Sinéad Burke@thesineadburke

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Sinéad Burke

Today was a day that I will never forget. 26 hours in New Zealand meeting some extraordinary people, including one of the people I admire most - @jacindaardern. As Prime Minister, I have been so inspired by her definition of leadership - one that has embodied kindness, empathy and humanity. I first met Prime Minister Ardern in January in the corridors of Davos where she generously facilitated my curiosity (and fawning) but this year also brought us together on the cover of @britishvogue and today in Wellington, New Zealand. .
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in today’s meeting, we spoke about the power of human stories and experiences to move people and politics. We discussed the work that New Zealand is undertaking to develop policies in accessibility, and how in moments of crisis, she relies on her humanity and instincts to make decisions. Thank you Prime Minister for your time, wisdom and questions. .
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[Image descriptions: Three images of me and Prime Minister Ardern, the first is of the two of us standing at her office’s reception desk. We’re framed by the flags of the All Blacks and Ireland’s rugby team as we approach next week’s World Cup match. The second is a closer photo of us sitting in the PM’s office and the third is of us in discussion, gesticulating wildly, whilst I’m probably telling her that me, her, AOC, Ilhan, Samantha Power, Nicola Sturgeon and some other extraordinary women should go for dinner. Thank you for a magical day, @irelandinnz.]

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Made two new friends on my final day in Brisbane. Could not be more delighted. .
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[Image description: In the middle of @lonepinekoala, a sanctuary for koalas, kangaroos, wombats and more, I’m feeding two kangaroos - simultaneously. They were pretty enthusiastic but I might have been deliriously excited... my facial expression hints to the fact that I’d quite like to stay in Lone Pine forever. Thank you for a wonderful day, @graemecaplenblack.]

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“I think often we underestimate how much we matter. The world would not be the same without us. There would be a void, be it big or small. And I think often, we don't think we have an impact. But each of us really, truly does.” .
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Over the past month, @Instagram has been my shadow as we have travelled from Los Angeles, to London, to Milan and to Dublin. October is a special month for many reasons; it is both Dwarfism Awareness Month and also a month in which we reflect on bullying and the ways in which it shapes all of our lives. .
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Today is World Mental Health day, I’m so honoured that my #Advocates collaboration with @Instagram and @TeenVogue goes live. It speaks on the power of visibility and language, how sustainable change takes time, how we each have a responsibility to be allies and to advocate for each other, the importance of kindness, and how design, education and empathy are the tools we need to change the world. .
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There are so many people to thank for this video. Firstly, @hannahcecille, @keziahquarcoo and @caseybeuno. To @instagram, @teenvogue, @lapubliclibrary, @vamuseum, @victoriabeckham, @gucci, @thecommsstore, @paralosninosorg, @lemonadamedia, @nationalmuseumsofscotland, @carolinesleiman, @caitni and to my brother and sisters who permitted our childhood photos being shown to an audience of 313 million...


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I’ve spent quite a portion of this year travelling with @lemonadamedia to meet extraordinary people to talk honestly about what it’s like to live in their bodies. My new podcast, ‘As Me with Sinéad’ premieres on October 24th but today, the official trailer launches on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher and wherever you get your podcasts. .
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This show is about breaking down the walls of perfection that we each perform, to honour the humanity and lived experiences of all of us. I truly believe that if we can allow ourselves to be vulnerable, share the experiences that make us feel alone, not only will it help us to all understand what it’s like to BE someone else, but it’ll bridge the isolation and the loneliness that we often each feel. .
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These conversations aren’t simply fascinating. They will change the world. .
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Subscribe and download the trailer today (link in bio) to hear from @rizahmed, @curtisleejamie, @ruthmadeley, @radhikajones, @tranterjustin and @victoriabeckham about what it’s like to live as them. .
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[Image description: A photograph of me smirking to the lens. I’m wearing a yellow floral @prada silk dress and a @shopredone leather jacket. My hands are in my pocket and my facial expression says: ‘you should subscribe to my podcast’. The text on the image reads, ‘As Me with Sinéad premieres October 24th’.]


