Aw, shucks…



Two posts in one day, you say? Well, I have very good reason for two posts in one day. My wonderful friend Grace over at grace’d has only gone and nominated me for a Liebster award. Liebster awards, so I’ve learned, are a little helping hand for new bloggers getting themselves established in the big, scary blogospehere. I was simply enjoying Grace’s blog as usual when I noticed that she’d placed me in her own list of nominees; to say I was thrilled was an understatement!

All I have to do now is nominate my picks for the Liebster award, and answer the Q&A that Grace has compiled for her nominees. So here goes!

1. What is your must have accessory?
Oooh, probably my black Links of London bracelet. It’s classic, simple and goes with virtually everything.
2. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose?
I would give my right arm to live in London (even if it made getting the Tube a little awkward). It’s such a vibrant, bustling city and I can’t imagine that you’d ever get bored there. A close second would have to be Florence.
3. Who is your favourite blogger at the moment?
I’d have to say Laura at buy now, blog later. She’s stylish and has a brilliant way with words. When I read her beauty posts I feel like she really knows what she’s talking about. And her photographs are just stunning.
4. Flats or heels?
Flat boots by day, heels by night. I love chunky leather boots with skinnies tucked in for casual daywear, but no glamorous outfit is complete without killer heels. Going out sans heels is a total no-no.
5. Who is your style crush?
Tough question! Diane Kruger is a style chameleon, she takes risks but never gets it wrong. Emma Stone has a great off-duty sense of style. Rachel Bilson is wonderfully quirky. And of course, the perennial Jackie O, what a woman!
6. What is your go to outfit?
A plain white tee, skinny jeans, chunky cardigan and ankle boots. I’m pretty low key when it comes to my own clothes; I prefer simple pieces in flattering colours to crazy patterns and shapes.
7. Do you speak a language other than your native language fluently?
Unfortunately not, despite my efforts at French and Spanish. I am working my way up through the grades in sarcasm though.
8. One trend you’re lusting over currently?
Spring/summer pastels and neons are creeping into the shops lately and I’m obsessed. I mean look at this necklace!
9. How would you describe your style?
Laid-back, simple and perhaps a tiny bit grungey. Even when I’m going out I nearly always wear black!
10. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
With a bit of luck, hopefully writing about beauty and fashion full time! Getting paid for it! Preferably living in a kitsch apartment in London with my boyfriend and a dog. And maybe a kid. Maybe.
11. Why did you start your blog?
I started it last summer because I was a bit bored one night and I missed the creativity of writing. It was only intended to be an ‘everything and anything’ blog but it’s taken off in a new direction, which I’m really enjoying.
So there you have it!
My nominations
Beauty in Beta

1. What/who inspired you to create your blog?
2. Top three beauty products?
3. If you had to choose between never being able to buy clothes again and never being able to buy make-up again, which would you choose?
4. What was your most luxurious beauty buy?
5. If money was no object, which three designers/ design houses would you commission to create your wardrobe?
6. If you had to blog about another topic, what would it be?
7. What would be your ultimate holiday destination?
8. What is your favourite way to unwind after a crazy day?
9. Describe your dream job.
10. Who are your style icons?

So get going ladies!

Psst! Check out Grace’s Youtube channel, she’s fantastic!


The Cave of Wonders that it is my make-up bag.

Bags, actually.


It’s not really that exciting, I just have an awful tendency to hang onto make-up ‘just in case’, and then continue to wear the same things day after day anyway. And I don’t have any sophisticated storage methods,I simply throw my everyday products into the blue bag and the overspill/stuff that might be used someday into a gift bag that I thought looked kinda pretty at the time.

And here is the actual collection if you will. There’s nothing like trying to arrange all your cosmetics neatly to make you realise how much you actually have…


To be fair, my collection is probably miniscule compared to other beauty lovers, but I do have an extensive wishlist that I’m chipping away at week to week, so it’s slowly expanding. If I could buy everything all at once, believe me I would! Most of my products are in the low to mid-price range; being a student I have to seek out budget versions where I can. Besides, pocket-friendly brands can often be just as impressive as their expensive counterparts. That being said, I have treated myself to some more luxurious items over the years.

Firstly I decided to go back to basics with primers, powders, foundations and concealers.


