I’ve moved countries a few times now. From New Zealand to Zambia to New York to California and I have a terrible fear of settling down. My best friend tells me this is really just a fear of housework. It’s possible she’s right.
Professionally, I tell stories for brands, recently building up Karma Cola (who give back to cola farmers in Africa), and not so recently helping take 42 BELOW vodka to the world. Bacardi bought 42 BELOW for $36 million in 2006 but unfortunately I wasn’t so good with the milking it part. I don’t have $36 million. But you will find me in the book about how we did it.
I care deeply about Africa. And my children. And teaching teens how to be pretty smart about the beauty industry. During my 20’s I was a professional bulimic and it stole my joy so I understand what it’s like to grow up in a society that tells women their beauty matters most, yet the standards of beauty are just out of reach. Always. It’s why we buy gym memberships and paleo recipes and those creams that promise to make us look 28 by sunrise but that’s not what makes us happy.
I haven’t been to the gym since 1999 and I am quite happy about that.
If you’re interested in following me I swear sometimes but I always tell the truth about something rummaging around inside me. Well, at least, 99% truth. Maybe 95% somedays according to my husband. Definitely 78% if it’s about him.
For non-sweary writing here are some articles: An interview with Lily Cole, and Mr and Mrs Ashley Madison before the hacking, in Sunday. For Viva, I interviewed women behind bars. Here’s a chat with Mike Chunn, Split Enz musician inspiring young minds. Red hot Nashville soul singer, Cooper is a total fireball. Two of my favourite comedians, Alice Snedden and Rose Matafeo talk about their podcast for the NZ Herald. And here is the talented street artist, Dan Tippett.
On the subject of body image you can find my thoughts here: an interview with Kathryn Ryan on Radio New Zealand, and on Adios Barbie. And in StopPress. And a story I wrote about three world-class models smashing stereotypes and changing the runway rules.
With over fifteen years experience in marketing, I am bursting to speak to schools about being Pretty Smart about the media – talk to me about how: firstname.lastname@example.org
My day job involves writing for Roadtrippers.