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We’ll pretend that I didn’t deliberately attempt to create a visual contrast with Yayoi Kusama’s installation at the @fondationlv. . . [Image description: Standing in front of one of Kusama’s infamous ‘infinity nets’, I’m wearing a dark red striped pullover - a gift from @cleowade - with a red lip and hairband.]

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One week in Paris // Une semaine à Paris. . . [Image description: A black and white photograph of me standing in a courtyard in Paris’ 5th arrondissement. I’m wearing a leopard print dress, @saltwatersandals and a new hairband from yesterday’s market. @karlburke photographed me FaceTime-ing my family.]

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I gasped when I saw this. It made me stop, in the middle of Rue Saint-Jacques here in Paris and take a deep breath. Since I was a teenager, I’ve kept a list of ambitions and objectives that only in my wildest dreams could I hope to achieve. At the very top of the list is being on the cover of Vogue magazine. I was even specific about the issue - September. My ambition has never been to-scale. • The realisation of this dream has required a huge amount of hard work, support from family and friends, and an enormous belief and confidence in myself and those whom I admire that the world and society can and will change. • Since the cover was unveiled, the response has been overwhelmingly supportive, uplifting, and really quite emotional. Parents of little people have sent me photographs of their babies holding the magazine tightly to their chests. Teenagers who look like me have got in touch to ask questions about how they can work in fashion and disabled people from every corner of the world have appeared in my DMs articulating the power of representation and their hope that greater visibility will extend to all intersections and disabilities. • There is a privilege but a responsibility with being the first to achieve or accomplish any accolade. My hope is that fashion magazines become a haven and an incubator for conversations narrated by and about disabled people. That although it has taken until 2019 for such a first to occur, the second, third, fourth and fifth appearance of minority voices and bodies will populate the glossy pages imminently. • Thank you @sussexroyal & @britishvogue. • Photographed by @therealpeterlindbergh, styled by @edward_enninful, make-up by @thevalgarland, hair by @sergenormant and manicure by @lorrainevgriffin. The video (I’ll be positing it tomorrow) is edited and directed by @kloss_films. • [Image Description: My own Vogue cover. Me on the cover of Vogue Magazine. Literally. My sixteenth of the September issue of British Vogue inflated to a single digital cover. I’m leaning on an apple box, wearing a custom @Burberry silk trench. I’m staring down the lens, attempting confidence and sensuality. Let’s be honest, I’m nailing it.]

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“In any fight for equality, we need to make sure that we are not just replacing one type of majority with another. We need to constantly be asking what voices are not in the world, which perspectives are not being considered, and make sure that change occurs with as much intersectionality as possible. We need to deliberately create these spaces.” . . The September issue of @britishvogue, guest edited by @sussexroyal, HRH The Duchess of Sussex, lands on newsstands today. #ForcesForChange cultivates empathy and understanding through a first person narrative on disability, race, sustainability, immigration and gender. Pick it up or borrow it from your local library today! . . 📷 @therealpeterlindbergh 👗 @edward_enninful 💄 @thevalgarland 💇🏻‍♀️ @sergenormant 💅🏼@lorrainevgriffin . . [Image Description: Twirling in front of @therealpeterlindbergh’s lens, I’m wearing a dress that I was completely consumed by on the runway. @prada’s show in February was themed the Anatomy of Romance and this custom chantilly lace cape and sablé dress, with pleated skirt and buttoned to the neck is extraordinary. Thank you, Mrs Prada, @veesback, Antonella and @carminespena. My shoes are custom @ferragamo Vara pumps with a gold floral heel. Thank you, @paulandrewprivate and @jamesferragamo. More on that to come.]

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I’ve been collecting the September issue of Vogue for as long as I can remember. They were my gateway into a world that I (at the time) couldn’t visualise myself within. Those September issues still line my bookcases at home and now, I’ll get to add one more to that collection - one with me on the cover and many other womxn I respect, admire and am inspired by. . . I’m so very proud, incredibly honoured and humbled to be one of the fifteen Forces for Change featured on the cover of @BritishVogue’s September issue, chosen by a very special guest editor, ( @sussexroyal) the Duchess of Sussex. This marks @edward_enninful’s third September issue at Vogue and I couldn’t be more grateful to the Duchess of Sussex, Edward, @vanessakingori, @GilesHattersley, @Ellie_Pitchers, @OliviaJSinger, @denagia and the whole team at British Vogue for including me. The issue will be on stands on Friday, August 2nd. . . 📷 @therealpeterlindbergh 👗 @edward_enninful and Grace Coddington. 💄 @thevalgarland and @diane.kendal. 💇🏻‍♀ @sergenormant and @bartpumpkin. 💅🏼@lorrainevgriffin and @yukotsuchihashi . . [Image description: THE. SEPTEMBER. ISSUE. For the first time, the British Vogue cover is segmented into sixteen sections, one for a mirror and the others each dedicated to fifteen Forces for Change, as selected by the Duchess of Sussex. They are: @AdutAkech, @Gemma_Chan, @GretaThunberg, @JameelaJamilOfficial, @Chimamanda_Adichie, @AdwoaAboah, @JacindaArdern, @FrankieGoesToHayward, @SomaliBoxer, @CTurlington, @SalmaHayek, @JaneFonda, @LaverneCox, @YaraShahidi, and me. I’m in the bottom left corner wearing a custom @burberry silk trench dress.] #ForcesforChange

