Episodes
Model Naomi Shimada speaks to one of her personal fashion icons for the Beauty Fix finale. Dame Zandra Rhodes has designed flowing kaftans and killer frocks for rock stars and royalty since 1969, from Grace Jones to Alicia Keyes, Princess Diana to Paris Hilton, from Queen to The Queen. And she’s still standing out from the crowd at 80, rocking a bright pink bob and even brighter make-up. Zandra shares her timeless tips for sustainable style and for reinventing your look in...
Published 04/30/21
Model Naomi Shimada talks manicures, myths and dream salons with the nail art activist, author and model. Charlie Craggs studied at the London College of Fashion and it was there that she dreamt up Nail Transphobia, offering truly transformative treatments. Her mobile salon is a safe space where anyone can receive a free manicure from a transgender beautician and learn more about life as a trans or non-binary person, while enjoying a shape and polish. After seven years on the road, the...
Published 04/23/21
Naomi Shimada meets fellow model Deba Hekmat, who's broken the beauty rules and stopped caring about body hair. For Deba, body hair is complicated, cultural and even comforting. Determined to put Kurdish beauty on the fashion map, Deba has modelled for streetwear and catwalk brands and now believes her body hair is for showing, not for shaving. She joins Naomi to discuss how growing her body hair also grew her body confidence. Presenter: Naomi Shimada Producer: Kirsty McQuire Editor:...
Published 04/16/21
Model Naomi Shimada talks to the beauty blogger about dropping the filter and showing her adult acne. Since she was 19, Kadeeja Khan has been building a following as a beauty blogger from her bedroom, under the name EmeraldXBeauty. For years she was fighting a silent battle of 'Instagram versus reality.' Then she decided to do things differently - and posted a video that changed her life. Kadeeja tells Naomi about how her perception of beauty has changed, from concealing to...
Published 04/09/21
Model Naomi Shimada chats with the social media sensation and special effects make-up artist transforming beauty standards. Emmy Combs lost her hair at two years old and found the confidence to lose her head covering at sixteen. Now twenty, she's built a five million strong following online by sharing her make-up transformations, from Instagram glam to TikTok illusion, all while showing her followers that bald is beautiful. Naomi speaks to this one woman special effect all the way from LA...
Published 04/02/21
Model Naomi Shimada speaks to a pioneering blogger about beauty without boundaries. Gary Thompson AKA The Plastic Boy first fell in love with make-up as a teenager in Birmingham, even though shades to suit his skin tone were hard to find. Later, when he couldn't find black male beauty bloggers to inspire him in the UK, he decided to start his own channel. Since breaking into the mainstream with an appearance in a landmark make-up advert in 2016, he's been using his platform to speak out. In...
Published 03/26/21
Model Naomi Shimada meets Sinéad Burke, the former teacher now schooling the fashion industry on designing and marketing for people with disabilities. In 2019 Sinéad became the first self-described ‘little person’ to attend the annual Met Gala fashion fundraiser and feature on the cover of Vogue. But when will the industry move beyond such milestones to become truly representative and inclusive? Fashion blogger and teacher, turned campaigner, consultant and author, Sinéad Burke is now...
Published 03/19/21
Model Naomi Shimada asks if it's possible to go green in our beauty routines, to help fix the beauty industry for people and planet. Now that so-called ‘clean beauty’ is on trend, online and, chances are, on a shelf near you, it seems easier than ever to bring sustainability into the bathroom. Or is it? Could it be clever marketing, playing on so-called ‘chem-phobia’- fear of chemicals - and cashing in on the need to clean up the planet in a climate emergency? From green chemistry to...
Published 03/12/21
Naomi Shimada speaks to the Queer Eye stylist about challenging skin lightening in the beauty industry and colourism in society. Tan France recounts his own healing process, from secretly using skin lightening cream as a child, to learning to love the skin he's in and celebrating every skin tone on social media using his Shaded account. In a conversation recorded following the Black Lives Matter protests of summer 2020, with beauty brands showing their support online, Naomi asks Tan about...
Published 03/05/21
Naomi Shimada speaks to fellow model and activist Ebonee Davis about embracing her natural hair texture. When her breakthrough fashion campaign coincided with the fatal police shooting of an African American man, Philando Castile, in 2016, Ebonee's open letter to the fashion industry calling out systemic racism made headlines. What does it mean - and what does it take - to defy Eurocentric beauty standards, against a backdrop of racial inequality and injustice? In a conversation recorded...
Published 02/26/21
Model Naomi Shimada meets the people who know how to get their beauty fix, while showing that beauty is anything but fixed. Naomi meets fellow models, campaigners and designers fixing broken beauty standards, from Ebonee Davis embracing her natural afro hair, to Tan France celebrating his skin tone and Dame Zandra Rhodes, still standing out from the crowd at 80. How to look good, do good and feel good, from selfies to self-care. Download & subscribe to get your Beauty Fix. Presenter:...
Published 02/19/21
Can face masks be sustainable and stylish? Model Charli Howard meets the woman on a mission to make masks functional, fashionable and ethical. Smruti Sriram is the entrepreneur behind the Great British Designer Face Coverings project, bringing together big name designers and emerging talent, to produce reusable masks with profits going to charity. She's also the CEO of Bags of Ethics, a family business that made its name making reusable tote bags for the high street and high fashion...
