privileged position where their identity is never questioned, it hopefully made them question that or shed some light on it and made them look at their own privilege and how they question those attacks.



Photo from instagram.com/raginspice 

-The post you made about the attack received a lot of attention, both negative and positive. Did you expect that post to get the attention it did and how did you deal with the different reactions? 

Janey Mack the response was way beyond what I thought it would get. It took me back to be honest. I'm glad it got the attention it did, I'm glad that I've a big mouth and am brave enough to speak up and out about the shit that happens. The support I got from other victims and allies was great. My words helped other victims have bravery in telling their stories too or so they told me. I didn't bother with any negative comments, I was too focused on healing from the actual attack to notice the keyboard crazies. I'd only take negative comments seriously if they were said to my face and to be honest, if people had said something to my face I'd have had a thing or two to tell them, but those kind of folk aren't actually brave enough to have courage in their convictions and say those comments to someones face.



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-The Marriage Equality Referendum was obviously an amazing achievement for the LGBTQ community in Ireland, but do you think it has made people feel as if the community now faces no problems?

Yeah I think that people from both within the community and outside the community think that everything is ok now that we marriage equality. Well, it's not. We still have bullying in schools, we have transphobia and issues for the trans community to fight. Our gay spaces are dying and that for me is a major issue. HIV infections are on the increase. These are all issues that the community faces and if people think that marriage equality made everything ok, it didn't.



Photo from instagram.com/raginspice 

-What is it about spoken word that attracted you to it as an art form?

I like its immediacy. It's a great medium for being able to react to something quickly. My work is rooted in social issues mainly, so when something crazy is happening in the world I am quick to pick up my pen and perform. Spoken word is a great medium to give voice to issues. I think for an audience member it's really accessible as well. That's the real joy of it, that there are rarely airs and graces to it, it's raw, it's in your face. It speaks to many people at one time. As a spoken word performer, there is a real kick in performing to many different people and they all understand where your piece is coming from and can relate to it. I guess thats what drew me to it, the relatability and ease in which you can communicate with it.



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-What women inspire you? 

Women with courage, who speak up, who take a stand. Women like Catherine Corless who don't give up and keep fighting. 



Check out Vickey's website here
Follow Vickey on Instagram here 


Ciara x 
November 15, 2017 by Ciara Moran