GLOSS Issue 21 APRIL 2015 - Page 11

like to take your make up off in front of thousands of people... and watch yourself do it all over again. And again. If it were me, it would be with my head under the covers and with a bottle of vodka. But yet again, this is why I am possibly looking at being banned from following you on Twitter, Tracey, because I keep favouriting your tweets. You are just so cool and matter of fact about something which challenged so many perceptions. “I gave a speech last night with no makeup! It saves me so much time, there’s no mascara smudging... honestly it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Admittedly, on each occasion I [do the no makeup speech] it could go one of two ways – be a total disaster or strike a chord. But it will achieve a result either way; it will make young women think and realise they have choices. Just like Botox - I’m not a big fan, and it’s helping to provide a stupidly unrealistic image of how woman are supposed to look as they age. The pressure of looking that good all the time - it’s impossible! Equally, I am not going to judge anyone who goes off and does it. We do critique anyone who does it far too much. But - just don’t lie about it.” I think by this stage, my head was nearly falling off from a frenzy of nodding in agreement, and then, Tracey, you managed to pretty much seal the stalking you on social media deal, when you answered my final question. What should women be doing for other women - both professionally and personally? “Support each other wholeheartedly in the workplace as well as in friendship groups – for instance, talk about pay levels openly. Change can’t happen if we stay silent. Be willing to mentor - active mentoring is the greatest weapon there is.” Being a member of the Twitterati, I had to know, before you potentially blocked me for overenthusiastic following (this may have happened by time of publication)... what would you be, if you were a hashtag? “That’s actually pretty easy - #gohard. Sometimes, I do regret not going hard enough, and I almost feel ashamed about it. As a consequence, I now do go hard. And I don’t feel ashamed about that at all.” I’d like to say, Tracey, that my hashtag would be something like #gohard. Frankly, I think it’s more likely something along the lines of #nervesofjelly or #wussbag. But I do know this. There are very few women within the Australian current affairs medium whom I look up to. There are even fewer whom I admire outside of their ‘day job’, because of their stance on euthanasia, and cancer research, and gender equity, and generally speaking out for those who don’t have a voice. The sad thing is, that there are so few. The great thing? You go so hard, that I forget that the few are - well, the few. #wussbag out.