08.09.14

Holly Shortall

Fashion Illustrator

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“I feel … proud of how many Irish females have achieved massive success all over the world”

Holly Shortall www.hollyshortall.com is a 25 year old Fashion Illustrator from Dublin, with fans including Kim Kardashian, Kelly Osbourne and Kris Jenner. Her work has been featured on cosmopolitan.com, MTV News and E! News, an entertainment show that is viewed in 96 millions homes across America.

Holly is self-taught, with no qualifications in illustration. She is a new book coming out 2015 aimed at teenage girls, she and her best friend Grace hope to help the future generation on range of topics, from fashion to bullying to career advice.

Because I am a Girl I ask …  that you understand that all I want to do is draw shoes for a living.

Because I am a Girl I believe …  that the world would be a much nicer if everyone lived by the phrase ‘if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all’. It’s something I am trying my hardest to abide by, and it can be difficult – you really just have to bite your tongue sometimes!

Because I am a Girl I hope … that the future generation are going to be okay. At age 25, I am thankful I’m not a teenager  growing up in 2014. No one can begin to understand how hard it must be, except for teenagers themselves. It’s all gone a bit crazy – I can’t believe some of the videos that have gone viral in the last few years featuring recognisable young men and women. I made mistakes as a teenager but they weren’t put out there for the whole world to see and so easily viewed and shared by millions of people.

Because I am a Girl I wonder … if there will ever be a day I can look in the mirror and not instantly see my flaws.

Because I am a Girl I dream … of opening up American Vogue Magazine and seeing my illustrations on the pages inside. I live for that day!

Because I am a Girl I remember … receiving my first handbag. My dad brought it back for me from a long trip he took to deliver medicine to sick people in Vietnam. I still have the bag, 22 years later.

Because I am a Girl I like… watching silly TV shows Like Keeping Up With The Kardashians. A lot of young girls want to be like Kim- but there’s only one Kim – opportunities like the ones she is given do not happen everyday to everyone! Personally, I think its a far more realistic goal to aim to work as her hairdresser, make-up artist or clothing designer, traveling the world and getting paid really well to do a job you love. Seeing your work on TV and in magazines is amazing, especially when you work so hard to achieve it.

Because I am a Girl I dislike … living in world where the female population are conditioned from a young age to believe that there is nothing about their physical appearance that can’t be improved with a potion, new make-up brush, or cosmetic operation.  Men really have no idea what its like.

Because I am a Girl I feel … proud of how many Irish females have achieved massive success all over the world, be it fashion (Simone Rocha), music (Imelda May), or sport (Katie Taylor). I for one have received amazing support from so many Irish businesses, and I try my best to support and promote upcoming homegrown talent myself.

Because I am a Girl I celebrate… the fact that my best friend, stylist Grace Moore, and I have just signed a deal to write a book, an illustrated ‘guide to life’, for teenage girls. We can’t wait to get started on it!

The views expressed in all blogs, are those of the authors only and do not necessarily represent the views or policies of  Plan Ireland  

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