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Last night marked @irishtatler’s 19th annual Women of the Year Awards and I was incredibly honoured and so very humbled to be chosen by a panel of esteemed judges as the Overall Woman of the Year. Thank you so much, @irishtatler. .
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In my speech, I said: “I was born in 1990, the year Mary Robinson became the first female President of Ireland. In her acceptance speech, she said that she was elected by the women of Ireland who didn’t just rock the cradle, they rocked the system. As we, the women of Ireland, continue to build a new system we must not reinforce the cycles of oppression and exclusion that has characterised our past and present. We must be firm in advocating that trans rights are human rights, that all spaces and places are accessible, that Direct Provision can never be a solution to immigration and that for women’s reproductive rights (along with marriage equality), the North must be next. And that’s just the beginning.” .
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Thank you so much to the extraordinary @clarewaightkeller and her incredible team (including @lamarquisette and @sarahgoetzsalomon) at @givenchyofficial for this spectacular custom couture gown and cape. It was armour that helped me to feel brave, despite having very nervous hands.
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[Image description: Three images of me standing in front of a marble backdrop. I’m holding my beautiful Tipperary Crystal trophy which is engraved with my name and the title of my award. I’m wearing an exceptional black floor-length gown with three quarter length sleeves and a hand-embroidered white cape that squares at the shoulders and makes me feel like Brienne of Tarth. My hair is curled and my eye shadow is smokey thanks to @chloedeburca and @victoriabeckhambeauty.]


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One week ago, I turned twenty nine years old but the best parts of the past twelve months have happened because I’ve been surrounded by people who make me think, who make me question the world around me, who are kind beyond measure and who compliment me when I wear a dress that has sleeves akin to an accordion. For my 29th year, I want to reflect these characteristics on to others. The more accordion sleeves, the better. .
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[Image description: Standing in a hotel room ahead of the #GucciSS20 show, I’ve positioned myself close to a glass table with an enormous bunch of flowers on top (in the foreground of the image), and a lamp, sofa, painting and orchid plant (in the background). I’m wearing a spectacular @Gucci dress by @alessandro_michele from the most recent Gucci Cruise collection. It is long-sleeved, with a high neck and 70s accentuated collar. The sleeves and skirt are pleated whilst the overall fabric is checkered in vibrant red, maroon, green, blue, yellow and aquamarine. A matching belt cinches my waist. My hair is slicked back with hair clips still in... and I’m employing a facial expression that hints to the fact that I want to accomplish and learn a *lot* this year. Get ready. She ready.]

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I’m not quite sure how this happened, but we shared a wonderful conversation about all of the things in the world that we wish could be redesigned: we touched on how great it would be if zips were at the side or front of dresses, we imagined a world where we could use radio mics without wearing belts or clipping it to our bras and we look forward to the era of newly designed knickers - because your waist measurement rarely equates to your hips. .
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[Image description: Stick with me, I almost don’t believe this myself... and I was there. At the @victoriabeckham show, I’m sat beside Dame @helenmirren. Yes, that Helen Mirren. She’s wearing a reptile print shirt and pleated skirt with a burgundy diameter down the centre of the shirt and surrounding the cuffs and collar. I’m wearing a similar, if not the same silhouette in white silk with black polka dots. I’m clutching a fawn grey leather purse. Both wearing red lipstick, both wearing @victoriabeckham.]


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It was my first @victoriabeckham show and I was somewhat thrilled to be there... I’m not sure if you can tell. @leofaria caught me with a grin stretching across my face. .
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A couple of weeks ago, I had the great privilege of visiting the Victoria Beckham atelier to meet with the design team to think on how this look might be and what shape it could take. I wear print on occasion, not sure why, but when I saw the polka dot swatches, it was all I could focus on. The ensemble is a beautiful silk shirt with invisible buttons and a silk pleated skirt, with two additional inches at the rear, to allow for my curved spine / derrière. Thank you to Victoria, Florence, Ruth, Natalie, Edward, Daniel and all of Team VB.
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[Image description: Two images of me walking into the Victoria Beckham show. The first, I’m looking up and beaming at an unsuspecting stranger. I’m walking with confidence and slight nervousness that I’ll be late. The second photograph captures me leaving the show, in a profile shot, and wonderfully frames my proportions as an old gentleman walks in the opposite direction and all you can see are legs and one sleeve / hand. This look originally cane with a diamond-shaped scarf to wrap around one’s neck. I pinned it to the back of my collar, as a cape - it was my mother’s idea.]


