Social Commentary

Bare Bones

Over the years, the fashion industry has earned a lot of criticism for using extremely thin models. It seems that the debate over skinny models has been raging since the 90s and the advent of heroine chic, with good reason. The average runway model is 5"9 to 5"11,...

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Bare Bones
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The Eternal Queen

Usually when a celebrity dies it doesn't affect me much. I might briefly think that the news is sad when the death is announced, but that's usually the end of it. However, I was moved when I heard that Aretha Franklin had past away at the age of 76. It's only when...

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The Eternal Queen
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Deadly Apathy

I was on the tube yesterday afternoon, travelling home from an appointment in East London. The train pulled into West Ham station where a group of young men boarded. There were three hulking lads in their late teens, and a teacher who was about my age. One of them...

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Deadly Apathy
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On the Spectrum

At the start of May I’ll heading to south London again to play Rose in 213 Things About Me at the Battersea Arts Centre. After a short run of sold out scratch performances last November, the lovely people at the BAC have asked us to come back and do a short run of...

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On the Spectrum
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Sign of the times

I've been meaning to write about the #MeToo and the #TimesUp movement for a while, but I wanted to give this blog post the time it deserved rather than churning out something glib and rushed. Along with pretty much every other woman I know, I shared #MeToo across...

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Sign of the times
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Take a Stand

I've often heard older people say they were surprised they saw a black president in their lifetime. Now, I feel astonishment that I've seen a despotic demagogue in mine; I'd naively assumed that a man like Trump would never find himself in the Oval Office. I also...

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Take a Stand
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March for Freedom

Donald Trump is in the news every day and the stories are becoming increasingly absurd. Alec Baldwin recently said that Trump is the head writer at Saturday Night Live, as the man with orange skin spins comedy gold every time he opens his mouth. However, as his...

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March for Freedom
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Who’s country is it anyway?

Anyone who's read my blog recently will know I'm very concerned about the political shift to the far right. Neo-Nazism is rearing its ugly head all over Europe and the US. Footage hasd emerged of Richard Spencer, leader of white supremacist group the National...

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Who’s country is it anyway?
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The World We live in

I've been the thinking about the world I want to live in. I'm reminded of when I went on holiday this summer with my family. It was a few weeks after the Brexit vote and there was an atmosphere of tense uncertainty. I sat with my mother on a bench at Heathrow and...

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The World We live in
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Dark Ages

I went to bed last night hoping to wake up to a world with Hillary Clinton as president. The news that the US has chosen a homophobic, racist, sexist, megalomaniacal, demagogue is calamitous, but not surprising. Post Brexit, it's clear we are living in a dark age...

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Dark Ages
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2016: Annus Horribilis?

2016 isn't over yet and it has already been a tumultuous and frightening year. The world of European and American of politics have been dominated by Brexit and the US elections. Donald Trump's performances in the Presidential Debates were inept and petulant. His...

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2016: Annus Horribilis?
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Burkini Beach

People often comment on the clothes I wear, but I don't mind what people think of my look. I know my style is somewhat attention grabbing, so I expect comments (positive or negative) as a par for the course. Living in a Western, cosmopolitan city like London,...

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Burkini Beach
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In defence of Political Correctness

Since the Brexit vote a few weeks ago, it seems there has been something tragic and worrying in the news every day. The appalling bombings in Baghdad by ISIS, the escalating tragedy of police shootings in the US, and the racism on our home turf. And of course, the...

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In defence of Political Correctness
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The Great Mistake

I woke up this morning and scrabbled to turn on the TV, only to learn the news that the UK has voted to leave the European Union. I then opened my laptop and flicked through my Facebook feed, there was not one post celebrating the result. Everyone is dismayed,...

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The Great Mistake
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United we stand: Divided we fall

Today is one of the most pivotal days in recent British history. I will be voting to stay in the European Union, but I won't go on about the reasons why. There has been so much coverage and discussion about the pros and cons that my argument seems superfluous. What...

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United we stand: Divided we fall
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We are United

As if the massacre in Orlando wasn't enough, the brutal murder of Jo Cox is another blow against liberty and tolerance. In both cases, a mentally unwell individual committed a terrible crime, spurred on by hateful ideologies. Of course, there are unstable...

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We are United
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Jo Cox

I was going to post something else this morning, but I feel I can't ignore the murder of Jo Cox. A woman with such compassion and integrity being snatched away is an unbearable tragedy. My thoughts are with her family and...

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Jo Cox
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Remebering Orlando

The barbaric shooting in a gay club in Orlando a few days ago was tragic and egregious, but a sadly frequent occurrence in the US. To a British sensibility, American gun laws seem like an absurd paradox. The NRA and many members of Congress extol the second...

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Remebering Orlando
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Hack Worries

Sheridan Smith has been in the news recently after her absence during the run of Funny Girl at the Savoy Theatre. The press have had a field day with lines like ‘Concerns raised for fragile Sheridan’, ‘Smith's worrying behaviour’ or 'Vulnerable Sheridan pulls out...

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Hack Worries
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How to cope with heartbreak

A dear friend of mine has recently gone through a break-up. We've talked about it extensively and analysed the situation from every angle. This helps her work through the feelings and gives her a little perspective. I could offer her the clichéd platitudes that are...

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How to cope with heartbreak
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Bare Naked Ladies

Kim Kardashian has recently attempted to 'break the internet' once again, with a couple of nude selfies. I don't have a problem with people sharing naked, or scantily clad shots of themselves; if an adult in full command of their mental and emotional capacity...

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Bare Naked Ladies
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The understated Evils of Passive Agression

I've heard it said that with age, people tend to mellow. I've found this to be true to some extent, however I've become more intolerant of certain behaviours. Spitting in the street, over using the words 'basically' and 'obviously' are a couple of things I find...

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The understated Evils of Passive Agression
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Heroes

I was very sad to hear that David Bowie passed away. Celebrity deaths don't usually effect me, but Bowie is different. There are precious few singers whose music becomes the soundtrack to one's life, every stage is documented by their songs. It's sometimes hard to...

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Heroes
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Imagine

I've been listening to John Lennon's 'Imagine' over the past few days. Written during the Cold War, Lennon's message is as pertinent now as it was 45 years ago. The senseless acts of terror in Paris last Friday night are tragic and horrifying, but not altogether...

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Imagine
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#RefugeesWelcome

I'm sometimes reticent about including news commentary in my blog - it seems trite and inappropriate to include large scale human tragedy in amongst fluffy fashion writing. However, I feel I can't ignore the refugee crisis in Europe. The pitiful image of...

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#RefugeesWelcome
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Rainbow Bright

To continue my rainbow themed outfit posts this week, I've dug out an old favourite. I bought this dress from Warehouse, years ago when I was with my best friend. I certainly need didn't another frock, but he talked me into getting it - not that I required much...

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Summer of love

To commemorate the momentous ruling in the US to legalise same-sex marriage, my outfit posts this week will be of a rainbow hue. I found this little 80s vintage treat hiding out in my closet ( tired old pun intended). It's tempting to write an obvious piece...

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The Shape of Beauty

I  have a career where I wear many hats.  Whether I'm in actress, writer, producer or stylist mode, I have to get my brain into the appropriate headspace. Alas, these hats are metaphorical as apposed to actual - my headwear collection would rather more impressive...

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The Shape of Beauty

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