 It’s pretty obvious that they’ve had a lot of love! Because I’m a bit daft at times, I left my main primer back-to-front in the photograph and have literally only noticed it now. Nevertheless, it’s my Smashbox Photofinish Light Primer and it’s my favourite make-up base. It smooths my skin and prolongs my foundation; what more could a girl want? I picked this tub up for a nifty €26 in Dublin Airport; it normally retails at about €40 here.
Catrice Prime and Fine Smoothing Refiner: One particularly skint week, I had run out of my old Benefit The Porefessional primer and I couldn’t afford to replace it, so I headed to the Irish girl’s old reliable, Catrice, and picked this instead. It’s really not my favourite, I could only see it working for normal skin with few impurities. It did nothing to control shine or refine pores. For me, primer is worth spending a little more on.
Benefit Doctor Feelgood: I think this was a curiosity buy more than anything else, and maybe a case of the wants for the gorgeous little tin. It’s fine, but not amazing. It gives a nice base for make-up but was a little greasy for my liking. Also, I thought the tin would last forever but it got used up very quickly.

Then we have my many, assorted foundations. I plan on reviewing all of them in a separate post, so I just did a comparison swatch to show you what I have and how they look out of the bottle. Apologies for the poor lighting, I was working against the clock to try to get everything photographed before it got completely dark.


From left to right, we have:
Rimmel 9-in1 Skin Perfecting BB Cream in light
Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation in 135
Catrice All Matt Plus Foundation in 010 Light Beige
MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NW20
Revlon Colorstay in 180 Sand Beige
L’Oréal Nude Magique Eau de Teint in 100 Porcelain
MAC Prolong Wear Foundation in NC35
Nars Sheer Matte (tester) in Light 4 Deauville
Estée Lauder Double Wear in 1C1 Cool Bone
ELDW again in 1W1 Bone.
If you’d asked me yesterday morning, I couldn’t have told you that I own ten foundations. But there you have it! It’s quite obvious that I only learned what I need shade-wise relatively recently; my foundations run the gamut of shades and tones. As well as that, I tan easily so my skin tone changes quite a bit over the course of the year. But every foundation has brought a learning curve with it, so I keep them all anyway. Just in case 😉

My face powders are mostly an assortment of Essence and Catrice, as I rarely am one to spend excessively on something that’s going to be thrown into a handbag and carted around the country everyday. I’m a bit of a touch-up fiend, so these babies get used up pretty fast. However, in Malaga airport last summer I decided to pick up some MAC foundation (the Prolong Wear) and powder on my way home. The MAC Pressed Blot Powder in Medium Dark,was €20, and I don’t think I’d bother with it again. I felt that my Essence/Catrice powders did the same job for a quarter of the price. Although I loved the compact itself with the mirror, it ran out far too quickly for me to justify repurchasing.

Then we have concealers, which I don’t really have a plentiful supply of. I have a really old but still-handy-if-I-happen-to-be-wearing-fake-tan Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer in 53 Dark Radiance. It’s been forever since I actually used it, but if my memory serves me right, it was pretty good when applied with a concealer brush. In fact I might repurchase this, considering the great reputation that goes with Bourjois’ Healthy Mix line. Then we have my fantastic Sleek Corrector & Concealer Palette in shade 1. I reviewed this earlier in January (see here) and my feelings on it remain largely the same; I like it and that’s all, really.

Next up, we have my rather small blush and bronzer collection.

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Bourjois Blush in 33 Lilas D’Or is probably the most girly of my blushes. The internet told me that it was a dupe for Nars Orgasm so I thought I’d try it out for €10. I feel that the pinky-gold shimmer would look great on pale complexions but sometimes it seemed to get a little ‘lost’ on my cheeks.
My Sleek Blush in Coral is my current go-to blush, which I have already reviewed. It’s a bright, summery coral shade with only the tiniest hint of shimmer, and a great daytime option. I need to be careful not to be heavy-handed with it though.
Benefit Coralista is probably my all-time favourite blusher. Whatever it is about it, it just brings my complexion to life with its pinky-coral tones. As is pretty obvious from the appalling state of the case, it’s been well, well loved. I hit pan about six months ago but I can’t bear to throw it out yet!
Then we have the dud of the pack, Catrice Defining Blush in 030 Love and Peach. This is my Coco the Clown blush, should I ever need to dress like a clown. It applies in stubborn, orange streaks that will not blend for love nor money and is quite possibly the worst blush I’ve ever bought. Why I still have it is a mystery.
Rimmel Sunshimmer Bronzer in 002 Sun Goddess is probably a staple in most young women’s make-up bags. It was my first bronzer and, to be honest, it’s had very little use. I sweep the tiniest hint of it under the cheek bones when I’m going out, and then it hibernates until my next night out. It’s not a bad product, I just hardly use it enough to make any judgement on it.
Gold by Giles in Pin-Up was an odd, last minute purchase when I was buying something else in New Look. It is a kind of hybrid blush-highlight brick with pink and gold tones and heavy shimmer. It’s rather pretty but the pinks in the highlights don’t really complement my skin tone.
The 17 Glow Powder is something I pilfered from my sister when I was getting ready for a night out and felt in need of something shimmery. I use the browny powders as a contour but that’s about all really. I intend to get to grips with contouring once and for all once I get my hands on MAC’s Harmony blush, which I’ve seen praised on Viva Adonis as a fantastic contouring powder. But for now, a girl can dream!

I’ve swatched all of my blushes and bronzers below, for the sake of completeness.

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From left to right we have the Bourjois in Lilas D’Or, the Sunshimmer, the Sleek blush, the Coralista, the Gold by Giles, the 17 Glow Powder and the Catrice clown powder.

Are you still with me? 😛

Moving swiftly onto my eye products, of which I have a LOT.

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I’ll try to keep this swift!
Urban Decay Naked Palette: The one and only original. It provides essentially all my eyeshadow needs and helps me to create gorgeous smoky eye looks for night. While I’ve been swayed by Naked 2, I could never truly abandon this old faithful.
Sleek i-Divine Ultra Mattes V2 Darks Palette: I reviewed this before but, to be honest, I have no idea what to do with it. The warm colours just don’t seem to suit me at all, so I’ve been limited to the grey and white so far. A little messing around is needed to figure this out.
Catrice Absolute Eye Colour in Don’t Touch My Mosserati!: I love this glittery moss green shade, it really complements my brown eyes. I layer it over a deep black to create an intense jewel-effect smoky eye. For less than €4 I was very impressed with this.
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Flash: This made an appearance at my school Debs and hasn’t been seen since. It’s a fantastic vibrant purple but I can’t help feeling a bit Dallas when I wear it.
MAC Veluxe Eyeshadow in Jewel Blue: I actually adore this tourmaline shade but it hardly gets any love anymore. I need to figure out how to incorporate it into a dark and sultry look because it really makes brown eyes ‘pop’.
MAC Eyeshadow Palette with Filament and Black Tied: These were a gift and, being totally honest, an unused gift. I’m sure they’re brilliant, being good quality and everything, I just forget about them because my Naked palette offers the same colours. Shame really!
I have an assortment of Rimmel and Essence black and brown eyeliner pencils, which scarcely need an explanation. When I received my Benefit Bad Gal Pencil Liner I thought it was the bees’ knees, until I was later given my MAC Engraved Power Point Eye Pencil and I dropped Bad Gal like a hot potato. The MAC is boldly pigmented and lasts all day and I don’t think I’ll see another eyeliner perform like it. The exact same goes for my Benefit Bad Gal Lash versus my MAC Opulash in Bad, Bad Black. While the Benefit seemed amazing, MAC trumped it in the end. It delivers brilliant length and is a true black, unlike some grey mascaras masquerading as black. My Essence Gel Liner in Midnight in Paris is rather basic and I intend to replace it with Maybelline’s Lasting Drama gel liner sometime soon.
Then we have my eyebrow products. The Catrice Eyebrow Gel in brown works a treat to define and set brows, while the Essence Brow Kit offers two shades to fill in gaps and provide colour and definition. But my Sleek Brow Kit goes that bit further to give me bold yet not-scary brows, as I’ve posted about before.
I didn’t swatch any shadows because my arm simply isn’t long enough, and I think the internet has enough Naked palette swatches as it is!

And, drum roll please……. Lips!