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Yesterday, at the Central Library in Los Angeles, I had the great privilege of being interviewed by actress and fellow little person, @kueenkatrina. We spoke about our identities as women; little people and women with dwarfism. We chatted about how we both decided to not undertake limb-lengthening and the challenges we face working in industries that were not designed to include us. .
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@shortbooks is a librarian in LA and when he discovered that I would be in town to launch @lemonadamedia and ‘As Me with Sinéad’, we put our heads together and made this truly wonderful event happen. I’m so grateful to all of the people who came, asked questions and especially, the many who flew in to be there. .
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[Image description: A series of photos documenting the public event at the @lapubliclibrary. The first is a group shot of some of the little people who attended - many of whom flew to LA, specifically for the conversation, images of @kueenkatrina and I falling in love with each other on stage and other photos of me in deep conversation with many of the women I admire most.] 📷 Keith Kesler

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First stop in Los Angeles was to visit the 5th grade students of Para Los Niños Elementary School, just off Skid Row. .
The students were extraordinary. We spoke about the importance of language, believing in yourself, imagining that anything is possible and how we each have a choice about how we behave - particularly when it comes to how we treat ourselves, others and the actions we take when we see someone being bullied. They asked about what I do when someone tries to upset me, they wondered if I was married and had children and they asked about what I had accomplished when I was their age. Many of these students spend four hours, each day, traveling to school. They’re going to change the world!
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@paralosninosorg is an incredible school that focuses on the holistic development of all children. 75% of their students are bilingual and the school values Spanish and English equally - as vehicles for culture, identity and agency. Thank you for allowing me to visit and learn from your students! .
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[Image description: Two photographs of me and two classes of 5th graders from @paralosninosorg sitting on the stage of their school library. These photographs were taken just after they had reminded me that I needed to be quiet in the library.]

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In New York for three days to jaunt through fashion week. It’s been incredible to see such diversity reflected on the runways of #NYFW but with accessibility, we still have work to do. Prepare yourself for me to be in your inbox, New York. .
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On another note, next week, I experience the great thrill of participating in the launch of @lemonadamedia where an audience will get a sense of my podcast, ‘As Me with Sinéad’, for the very first time. #LemonadaLaunch
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Also, if you’re in LA, I’m going to be in conversation with actress and fellow little person, @kueenkatrina at LA’s Central Library on September 11th at 2pm. It’s free to attend and all access requirements will be considered and accommodated. Come! .
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[Image Description: Blending in wearing custom orange and purple tailoring from @ferragamo, I accessorised with a @gucci crossbody quilted bag, iPhone and Chanel lipstick in shade ‘First Light’, of course.] Thank you for the photo, @iwasii.

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A month in Paris: I’ve explored and jaunted through the most beautiful streets and museums; I’ve made some incredible new friends; I’ve learned to cook; and have attend 21 hours of French classes each week - my French has dramatically improved. I’ll never forget my time here. Thank you, @centreculturelirlandais. It’s been a gift to be in one place and to have space and time to imagine what could happen next. But, I’m ready to come home. Prepare yourself, Ireland. .
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[Image description: Standing outside a Parisian flower shop, I’m laughing at @sa4a_b and clutching two bouquets - freesias and roses.]

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We’ll pretend that I didn’t deliberately attempt to create a visual contrast with Yayoi Kusama’s installation at the @fondationlv.
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[Image description: Standing in front of one of Kusama’s infamous ‘infinity nets’, I’m wearing a dark red striped pullover - a gift from @cleowade - with a red lip and hairband.]

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Captions welcome.
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📷 @therealpeterlindbergh
👗 @edward_enninful
💄@thevalgarland
💇🏻‍♀ @sergenormant
💅🏼@lorrainevgriffin
🎥 @kloss_films & @philipdanielducasse
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[Video description: Behind the scene look at my shoot for @britishvogue, posing in @burberry, @prada and @ferragamo shoes. I’m a fan of twirling, particularly when there are capes.]


