A Chat with Pauline, the new head of PR
I’m Pauline, the new head of PR of GUCFS 18 and I am super excited to meet all of you who want to become a Brand Ambassador for GUCFS.
I am taking the opportunity to reach out to you to explain the vision I have for the BA team next year, and all the fun that we are going to have.
As we’ll be working closely together I thought I could start by introducing myself a little. I am a French life-enthusiast undertaking an undergraduate degree in Business & Management and Economics at the University of Glasgow. At the moment, I am studying abroad in Milan, where I am trying to boost my Italian and fashion skills, but also drinking as many coffees as possible along with visiting all the ice-cream shops existing in town. I’d say I am a pretty social and outgoing person which is why I cannot wait to rally the BA team to get down to work! This is where all the fun starts!
This year, the GUCFS BA team will be a tightly-welded and fun one to be part of! I have some surprises for you that I’m sure you’ll like.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, will be the spreading of GUCFS’ messages, spirit and combat as far as you can! Friends, family, working and gym buddies, everyone will have to know about it – you’ll be the annoying one constantly talking about charitable fashion and proud to be!
The first thing you’ll get to do is the development of a killer action plan for Freshers Week – it needs to be a success! Freshers week is one of the most important time of the year where we’ll reach a huge amount of people! I’ll need you to put on your most beautiful smile and get chatting to people, but we’ll also develop some more fun and innovative activities to raise everyone’s attention!
The rest of the year, actions will be spread out in order to market our other events and raise awareness about our elected charity of the year!
I am excited to be working with fun and pro-active people, and I am confident in our ability to spread, together, the cool GUCFS vibe on campus and beyond.
The applications for the role are open until Sunday night (8pm, 07/05/17) and I strongly encourage you to apply if you want to be part of something great next year!
We recently visited our main sponsor Hello Students residence in the Willowbank Crescent, in order to see exactly what kind of accommodation they provide. And what we found was certainly a home away from home!
Hello Student turn classic and charismatic buildings, into amazing student housing, equipped with spacious bedrooms. The facilities include ensuites, high-spec kitchens, a garden area, study areas and more! Each building also comes with its very own building manager who will be on call to make sure that everything runs smoothly, whether it be maintenance or if you even need a friendly chat.
This innovative company offers multiple accommodation locations around the Glasgow area: George Street, Bath Street, Willowbank Crescent, and The Glasgow Ballet School.
Communal Space: offers peaceful and relaxing areas to study and meet friends, along with its very own games room.
Cinema Room: Here you can watch movies with other students or rent out the room for you and your friends with a movie of your choice.
Private gym: every student accommodation comes with work out areas, filled with state of the art equipment.
Foyer: this beautiful building was once a school, before it was taken over by Hello Student and transformed into amazing student accommodation.
Rooms: you can choose between a room, studio, or shared apartment to share with friends. This room offers a double bed, an ensuite, and plenty of room.
Study area: these private study rooms will allow you to focus during exam time.
We would like to thank Hello Student for being the biggest sponsors for Horizon 2017!
To find out more about this accommodations, its locations and the different options on offer, please visit their website: http://www.hellostudent.co.uk/
By Jack McInally
With a lack of regular occasions to suit up in Black Tie these days, it's a dress code we hardly make use for in this world of camouflage skinny fit joggers and long line t-shirts with zips up the back.
The tux or dinner jacket (or DJ if you're ritzy) is your biggest investment. It differs from a usual suit jacket as a contrasting material is used for the lapel, usually a silk or similar material, which stands outs. Quality DJ's can be expensive but a jacket that fits and is well made can last you years.
A white dress shirt is a must in completing this unique look. You can splash out on a wing collar front pleated shirt if you must, but a turn down collared, classic slim fit white shirt is often more stylish and can be worn to other, more relaxed occasions. Complete the look with a bow tie and simple but elegant cuff links - black, white or silver.
The Bow Tie
You'll read a lot of blogs that say "Learn how to tie a bow tie!!!" but unless you're James Bond or Colton Haynes a clip round bow tie looks just as dapper and saves you time when you're waiting on your limo (or more likely Uber).
