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My advocacy began in schools; visiting the classrooms of members of Little People of Ireland. Speaking to students about the importance of being comfortable in one’s own skin, but also being conscious of how our actions and words impact ourselves and others. As my vocabulary evolved, this work then expanded to conversations on anti-bullying, the importance of being any ally and how I managed and mind my own mental health. During the Duke and Duchess’ state visit to Ireland, I was really grateful to speak with Prince William about his work in this domain, particularly with @heads_together. . . We spoke about the challenges of designing a toolkit for young people, especially without the involvement of social media platforms. Yet, we have for the next generation with their resilience and a renewed understanding of the power of kindness and empathy. If you’re not familiar with @kensingtonroyal’s #oktosay campaign, it’s worth your time. . . [Image description: A carousel of images depicting meeting HRH the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William. He’s wearing a navy suit, with co-ordinating navy tie - speaking to me at eye-level. I’m wearing a yellow blouse, black flower brooch, brown skirt and an overly-enthusiastic facial expression.] 📸 @julienbehal

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It was such a treat to meet HRH The Duchess of Cambridge during @kensingtonroyal’s State Visit to Ireland. We spoke about accessibility and opening the doors of institutions to ensure that they’re seen as a safe and inclusive space for all. The Duchess is the patron of the @vamuseum and over the past year, I’ve been privileged to speak with the museum about accessibility and the ways in which museums can both design and curate for all. I was so impressed with the Duchess’ questions and commitment to using her power for good. I’m also glad that she gesticulates with her hands, almost as much as I do. . . [Image description: Standing in the Gravity Bar, with Andrea Bandelli and Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin in the rear, HRH is hunkered down to my level to ensure that she and I are far too enthusiastic to be in conversation with one another - at eye-level. She is wearing a spectacular emerald green dress by @thevampireswife. I told her that @susiecaveofficial would be ecstatic. I’m wearing a yellow silk shirt and brown skirt with gold chain by @victoriabeckham. Thank you so much to Kensington Palace and the British Embassy for the invitation.] 📷 @julienbehal

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On Monday, I’m a guest on the @kellyclarksonshow. We filmed it in Los Angeles not too long ago and I got to meet incredible people such as @lilly, @matthewacherry, @paulwesley and of course, the wonderfully kind @kellyclarkson. Tune in! . . [Image description: Wearing motifs of lips, lipsticks and stars, Kelly Clarkson and I are gazing at each other as if we have been pals for life. I am, of course, gesticulating wildly with my hands as I convince her to be a guest on As Me with Sinéad.]

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Since beginning to work in fashion, my highlight has been getting to know the people who work in the industry at every level; the people who sketch, cut patterns, lead design teams, create digital content, liaise between press, talent and creators. It doesn’t just take a village, but an international community with each citizen working towards a common goal. At this season’s @gucci show, it was such a joy to see many of these people have a moment in the spotlight. As the carousel turned, light was cast on their faces and work. In the past year, I’m privileged that many of these people have become close friends and I think we all shed a tear as they were celebrated. Don’t tell anyone I cry, though... Thank you, @alessandro_michele - for your friendship, time and constant bemusement at my terrible Italian. . . [Image description: Standing backstage at the @gucci show, among the models as they are in the midst of hair and make-up, I’m looking at an alternative lens but wearing a custom Gucci SS20 G printed dress, with white silk sleeves and collar. I’m holding a beautiful yellow silk quilted bag adorned with a bamboo handle. My eye-make up deserves an Academy Award.]

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HE WON. . . Sitting on the steps of the Powerscourt Shopping Centre in Dublin, I’ll never forget @richardmalone telling me, “Women should wear clothes. Clothes shouldn’t wear women.” An extraordinary designer and incredibly kind person, Richard’s specificity in cultivating an ethical, fair and sustainable supply chain is remarkable - from ensuring a fair living wage, to discovering innovative dyeing processes, to honouring the aficionados who have been weaving since before we were born. Congratulations on winning the International Woolmark Prize. You are such a worthy and deserving winner. . . [Image description: Standing beside Richard, he’s kneeling, I’m doing my utmost to come across as a professional, curious judge but I was so taken by our conversation that I’m holding my notebook upside down. Thank you for allowing me to be a judge, @thewoolmarkcompany. I learned so much and came away hopeful.]