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This photo was taken outside of @janellemonae’s recent Dublin concert but boldly, I’m using it as bait to inquire about what you recommend to read this summer. Mostly recently, I’ve loved Emilie Pine’s ‘Notes to Self’, Tara Westover’s ‘Educated’, Mara Wilson’s ‘Where Am I Now?’ and Reni Eddo Lodge’s ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race’. I’m currently reading Kiese Laymon’s ‘Heavy’ and Dr Tressie McMillan Cotton’s ‘Thick’. . . [Image description: Twirling on Pearse Street, Dublin’s most glamorous setting, you can see traffic and a glass corridor that bridges two Trinity buildings. The photo is blurred but you can still see that I’m wearing monochromatic black and white. Just for Janelle. Also, @maeveinamerica told me to post this onto my feed, and you should always do as Maeve says.] 📷 @mdma_9

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The Spice Girls catalogue was the soundbed for my maturation. It was so powerful to be a young woman in an era where a phrase like “Girl Power” was not just heard in the playground of an all-girls school, but it was part of the cultural lexicon. As I’ve got older, I’ve continued to admire @victoriabeckham. (I even told @timblanks in @bof that she’s the reason I have a bob.) Victoria’s ambition and tenacity is contagious. Spending time with her recently talking about how we can each do more to amplify voices and use our influence to ensure that inclusion isn’t just a moment but a movement was a true privilege. Thank you, Victoria! . . [Image description: Two photos of Victoria Beckham and I posing in VB HQ. The first, we are signalling the Girl Power peace sign that I have been practicing for two decades. The second, we’re smizing. I still need practice on that one.] 📷 @natalielewis13w

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Everyone deserves love and human rights. Happy Pride, Dublin! 🌈 . . Thank you for the t-shirt, @victoriabeckham. Proceeds go to @aktcharity. . . [Image description: Standing, posing within the trademark Spice Girls / Girl Power peace sign. Worth noting that most people with Achondroplasia have naturally trident fingers, you can see mine here. On another note, I’m wearing a white T-shirt that reads, in rainbow font: ‘Everyone Deserves Love’. Paired with a @maisonvalentino pleated skirt and an arched brow, I’m ready for Pride.]

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I’m curious about people. I like asking questions and I have an insatiable appetite when it comes to learning about how people think, feel, act and experience the world. I’m infatuated with the notion of humanity and what makes each of us the people that we are. Thus, when @jessicacordovakramer and @wittelstephanie emailed me about their vision for @lemonadamedia - it seemed too good to be true. You see, Lemonada is a new women-led podcast network that focuses on human stories. Led by Jess and Steph, they get to the epicentre of what makes us unique, complex and extraordinary beings. . . So, I have some news. I’m collaborating with @lemonadamedia to host my very own podcast called, ‘As Me with Sinéad’. Want to know more? Subscribe on Apple, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts and listen to the teaser to get a sense of the extraordinary conversations, coming this fall / autumn, that will soon challenge your perspectives. To give you a taste, there will be episodes with @curtisleejamie, @iamderay, Tig Notaro, @museummammy, @tranterjustin, Glenda Jackson, and that’s just the beginning. . . Subscribe today - the link is in my bio and in Stories. . . [Image Description: An up-close image of me staring boldly down Tim Walker’s lens. I’m wearing electric blue eyeshadow and a facial expression that dictates confidence. The font surrounding my head? “As Me with Sinéad”, of course.] Photo by Tim Walker