Black, of course, and skinny or slim fit depending on your preference. Your shirt should be tucked in with a smart plain black belt - there's nothing more tasteless than a MOSCHINO belt buckle hiding your waist.
Footwear is probably the second most important feature after the DJ. Strictly black dress shoes should be worn. However, depending on the occasion brown smart shoes can often look classier at more relaxed events. And as with the DJ, you get what you pay for with shoes, and it's worth the investment.
A Waist Coat
A three piece adds that extra part of elegance to any black tie event, plus you can take off your DJ and still look 10/10.
A black or midnight blue velvet DJ can look very cool, as long as it fits right. It stands out and is popular as it has a kind of vintage look. However, it goes without saying that you should keep the velvet to the jacket and wear black trousers - not an entire velvet get up.
Traditionally wearing a time piece at a black tie event was considered insulting to the host, as keeping an eye on the time went against the celebratory nature of such events. However, it's now 2017, and checking the time on your wrist is more elegant than on a 7 inch phone screen. Keep your watch slim, black, and the face as basic as possible - again MOSCHINO...nope.
Because why not.
Keep your phone and wallet in your DJ pocket, not your trousers. It looks bad and scuffs the outside of your pockets. Shine ya shoes. And finally, don't stress.
To find some outfit examples from our previous shows, please visit out photo albums on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/GUCharityFashionShow/photos/?ref=page_internal
By Jocelyn Gilmour
What does one wear to a fashion show? Lets be honest, GUCFS is no lfw ( London Fashion Week, duh) so you don’t need to be front row ready. HORIZON is basically a party, with a fashion show in the middle, in aid of charity. But girl, you wanna look good.
The show is officially Black Tie but what is Black Tie? Does it mean full-length ball gowns? Or sequence cocktail dresses? My advice – dress to impress. Be sassy. Be cool. But be comfortable – you’ll never look good if you don’t feel good in your outfit (a mistake I made at AfterDark ’15).
Why was this dress a mistake? Well, its white = bad idea when you drink vodka coke & there was a lot of tape needed….. Not the best idea when you running around like a headless chicken.
Dress from Solace London, RRP £180 but I got it from eBay for only £40!
Last year, my dress literally arrived the night before the show – I was nearly outfit repeating (disaster, I know)!!! Since it arrived so late, I had no time to get it altered and ended up with a dress with about a 10foot train. Do not wear a dress with a long train, it will only get stood on and ripped off – RIP dress.
I have minimal photos of me in this dress ( I was probably too busy bossing someone about). This dress was specially made & designed for me (Tall probs). £200
There are very few opportunities to get dressed up at uni, so use the Fashion Show as your time to shine! Go long or short, it doesn’t matter. I mean look at this sassy short dress from Asos. Or this full-length organza special that will make you feel like a princess.
Your outfit doesn't need to break the bank. Think eBay, Depop or even Boohoo. Or better, steal your flatmates!
My 5 top tips for dressing for the Fashion Show
1. Be comfortable – you are going to be in your outfit from pre drinks until the 2am.
2. Don’t like wearing dresses? Get some sassy trousers and avoid having to fake tan your legs.
3. Spice up your dress some accessories. Primark currently have some fancy bargain hairbands that will spice up any outfit.
4. Be prepared. You don’t want to be running about the West End on a Saturday afternoon trying to find a pair of sucky in pants (or maybe that’s just me). You’ll have more time to enjoy getting ready and feel extra special.
5. Be extra!!! Think the earrings are too much? Wear them. Glitter lips? Do it. Heels to high? Never. You do you!
I hope to see all you sassy girls strutting down SWG3 like it’s your own catwalk.
We all know that sometimes the weather can be daunting here in Glasgow, but we do get occasional sunny mornings when everything just seems better. Glasgow’s lively West End and Kelvingrove are famous for their loveliness, and the best way to start your day is to amble around and find a brunch spot to stop for a bite. If you need some inspiration; look no further!
