EB :Earliest memory of what you wanted to be? TW: From an early age, like most children, I was determined to be a vet. However, it wasn’t until around the age of sixteen where politics really started to catch my attention and a career EB: Politics seems a very serious subject for such a bubbly girl, what made you choose to study it? TW: It was a friend at school who got me into it. He was very into his grassroots politics and
EB: As someone who is striving for a career in a powerful area do you feel it’s important to stay stylish and feel good in what you wear?
“People will not believe in you if you do not believe in yourself...” everything. People will not believe in you if you do not believe in yourself and your viewpoints. Fashion plays a huge part in this. If I am happy and the way I come across.
would be studying politics today. EB: How would you describe your style? EB: Is there anybody who has inspired you in your political career so far? TW: My A-Level politics teacher was a great the number of women within British politics. EB: Do you think enough women are stepping into political careers recently? TW: On my course i would say there is a 50/50 male/female split. I believe that’s a fairly representative number. However, it is a known fact that women are not fairly represented within British politics. Today there are 147 female MPs to 503 males.
TW: I would describe my style as casually tailored. I am a huge fan of tailoring, patterned trousers and oversized knitwear . EB: If you picture yourself in ten years time, in a political career/position of power, how would you dress/how would you like people to perceive you as a stylish individual? TW: I think fashion is a way to engross the attention of younger females towards politics. If I found myself in a political career I would like to try to combine the two worlds, for people to recognise me for my political beliefs as well as my individual style. I believe Michelle Obama has nailed this.
eekly, monthly, quarterly, fashion magazines appear on our shelves with their glossy covers, inspirational stories and invaluable advice on how to keep ourselves looking and feeling fabulous. They are the treat we crave at the end of a day’s work, our indulgent through to unfurl our minds at the end of a long day. Each of today.
Increasingly essential to these magazines is the writing that connects us to the world we live in- the informative pieces that provide food for thought and inspiration. As young people, we are entitled to be who we want to be and have the career we strive for, it has never been more important for fashion publications to encourage their readership to make sure they have a voice and reach their potential as independent, intellectual women.
see a glamorous scientist or female MP photographed on the front row at London Fashion Week. But why should that not be the case? Featuring professional, career-minded women in the pages of magazines has been successful in the past and could be increasingly encouraging for future generations. were featured for their talent and innovation. Celebrating trailblazing engineers, policewomen, activists and artists for their exciting careers and achievements that stemmed a positive response from readers. Abby George, a reader from Wrexam wrote, “Thank goodness for role models Carlene Firmin (‘Women at the Top’). These women are strong enough to make their dreams happen, which is something we should all look up to.”
beautiful models we see in the adverts. It can sometimes
Perhaps conveying writers, doctors and lawyers in a more frivolous context could be the key to encouraging young creative minds and ambitious young women to reach out for more challenging goals and combine their love of fashion with a professional future. Professor Anna Maslin has had an abundant career in health and human rights, writing books, and negotiating policy on behalf of the United Kingdom, “I think there is no contradiction between taking care of yourself, having an interest in fashion and maintaining a serious career,” she states, “There are a diversity of experiences in life which are open to women. We all need to make the most of our talents
utilising our skills and talents. After all it isn’t everyday we
in positions of power and authority feeling comfortable
Part of our identity relates to how we earn a living and
“women interested in fashion should see that you can be and be interested in fashion”. These are the jobs that are
featuring in the pages of fashion publications and sharing their views has the power to inspire more than just a career path but can also contribute to our set of ideals, values and priorities. As it stands, only a quarter of the a concerning disinterest in improving the lives of those around us. We are running the risk of losing our voice in parliament, and one of many ways to change this is to engage young individuals through a popular and multifaceted platform that inspires through writing, imagery and fashion. MP’s to encourage young women to look into political policies and learn about the parties who come together to form our government. If women in positions of power felt they were able to reach women through fashion publications, a popular media outlet read by thousands of women every month, we could see more female voters who feel they have the knowledge and the passion to put their ‘x’ in the box.
“I’m really looking to encourage people to say something with the voice they’ve been given...” Nick Knight, fashion photographer and founder of saying in an interview on the site, “I’m really looking to encourage people to say something with the voice they’ve been given; to realise the possibilities that they have at
The same could be said for politicians today, with such a variety of ways to communicate with people young and old and drawing attention to their diversity of outlooks and ideals, it seems a waste not to maximize on these opportunities to engage a younger audience. Fashion can for winter, it can draw attention to who you are as well as planting inspiration in the minds of an intellectual and creative crowd. As fashion becomes more and more associated with what is and what isn’t over-sexualised get broader, one might wonder why we can’t begin to glamorise the more productive, powerful and world changing careers. Karen Ross, Professor of Media at Northumbria University says, “Fashion is part of a society’s culture and should not be the way we dress says something about our values and beliefs…we need to reach out to where the next generation is, and of course, as the recent Channel 4 documentary showed (Fabulous Fashionistas), fashion, passion and activism doesn’t only apply to young people.” It’s time we champion the professional women, giving them a voice and a platform to inspire the next generation to want to be the most innovative and creative version of themselves. Engaging the young and fashion forward to exercise the rights that women fought for a century ago giving us the chance to work, vote, think for ourselves and look amazing doing it.
Published on Dec 10, 2013