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My Kiko Precision Lipliner in 308 is actually very pink on the lips, which is surprising given how red the pencil looks. I needed something a little deeper for my lipsticks so I bought the Essence Lipliner in 05 Soft Berry; it delivers a deep brown colour but the staying power leaves a lot to be desired. My Soap & Glory Sexy Motherpucker gloss is a lip-plumping formula with a golden sheen. My lips actually do swell a little when I use it, and the tingling sensation is something else. It looks lovely on but ultimately I’m not really a gloss girl, I prefer matte coloured balms and lipsticks. The Benefit California Kissin’ Gloss is a peppermint flavoured gloss that tastes lovely, but I don’t really have much use for something that taints my lips blue. But it was a very cute gift all the same.
L’Oréal Studio Secrets Universal Lip Glow: I bought this purely for the gimmick factor and ended up pleasantly surprised. It’s rather balmy on application and leaves my lips with a subtle pink tint that even makes my teeth look a little whiter. It’s great for a casual everyday lip, or a muted accompaniment to a dramatic eye.
Bobbi Brown Metallic Lip Color in 10 Ruby was another Dublin Airport buy, as I was dying to get my hands on something from Bobbi Brown (and I hope to expand my collection too). For a metallic it’s surprisingly creamy and not drying on the lips. Unfortunately the October sun in Florence melted the bullet and it broke, so I need to apply it with a brush. It’s apparently only available in airports now, so I need to be flying somewhere to replace it!
The Kiko Lipstick (in a shade I can’t remember because I threw away the box) is another Florentine purchase. The sooner Kiko becomes available in Ireland the better! It’s vampy, it’s long lasting, and it was only €7. Bargain.
Catrice Ultimate Colour in Tell Me a Berry Tale is a really pretty pink-toned berry shade but I’ve never actually worn it. But having seen the swatch and remembering how nice it is, I’ve made a vow to wear it sometime soon.
I also reviewed my new(ish) MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Hang Up recently and I still love it. It’s sexy and pigmented and just divine to wear.
My only true red lipstick is my Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in 01 by Rimmel. It’s a blue-toned red, great for sallow skins and does everything you’d expect a drugstore brand lipstick to do. I haven’t worn it much but it will make a brighter alternative to my berries and burgundies come summertime.

And here are the swatches of the lipsticks!
2014-01-30 17.10.26From left to right: Bobbi Brown, Kiko, Catrice, MAC and Rimmel.

And I think we’ve reached the end. I didn’t include my Bare Minerals brushes in the main post; essentially they do the job but I think I need to invest in a set from the likes of Blank Canvas or Real Techniques if I really want to come to appreciate make-up brushes. I apply foundation with my fingers, and the rest is managed with the Bare Minerals set and the lovely brush from the Naked palette.

I know that was a super long post but I love snooping around other people’s make-up so hopefully you’ve enjoyed the guided tour around mine!

What are your ultimate favourite products? Has this post inspired you to make any purchases?

Emily xx

Mini Boots Haul!

Evening bloggers 🙂 This is just a quick little post to tell you about two new products I bought in Boots yesterday. Having read a few reviews on it, I decided to hunt out Soap & Glory’s For Daily Youth 365 Moisture Lotion. I’ve been using Anatomical’s The Hottie Tottie is Never Spotty and it was leaving me a little underwhelmed; my skin didn’t feel hydrated after I used it, and the salicylic acid seemed to making diddly-squat difference to my acne-prone skin. I think I’ll save it for summer time when I need something a little lighter, but for these cold, windy days my skin needs something richer.



It was €15.99 in Boots, my first somewhat spendy moisturiser. And my first anti-ageing product, at the ripe old age of twenty-two. The packaging is wonderfully kitsch and it looks great on my dressing table. The tube itself is like a toothpaste tube, so I can see myself being able to squeeze out every last drop.

The lotion itself is very light and smells absolutely delicious, just like peach yoghurt. The fragrance might not be ideal for sensitive skins, but I’m lucky not to have sensitive skin so this isn’t an issue. The lotion absorbs quickly and a little goes a long way – my favourite characteristic of anything spendy! It leaves the skin feeling wonderfully hydrated and soft, and dare I say, even a little glowy? These days, beauty brands are all striving for a natural glow when it comes to the complexion, and with this as a base my skin looks wonderfully perky and healthy (blemishes notwithstanding). This richer formula might be a tad too much for the oiliest of skins but for combination and even dry skin, this might be the hydration boost you needs in the depths of winter. Time will tell if Soap & Glory can rejuvenate my complexion in time for summer!