Kember & Jones
Kember & Jones is the perfect location on Byres road for a quick stop after your 9am lecture. Well-earned and well tasty.
We tried the salmon and cream cheese on sourdough toast and it was delicious. The bread is baked fresh in store every day, and the smell of freshly baked bread will put some sparkle into any bleak Monday morning. The place can get busy, so you might have to wait for a table- but believe me it’s worth it. For our sweeter-toothed reader, the macaroons are heavenly (we recommend the blueberry!).
Average spend: £8 each
Finnieston was named 2016’s trendiest Up-and-coming place to live. And hand on heart, all the nosheries of Shoreditch would be given a run for their brunch money by Montgomery’s. A short walk from Kelvingrove park, the location is good for those needing some pep en route to University from the City Centre. The service is warm and friendly, and their huge coffee selection will leave you dumbfounded, and very caffeinated. The menu offers many-a choice- from traditional eggs to some tasty pancakes and waffles. I went for the waffle with blueberry coulis and whipped cream, which was a smorgasboard of sweet, tart and cool. My brunch companion went for a bagel with salmon and cream cheese- and neither of us left disappointed.
Average spend: £8 each
The Hyndland Fox
Although quite a trek from my flat in Woodlands, The Hyndland Fox is definitely worth the walk. Arguably, their brunches are the most Instagram worthy in the West End!! I ordered a hearty vegetarian breakfast, whilst my friend Ellie went for the more traditional brunch option of Hot Smoked Salmon with Poached Eggs. If I had to pick a downside to this place, I would say that was that the vegetarian sausages felt a little too healthy for my liking; I would have preferred grilled halloumi and houmous, as is served in TriBeCa Bar and Grill. The brunch here comes in at quite a reasonable price, considering the quality of the food, atmosphere and service: plates range from £6-£9. Bearing this in mind, I would recommend booking ahead for a weekend brunch, as it can get quite busy.
Average spend: £8 each
PaperCup West End
This edgy coffee shop and brunch destination is just down the hill from the library on Great Western Road, so if you were one of the first bleary-eyed academics into the library at 7am, this is ‘treat yo self’ central. Perhaps the best and most unique thing about PaperCup is the original and varied menu, which ventures past the standard brunch offerings: I had French toast with bacon and caramelised bananas, which was excellent. The shop is small and unpretentious; but it fills up quickly and you’ll be rubbing shoulders, elbows and knees with your pals before you know it. Cosy.
Word on the street, there’s also a very attractive barista who works there, who serves perfectly formed heart-shaped latte art!
A tiny hidden spot on the bottom of Byres road, isn’t exactly a brunch place, but they have an amazing set lunch menu on offer (£14.95 for two courses, and £18.95 for three).
Usually there is a choice between four starters and main courses, which gives you couple of options. I would say it is a great place to go when you are looking for something different, and interesting. We tried the braised ham hock with goat cheese and the Moroccan spiced chickpeas as our starters, both were delicious and my personal favourite was the whipped goat cheese. My friend picked the braised Ramsay’s of Carluke pork belly, which he really enjoyed. I went for the Ox cheek with some cabbage on side, which was also a great choice. Despite the slightly small portions, we couldn’t eat any desserts, so I will definitely go back to try those as well, especially since their pastry chef (Helen Vass) made it through to the final of Bake Ofreme de la Creme.
Featuring Jamie Patterson
What does being healthy mean to you?
I think health has two main components - mental health and physical health and that they're far more closely linked than people believe. Physical health is far more simple to describe; providing your body with the food sources it needs to function optimally (getting good healthy energy sources/vitamins and minerals etc), as well as maintaining a healthy weight and body composition - and of course exercising regularly. It's far easier to tell when your physical health is deteriorating, whether that's seeing a difference in the mirror, or being able to feel that you're less fit than you have been in the past (getting out way too of breath walking up library hill after a few too many nights out - we've all been there!)