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As a fan of alliteration, it seems silly not to caption this: “Sinéad at the Serpentine.” Thank you to @hansulrichobrist and the @serpentineuk for the kind invitation to celebrate Junya Ishimgami’s slate Pavilion. Thank you also to @gucci and @alessandro_michele for the most extraordinarily beautiful custom dress. . . Things I learned last night: the ways in which @fkatwigs collects clothes and wields them as armour is fascinating; Zadie Smith is as mesmerising and curious as one would hope; travel to the corners of the world to spend minutes with @museummammy; @lenadunham is the best person to gossip with about Love Island, specifically our admiration of Yewande and Maura; always discuss the challenges of making inclusive spaces accessible with @bbz_London; and finally, @zawe’s book should be on our collective to-be-read list. . . 💄: @megkoriat 💇🏻‍♀️: @marchella.mella . . [Image description: Standing at ‘step and repeat’ wall at the Serpentine, I’m wearing a beautiful pink chemise printed gown with pleated skirt, adorned with a 70’s Collar with small embroidery details.] 📷 Getty

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One year ago today, @christopherkane created the most extraordinary gown for the @serpentineuk’s annual Summer Party. It was my first time to work with @kanechristopher82, the first time that I experienced being fitted for a custom piece, and I can hardly believe that twelve months later, it is now on display on the world’s first little person mannequin (soon to be available for purchase by retailers) at the @nationalmuseumsscotland. If you have yet to visit Body Beautiful, the exhibition runs until October and jaunt to Edinburgh is absolutely worth it. . . [Image description: Three images of two mannequins cast from body wearing two pieces from my wardrobe. The first piece is the altered @burberry trench coat from the cover of the @bof Age of Influence issue, paired with @adidas Stan Smith. The second, a mint green full-length lace dress with Swarovski crystals, accessorised with a yellow leather Christopher Kane handbag. The exhibit is framed by images captured by Tim Walker and a descriptor of what an exhibition on diversity in fashion means to me.]

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Tomorrow marks the final day of the TRANSFUSION art exhibition in @chqdublin. It’s curated with beautiful, poignant and thought-provoking art by members of Ireland’s trans community. The exhibition narrates stories and perspectives that we should have always told, learned from and listened to. Two of my highlights include a portrait of Aoife Martin, an extraordinary activist who has taught me so much. And the #2500WomenPlusMe mural. It was such a privilege to spend time with Sara Phillips, Chair of the Trans Equality Network of Ireland (TENI), as she brought me through the exhibition. . . If you can, please visit the exhibition before the closes. If you’re in a position to give monies or volunteer, @tenipics and @belongtoyouthservices would greatly benefit from your support. . . Happy Pride! Trans rights are human rights. . . [Image description: Standing with Sara in front of an incredible mural by Aidan Comerford, photographs of 2500 women are assembled together to create a visual representation of the trans flag. My phone is sticking out of my ass pocket... as always.] 📷 @petervargaphoto

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My @TED talk has brought an incredible number of opportunities but discovering today that ‘Why Design Should Include Everyone’ was transcribed and question one on the Ordinary Level English Junior Certificate paper is not something I could have ever imagined. I had no idea it was happening and very grateful to the students and teachers who sent me DMs and emails to let me know! Thank you, of course, to the State Examinations Committee for including me. . . In Ireland, our state examinations are divided into two categories: the Junior Certificate, a mandatory programme of ten subjects that all students complete after three years of second-level education, usually at around age 16. The second is the Leaving Certificate, a six/seven subject programme that is the pathway to college. An approximate 32,000 students sat this paper this morning. . . Students were asked to read the speech and answer the following questions: From your reading of this passage, what do you think is the greatest day-to-day challenge faced by Sinéad Burke? Give a reason for your answer. Which one of these words best describes how you feel when you read this speech? Hope or angry? Give a reason for your answer. Based on your reading of the last paragraph of this speech, what do you think is Sinéad Burke’s message to people who design things? Did you enjoy this speech? Give two reasons to explain why. . . I would *love* to read their answers. . . [Image description: Four images of the PDF of the exam with two images of me - one by @petervargaphoto with long hair and an exceptional hat and the second from my first speaking engagement at the @worldeconomicforum. If you need / would like a more accessible format, please email me.]

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Last night in Edinburgh, the @nationalmuseumsscotland opened their new exhibition, ‘Body Beautiful: Diversity on the Catwalk’. I’m very honoured to have two pieces from my wardrobe featured in the exhibition, but even more importantly, it was a platform for us to make history. I cannot thank @georgina_ripley_curator enough for her extraordinary vision and kindness. . . Over the past five months, I’ve been jaunting back and forth to London to have my body cast by @proportionldn to create the world’s first mannequin with dwarfism. The future possibilities are almost endless: Museums, retail spaces, a lamp for my home... it’s a disruption to the fashion system but there’s so much more to do. . . Body Beautiful opens in Edinburgh today and will be here until October. It’ll then tour the world! Best of all though, it’s free and there are specific tours and arrangements for the deaf community and those who are visually impaired. For little people, the exhibition is populated with footstools incase you need to rest or get closer to something! . [Image description: Standing in the halls of the National Museums of Scotland, there are two images. In the first, I’m twirling in front of my mannequin - both of us wearing beautiful, bespoke dresses by @christopherkane. (Christopher, thank you for everything.) In the first image, the lace skirt is extended and the photographer caught me in the middle of laughing manically. In the second image, I’m leaning on the shoulder of my mannequin, looking far cooler than I feel.] 📷 Neil Hanna for #BodyBeautifulExhibition

