11th Apr 2020
Celia Holman Lee is providing us with some of the best quarantine content around – here is why we love it
Celia Holman Lee is a legend in the fashion industry.
The Limerick native has worked in the modelling and fashion world for over 50 years. She began as a model herself and subsequently set up a very successful modelling agency.
She is also a fashion stylist, TV host and is well known for her charity work.
And now she is quickly becoming my queen of quarantine content.
We are all searching for a bit of escapism at the moment and I will digest anything non-coronavirus related. When the content I choose to consume is both educational and enjoyable, I become addicted. Now I mean obsessed, like the way a child gets hooked on chocolate after the first time she/he gets a taste.
Over the past week, Celia has been uploading videos focusing on posture and posing on both Instagram and Twitter. In the clips, she administers her top tips on how to perfect both and her advice will help a myriad of people.
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Posture and photos can put the fear of God into some people. What is it about a camera that instills such fear in us? And why are we so inept at standing up straight?
If you are looking for something that will make you look younger, fitter and more fabulous, look no further than good posture. We don’t fully understand how important it is to stand up straight with your shoulders back and head held high.
The movements alone make you feel more powerful and confident. Plus, bad posture is known to generate back pain and complaints. Celia herself says good posture is something that has stood to her all her life.
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Last Christmas, a cousin of mine was more snap-happy than usual so I asked her why. She told me it was because she had the sad realisation that her parents were getting older. She wanted to document as much as she could in the time that she had.
This meant pulling them into photos every hour or so whether they wanted to or not.
As I pondered the idea, I too concluded that documenting these moments was important – so I took out my camera in anticipation of a photoshoot extravaganza.
However, it did not transpire as I had planned. The female contingent of my family was visibly distressed at the idea of photos. They told me they wouldn’t look good, or their hair wasn’t done or their make-up wasn’t up to standard.
Then they said they didn’t know how to pose, or what to do with their hands or their legs or their faces.
This is why I adore what Celia is doing. It’s giving women the confidence they need for the events which are going to bombard us when this crisis is over. From weddings to birthday parties to race meetings with friends, pictures will play a huge part.
It’s all about the placement of a hand, the turn of a leg and the tilt of a shoulder – small things make a big difference.
And if all else fails, wash the hair, put on the earrings and put on the gúna just like Celia.
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