Mental health is far harder to quantify, and often far harder even to identify its decline. However, I would describe being healthy mentally as being able to keep a positive outlook and enjoying life for the majority of the time. It's also unhealthy to expect everybody to be happy and smiling 24/7 - you can't be happy without being sad every so often, one can't exist without the other! For me, a large part of maintaining good mental health is making sure I eat well and hit the gym regularly and studies have shown that even as little as 2 mins of exercise can begin the release of endorphins that make us feel good!
Tell us about your new venture, 'The Session Plan'.
The Session Plan was born out of my experience whilst I was at university. I've always been really into fitness and training, but when I came to university that fell by the wayside as partying and going out took over. Although it wasn't the only component, being unable to find the balance of keeping healthy and partying contributed to me feeling pretty unhappy at uni and dropping out after second year. I decided I would instead pursue something I had always enjoyed - fitness and training - and qualified as a personal trainer to be able to share that passion with others. I was, and still am, very close to the friends I had made at university and as a result started making training programmes for them to follow. Word started to spread that my programmes worked and I started getting people I didn't even know messaging me to see if they could get involved. It seemed that there was a pretty big gap in the market for people who want to party but still want to look good and feel good - so as a result, I've created The Session Plan. It's a workout programme that combines my knowledge of the challenges of a party lifestyle, with my knowledge as a personal trainer to counteract these challenges. It's specifically designed for young people who want to go out and party 2-3 times a week, but are still keen to stay fit - and is the first fitness programme of its kind.
Why do you think it's important to factor in someones social life to your plan?
I think where a lot of people really fall down when attempting to follow workout programmes is that the programmes expect you to forget about everything else other than training and eating out of tupperwear. For someone coming from a relatively 'normal' lifestyle, its just too much of a shock to the system and ends up being unsustainable. As well as the that the first thing you're told to cut out is alcohol - which is pretty boring.
Have you found that maintaining regular exercise and having fun has helped with your mental health?
Absolutely - without exercise I can feel my mental health getting far worse and I find myself a lot more unhappy. It always amazes me the extent to which training changes my outlook on my day, and how intrinsically linked the training and my mental health are! I'm no mathematician but this equation definitely applies to me: 'A bad day = a bad day. A bad day + gym = a good day'.
What advice can you give to someone who is struggling to find the balance?
I'd say that knowledge is the key - if you can learn about what it takes to stay fit (diet/training) as well as know what kind of bad effects your lifestyle is having on your body then you're well equipped to start finding that balance. Going in blind and just hoping to wake up hangover free and hit the gym without really knowing what you're going to do when you get there doesn't really cut it.
To find out more about 'The Session Plan', please visit his official site: https://www.thesessionplan.com/ or visit his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SessionPlanJamie/
By Gillian Merriman
Yoga is increasingly becoming a popular way of relaxing and managing stress in both men and women of all ages. Stress can manifest itself in many ways from being unable to sleep, difficulties in concentrating and physical pain such as a stiff neck and back pain. Yoga’s incorporation of meditation and breathing can help improve a person’s mental well-being. As we roll into the second semester, deadlines and uni work slowly starts to build up and can cause that dreaded “back to school” feeling. Typically, my new year’s resolution has been to eat better, exercise more and to not go out as much which I usually don’t end up keeping up. Instead I have decided this year I shall join a yoga class with the goal being: To be able to touch my toes whilst standing up. As silly as it sounds it’s a realistic goal I think I can achieve, so why not try a yoga class.
Back in September I attended the free yoga session at The Movement Studio on Ashton Lane by GUCFS. I was both excited and nervous as I had only ever attended one yoga session in my life. To my surprise, it was the most relaxing hour I had since starting back at Uni. I wasn’t left in agony from being over stretched but rather felt stress-free and at ease with myself. The session began with some light stretching and gradually built up to more complex poses. The instructor made sure everyone was comfortable and performing the different poses right. Slowly different poses merged together and everything developed into a rhythmic flow.