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In September last year, I got an email from @nationalmuseumsscotland about their upcoming exhibition, ‘Body Beautiful’. It’s the first exhibition of its kind - dedicated solely to discussing diversity in fashion, across the societal intersections. Since then, I’ve been fortunate to work with the curators and many departments within the Museum, lending some pieces from my wardrobe and creating the world’s first little person mannequin to display them. More on that soon! . . In yesterday’s @guardian, I spoke with Chitra Ramaswamy about the exhibition, which opens next week in Edinburgh, on May 23rd. [Book your flights! Come see it!] One of the questions Chitra asked, “Do you find having to be the constant educator of your own life exhausting?” I responded... “If you are in any way diverse, there is a sense that it’s your responsibility to educate the majority. That’s not fair or true. I choose to do this, and I choose it for now.” . . [Image description: Three images from the Guardian photoshoot. In each of them, I’m standing in the National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh, wearing a black satin @christopherkane gown, embellished with Swarovski crystals cascading down my arms. The first image is cropped, with my hands on my hips, the second is me standing by the rail, with a dramatically arched eyebrow and the third features me fixing my hair and smiling at the camera.) 📷 Murdo MacLeod

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A lot can happen in a week. Not sure if you can tell, but hours before this shot was taken, I was so unwell with nerves that I wasn’t sure I’d make it to the red carpet. It took an incredible number of people to make this moment happen and I couldn’t be more grateful to each and every one of them. . Really like how @vockandvintage’s beautiful sapphire and diamonds capture the light in this shot. Thank you, Donna. . . [Image description: Grinning absurdly, I’m wearing a custom @gucci black velvet gown with blue satin bows and a gold crown. I’m beaming at the photographers on the #MetGala pink carpet. Hands on hips, hair quiffed, ready for anything. Kinda.]

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Chatting about the importance of on-screen representation with @mrrpmurphy. I love the proportions of this shot. Thank you, @landonnordeman. . . [Image description: Taking a second to savour the #MetGala, I’m sitting on a plush pink and white chaise-longue with Ryan. Me, dressed in a @gucci black velvet dress with blue satin bows and Ryan in a custom @csiriano embroidered masterpiece á la Liberace.] 📷 @nytimes

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Last night was one of those moments that you dream of. Thank you so much, @alessandro_michele, Marco Bizzarri and all at @gucci for a night that I won’t ever forget. Attending the #MetGala as a little person (and the first one ever, at that), Anna Wintour, @voguemagazine and Gucci has such empathy and openness in thinking broadly about my accessibility needs. Prior to last night, I practised the stairs, and did an accessibility audit of the seating, bathrooms, elevators and corridors to figure out where and how we could ensure that I was as independent as possible on this very glamorous night. (Speaking of glamorous – my footstools have been decorated to seamlessly blend with the Met Gala furniture.) . . I wrote about my experience for @britishvogue. On my dress, “There have been very few moments in pop culture where a woman like me has had agency over her own aesthetic. We were careful that what I’m wearing was not a costume but a reflection of me as a person and a way in which I could communicate my advocacy to the world.” . . Thank you to @caitni and @tcs_daniel for everything. Thank so much to @vockandvintage for the breathtaking diamond earrings and diamond / sapphire ring. I’ve never felt more powerful. . . [Image description: Standing on the red carpet of the #MetGala - what a sentence - I have my hands on my hips, wearing the most extraordinary black velvet gown, with accented shoulders, blue silk bows across my chest and of course, a beautiful gold crown!]

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Wish me luck! #MetGala

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Spending a Saturday on the stoop of a beautiful brownstone in Harlem with the extraordinary Dapper Dan - it’s not something I imagined would ever happen but he and his family patient answered all of my questions and satisfied my insatiable curiosity. Thank you, @dapperdanharlem. . . [Image description: Sitting on the steps of Dapper Dan’s atelier, Dan is wearing a spectacular oatmeal suit with a navy cravat and pocketsquare - glasses too, of course. I’m sitting beside him, grinning, wearing a beautiful red wool coat with gold buttons from @gucci by @alessandro_michele. Thank you to Dan and his family for the tour and to @cyndistivers for reuniting us.]

