Interview: Erin O’Connor

Erin O’Connor is the ambassador for the new ISPCC Childline “Headbomz” campaign (supported by Vodafone). This campaign encourages children between the ages of 8 -10 to share how they feel, because “talking makes us stronger”.

“This campaign is about engaging more kids. I am still dumbfounded that children struggle with the pressures of resilience and they mightn’t have a person to talk to, and so that’s why this is so valid”. said Erin.

Erin went on to share tales about her experience of growing up and breaking into the modelling industry.

“I had a very interesting, kind of unique, access to the industry when I dipped in, because there was a whole wash of rebellion against the idea of aesthetic ideals and it was more character and personality based – and I was really ready to unleash that in a medium. I didn’t know I had that in me, so that was incredibly liberating.”

She also opened up about the time she was at a fitting and was told her bum was too big for the pants, so she told the designer to just make the pants bigger! “I didn’t worry so much about losing the gig. I worried more about leaving that building with my dignity in tact and that to me will lead me throughout the rest of my life.”

Erin is a big supporter of regulating the modelling industry. “I am not anti-modelling, but I am anti underage modelling. This is for 2 reasons.

One, at under 16 years of age, they are children … and there are pressures and responsibilities (in this industry) that they shouldn’t have to take care of.

And two, grown women trying to emulate themselves on girls who are not yet fully formed in mind and body – problems arise with that. There’s unrealistic expectations to compare and contrast and to judge, and I am so over that.”

Erin also shared what she would like to do next.

I have to say, this was one of my most interesting, refreshingly honest and positive interviewees yet.

For the full interview, listen below.

About The Bellissimo Files

Hi, I’m Sarina Bellissimo and this is the place I come to indulge in my love of all things entertainment. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated by all things Hollywood/showbiz. I blame my parents! As a child my mum used to force me to watch old Elvis Presley films with her, and both my mum & dad would take my brothers and I to the Drive-In to watch the latest films (this is where my love for ROCKY began!). When not watching movies, I was trying to figure out ways to pull the back off the TV so I could somehow get into it and be a part of all the action on the screen! This blog isn’t a place that revels in gossip and negativity. It’s a place where entertainment is celebrated. That said, this is a place you can turn to for honesty. Honesty and criticism don’t always mean attacks. I choose to criticise the piece of work but not the person and I acknowledge that just because I don’t like something, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. Here you’ll find interviews with some of the biggest names in the world of Entertainment, reviews, breaking news and my very own musings. Away from The Bellissimo Files, you can find me on Spin 1038 on Saturdays, between 1pm and 3pm,presenting Plan B. There’s celebrity interviews, entertainment news, the low down on the must see movies and music releases of the week, the ultimate guide to what’s on where in the city, as well as masterclasses with experts on standby to answer listeners’ questions. I also appear on TV3’s “Elaine” panel, talk movies on “Ireland AM” and you can sometimes hear me filling in on Moncrieff’s “Movies and Booze “(Newstalk) The Bellissimo Files is constantly evolving. Files (topics) will be added or deleted as time goes on. Feel free to read, watch, comment, share, and make suggestions for what you would like to see on the site. Sarina
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