She’s the energetic, effusive stylist who has convincingly transformed herself into a quick-witted, sharp-tongued broadcaster (you can’t but be impressed by her verbal sparring with icy star of The Apprentice Katie Hopkins on the recent RTÉ2 documentary series Close Encounters). In the words of fashion bible British Vogue, “Angela Scanlon’s star is on the ascent.”
So, is the 31-year-old living the dream? “Well, the dream was actually to build a fashion empire with a wildly successful label and multiple stores,” explains the Co Meath native – with no hint of irony – who for the past year has called Haggerston in London home (“It’s the new Hackney,” quips Scanlon in her usual upbeat tone). It may not be Made in Chelsea, but Scanlon says she adores the New York-style loft apartment, which she shares with her entrepreneur husband Roy Horgan, who she married last year in Co Wicklow wearing a Sorcha O’Raghallaigh dress. More than that, her relocation to the East London borough signifies a seismic shift in Scanlon’s status since 2013, when Vogue anointed her, and The Telegraph labelled her a “hot property”. The vibrant redhead is, indeed, on fire right now, both at home and abroad (last year, she modelled a shoot for Japanese Elle).
Significant projects this year include her role as the digital voice of BBC One’s The Voice UK, creator and presenter of documentary series Full Frontal (which explored this country’s relationship with nudity) and Close Encounters, as well as co-host of RTÉ One’s travel series, Getaways, with Joe Lindsay, replacing Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin.
She’s effortlessly evolved from flighty “fashion bird” to credible TV presenter and documentary maker, and she’s done so without sacrificing any of her unique charm and warmth. Scanlon says television sort of landed in her lap, and at just the right time. “I realised a few years ago that as much as I loved fashion, it wasn’t the career path I wanted to pursue. Since I began getting small slots a few years ago, television has felt like the right place for me to be. I love it,” she enthuses. Although TV is Scanlon’s chosen career path now, this eclectic, fashion magpie still knows a thing or two about how to dress to impress. Here, she reveals her essential Style Commandments.
Wear shoes you can walk in
Ditch skinnies and adopt boyfriend jeans
For more of Scanlon’s style secrets, plus shots from her IMAGE Magazine photo shoot, pick up the December issue, out now.