Kate readily admitted that her first experience of fashion week hadn’t been ideal – she’d felt intimidated and didn’t ‘get it’, but this time things were very different. Having Rebekah to act as ‘translator’ and actually meeting the professionals who make it all happen and see how hard they work and how talented they are made it all more relatable.
The focus of the conversation rapidly moved from clothes to music and the internet and that’s as it should be – they’re all connected through how we experience them as women and how issues to do with self image and identiy affect us, but not just us, teenage girls too – and much of our chat was about what, if anything, we can do to help them. Kate is one of the only – in fact, probably the only – pop stars I know who has put her money where her mouth is and set something in motion to help young girls feel better about themselves through music. She was inspired by the rock camps for girls in America to set up her after school rock and roll music club and now tours the country speaking to girls and helping them get their clubs up and running. She said she feels personally responsible now for the 90 girls who are part of the scheme and it was clear to see how much she cares about their happiness and how angry she is about a society that’s made young girls feel, quite frankly, crap about themselves.
It’s much easier to moan on the internet about how bad things are, especially if you’re already preaching to the converted. It’s far harder to actually do something about it and that’s why I admire Kate so much. She’s not afraid to make mistakes and she’s learned not to let the haters get to her (apparently the low point of an anonymous – of course – internet troll saying something particularly foul led to her realisation that it’s all too farcical to take seriously).
I could try to decipher the rest of my scrawly, fizz-addled notes but let’s get this live right now and I’ll do more very soon…
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