Yoga has been shows to have many health benefits such as improved respiration, spike in energy, increased flexibility, increased muscle strength and tone. With over 100 variations there’s a level and course for everyone. Going into 4th year I have had waves of stress and episodes of panicking. So, as the new year is upon us I want to be able to dedicate an hour a week to yoga. T
The West End has plenty of places to visit and pop along to taster sessions so that you know what you would like to do. Bikram Yoga, The Movement Studio, Yoga Healing Glasgow and My 121 Yoga are just some of the places scattered around the West End and offer different levels and types. If you’re on a budget then just simply browse the web for videos that vary in length which means you can put 15 minutes aside every evening to destress, forget about that dissertation or project and just remind yourself that it will be alright.
So, if you fancy doing some yoga in a steaming room, join Bikram or if you’re like me, and not so brave start at a beginner’s level and see what suits you!
Featuring Bonnie BFit
What does 'healthy' mean to you?
To me, being healthy is a lot more than what you see at surface level. It’s all fine and well having a cracking set of abs or huge biceps, but does that really denote a state of good health? In my opinion, someone who is “healthy” is someone who dedicates themselves to looking after their mind and body. Someone who cares about what they’re eating, who spends time exercising every day, who takes time for themselves to do some yoga or relax. In fact, I’d say that the biggest part of “being healthy” is about what’s going on on the inside, the part that you can’t see. Muscles and a big booty don’t mean anything if you’re not taking care of the inside of your body or of your mental health.
How do you focus on your mental well-being?
Until very recently, I never consciously focussed on my mental well-being. I’ve always been a fairly calm person and rarely get stressed, so I figured it was all just sort of looking after itself. But recently I have been taking the time to ensure that my mind is just as “fit” as my body is. Just because you don’t have a diagnosed mental health “problem”, does not mean that your mental health is in the best condition, and looking after our mind is definitely something we are all guilty of neglecting. Sometimes we don’t feel under pressure or stressed, but it lies sub-consciously in our bodies and our mind. This is why it’s really important to be able to connect with your body and assess how you feel on a day to day basis. Your body will tell you if there is something wrong and it’s crucial that you know yourself well enough to pick up on these signals. Every single day I ensure that I get a good sleep, drink lots of water, go walking outside and do some yoga/stretching or spend just a little time focussing on my breathing and clearing my head. Four things which do not cost you anything and will do wonders for your mental well-being.
Despite having such a busy schedule, do you still find fitting in working out to be a benefit, rather than a burden? For example, is it worth the time during the busy exam period?
First of all, I think the word “busy” gets chucked around a lot, and usually with negative connotations. Being busy is a great thing. It means you’ve got commitments, responsibilities, passions, hobbies and purpose, all of which keep you going and keep you focussed. But no matter how busy I am, I will always find a way to work out because it’s important to me. And it’s not difficult. It might sound tough but anyone who tells me they “don’t have the time” simply aren’t making it a priority. There are people who are in class all day, who have a job in the evenings as well, and yet they manage to find the time to get a workout in. Maybe it means getting up earlier. Maybe it means you don’t spend the evening watching TV. Maybe it means you spend that hour in the gym rather than on your phone. Fitting in my workout isn’t a big deal; it’s just a normal part of my routine now. And at busy or stressful times, that’s when it’s all the more important to be doing it. Who do you think is going to perform better in an exam – someone who rolls out of bed, spends the whole day sitting in the library downing coffee to force their body to keep going, doesn’t really think about what they’re eating, and slumps home after a mentally exhausting day to go sit down some more and watch TV, or someone who gets up early, maybe spends 5-10 minutes doing some yoga, studies for 6-8 hours, heads to the gym, lets off some steam for an hour or two, gets their muscles and body moving, heads home, eats well and gets to bed early? I know that feeling of guilt when it’s exam season and you feel like you shouldn’t be doing anything other than revising, but you’ve got to take the time out. I am 100% confident in saying that it is worth sacrificing an hour or two of studying every day to look after your mental and physical health. And if you don’t trust me, studies have shown that the top students are the ones who do exactly that. So find your little refuge to give your mind the break that it needs. Whether that’s swimming or a dance class or a weights session, it doesn’t matter. Whatever you do will keep your body and mind in a far better condition to perform well in exams and you won’t feel like you’re on the edge of a breakdown every day, which is always a bonus.