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Seeing @prada’s collection in February in Milan, it was dotted with references of Frankenstein and veiled with black lace but Mrs Prada’s Resort collection took a different turn; beautiful tailored coats fit for Presidents’ state visits, floral embroidery and a gorgeous pastel blue trouser suit that’s waist was almost magically cinched. Plus, the decor looked as though you were sitting in @the.wing. Thank you, Verde, Antonella, Carmine and all at Prada for the invitation! . However, one of my favourite moments of the show came afterwards. Earlier this week, I saw the American architect Elizabeth Diller speak on her collaboration with Prada - for #PradaInvites, she fashioned a suit carry bag into a caped dress. Liz is responsible for the design of the High Line and most recently, The Shed. We spoke about accessibility as a starting point, rather than it merely being a legal responsibility. How do we make accessibility beautiful, empowering and not something we disregard because a building is ‘listed’ or it’s just a little too difficult. I’m not sure if Liz knows, but I have some ideas... . . [Image description: Standing in front of the Prada Resort logo, I’m wearing the most beautiful black a-line dress with a high, round-neckline, decorated with a bow. The skirt is beautifully tie-dyed in colours of marigold and a vibrant orange, accessorised with a delicious black leather bucket bag. In the second photo, I’m sat with Ricardo Scofidio and Elizabeth Diller.]

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I started a new project today, one that I was nervous about but usually those are the best kind. Using clothes as armour, to fend off the nerves, @cleowade and @karlawelchstylist’s t-shirt that is raising funds for @girlsclubny was my weapon of choice. Thank you for the shirt, Cleo and for sending it all the way to Ireland. . [Image description: Adhering to televised stereotypes, I’m standing on the grout of a terrifying New York fire escape grinning proudly and casually leaning with a confidence that I did not sense and feel. The shirt reads: It’s all good in the sisterhood in Cleo’s beautiful typography.] 📷 @jessicacordovakramer

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I’ve never done a ‘Throwback Thursday’ before, but there’s a first time for everything. . . Back in February, my Milan Fashion Week began with an invitation to speak at Gucci’s internal seasonal ‪Global ‬Marketing and Communications meeting. The ask was to facilitate a conversation on the theme of authentic inclusion - My primary question focused on how we can tilt the lens on the system to challenge traditional definitions of power and create platforms where new voices get to speak, be heard, create and participate. Thank you to @Gucci for the opportunity to hopefully have empowered and provoked ideas among a talented and gifted audience. . . Thank you to @alessandro_michele for this extraordinary menswear suit. . . [Image description: Standing on a hotel porter’s luggage trolley (of course), I’m wearing a custom Gucci men’s monogrammed suit, look 65 from their Spring 2019 Ready to Wear collection: A blue silk monogrammed shirt with a honey-shade monogrammed double-breasted jacket and wide-leg pants, paired with the horse-bit loafers.]

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It’s such an honour to be appointed by President Michael D. Higgins to his Council of State - a body established by the Constitution of Ireland to advise the President of Ireland, on request, in the exercise of many of his discretionary, reserve powers. . . To receive my Warrant from the President, I wore a beautiful hand-made crochet jumper by @colinburke_. A young, Irish designer from Galway (where President Higgins was a TD), Colin reinterprets the Aran jumper in the most beautiful way. Thank you, Colin. . . [Image description: Standing in the grounds of Áras an Uachtaráin with arms raised to my shoulders, I’m smiling widely and doing my best to model the most extraordinary trumpet knitted sleeves.]

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Blending in with the 🍊 garden... almost. . . Thank you for the kind words on yesterday’s @britishvogue article. It’s very much appreciated and to all those who invited me to their schools, I’m going to do my best to visit your students! . . [Image description: Standing in the middle of Rome’s Orange Garden, I’m dressed inappropriately for such glorious weather but when @alessandro_michele creates such a beautiful custom @Gucci coat for you, you should wear it in every climate.]

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Milan, February ‘19. Casually meandering through fashion week in a spectacular custom orange/red satin suit with a @hamishbowles shade of purple silk shirt by @paulandrewprivate for @ferragamo. Look close at (what you can see) of my shoes. There’s a story there! . . 📷 @federicascaranophoto . . [Image description: Stopping traffic, with photographers swarming on the cobbled streets of Milan in an ensemble that Isabelle Hupert would wear with grace and poise. According to Duolingo, it’s what the Italians call ‘elegante’.]

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Spent international women’s day with President of Ireland Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina. They kindly opened the doors of Áras an Uachtaráin to celebrate the day with 150 women in academia and science. Dr Ruth Freeman of @scienceireland gave an extraordinary speech reminding us that in our quest for equality, women must ensure that we do not reiterate the cycles of exclusion and instead ensure our advocacy and actions are intersectional. . . [Image description: Shaking hands with President Michael D. Higgins, who is standing next to his wife Sabina, we are in a beautifully ornate room. I wore a beautiful floral silk dress designed by a woman for the occasion - thank you, @prada.]

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Last year, I got to participate in a really wonderful shoot for @elleuk. @felicitykay styled and @dougalmacarthur created magic behind the lens. It didn’t make it to print, but there’s something quietly powerful about this photo. I like it a lot - as narcissistic as that sounds. . . [Image description: Standing in a floor-length extraordinary @roksandailincic gown that has a neckline one dreams of. My hair is scraped back and my glance is upwards, angelic-like.]

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Chuffed to be listed by @vanityfair and @oneyoungworld on their inaugural list of people leading the change to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. They’ve kindly attributed the ‘Reducing Inequalities’ goal to me... no pressure. The full article is in Vanity Fair in print and online worldwide from today. . . Thank you, Kate, David, the team at One Young World and of course, @radhikajones. . . [Image description: Staring down the lens of @byalek.nl’s camera, I’m posing with my leather jacket caped over one shoulder, wearing a monochrome jumper, plisé skirt and enormous belt that we found on set.]

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I’ve been following @danilospacca_hairstylist on Instagram for what feels like such a long time, the wonderful @caitni introduced me to Danilo and his exceptional work. Getting to meet him in Milan this morning was such a treat, and booking him to do my hair, a real privilege. He’s extraordinary talented and carries a foldable footstool to every appointment where he often asks average height clients to sit on the stool so that he can reach their crown. I’d like to tell you that it took huge convincing for us both to participate in this photoshoot but em, no. . . [Image description: Standing in the grounds of my hotel, Danilo and I are dressed as if we would not let you into a club but also are the back-alley heroes that we need and deserve.]

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I fell in love with the ways in which @richardmalone views the world, and the purpose we each have within it quite some time ago. I feel very lucky to call him a friend and incredibly privileged to wear his beautiful creations. Richard participated in the #WoolmarkPrize last year and it felt only right to wear a custom dress by him to judge tonight’s awards. Sitting alongside industry leaders, many of whom I’ve admired for decades, I couldn’t have been prouder to be wearing wool and Irish tonight in London. Thank you, Richard and @thewoolmarkcompany. . . [Image description: Standing in the foyer of my hotel, I’m unintentionally embodying Jennifer Lopez with *that* pose, you know the one. I’m wearing the most beautiful knit dress with two juxtaposing fabrics. The silhouette is outlined with navy blue and polka dots but a sky blue tangent undulates from the shoulder to the hemline. Think of it like the one strip of black within Daphne Guinness’ blonde barnet. Thank you @thecommsstore for such a special day.]

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I met Lonnie G. Bunch III, the Director at the @nmaahc, at Davos in 2018. Over the course of a week in Switzerland, he taught me so much about the intersection of the personal and the political in advocacy. Those conversations have stayed with me and whilst in Washington this week, it was such a privilege to get to pester him with questions and learn from him even further. We spoke about the cost of social change, the power of platforms and how in an era of supposed moral consciousness, what is our purpose and how can that be useful to external stakeholders. You might be able to tell, but I like and respect him a lot. . . [Image description: Standing in Lonnie’s office at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, my facial expression reads delirious excitement. Lonnie is much more composed.]

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Turns out my karaoke song is ‘Zombie’ by The Cranberries with enthusiastic head-banging. . . [Image description: In a luminous pink room, decorated solely with Hello Kitty wallpaper, we are crowded around two microphones that saw classic hits such as ‘2 Become 1’, ‘Superbass’ and ‘Genie in a Bottle’ performed with exquisite enthusiasm. We may not be allowed back.]

