Sinéad Burke ( @thesineadburke ) Instagram Profile

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Sinéad Burke

Educator & advocate.

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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. .
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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. .
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Happy Pride! Trans rights are human rights. .
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[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
  • 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. .
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    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. .
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    Happy Pride! Trans rights are human rights. .
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    [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
  •  1,723  21  7 June, 2019
  • 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. .
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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. .
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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. .
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I would *love* to read their answers.
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[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.]
  • 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. .
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    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. .
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    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. .
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    I would *love* to read their answers.
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    [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.]
  •  4,585  205  5 June, 2019
  • 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.
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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. .
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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!
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[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
  • 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.
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    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. .
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    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!
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    [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
  •  9,240  216  23 May, 2019
  • 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!
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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.” .
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[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
  • 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!
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    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.” .
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    [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
  •  6,764  123  9 hours ago
  • 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.
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Really like how @vockandvintage’s beautiful sapphire and diamonds capture the light in this shot. Thank you, Donna.
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[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.]
  • 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.
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    Really like how @vockandvintage’s beautiful sapphire and diamonds capture the light in this shot. Thank you, Donna.
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    [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.]
  •  13,167  200  13 May, 2019
  • Chatting about the importance of on-screen representation with @mrrpmurphy. I love the proportions of this shot. Thank you, @landonnordeman.
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[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
  • Chatting about the importance of on-screen representation with @mrrpmurphy. I love the proportions of this shot. Thank you, @landonnordeman.
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    [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
  •  11,698  171  8 May, 2019
  • 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 had 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.)
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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.”
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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. .
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[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!]
  • 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 had 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.)
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    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.”
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    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. .
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    [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!]
  •  22,511  806  7 May, 2019
  • Wish me luck! #MetGala
  • Wish me luck! #MetGala
  •  5,772  192  6 May, 2019
  • 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.
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[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.]
  • 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.
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    [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.]
  •  2,631  28  4 May, 2019
  • 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!
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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... .
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[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.]
  • 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!
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    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... .
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    [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.]
  •  4,942  77  3 May, 2019
  • 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.
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[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
  • 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.
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    [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
  •  4,399  73  2 May, 2019
  • I’ve never done a ‘Throwback Thursday’ before, but there’s a first time for everything. .
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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.
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Thank you to @alessandro_michele for this extraordinary menswear suit.
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[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.]
  • I’ve never done a ‘Throwback Thursday’ before, but there’s a first time for everything. .
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    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.
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    Thank you to @alessandro_michele for this extraordinary menswear suit.
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    [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.]
  •  7,957  184  18 April, 2019