While at The Savage Beauty exhibit last month I found myself identifying with the love and respect Alexander McQueen had for his craft. This experience inspired me to share the following thoughts.
Anyone that knows me, knows my love and appreciation for beautiful clothes. Before studying my craft at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, I studied broadcast at London College of Fashion. Part of the London Institute and under the same umbrella as the world famous Central St.Martins where Alexander McQueen studied. His training showed in every single detail of his work. The quality was exceptional.
Anyone that is serious about acting knows the first step is to study your craft. However I took something else away while looking at The Savage Beauty exhibit and that was the courage to be who you are unapologetically. Apart from the absolute genuis and impeccable quality of his designs, I felt the passion and courage to just be yourself. I walked away empowered. This may sound simple and it is once you let go of trying to be something you are not.
Staying true to yourself can sometimes get lost in translation as an artist. That inner battle to dilute who you are in order to be more commercial. Once I found the confidence to embrace my type as an actress, it set me free. I was able to really let go and be who I am fully and grow in my work. I've learnt that by embracing my type and being the best version of that will then give you the platform to say, well I can play that role aswell. Own who you are when you walk into a casting office, a meeting with a network or an agent. By knowing and marketing YOU, it makes casting YOU easier.
It is always an honour to experience a great. I went to one of McQueens first shows at London Fashion Week. I remember the anticipation to see what this master had created caused a frenzy outside. There was no-one like him, he was an individual, a unique artist creating unique and original work. Fearless and unapologetic in his ability to tell his story. Savage Beauty celebrates this. And I celebrate everyone who has the courage to be their unique self.
Savage Beauty at The Metropolitan Musuem of Art closes on August 7th.
" Beauty can come from the strangest of places, even the most disgusting of places"
- