Children are becoming less resilient and it is because of our parenting style
Children are becoming less resilient and it is because of our parenting style

Amanda Cassidy

These 4 Sofia Coppola films are the dreamy escapism we need right now
These 4 Sofia Coppola films are the dreamy escapism we need right now

Jennifer McShane

Am I supposed to feel joy over a PowerPoint presentation?
Am I supposed to feel joy over a PowerPoint presentation?

Esther O'Moore Donohoe

Nowstalgia: beauty’s most forward-thinking trend? Looking back
Nowstalgia: beauty’s most forward-thinking trend? Looking back

Holly O'Neill

Here’s how to maximise your annual leave in 2022
Here’s how to maximise your annual leave in 2022

Megan Burns

What’s coming to Netflix this November
What’s coming to Netflix this November

Lauren Heskin

The reality of being a single mother by choice: ‘I conceived my son with a sperm donor’
The reality of being a single mother by choice: ‘I conceived my son with a...

Amanda Cassidy

What you watch on TV says a LOT about your personality
What you watch on TV says a LOT about your personality

Amanda Cassidy

The most beautiful and inspiring 5k runs around Dublin
The most beautiful and inspiring 5k runs around Dublin

Megan Burns

Penn Badgley and Cardi B just won this week’s Most Unlikely Friendship Award
Penn Badgley and Cardi B just won this week’s Most Unlikely Friendship Award

Lauren Heskin

Image / Editorial

Editor’s Welcome: the July/August issue


by Lizzie Gore-Grimes
20th Jun 2019
Editor’s Welcome: the July/August issue

jjj

My big sister wasn’t always a barrister, obviously. But anyone who knows her knows that from a very early age, she was a force. She just has this presence, always did. In any game we played as kids, invariably involving our Sutton cousins (who will be suitably mortified to find themselves on page 69), she was always the boss – our chief, leader and protector. All our school years we shared a bedroom, which was the scene of much laughter, comfort and war in equal measure. She used to draw a line down the middle of the room to divide my half from hers. The fact that the door was on her side gives you a fairly good indication of the power balance. But I had the basin, so it wasn’t all bad. It was one of those early 1980s turquoise numbers that sat in the corner of the room complete with backlit vanity mirror, which we loved. Needless to say, said sink was constantly littered with cheap make-up and hair brushes. We went through a lot of hairbrushes not just because we both had long hair, which we did, but because they got smashed on a fairly regular basis.

I have too many memories of my sister standing in front of that basin, her tongue curled backwards between her bared teeth, smashing the hairbrush against the sink in frustration as her new top/skirt/dungarees from Mirror Mirror didn’t fit. I couldn’t fathom how the girl that I idolised with the sallow skin that I longed for and the aura of Judd-Nelson-cool could be floored by an ill-fitting top. But of course, it’s only with hindsight and at least 20-odd years of life lived that you come to understand that there is so much more to love about your body than its ability to fit into a fashionable top.

Now that myself and my sister have daughters of our own, we worry down the phone to each other on a regular basis as we see the same stain of self-doubt seeping into their young psyches. A few weeks ago, Niamh O’Donoghue, a speaker at the IMAGE Beauty Festival, asked members of the crowd to raise their hand if they had ever cried in a changing room. A sea of hands filled the air. Which makes Kerry Cunningham’s moving story on page 95 all the more powerful and relevant. What we see in the mirror and what others see at first glance does not define who we are.

Instead, we’re rooting out our old photo albums, led by Amanda Cassidy, thinking back to the nostalgia-scented summers of our youth and revisiting the bedrock – the people, places and moments who’ve made us. (That’s where I came across this little back garden gem above.) We’re celebrating mind-expanding solo travel with Rosita Boland, exploring the complicated and cataclysmic power of female friendships with Emily Hourican and joining Catherine Doyle on her journey to overcome fear and fall in love with the sea.

When your hair won’t behave and your skin is on strike, these are the things that will straighten your spine, allow you to stand tall and say, this is me.

 

Lizzie Gore-Grimes
Editor-in-Chief

The July/August issue of IMAGE Magazine is out now. 

Want to get in touch? We’d love to hear from you – [email protected]

Also Read

Editor’s Welcome: the July/August issue
EDITORIAL
8 easy ways to keep your brain healthy that you can do right now

Your brain health is just as important as that of the rest of your body, says psychologist and neuroscientist Dr...

By IMAGE

Editor’s Welcome: the July/August issue
EDITORIAL
5 houseplants we guarantee you can keep alive

For those who buy houseplants with the best of intentions and end up killing them, here’s a selection you’ll be...

By Hannah Hillyer

Editor’s Welcome: the July/August issue
EDITORIAL
‘Romy & Michele’ actress Cortney Wolfston on being fired while pregnant

“I was confused. Hadn’t I just been told this was a perfect time to be pregnant?” she questioned. Actress Cortney...

By Sarah Finnan

Editor’s Welcome: the July/August issue
EDITORIAL
Attending multiple weddings this year? How to save money as a guest

These days, going to a wedding is the equivalent of going on a short holiday in terms of cost. From...

By Jennifer McShane

Editor’s Welcome: the July/August issue
EDITORIAL
Trinity Tales: ‘Front Square was her garden, and the city was her playground’

Annie Gatling, now Colleran, knew Trinity College was for her when she saw Front Gate from the top storey of...

By Amanda Cassidy

Editor’s Welcome: the July/August issue
premium EDITORIAL
Business Club members get your complimentary tickets to The IMAGE Business Summit 2021

Don’t miss this year’s IMAGE Business Summit, with an expert line-up, skills masterclasses, keynote addresses and more.Back by popular demand,...

By Shayna Sappington

Editor’s Welcome: the July/August issue
EDITORIAL
Sarah Harding’s heartbroken mum announces the singer’s death aged just 39

Sarah Harding has died at the age of just 39, her heartbroken mother revealed today. The Girls Aloud star had...

By Amanda Cassidy