The only major drawback is the lack of SPF in this moisturiser; this could be a dealbreaker for some. To be honest, even though I shouldn’t say this, I tend not to worry too much about SPF. I am quite sallow and tend not to burn in milder temperatures, so I guess it’s just not ingrained in my mind to prioritise sun protection unless the weather gets very warm. I will strive to seek out something with SPF when summer (if summer) arrives but for now, I’m happy with my latest skincare find.

My next purchase was an impulse buy as I was heading to the checkout. I had been keeping an eye out for the white nail polish from Rita Ora’s Rimmel London line, as I’d seen it recently on Fluff and Fripperies’ Instagram account. As I expected, it was sold out, so I reached for Barry M’s matte white instead for €4.59.



It’s fun, it’s bright and just a little bit summery. As you can see in the photo, my application skills and cuticle maintenance leave a lot to be desired. Because I have to keep bare nails every weekend for work, I sort of see little point in spending a long time tending to my nails. It’s a shame because I’d love to put more effort into them, but such is life. Were I trying a little harder, I would have at least tidied up the edges! 

The formula itself is a little gloopy and it does take at least two coats to achieve an opaque finish. But the end result is a true, flat white. Twenty-four hours later, without top coat, I have no chips or smudges. For the price point, this is a perfect option for a summery trend that brightens your mood a little just to look at it.

So there we are. I’ll be back soon with a ‘What’s in my make-up bag?’ post, once I attend to the small issue of a college presentation on the Ottoman Empire.

Emily xx

Those people you meet on your commute who may make you hate your life a little bit more.


I’ve been commuting to college since September, something I’ve touched on in previous blog posts. However, tonight I feel like listing out the different types of people who, I think, all commuters will encounter sooner or later. And, depending on the encounter, the time of day, and whether or not you’ve had your morning coffee, these people could actually make or break your day.

1. The Personal Space Invader
There’s one on every train. You can forget about using that armrest, PSI beside you isn’t relinquishing that chunk of shiny white plastic for love nor money. They need it so that they can read their newspaper in such a luxuriant way that, if the window actually opened, you’d be hanging onto the frame for dear life. And when you meet these considerate souls on the bus, you will end up losing the circulation in one side of your body because the PSI insists on using your arm and leg as extra cushioning for the journey. For such commuters, a fly swat would be a handy addition to my handbag.

2. The Germ Distributor
There is always one, no matter the time of year. And come November, there are, like, twenty on every bus. I personally don’t know which is worse, the sniffler who hasn’t figured out that the cure to their ills lies in a travel pack of Kleenex, or the Kleenex owner who appears to be trying to empty the contents of their cranium into said Kleenex. And nothing is more likely to put me off my morning coffee than the serial cough merchant, especially of the smoker variety. God, I love listening to someone hacking up a lung at 7am. Special mention goes to the coughing fit commuter, and the machine fire cough that gives you heart failure with its sharp, sudden onslaught. Just knowing that you’re breathing the same air as the GDs is enough to make one feel a little queasy. And the best part? By next week you’ll probably be joining their ranks.

3. The Dawdler
‘Oh, I’ve just stepped off the train. I better stand here for thirty seconds while I gather my three bags and pick up everything I’ve dropped. Oh dear, lots of people are pushing into me. Why are they doing that? Perhaps I’m in the way. Maybe I ought to move…’ This is their thought process and, like the rest of them, it moves at a glacial pace. This is the same person who enjoys asking the bus driver plenty of terribly necessary and completely not unrelated questions while holding up the train. And then, finally, they start to fish around for their purse. And yes, it was a fantastic idea to bring all their coppers to Dublin to pay for the bus. Nobody minds waiting while I count them out, surely.

4. Children
I like kids. They’re fine, in every context except commuting and busy restaurants, unless they are asleep or being distracted with food. They cry, OHMYGOD they cry. I know it’s kind of an integral feature but it’s really, really the last thing I need to hear on the train home from a busy day. They wander, they poke, they prod, they try to grab your phone with their Coke-sticky fingers. Although, what I enjoyed less, on one memorable occasion, was one harassed mother’s attempt to discipline her adventurous daughter by grabbing her sharply by the cheeks and pulling her head to and fro. That actually made me a little bit sad. But if parents could refrain their kids from raising hell on the 6:15pm to Westport without resorting to physical injury, that’d be greeeaaat.