As someone who has been exercising for a long time, what advice would you give to those just embarking on their fitness journey?
In the media, a lot of emphasis is put on exercises' aesthetic benefits rather than its health benefits, including mental health benefits. As someone who has built up high levels of fitness, what has motivated you to keep going - what are the main benefits for you?
I think it’s very easy to get caught up in the aesthetic side of things. There are far too many people on social media who take these processed “pre-workouts” to get through their sessions, who promote balance yet can’t eat a pizza without feeling guilty about it for a week, who probably haven’t eaten a vegetable for 20 years but they look fantastic so that’s all that matters right? In my opinion, if you’re doing exercise purely because you wanna look good, that’s not healthy. It comes to a point where you have to ask yourself why you’re really doing this. Sure I lift weights and exercise to look good, but there’s a thousand other reasons why I do it, and it’s absolutely crucial that you set your goals on something bigger than the physical rewards. What motivates me to keep going is myself. I don’t scroll through Instagram looking at fitness models thinking “I wish I could look like that” and running to the gym. I motivate myself by setting goals and smashing them and feeling proud of myself. When you get into it and start to feel good and confident, the motivation will come. And while it’s great to look good, the other benefits are so much more rewarding. I feel happy, I feel confident, I feel strong. I feel like I can protect and look after myself. I feel positive and more capable of dealing with not only my own problems, but those of my friends and family. I have completely transformed as a person in the last few years, and it’s all down to fitness. Just like weight-lifting builds up your muscles, being healthy in your mind and in your body will pick out the best parts of you and make them all stronger. And that feeling is the biggest motivator of them all.
To find out more about Bonnie's work or to get more tips on a healthier lifestyle, follow her on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bonnie_bfit/?hl=en or follow her blog: https://bonniebfitsite.wordpress.com/
By Jocelyn Gilmour
Any girl over the height of 5ft 9 knows it is hard to get a full-length dress that touches the ground when you have your heels on. Black tie is my favourite attire so I am pretty much a pro in this field.
Being on a budget and being tall don't go all that well together - i've found that the more expensive the brand, the longer length it is. Take Solace, London; very expensive dresses (most are around £200) but they are really long, like so long that I have had to get mine taken up before!
Daft Friday 20140 - Solace, London (left)
Solace London Resort Collection 2017 - £280
Slightly cheaper, but still expensive, brands such as Jarlo and AQAQboth have tall ranges.
Jarlo Tall from ASOS - £95 (including student discount)
My bae, my love, my everything is ASOS tall. I buy the majority of my clothes from ASOS and loads from ASOS tall. If I got paid for the amount of times I promoted ASOS Premium, I would be able to afford a Solace London dress.
ASOS Tall - £63 (Including student discount)
Surprisingly, MissGuided maxi dresses are really long. Yeah, sometimes the material is quite cheap but when you are paying £30 for a dress and then getting a 30% discount, you don't really care. And let's be honest, your dress will get ruined at Daft Friday.
Daft Friday 2013 - MissGuided
MissGuided - £35 (Not including discounts)
Obviously, I am not going to post my dress from this year but as you can see from the last three years, I will be in black.
Good luck and I hope that you find a dress that no one else is wearing!
Featuring: the HORIZON 2017 models
GUCFS will be running an on-going campaign that recognises the importance of balancing out the different aspects of your everyday life, whilst maintaining the most important thing: your health.
We are also very proud to be including pieces that take a stance against the stereotypes of the fashion industry. GUCFS is a firm believer in loving the body that you are in, and that the industry is in need of some positive changes. Overall, we are proud to include this piece to our blog; taking both a stance against body shaming, and bringing forward a topic in need of much discussion.