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One of the most memorable parts of #Davos was spending time with @jacindaardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand. A diligent, empathetic leader, I was genuinely inspired by her kindness and appetite to create policies that push for the amplification of voices that are so often silenced. I spent a lot of time with the PM learning about New Zealand’s political agenda for well-being and the open-dialogue that they have surrounding mental health. I left her company completely invigorated and inspired by the fact that actions, one person at a time, can really shift and change the world. . . [Image description: Standing in the corridors of the Congress Centre, a @worldeconomicforum photographer captured Jacinda Ardern and I in conversation. My facial expression is one of admiration and fawning. Quel surprise.] #wef19

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After sleeping for hours, I’m finally starting to digest all that happened and was spoken about at Davos this week. One of my favourite moments was meeting and speaking with the extraordinary Nane Annan, lawyer and wife of the late Kofi Annan. We spoke about the relationship between the personal and professional in politics, our involvement in @oneyoungworld and the importance of having a rigid, encouraging support system when working within public platforms. It was one of those moments that I’m unlikely to forget. . . [Image description: At my WEF dinner, ‘Art as Politics’, I’m standing beside Nane Annan. She’s wearing an excellent navy blue blazer with chevrons and I’m wearing my @motherofpearl dress to discuss the politics and importance of sustainability in fashion.] #wef19

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The exceptional @iamwill and I hosted a @worldeconomicforum dinner on the topic of ‘Art as Politics’ last night. Will spoke about how music can be a catalyst for poverty and that humans respond most to empathy and the articulation of universal feelings. I spoke about the power of art to shift politics: Hamilton, @repealproject, @joecaslin and so much more. I also spoke about the potential for fashion to transform politics and culture by being reflective and inclusive of our whole society. . . [Image description: A candid photograph of me and @iamwill before last night’s dinner. Our faces are contorted with pure joy and we are undoubtedly laughing at our own ridiculousness.] #wef19

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Davos is the kind of place where you can create change instantaneously. You can gain proximity to business and political leaders in a way that’s unparalleled. It’s been an extraordinary week with thought-provoking conversations and the initiation of several collaborations. Can’t wait to get started. . . [Image description: Standing in front of the Swiss Alps, I’m pretending to not look cold while feeling as if I’m frozen solid.] #wef19

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Some highlights from day one at Davos: Meeting with @jacindaardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand and speaking to her about representation and female leadership, along with the complexities of advocating for progressive policies, legislation and culture change that can have personal ramifications - particularly when being challenged by an oppositional voice that has nothing to lose from maintaining a status quo. . . It was also very thought-provoking to spend time with Queen Mathilde of Belgium to strategise on how disability inclusion can fit within our global timeline to meet our commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals. . . Finally, a brief conversation with @microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella about accessible technology and being exposed to @renaeffendiphoto’s work for the first time. A successful first day. . . [Image description: Waltzing through the corridors of the Congress Centre in Davos as if I was born to be there. P.S. I was.] #wef19

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Opening #Davos by leading a discussion on designing for everyone was an extraordinary start to #wef19. I spoke about education and fashion, and how the lack of inclusivity within these ecosystems is limiting creative potential and authentic inclusion. It was an honour to speak at the @worldeconomicforum wearing custom @Gucci - thank you so much, Marco Bizzarri, @alessandro_michele and the entire Gucci team. . . [Image description: Standing in the foyer of Davos’ Congress Centre, I’m wearing a magnificent floor-length cerulean blue silk and lace dress, with a pale pink slip sporadically peeking through. I’m holding a magnificent cream leather and bamboo Gucci bag too. Both @jacindaardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand and Queen Mathilde of Belgium were very impressed, and of course, equally stylish in their dress.] 📷 @worldeconomicforum #wef19

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Saoirse and I decided yesterday that we were going to transform the world - through television. Introducing The Saoirse and Sinéad Show. . . [Image description: Standing in the foyer of Google’s HQ, just before a #MaryQueenofScots Q&A, Saoirse Ronan and I are posing in front of a giant LED screen. She’s kindly bending down to my level which results in excellent exhibition of our ensembles. Try saying that three times.] 📷 Andres Poveda

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Saoirse Ronan is so incredibly talented and has chosen films that are unpredictable but always amplify narratives that are rooted in female strength, vulnerability and empathy. It was such a joy to be in conversation with her today at Google. We spoke about how she defines leadership and power, the importance of surrounding yourself with people who will champion you and constructively critique you, the power of clothes, nurturing the next generation of talent and how we each need to be advocates and allies and finally, the importance of reflecting real life on-screen - in particular, showing and talking about periods / menstruation in #MaryQueenofScots. Thank you so much to Dave and Sandra from @universal_irl for having me and to Saoirse for her grace, wicked sense of humour and love for Schitt’s Creek. . . [Image description: Saoirse Ronan and I sitting in Google’s HQ in colourful decorative chairs. The backdrop is an enormous LED screen emblazoned with our names and Saoirse’s image. Saoirse is wearing a spectacular two-piece from @herveleger (styled by @elizabethsaltzman) and I’m wearing @maisonvalentino and a wonderful shirt that my parents gave me for Christmas.] 📷 Andres Poveda

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Lady of the Manor Part II. . . [Image description: Standing in the Welcoming Hall of my Castle, I’m awaiting guests whilst wearing a black and red polka dot dress. Whilst in residence, my wardrobe is a mélange of Keira Knightley’s costumes in Colette and Jodie Comer’s costumes in Killing Eve. I might have given this too much thought.]