5. The Argument Mongers
We’re all tired. We all just want to be at home. Really, we do. The whole rigmarole would be so, so much easier if everyone just remained their antisocial, politely distant selves. Cheerful little retorts such as ‘I heard you the first bloody time’, ‘Keep your hair on’ and ‘That bollox…’ are really not conducive to a peaceful atmosphere at 5pm on a packed train. And no, really, I don’t want to be dragged into it, thanks. I’ll just sit here with my earphones in so I don’t have to listen to you mutter away to yourself about not doing favours for anyone again. Fleetwood Mac is a bit more pleasant to listen to. 

6. The Diners’ Club
Something that commuting has taught me is that I hate the smell of Special K. I’ve had the misfortune of sitting next to the same woman on numerous occasions who likes to breakfast on the morning train. Now I could tolerate this if she would just eat the blasted stuff and get rid of it. But no, heavens no. Out come the plastic tubs of cereal and milk, and the plastic spoon. The Special K is left to sit there in warm milk for a few minutes while its owner consults her spreadsheets. It is then mushed up a little bit, then more spreadsheets. Finally, she eats it, while I’m feeling decidedly queasy and trying not to breathe through my nose. Other culprits include curry chips and tuna sandwiches. Bleurgh.

Well, I really can’t wait for tomorrow morning.

Emily xx

Don’t forget to smize…

Howdy 🙂 Here’s my seventh article for the College Tribune, published on January 29th 2013. It’s a piece on the world of modelling; the good, the bad and the ugly (figuratively speaking, of course).

The exclusive world of fashion modelling appears to be one of the most glamorous and exotic careers one could ever dream of. If you follow huge names in the modelling game on Instagram, such as Cara Delevingne, Miranda Kerr and Bar Refaeli, you’d be forgiven for thinking that a modelling career involves being dressed by the industry’s most renowned designers, photo-shoots in far-flung locations, raucous partying with the glitterati, teams of hairdressers and make-up artists endlessly primping and preening you, and, finally, relaxing holidays in the Caribbean to help you recharge after all that hard work. And for the luckiest and most beautiful, this is the sort of hedonistic lifestyle one could lead. After all, what’s a few hours spent walking down a runway if it delivers the kind of pay packet that could buy a wardrobe full of Louboutins?

      However, for each of the world’s Irina Shayks and Kate Mosses, there are hundreds of young women and men who never reach those dizzying heights of success, despite putting in just as much of the grunt work. And there is an incredible amount of grunt work involved in fashion modelling if one hopes to get one’s face known; in fact, the experiences of some are just plain seedy. In June 2013, Alexa Chung, spotted at the age of fourteen, opened up about her early modelling days; ‘You had lots of castings where they were like, ‘This is for swimwear’, and in hindsight, I look back and think, ‘Did you really need an 18-year-old girl to strip in your front room?’. But Chung was one of the lucky ones, who has since built a successful career within the fashion and entertainment industries.

      Some models are not as lucky. For some time there has been considerable disquiet over the weight of fashion models, with many fearing not only the effects of intense pressure on models to remain thin and the risk this poses to their health, but also that the proliferation of images of thin models may have a negative impact on young readers of fashion magazines and websites. In 2006, Uruguyan model Luisel Ramos collapsed and died during Montevideo Fashion Week. At 22 she had suffered heart failure due to anorexia nervosa, having subsisted on Diet Coke and lettuce in the weeks preceding her death. In light of this tragedy, a month later it was announced that all models working during Madrid Fashion Week needed to have a minimum BMI of 18. Italian designers subsequently banned size zero models from their catwalks. While this has been hailed as a step forward, it is a shame that it has taken the death of at least one young woman to bring models’ welfare back into significance.

      Fashion modelling is a career of light and shade; where the ultimate goals of fame and fortune are juxtaposed with images of protruding bones and cocaine diets. Rarely one hears about the moderately successful model who is neither rubbing shoulders with fashion’s darlings nor attending questionable castings with dubious motives. And perhaps the fear of mediocrity is what drives those models whose careers skyrocket, making them household names and earning them the kind of riches and influence that inspire the next generation to follow them down that precarious path.