We hope that this feature will provide information on the importance of finding time to take care of yourself both mentally and physically, whether this be through keeping active or making time to relax and enjoy yourself. Secondly, we wish to emphasise that the fashion industry should be a place of complete inclusivity, celebrating our differences, and providing those involved with a healthy mind set.
With the release of our HORIZON 2017 models, we thought it be fitting to include them in our next post. Each model was selected as we believed that they could represent GUCFS as a society, as well as our creative vision. As ambassadors for GUCFS and SAMH, it is important that each individual represents the diversity needed in the fashion industry, that both the models and GUCFS would be proud of.
The theme of the shoot is healthy body x healthy mind, what does this mean to you?
Sheena: "They are both, without a doubt incredibly important. Whenever I’m in the right mindset, I tend to be happier with my body, my work, my social life, and generally myself. Once you become happy internally, it shines outwards."
Charis: "For me, ‘Healthy Mind x Healthy Body’ means getting the right balance in life. Healthy eating and physical exercise are important factors in this, but I also like to take some time to myself. Even just taking five minutes out of my day to clear my head, pray, and focus on the bigger picture, helps to keep everything in perspective. It’s so easy to get stressed out with uni work, especially now I’m in my final year. But I need to remind myself that there’s more to life than my 3000 word essay."
Nickel: "Obviously there's a massive stigma surrounding mental health. No one truly understands or knows what is going on inside someone else's head, or whether they are suffering from a mental illness. It would be quite good to be a part of trying to open the discussion about it and let people know about it."
What do you do to keep healthy both physically and mentally?
Eilish: "It sounds simple but for me the key to staying healthy mentally is talking to people and just to keep going. Push past my exhaustion for an early morning lecture because if I don't go I will regret it, effecting me more than if I'm sitting there a bit sleepy. I also try to keep busy with a part time job and doing stuff with friends. Even just simple things like sitting and watching the GBBO."
Nina: ''Yoga is a new journey i’ve embarked on. I do Yoga every Wednesday in the St Andrews building. It’s something i’ve been meaning to do for years and i’m so glad i’ve started. This is also a huge contributor to managing any stress or tension that uni and social life brings. Something that I found very interesting is this recurring idea of remembering to breathe . There is a huge focus on breathing in yoga, which seems like something quite obvious when you think about it. But that's what makes it rather comical, as human beings, with our busy schedules, and media bombarded lives, we somehow forget to breathe - something so simple, yet so crucial to remember. At the end of every session there’s a meditation, a moment of calm before reemerging into the world outside the studio. That really helps me to mentally regather myself before commencing whatever body of work that awaits me."
What motivated you to become a GUCFS model?
Charis: "I was fortunate enough to model in the first ever Glasgow University Charity Fashion Show in 2014-2015. With this being a new and exciting event at the university, it was hard to say no, especially as I loved what it stood for: fashion and charity. As I got more involved, I realised it’s not all about the lights, cameras and makeup. There are photoshoots, socials, fundraisers and charity awareness events – it’s more than just a fashion show. This is now my third year modelling for GUCFS – sorry but ya can’t get rid of me! I have made great friends, gained confidence through taking part, and it’s also fun to pretend to be a real model for a day! It keeps getting more exciting year by year, and this year more so than ever. I have a passion for fashion (and yes, I am self-confessed shopaholic), but the key here is raising awareness of a healthy mind and healthy body. Therefore I consider it a privilege to represent a society that supports a mental health charity such as SAMH."
Sheena: "I have been modelling for quite some time now so when I heard about GUCFS I was immediately interested. My flat mate was Model Management in 2016 and is now the 2017's Creative Director so she was keen for me to get involved. Both of the years that I have taken part in GUCFS, the charities have been very close to my heart and I think it's so important to remember the good work GUCFS does for charity out with the fashion show."
Do you think it is important to have diversity in the fashion industry?
Luke: "It’s very important to have diversity in the fashion industry in order to present the correct image that not everyone looks like a certain type of model. People are short, tall, different sizes, different race and this needs to be recognised in the fashion industry."