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At this morning’s @victoriabeckham show, I was asked ‘What does VB mean to you?’ I’ve been enamoured by the Spice Girls for longer than I can remember - I had a Spice World themed birthday party when it was first released. But, over the past few months, I’ve had the great privilege of spending time with Victoria, learning from and about her. For the podcast, we sat in her office and she shared stories of being bullied in school - feeling isolated, alone and othered. It’s surreal to think that such a thing is true, but our collective reality is that we all experience moments of feeling alone. Victoria taught me that kindness is and can be a catalyst. It seems particularly fitting with this week’s tragic news. But how can we action kindness? How is it not apathetic or complacent? What are the ways we can practice kindness that is without performance - for others and ourselves? I don’t know yet, but I’d like to. . . [Image description: After her beautiful show which transcended to impeccable tailoring and boots that are unfathomably high - really, I could live in them - I’m standing with @victoriabeckham. We are both wearing the same colour nail varnish and silk blouses. VB is in pants and me, in a brown skirt with chain detail that beautifully contrasts with the yellow in my shirt. I’m smiling very enthusiastically - it touches on alarming.]

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Last night’s @britishvogue party was quite spectacular and seeing @coxusa in real-life made me want to reprimand him for not fulfilling his promise to @sarah_snook... spoiler. . . Moving on from Succession, I met the extraordinary @daniellismore - a fabric sculptor, designer and campaigner. Daniel’s TED talk on the important of clothes, identity and being true to oneself is incredible powerful. I spent the entire party convincing him we should be friends. An excellent way to spend time. . . Thank you so much for the invitation, @edward_enninful. . . [Image description: Caught by @jamesdkelly’s lens, I’m standing by a non-proportional potted planet wearing the most exquisite silk custom @prada dress. It is a vintage print which echoed through the 90s of lips (appropriate for a gal who likes to chat) and lipsticks. This photo was taken right after I twirled *at* James.]

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The podcast is back. This year, we tilt the lens on our conversations and inquire ‘how do we unlearn negativity and learn to love ourselves and each other?’ Over the past three months, I’ve been incredibly fortunate to speak with sensational people about who they are and what it’s like to live as them. If you’ve yet to catch up, find ‘As Me with Sinéad’ on Apple, Stitcher, Spotify and wherever you get your podcasts. . . [Image description: A carousel of nine photographs depicting some of the people I admire most in the world - each of whom have changed and shaped me. @instadanjlevy and I decided that we are going to have our own Netflix show; @hozier and I live in very different bodies but our challenges are similar; @museummammy’s work in art and advocacy is something we each can learn from; @florence’s depiction of her lack of self-consciousness when on stage is mesmerising; and Glenda Jackson’s insight into life as an octogenarian... magic.]

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It’s been quite the decade. . . An outtake for @voguebrasil’s January issue. Thank you, @paulimerlo, @adrianocisani, @maridipilla, Romana Tabita, @rodrigosouzam_ and @erissonmusella. . . [Image description: In a Milanese haven of antiquities, I’m sitting on a blue velvet chair that is behaving akin to a throne. In the foreground, is a stone statue of a woman embracing a fawn. In the background, a ceramic cockerel and beautiful vase that has a blue-ombré palette, that I wish I was cool enough to have as my hair. I’m wearing a spectacular custom @gucci tartan dress that has accordion sleeves, an over-sized collar and gold horse-bit loafers. My facial expression reads, “you thought 2019 was interesting? Just wait.”]

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Such a treat to be featured in this month’s @voguebrasil to talk about the challenges and opportunities for disability and advocacy across different borders and regions. . . We swarmed a beautiful antique store in Milan to make this powerful image happen. Thank you, @paulimerlo, @adrianocisani, @maridipilla, Romana Tabita, @rodrigosouzam_ and @erissonmusella. . . [Image description: Standing in front of a plush, red velvet sofa, on a delicious carpet quartered into segments of greens, with a classic portrait, mirror and gold bust in the background, I have my hands on my hips in an impeccable double-breasted dusty pink blazer, pleated skirt, shirt and tie, each custom by @gucci and @alessandro_michele. My facial expression is AOC questioning the deposition in Congress.]

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I made some new friends in New York. . . [Image description: Standing in front of the most beautiful, gradient coloured floral backdrop, I’m standing with @sesamestreet’s Count von Count and Cookie Monster. They’re resting on my shoulders as if they’re my conscience and guide my moral compass. The primary school teacher in me is thrilled. Thank you for introducing us, @instagram and thank you for the hair make-up, @finding.andrea]