Published 08/14/20
Can our shoes reduce our carbon footprint? Model Charli Howard learns how one brand is stepping up to that challenge. In a pre-lockdown chat, Charli hears from François-Ghislain Morillion- one half of the sneaker head brains behind Veja. With one foot in France and one foot in Brazil, the brand’s shoes are made using wild rubber sourced from the Amazon Rainforest. Their distinctive V logo has been spotted on famous feet, from Meghan Markle to Eddie Redmayne. Charli asks whether they can take...
Published 08/07/20
What's the deal with buy now, pay later in online shopping? Model Charli Howard learns how to get the get-up we want, without getting into debt. Eve Obasuyi of the Money Medics offers money management tips on social media, tailored to millennial and Gen Z lifestyles. In a pre-lockdown chat, she shows Charli how to make sure a wardrobe crisis doesn't become a financial crisis. Earlier this year, 'buy now pay later' became the fastest growing online payment method in the UK, according to...
Published 07/31/20
Model Charli Howard meets the designer taking costume change to a whole new level in TV and film. In her day job, Assistant Costume Designer Sinéad Kidao's credits range from period drama (Little Women) to Disney princess (Beauty and the Beast) and from the biblical (Mary Magdalene) to the comic (Aisling Bea's This Way Up). When not dressing Saoirse Ronan and Emma Watson's characters, Sinéad runs The Costume Directory- connecting costume designers with sustainable and socially responsible...
Published 07/24/20
In a pre-lockdown chat, model Charli Howard meets a fitness influencer turned innovator, to find out how what we wear to work out is working out for the planet. Award-winning entrepreneur Grace Beverley swaps the boardroom for her bedroom to chat about becoming a girl boss before she'd even graduated and taking on the big brands, by creating more sustainable activewear for all shapes and sizes. Athleisure is big business but with most sportswear made from synthetic fibres, micro-plastic...
Published 07/17/20
Model Charli Howard meets the activist remodelling fashion for people with disabilities. Jillian Mercado- Teen Vogue and Gay Times cover star, L Word actor and New York Fashion Week catwalk queen. She's also modelled a groundbreaking adaptive fashion collection for Tommy Hilfiger. But what exactly is adaptive fashion? In a pre-lockdown chat, Jillian tells Charli why adaptive fashion benefits everyone and how the whole industry needs to adapt to become truly accessible and...
Published 07/10/20
Can you be vegan and still love fashion? Model Charli Howard gets her head around the vogue for vegan fashion with actor and activist Evanna Lynch. Evanna rose to fame playing Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films, at a time when the leather 'It Bag' was a must-have. Realising she was 'brainwashed' by the fashion industry as a teenager, she now champions cruelty-free fabrics made from pineapple, mushroom and apple. In a pre-lockdown chat, Evanna shows Charli how veganism and vogue can...
Published 07/03/20
Is Gen Z gender fluid? Model Charli Howard finds out why gender fluidity is always in fashion for one stylist. Kyle De'Volle has dressed Bruno Mars and Rita Ora, walked in London Fashion Week and now he’s Fragrance Ambassador for Jean Paul Gaultier. In a pre-lockdown chat, Kyle tells Charli why dressing up became his escape route as a child, why he won't be put in a box and why gender fluidity is nothing new- but it could be the future. Presenter: Charli Howard Producer: Kirsty...
Published 06/26/20
How do you make fashion sustainable? And sustainable fashionable? Model Charli Howard learns how high fashion is setting trends for the high street on sustainability. Before lockdown, Charli popped round to the home of designer Amy Powney, whose sustainable style journey has taken her from living off-grid in a caravan in Lancashire, to the cutting room floor in London, to Creative Director of ethical womenswear brand, Mother of Pearl. Amy explains why she swapped the high street for high...
Published 06/19/20
Model Charli Howard chats to her friend and mentor Daisy Lowe about standing out on the catwalk, standing up for her beliefs on the picket line and the best outfit to wear to a protest. Daisy shares what it was like to become one of the few curvaceous models in the fashion world, at a time when it was still dominated by size zero. Now she's putting herself out there to get greenhouse gas emissions to net zero. But can you do self-care and still care for the planet? Presenter: Charli...
Published 06/12/20
Model and activist Charli Howard is back with the podcast that shows us how to get our fashion fix, while fixing the world- and each other. Sustainability- but make it fashion.
Published 06/05/20
Should we boycott fashion? To make sense of ethical dress sense, model and activist Charli Howard meets two people with very different takes on fixing the fashion industry. Laura Krarup Frandsen has swapped a career in fashion for campaigning on the frontline of Extinction Rebellion. Since presenting a pile of waste as her graduate collection, she organised a funeral march outside London Fashion Week, calling for the industry showcase to be cancelled. Laura is asking people to stop buying...
Published 11/22/19
Published 11/22/19
Why are fashion assistants exploited? In search of what makes ethical dress sense, model and activist Charli Howard turns her attention to the people working behind the scenes of luxury fashion. First, Charli hears from Giulia Mensitieri, an anthropologist whose book, The Most Beautiful Job in the World, exposes low pay in high fashion. Giulia followed a glamorous Parisian stylist paid in designer handbags but living off fast-food and sofa-surfing because she couldn't pay her rent. Next,...
Published 11/15/19