1. If you wear makeup, why do you wear makeup and how often do you wear makeup?
I wear makeup as I think I look better with it, simple as that! I wear mascara everyday and unless I've seen the summer sun I put some colour on my cheeks as I'm very pale and tired looking otherwise. For nights out I will wear more but I'm not very adventurous with it and haven't changed my 'look' in years. However, I love getting my make up done for weddings etc.
2. What made you want to participate in this portrait series?
Kristie managed to capture a raw strength and freedom in her photos of the women's' faces I saw earlier in the project and I wanted to be part of that. I was curious to see how she would see me.
3. Is being completely makeup free something that makes you feel in any way uncomfortable?
Not in situations like the gym or picking up my son from playgroup - I do that all the time - but I'd definitely feel uncomfortable and self conscious on a night out without any on.
4. Are there specific factors (positive or negative) that have influenced how you feel about how you look?
My mum never wore make up and had a short pixie cut which showed off her lovely wee face and long neck. She hated the word 'diet' and was much more about everything in moderation. She definitely gave me a solid foundation to build my own ideals on however it's taken me a long time to really hear what she was telling me as I've been body conscious ever since puberty gave me my hips before I wanted them.
5. If there was one piece of advice for the future you could give your younger self, what would it be?
Listen to your mum!
6. When have you felt most empowered in your life?
This sounds like a boast but it's not, I just have a strong memory of how empowering it felt to beat a six man Black Watch army team on an ultra race when I was in my late twenties. They had not been very gentlemanly in letting me passed so when I finally overtook them and beat them to the finish line it gave me such a buzz, a 5'2" wee lass beating them!
7. Is there a woman fictional or real that you admire? Why?
I'm currently just really proud that we have so many women in top roles within politics. I'm not politically minded but I'm full of hope that this may influence world politics in a good way.
8. What quality do you most admire in yourself?
I'd like to say my honesty and that I've managed over the years to find a way to be more diplomatically honest than brutally honest!
9. Is there an achievement you are particularly proud of? Why?
I started up a business from scratch and ran it successfully for 7 years before selling it on when I had my baby. It was a challenge every day and I learned so much.
10. In daily life what are the pressures you feel most exposed to specifically as a woman?
I found this question difficult to answer without feeling defensive of my husband who also has pressures of his own. The simple answer to the question would be that there's a pressure as a woman to 'have it all' but I think we also expect a lot more of our men these days too. As a whole we are exposed to greater expectations of ourselves and of others. We are constantly striving for more and better and therefore always feeling pressure to reach those goals; it's time to take a moment to live in the here and now.