Nina: "Yes Yes Yes! I could go on about this for ages, but for the lack of time and space my short answer is yes, and it comes down to a lack of representation. The fashion industry serves as such an important source in the media for ideals of beauty and trend. For years it has been criticised for it lack of diversity, be it race or body image (where the only fashionable size was a poor girl sporting a size - 2, on the verge of a collapse, eating cotton balls to stay afloat). Representation is important for conveying to younger girls and boys (be it black, white, latino, asian or otherwise) that they too are beautiful in any and every shape, form or complexion they are born into. I think progress has been made but there’s still so much work to be done."
Is there anyone in the fashion industry that inspires you?
Sheena: "Obviously...I'm a girl! Most supermodels inspire me. However, when I think of what their life entails and just how hard they have to work for it, I think it would be a relatively lonely existence. I do think it's really important to look at local models. Look at GUCFS's very own Mo! She is being so courageous in what she is doing, speaking out against an industry that is so vast but she's doing such a super job in getting her voice heard."
Luke: "Vivienne Westwood, the way she uses her notoriety to highlight political and social issues that need to be pointed out."
Nina: "Yes, Adwoa Aboah, she is such a queen!! Shes a british model, currently living in LA. She’s such a strong WOC (woman of colour). I resonate a lot with her because much like myself, she’s an advocate of self love and a feminist. I think she’s one of the most down to earth people in the industry and every interview i’ve seen her in, she is exactly the same, just 100% authenticity Adwoa, no fucks given. She also recently started a forum called ‘Girl Talk’, which focuses on women and the issues that women face on the day-to-day, in society and in the industry. This too appeals to me because I started my blog ‘Boldieaintaboy’ more or less around the same time which explores many of the same topics as ‘Girl Talk’. I hope to go on to expand it to help other women in the way Adwoa’s, ‘Girl Talk’ does. I also find her strength so admirable and how she allows herself to be vulnerable with her followers and fans. She’s opened up about her long struggle with drug and substance abuse and how she's still overcoming it. I just think that’s a beautiful human. I’m also just absolutely obsessed with her style."
SAMH’S Get Active campaign aims to show that sport and physical activity can really help improve and maintain mental health. Are you involved in any Sports at University?
Luke: "Yes I am part of the tennis club so try to make it to the tennis courts as often as possible. I also play 7-aside football down at Garscube. Sports, getting outside and generally just being active make you feel like you’re doing something rather than just sitting in your bed binge watching Netflix which is undoubtedly better for your mental state.
Nickel: "Normally different things. I usually play rugby, but not this year because I don't have time on my schedule to play it. Cardio is obviously proven to be really good for both your physical and mental health. What I normally do is go to the gym four times a week, go for a run, or play squash."
Healthy Mind x Healthy Body strives to embrace the individual, their differences and loving the body you're in. What was the turning point that helped you in gaining your self self-confidence or helped you to embrace your differences?
Nina: I think growing up I had a rather tough time coming from a very, petite, athletic family. I was always taller and curvier than literally all my family members, including the men. And the constant comparison to my brother (who is petite and athletically built) by members of my family really messed with my self image. But as I got older (and this is only in the last two years or so) and my awkward parts started to settle into the rest of my body, by starting to work out and embrace my curves (which I’m still learning to do ), my confidence has slowly started coming back . I don’t know if i’ll ever be 100% there, but I’m a work in progress.
Charis: "When I was growing up, I sometimes struggled with trying to ‘fit in’. I realised my friends were going through similar issues and I was not alone, therefore we encouraged each other through the difficulties of being a teenager and finding our identity. I also have my family to thank for their love and support. My mum once said to me ‘how boring would life be if we were all the same?’ – which really struck a chord with me. I realised I’m ok with who I am, and gained self-confidence to be myself. Everyone is unique, and we need to make sure we build each other up. It is important to surround yourself with caring people, who genuinely support you for who you are."
Thank you to our HORIZON 2017 models: Charis, Luke, Nina, Sheena, Eilish, and Nickel.
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