Kirsten

1. If you wear makeup, why do you wear makeup and how often do you wear makeup?

I do wear makeup, although far less frequently than I used to. In my early to mid 20's applying the perfect flick of black eyeliner was as much part of my daily routine as brushing my teeth. Now, in my 30's, this seems a lot less important as my daily routine now includes getting a small, temperamental person organised too. When I do wear makeup these days it tends to be for a particular occasion, and I enjoy the whole ritual of getting ready, it makes wearing makeup feel more special. 

2. What made you want to participate in this portrait series?

The photographs in this series are beautiful, and I really connected with the idea behind the project. I stumbled across Kristie's work after a period of change in my life when I was reevaluating how I felt about myself, and how I wished others to see me. Being involved with this series of work simply seemed to be the right thing to do at just the right time. 

3. Is being completely makeup free something that makes you feel in any way uncomfortable?

Generally speaking, no. However, there are times when I definitely feel 'underdressed' without makeup. 

4. Are there specific factors (positive or negative) that have influenced how you feel about how you look?

Of course, I think that's the same for everyone. From what is deemed to be 'beautiful' at a particularly influential time in my life, to the smallest comment taken the wrong way, there are so many factors that contribute to how I feel about how I look. And these are changing all time, along with how much influence I allow them to have over me. 

5. If there was one piece of advice for the future you could give your younger self, what would it be?

Be happy in who you are, you are far more amazing than you realise. 

6. When have you felt most empowered in your life?

Now. I am at a point in my life where I can say I am comfortable with who I am and how I look, and that feels very empowering. 

7. Is there a woman fictional or real that you admire? Why?

I am lucky to be surrounded by many strong females whom I admire, in both my family and my close circle of friends. They all offer inspiration and support just when I need it. 

8. What quality do you most admire in yourself?

I have always been told that am a very loyal friend, and I think that is an admirable quality to have. 

9. Is there an achievement you are particularly proud of? Why?

Having my son, as cheesy as it sounds! Watching him grow every day to become a wonderful, curious, happy little person. Knowing that my love and influence will help shape who he becomes, makes me feel immensely proud. 

10. In daily life what are the pressures you feel most exposed to specifically as a woman?

I feel there is a pressure in society today to be defined as more than just 'Andrew's Mummy'. Even though this is the one thing that makes me truly happy, it doesn't seem to be enough for some people. I think there is a pressure and an expectation for woman to juggle so many different roles these days.