1. If you wear makeup, why do you wear makeup and how often do you wear makeup?
I hardly ever wear make up – in the winter I use a light foundation as otherwise am too peelly wally! I do however enjoy having my make up done professionally – I do that once a year when I have a major event to host and I thoroughly enjoy the experience.
2. What made you want to participate in this portrait series?
I spent most of last year in treatment for breast cancer and was then diagnosed with hypothyroidism - really knocked my self confidence. I sixty at the end of this year and I said I would grab all opportunities that came along. This popped up on facebook and I thought what a fantastic project and I wanted to be part of it!
3. Is being completely makeup free something that makes you feel in any way uncomfortable?
Nope. I see make up free as my normal.
4. Are there specific factors (positive or negative) that have influenced how you feel about how you look?
Oh yes. Funnily enough I wasn’t at all bothered about losing my hair last year during treatment but I hated losing my eyebrows and eyelashes. I wanted to hide then. And the hypothyroidism gave me a swollen face and eyes which I struggled to cope with – avoided mirrors at all costs. Maybe before diagnosis I was also bothered by wrinkly eyelids but getting through treatment changed my perspective and I see them as just part of me now and a sign of getting older (for which I am grateful!)
5. If there was one piece of advice for the future you could give your younger self, what would it be?
Don’t put off till tomorrow that which you can do today.
6. When have you felt most empowered in your life?
7. Is there a woman fictional or real that you admire? Why?
Florence Nightingale for her innovative nursing ideas - also Judy Murray for her passion getting kids into sport.
8. What quality do you most admire in yourself?
My positive outlook.
9. Is there an achievement you are particularly proud of? Why?
Setting up my own charity and getting positive feedback from those we support.
10. In daily life what are the pressures you feel most exposed to specifically as a woman?
Maybe because I am older, I don’t feel any gender specific pressures. I always feel I need more hours in the day but don’t think it is because I am female! I am very fortunate to have a retired husband who is very hands on in the house.