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Lady of the Manor Part I. . . [Image description: Standing in front of Wilton Castle, built in 1247, I’m reminded that I am, in fact 105.5cms tall.]

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This year brought an incredible array of opportunities and projects but working with @yumnaaa for @crfashionbook was a particular hightlight. . . 📷: @yumnaaa 👗: @andrejskok_ 💄: @amywrightmakeup 💇🏻‍♀️: @leighkeateshair . . [Image description: A black and white image of me standing on one of three podiums - each of various heights - wearing head-to-toe @christopherkane. It’s more than a metaphor.]

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Ended the #FashionAwards by wearing my @judithleiberny bag as a hat. Ridiculously raucous and time for bed. . [Image description: Embodying Stefani Germanotta by wearing a Swarovski-encrusted telephone handbag on my head.]

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The #FashionAwards is an extraordinary evening by the @britishfashioncouncil and so surreal to be there this year as part of the #BFCNewWave - the one hundred young creatives who are shaping the next era of the fashion industry. I had the great privilege to sit at the @google table (thank you, @nishinosh and Ronan) and cause chaos alongside CEOs, fashion designers and even, @leighannepinnock and @jadethirlwall. . . My dress is custom and sustainable from @motherofpearl - it is an extraordinary black full-length jacquard woven from organic cotton sourced from Egypt and mulesing-free wool from Uruguay. It has been traced from field to final to ensure it is fully organic, socially responsible, and has created the minimum impact on the planet. Thank you Amy, Nick, Chloe, Faye and Daniel. The bag is of course, @judithleiberny and came all the way from New York for such a special evening. Thank you, Karen. . . Special thank you to @cashmandjmc who trekked hours to perform a much-needed blow-dry. . . [Image description: Standing on the red carpet at the #FashionAwards, beaming the most outrageous smile - the kind that stretch across your entire face. I can’t help but think - what a year.]

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A few years ago, I came across Englistan on Spotify and I was an immediate fan of @rizahmed. Particularly because of his ability to use the arts to amplify the voices and experiences that society has been blinkered to / been deliberately ignorant of. Meeting him at #BoFVOICES was such a genuine treat and he was incredibly kind - despite my endless curiosity about working with Lin-Manuel Miranda for the Hamilton Mixtape and the lyric ‘the airport search is random, but if it’s always me, it ain’t random’ on Mogambo. (Which, if you haven’t listened to it - it’s on Spotify now.) . . [Image Description: Standing beside Riz Ahmed at the #BoFVOICES gala. We were both dressed by @stellamccartney - Riz in a classic tuxedo and me, in plum taffeta.] 📷 @gettyimages

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To create this exceptional dress, I got to work with the kind and incredibly talented Raj, @stellamccartney’s eveningwear designer. The beautiful sustainable taffeta is a magnet to light and continuously shifts in silhouette - the raised collar at the rear is also a favourite. Plus, fun fact - whilst this taffeta is a key component of the @stellamccartney brand, they have never created a piece in this plum shade before. . . [Image description: Standing in the Arizona desert - or a marquee made to look like such - I’m posing in a beautiful plum colour dress that is cinched at the waist. I’m smiling manically and enjoying myself more than a tad too much.] #BoFVOICES 📷 @gettyimages

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The extraordinary @stellamccartney won the @bof GlObal VOICES award last night - she won for her pioneering excavation of the fashion industry, investing in materials and methodologies that would prioritise our environment and the animals who inhabit it - without ever compromising on beauty, style or quality. She’s also warm, kind and knows every single word of Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5. . . It was an honour to spend a few days with Stella and an incredible privilege to be dressed by her and her team. This dress is spectacular - in colour, texture and movement. Thank you Eva, Raj and of course, Stella. . [Standing beside @stellamccartney, I’m wearing an off-shoulder plum taffeta dress (the team have never used this colour fabric before) that cinches at the waist and ruffles beautiful. Stella is wearing a magnificent textured jumpsuit and we both have complimentary bobs. I smell a trend.] #BoFVOICES 📷 @gettyimages

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An addition to the ‘I Can’t Believe This Happened’ list. . . [Image description: Dancing with @alberelbaz8 and @timblanks to Aretha Franklin’s RESPECT on-stage in front of the #BoFVOICES audience.] 📷 @gettyimages