1. If you wear makeup, why do you wear makeup and how often do you wear makeup?
I wear makeup sometimes, but it's minimal. Mascara is really the only thing I've held onto.
Most days I go makeup free and when I do put it on, I often find myself wondering why as well! I guess it all comes down to expectation of presentation. I was brought up to know how to present myself professionally and when the time calls for it. I don't hold the same views as my mum does, we're a different generation with somewhat different expectations placed upon us on this particular issue. But there's definitely elements of feeling well presented that are attached to makeup, clothes and other stylistic choices that have been passed on which I think are still relevant today.
2. What made you want to participate in this portrait series?
I think the idea is brilliant. Anything that invites people to ask questions of themselves and challenges the parameters of their comfort zones is worthwhile in my opinion.
3. Is being completely makeup free something that makes you feel in any way uncomfortable?
Not uncomfortable as such. I have found myself in situations where I felt underdressed as a result, but in much the same way as not dressing for an occasion would.
4. Are there specific factors (positive or negative) that have influenced how you feel about how you look?
The general expectation for women to appear in certain ways influences a great number of people, myself included. It's not an easy thing to escape, it's completely embedded in everyone's day-to-day whether they consciously recognise it or not.
5. If there was one piece of advice for the future you could give your younger self, what would it be?
Own your own happiness.
6. When have you felt most empowered in your life?
When I moved from Australia to the UK almost 6 years ago. Empowerment was mixed with a whole bunch of other emotions, but it was there!
7. Is there a woman fictional or real that you admire? Why?
I admire so many people, love so many people. I'm going to pick my beautiful friend Kendall, because she has been on her own quest for self betterment and understanding for longer than I can remember and has emerged from the darkest places stronger, more eloquent, more graceful and bursting with knowledge. She's inspiring. enchanting and is one of the best friends I will ever have.
8. What quality do you most admire in yourself?
My emotional intelligence. There's something about owning the spectrum of emotions humans are capable of experiencing and doing your best to understand them and accept why they're there that makes me feel more alive and more accepting of myself and others. It also calls into question a lot about the emotional expectations placed on different sexes, both positive and negative. Even if we're just talking about the basic crap about women being 'more emotional' than men. It's all social construct and conditioning which is why it's important to challenge boundaries. Using emotions in that way is empowering and enlightening and it also makes me feel so much more connected to others.
9. Is there an achievement you are particularly proud of? Why?
My move from Australia to the UK. I came here alone and it was the hardest thing I've ever asked myself to do.
10. In daily life what are the pressures you feel most exposed to specifically as a woman?
Emotional labour, organisation and presentation. I also feel a pressure to hold my own, to be worthy of being a feminist and to educate myself in a way that will serve me and my sex.