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One week in Paris // Une semaine à Paris. .
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[Image description: A black and white photograph of me standing in a courtyard in Paris’ 5th arrondissement. I’m wearing a leopard print dress, @saltwatersandals and a new hairband from yesterday’s market. @karlburke photographed me FaceTime-ing my family.]


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I gasped when I saw this. It made me stop, in the middle of Rue Saint-Jacques here in Paris and take a deep breath. Since I was a teenager, I’ve kept a list of ambitions and objectives that only in my wildest dreams could I hope to achieve. At the very top of the list is being on the cover of Vogue magazine. I was even specific about the issue - September. My ambition has never been to-scale.

The realisation of this dream has required a huge amount of hard work, support from family and friends, and an enormous belief and confidence in myself and those whom I admire that the world and society can and will change.

Since the cover was unveiled, the response has been overwhelmingly supportive, uplifting, and really quite emotional. Parents of little people have sent me photographs of their babies holding the magazine tightly to their chests. Teenagers who look like me have got in touch to ask questions about how they can work in fashion and disabled people from every corner of the world have appeared in my DMs articulating the power of representation and their hope that greater visibility will extend to all intersections and disabilities.

There is a privilege but a responsibility with being the first to achieve or accomplish any accolade. My hope is that fashion magazines become a haven and an incubator for conversations narrated by and about disabled people. That although it has taken until 2019 for such a first to occur, the second, third, fourth and fifth appearance of minority voices and bodies will populate the glossy pages imminently.

Thank you @sussexroyal & @britishvogue.

Photographed by @therealpeterlindbergh, styled by @edward_enninful, make-up by @thevalgarland, hair by @sergenormant and manicure by @lorrainevgriffin. The video (I’ll be positing it tomorrow) is edited and directed by @kloss_films.

[Image Description: My own Vogue cover. Me on the cover of Vogue Magazine. Literally. My sixteenth of the September issue of British Vogue inflated to a single digital cover. I’m leaning on an apple box, wearing a custom @Burberry silk trench. I’m staring down the lens, attempting confidence and sensuality. Let’s be honest, I’m nailing it.]


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“In any fight for equality, we need to make sure that we are not just replacing one type of majority with another. We need to constantly be asking what voices are not in the world, which perspectives are not being considered, and make sure that change occurs with as much intersectionality as possible. We need to deliberately create these spaces.”
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The September issue of @britishvogue, guest edited by @sussexroyal, HRH The Duchess of Sussex, lands on newsstands today. #ForcesForChange cultivates empathy and understanding through a first person narrative on disability, race, sustainability, immigration and gender. Pick it up or borrow it from your local library today!
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📷 @therealpeterlindbergh
👗 @edward_enninful 💄@thevalgarland
💇🏻‍♀️ @sergenormant
💅🏼@lorrainevgriffin
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[Image Description: Twirling in front of @therealpeterlindbergh’s lens, I’m wearing a dress that I was completely consumed by on the runway. @prada’s show in February was themed the Anatomy of Romance and this custom chantilly lace cape and sablé dress, with pleated skirt and buttoned to the neck is extraordinary. Thank you, Mrs Prada, @veesback, Antonella and @carminespena. My shoes are custom @ferragamo Vara pumps with a gold floral heel. Thank you, @paulandrewprivate and @jamesferragamo. More on that to come.]


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I’ve been collecting the September issue of Vogue for as long as I can remember. They were my gateway into a world that I (at the time) couldn’t visualise myself within. Those September issues still line my bookcases at home and now, I’ll get to add one more to that collection - one with me on the cover and many other womxn I respect, admire and am inspired by.
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I’m so very proud, incredibly honoured and humbled to be one of the fifteen Forces for Change featured on the cover of @BritishVogue’s September issue, chosen by a very special guest editor, (@sussexroyal) the Duchess of Sussex. This marks @edward_enninful’s third September issue at Vogue and I couldn’t be more grateful to the Duchess of Sussex, Edward, @vanessakingori, @GilesHattersley, @Ellie_Pitchers, @OliviaJSinger, @denagia and the whole team at British Vogue for including me. The issue will be on stands on Friday, August 2nd. .
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📷 @therealpeterlindbergh
👗 @edward_enninful and Grace Coddington.
💄@thevalgarland and @diane.kendal. 💇🏻‍♀ @sergenormant and @bartpumpkin.
💅🏼@lorrainevgriffin and @yukotsuchihashi .
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[Image description: THE. SEPTEMBER. ISSUE. For the first time, the British Vogue cover is segmented into sixteen sections, one for a mirror and the others each dedicated to fifteen Forces for Change, as selected by the Duchess of Sussex. They are: @AdutAkech, @Gemma_Chan, @GretaThunberg, @JameelaJamilOfficial, @Chimamanda_Adichie, @AdwoaAboah, @JacindaArdern, @FrankieGoesToHayward, @SomaliBoxer, @CTurlington, @SalmaHayek, @JaneFonda, @LaverneCox, @YaraShahidi, and me. I’m in the bottom left corner wearing a custom @burberry silk trench dress.] #ForcesforChange


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This photo was taken outside of @janellemonae’s recent Dublin concert but boldly, I’m using it as bait to inquire about what you recommend to read this summer. Mostly recently, I’ve loved Emilie Pine’s ‘Notes to Self’, Tara Westover’s ‘Educated’, Mara Wilson’s ‘Where Am I Now?’ and Reni Eddo Lodge’s ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race’. I’m currently reading Kiese Laymon’s ‘Heavy’ and Dr Tressie McMillan Cotton’s ‘Thick’. .
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[Image description: Twirling on Pearse Street, Dublin’s most glamorous setting, you can see traffic and a glass corridor that bridges two Trinity buildings. The photo is blurred but you can still see that I’m wearing monochromatic black and white. Just for Janelle. Also, @maeveinamerica told me to post this onto my feed, and you should always do as Maeve says.] 📷 @mdma_9


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The Spice Girls catalogue was the soundbed for my maturation. It was so powerful to be a young woman in an era where a phrase like “Girl Power” was not just heard in the playground of an all-girls school, but it was part of the cultural lexicon. As I’ve got older, I’ve continued to admire @victoriabeckham. (I even told @timblanks in @bof that she’s the reason I have a bob.) Victoria’s ambition and tenacity is contagious. Spending time with her recently talking about how we can each do more to amplify voices and use our influence to ensure that inclusion isn’t just a moment but a movement was a true privilege. Thank you, Victoria! .
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[Image description: Two photos of Victoria Beckham and I posing in VB HQ. The first, we are signalling the Girl Power peace sign that I have been practicing for two decades. The second, we’re smizing. I still need practice on that one.] 📷 @natalielewis13w


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Everyone deserves love and human rights. Happy Pride, Dublin! 🌈 .
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Thank you for the t-shirt, @victoriabeckham. Proceeds go to @aktcharity. .
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[Image description: Standing, posing within the trademark Spice Girls / Girl Power peace sign. Worth noting that most people with Achondroplasia have naturally trident fingers, you can see mine here. On another note, I’m wearing a white T-shirt that reads, in rainbow font: ‘Everyone Deserves Love’. Paired with a @maisonvalentino pleated skirt and an arched brow, I’m ready for Pride.]


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I’m curious about people. I like asking questions and I have an insatiable appetite when it comes to learning about how people think, feel, act and experience the world. I’m infatuated with the notion of humanity and what makes each of us the people that we are. Thus, when @jessicacordovakramer and @wittelstephanie emailed me about their vision for @lemonadamedia - it seemed too good to be true. You see, Lemonada is a new women-led podcast network that focuses on human stories. Led by Jess and Steph, they get to the epicentre of what makes us unique, complex and extraordinary beings. .
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So, I have some news. I’m collaborating with @lemonadamedia to host my very own podcast called, ‘As Me with Sinéad’. Want to know more? Subscribe on Apple, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts and listen to the teaser to get a sense of the extraordinary conversations, coming this fall / autumn, that will soon challenge your perspectives. To give you a taste, there will be episodes with @curtisleejamie, @iamderay, Tig Notaro, @museummammy, @tranterjustin, Glenda Jackson, and that’s just the beginning. .
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Subscribe today - the link is in my bio and in Stories. .
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[Image Description: An up-close image of me staring boldly down Tim Walker’s lens. I’m wearing electric blue eyeshadow and a facial expression that dictates confidence. The font surrounding my head? “As Me with Sinéad”, of course.] Photo by Tim Walker


