Girlfest 2017 Highlights

This weekend, we finally got to share the fabulous Girlfest in Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford. The dancers had all been invited to choreograph pieces to express themselves, their personalities and their experiences as girls, growing up in Ireland today. Congratulations to all the girls, and to their fabulous leader and choreographer, Trish Roche. If

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Sinead Burke came to slay!

Sinéad Burke aka Minnie Melange is awesome. We know this. At 3ft5, this PhD student, author and social media goddess can command any room she enters. A massive fashionista, she works very hard to highlight the fact that the fashion industry needs to become more inclusive. Sinéad believes in the power of education to create

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12 YO comes out in church.. is told to sit down.

Last month, 12 year old Savannah bravely stood in front of her church in Utah, to tell them she was gay,  only to have officials cut off her microphone and tell her to sit down. In an act of immense bravery and maturity, Savannah read a prepared speech, in which she told the crowd that she

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20 Questions with Blythe Baird

Recently, Megan wrote and article introducing us all to Blythe Baird,  a 20 year old actress, author and poet who speaks a lot about the reality of life for young women. This girl is totally relatable and her words tell all of our stories. Here she is reciting her poem “Pocket Sized Feminism” which was ranked the #1

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Guest Post: Things are never as they seem

Jaqueline Murphy shares her life on her blog www.jacquelinezeta.com. She writes about fashion and beauty, but her life is not all Instagram perfection. Jacqueline has had to learn how to take care of her mental health (read about it here), and her blog is honest and open. Here, she shares her thoughts on the side of

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Welcome our new expert…

This is Anna. She is our new sexual health, sexuality and relationship expert. Holding a Masters from DCU in Sexuality Studies, Anna has delivered sex education programmes to young people all over Ireland, and for some reason always has a banana with her…. If you have any questions, please send them on, this woman is

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Yup I’m an Engineer, and a girl. And what?

I used to think I was not good enough for many things.  Not pretty enough, not skinny enough, not your picture perfect girl and I know there are many of you who may be reading this right now feeling the same. In school I didn’t know what I wanted to do and when I finally

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The Stars share an important message

The Glamour Women of The Year Awards are all about celebrating women who excel in the areas of film, TV, fashion, beauty, music and sport. This year, they grabbed all the stars, and asked them to help spread an important message inspired by our favourite, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s book, “We Should All Be Feminists“. Nicole

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Using Art to express mental illness: By Aine Marry

“There’s a large problem where mental health is still stigmatised in Ireland. We need to open the conversation now to begin to resolve this problem within our country.” Aine Marry, an Art Student from Dublin, has used her talent to share her mental health challenges in a beautiful, thought provoking, witty and poignant way. Her

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5 Ted Talks every Irish Girl Should Watch

Who is this TED and why is he always talking? TED is an internationally known organisation that shares short inspirational talks from the worlds most interesting, accomplished and energetic people on every simple topic known to man (and woman). You can hear from a guy who did experiments on a cockroaches leg, to the woman

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Celebrate your Thunder Thighs

Its getting hot out there, which means its around that time when those of us with an inch to pinch usually feel obliged to cover up our jiggly bits and sweat rather than offend anyone with our wobbles. Well no more. Miss Eaves has released a song called “Thunder Thighs” in which she says we need

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Everything you need to know about Maya Angelou

Anyone who has ever been to one of our workshops has seen this picture and heard us talk about the magnificent Maya Angelou. Maya was a poet, writer, actress, director and mentor to many. Her first (of six) autobiographies, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings is one of the most renowned books of the 20th century. Ms.

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Love Letters to the LGBTQ Community

This month, to celebrate pride month in the US, Billboard magazine have invited loads of famous people to write open letters to the community to express support as part of the publication’s 30 Days Of Pride celebration that began Thursday. The collection features beautiful words from everyone from Elton John, Sia, Selena Gomez, Lea Michelle

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Really Hollywood?

Hey Hollywood! What’s going on with this nonsense? All hell broke out in Cannes this week when this poster for “Red Shoes and the 7 Dwarfs” was launched, showing a slightly curvier “no longer beautiful” version of Snow White next to an anatomically impossible, completely unrealistic cartoon queen. If that doesn’t make you angry enough, take

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When Talent, Timing and Luck Collide

In spring last year, Maggie Rogers turned up for her music class at the The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music with the song she was told to prepare as an assignment. She was not aware that music superstar Pharrell would be there, and would be critiquing the entire class on their work. Looking at

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Why you should know Blythe Baird: By Megan

I recently bought a book entitled ‘Give Me a God I Can Relate To’, it is a poetry book by an amazing woman named Blythe Baird. I know most young people are turned off by the mere mention of the word “poetry”, but Blythe is a woman who would change most girls’ perception of the

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Helen Mirren’s “Top 5 Rules for a Happy Life”

Earlier this week we shared Ellen’s brilliant commencement speech from Tulane University, New Orleans. This week, Helen Mirren, another girl crush (we have many), shared her funny but wise wisdom with the grads. First up, Helen shared her”Helen’s Top 5 Rules for a Happy Life”…. Rule number one: Don’t need to rush to get married. I

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France Passes Model Health Law

A law has been passed in France which bans the use of unhealthily thin models. Fashion agencies that are discovered using models with a BMI under 18, which is approximately 121 pounds for a 5 ft., 7 in. model, could face up to six months of jail time and a fine of €75,000. Models will need

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