Podcast Ep. 1 - LAURA WELLS, PLASTIC SUCKS
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EPISODE 1 FEATURES LAURA WELLS...
Laura is a marine biologist, social media influencer and one of Australia's top curvy models. She is an ambassador for Greenpeace, 1 Million Women and Take 3 for the Sea, and divides her time between advocating for our imperilled oceans and modelling clothes.
Why did a woman with two degrees, who thought MODELLING was a waste of time, decide to embrace life in front of the lens? What’s the deal with the ‘plus-size’ label? Why should we all get out more and embrace our WILD SPACES? You’re going to love listening to Laura explain her journey from ‘animal-not-loving’ Sydney kid to butt-kicking SAVIOUR OF OUR SEAS and land-based natural environments. You’re going to love Laura full stop. Unless you’ve got a single-use plastics habit. WHAT’S WITH THAT? Do not let Laura see you sucking on a SO-CALLED DISPOSABLE coffee cup...
The Cash for Containers campaign encourages state governments to follow South Australia’s lead and re-introduce the financial incentive to recycle bottles and cans. EVERY MINUTE 21,000 of them are littered or landfilled in Australia. That sucks.
She Went Wild is an online community for women who want to GET OUT MORE. It began with founder Emma Walker’s frustration of seeing the lack of women being represented within the outdoor industry. It's rad.
LET’S TALK...Single Use Plastics
FIVE NOT-FUN FACTS ABOUT PLASTIC BAGS
1.Worldwide there are about 2million plastic bags used every minute.
2.The average time we use one for? 12 minutes.
3.Plastic bags take between 15 and 1,000 years to degrade.
4.To a turtle, a plastic bag looks alarmingly like a jellyfish.
5.A huge variety of birds and animals choke to death, or die of starvation or infections because they have ingested plastic bags.
*source 1 Million Women
MORE CURVES PLEASE! WHY AREN'T THERE MORE SUSTAINABLE FASHION BRANDS CATERING TO BIGGER SIZES? IF YOU RUN A BUSINESS THAT ADDRESSES THIS GAP IN THE MARKET, DROP CLARE A LINE - SHE'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU.
HEAD SCRATCHER: Why do we persist in imagining models must be silly simply because they are BEAUTIFUL? Stereotypes are reductive and stupid. Which we know, but sometimes conveniently forget, eh? It always gets my goat when people presume fashion is vapid rubbish, that we’re all a bunch of narcissistic Zoolanders with SEQUINS FOR BRAINS.
When it comes to model stereotypes, of course some are brighter than others just as some humans are, full stop. Perhaps we’re simply jealous, because it seems unfair that one woman might have it all, legs up to her ears as well as brains between them. (BTW, having it all is a myth. Soz. You never know what’s going on with another person until you’ve lived their truth, and ‘having it all’ is just marketing.)
Anyway, I was wrong about Cindy Crawford; she’s not a chemist, but she did get half way through an engineering degree at Northwestern before looking fierce on the runway took over. Considering this was the era of ‘I-don’t-get-out-of-bed-for-less-than-10-grand’, I’d call that a SMART MOVE. You?
HEREWITH, A RANDOM LIST OF MODELS WHO MADE IT THROUGH SCHOOL:
- Iman has a degree in political science from Nairobi University
- Christy Turlington has a bachelor of arts, majoring in comparative religion
- Edie Campbell studied the history of art at The Courtauld Institute
- Brooke Shields has a degree in French literature from Princeton
- Lily Cole read history at Cambridge
LABEL CONSCIOUS: 3 Women’s Swimwear Winners Made from Recycled Plastics
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