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As a fan of alliteration, it seems silly not to caption this: “Sinéad at the Serpentine.” Thank you to @hansulrichobrist and the @serpentineuk for the kind invitation to celebrate Junya Ishimgami’s slate Pavilion. Thank you also to @gucci and @alessandro_michele for the most extraordinarily beautiful custom dress. .
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Things I learned last night: the ways in which @fkatwigs collects clothes and wields them as armour is fascinating; Zadie Smith is as mesmerising and curious as one would hope; travel to the corners of the world to spend minutes with @museummammy; @lenadunham is the best person to gossip with about Love Island, specifically our admiration of Yewande and Maura; always discuss the challenges of making inclusive spaces accessible with @bbz_London; and finally, @zawe’s book should be on our collective to-be-read list. .
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💄: @megkoriat 💇🏻‍♀️: @marchella.mella .
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[Image description: Standing at ‘step and repeat’ wall at the Serpentine, I’m wearing a beautiful pink chemise printed gown with pleated skirt, adorned with a 70’s Collar with small embroidery details.] 📷 Getty

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One year ago today, @christopherkane created the most extraordinary gown for the @serpentineuk’s annual Summer Party. It was my first time to work with @kanechristopher82, the first time that I experienced being fitted for a custom piece, and I can hardly believe that twelve months later, it is now on display on the world’s first little person mannequin (soon to be available for purchase by retailers) at the @nationalmuseumsscotland. If you have yet to visit Body Beautiful, the exhibition runs until October and jaunt to Edinburgh is absolutely worth it. .
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[Image description: Three images of two mannequins cast from body wearing two pieces from my wardrobe. The first piece is the altered @burberry trench coat from the cover of the @bof Age of Influence issue, paired with @adidas Stan Smith. The second, a mint green full-length lace dress with Swarovski crystals, accessorised with a yellow leather Christopher Kane handbag. The exhibit is framed by images captured by Tim Walker and a descriptor of what an exhibition on diversity in fashion means to me.]

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Tomorrow marks the final day of the TRANSFUSION art exhibition in @chqdublin. It’s curated with beautiful, poignant and thought-provoking art by members of Ireland’s trans community. The exhibition narrates stories and perspectives that we should have always told, learned from and listened to. Two of my highlights include a portrait of Aoife Martin, an extraordinary activist who has taught me so much. And the #2500WomenPlusMe mural. It was such a privilege to spend time with Sara Phillips, Chair of the Trans Equality Network of Ireland (TENI), as she brought me through the exhibition. .
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If you can, please visit the exhibition before the closes. If you’re in a position to give monies or volunteer, @tenipics and @belongtoyouthservices would greatly benefit from your support. .
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Happy Pride! Trans rights are human rights. .
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[Image description: Standing with Sara in front of an incredible mural by Aidan Comerford, photographs of 2500 women are assembled together to create a visual representation of the trans flag. My phone is sticking out of my ass pocket... as always.] 📷 @petervargaphoto

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My @TED talk has brought an incredible number of opportunities but discovering today that ‘Why Design Should Include Everyone’ was transcribed and question one on the Ordinary Level English Junior Certificate paper is not something I could have ever imagined. I had no idea it was happening and very grateful to the students and teachers who sent me DMs and emails to let me know! Thank you, of course, to the State Examinations Committee for including me. .
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In Ireland, our state examinations are divided into two categories: the Junior Certificate, a mandatory programme of ten subjects that all students complete after three years of second-level education, usually at around age 16. The second is the Leaving Certificate, a six/seven subject programme that is the pathway to college. An approximate 32,000 students sat this paper this morning. .
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Students were asked to read the speech and answer the following questions: From your reading of this passage, what do you think is the greatest day-to-day challenge faced by Sinéad Burke? Give a reason for your answer. Which one of these words best describes how you feel when you read this speech? Hope or angry? Give a reason for your answer. Based on your reading of the last paragraph of this speech, what do you think is Sinéad Burke’s message to people who design things? Did you enjoy this speech? Give two reasons to explain why. .
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I would *love* to read their answers.
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[Image description: Four images of the PDF of the exam with two images of me - one by @petervargaphoto with long hair and an exceptional hat and the second from my first speaking engagement at the @worldeconomicforum. If you need / would like a more accessible format, please email me.]


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Last night in Edinburgh, the @nationalmuseumsscotland opened their new exhibition, ‘Body Beautiful: Diversity on the Catwalk’. I’m very honoured to have two pieces from my wardrobe featured in the exhibition, but even more importantly, it was a platform for us to make history. I cannot thank @georgina_ripley_curator enough for her extraordinary vision and kindness.
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Over the past five months, I’ve been jaunting back and forth to London to have my body cast by @proportionldn to create the world’s first mannequin with dwarfism. The future possibilities are almost endless: Museums, retail spaces, a lamp for my home... it’s a disruption to the fashion system but there’s so much more to do. .
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Body Beautiful opens in Edinburgh today and will be here until October. It’ll then tour the world! Best of all though, it’s free and there are specific tours and arrangements for the deaf community and those who are visually impaired. For little people, the exhibition is populated with footstools incase you need to rest or get closer to something!
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[Image description: Standing in the halls of the National Museums of Scotland, there are two images. In the first, I’m twirling in front of my mannequin - both of us wearing beautiful, bespoke dresses by @christopherkane. (Christopher, thank you for everything.) In the first image, the lace skirt is extended and the photographer caught me in the middle of laughing manically. In the second image, I’m leaning on the shoulder of my mannequin, looking far cooler than I feel.] 📷 Neil Hanna for #BodyBeautifulExhibition

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In September last year, I got an email from @nationalmuseumsscotland about their upcoming exhibition, ‘Body Beautiful’. It’s the first exhibition of its kind - dedicated solely to discussing diversity in fashion, across the societal intersections. Since then, I’ve been fortunate to work with the curators and many departments within the Museum, lending some pieces from my wardrobe and creating the world’s first little person mannequin to display them. More on that soon!
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In yesterday’s @guardian, I spoke with Chitra Ramaswamy about the exhibition, which opens next week in Edinburgh, on May 23rd. [Book your flights! Come see it!] One of the questions Chitra asked, “Do you find having to be the constant educator of your own life exhausting?” I responded... “If you are in any way diverse, there is a sense that it’s your responsibility to educate the majority. That’s not fair or true. I choose to do this, and I choose it for now.” .
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[Image description: Three images from the Guardian photoshoot. In each of them, I’m standing in the National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh, wearing a black satin @christopherkane gown, embellished with Swarovski crystals cascading down my arms. The first image is cropped, with my hands on my hips, the second is me standing by the rail, with a dramatically arched eyebrow and the third features me fixing my hair and smiling at the camera.) 📷 Murdo MacLeod

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A lot can happen in a week. Not sure if you can tell, but hours before this shot was taken, I was so unwell with nerves that I wasn’t sure I’d make it to the red carpet. It took an incredible number of people to make this moment happen and I couldn’t be more grateful to each and every one of them.
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Really like how @vockandvintage’s beautiful sapphire and diamonds capture the light in this shot. Thank you, Donna.
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[Image description: Grinning absurdly, I’m wearing a custom @gucci black velvet gown with blue satin bows and a gold crown. I’m beaming at the photographers on the #MetGala pink carpet. Hands on hips, hair quiffed, ready for anything. Kinda.]


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Chatting about the importance of on-screen representation with @mrrpmurphy. I love the proportions of this shot. Thank you, @landonnordeman.
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[Image description: Taking a second to savour the #MetGala, I’m sitting on a plush pink and white chaise-longue with Ryan. Me, dressed in a @gucci black velvet dress with blue satin bows and Ryan in a custom @csiriano embroidered masterpiece á la Liberace.] 📷 @nytimes

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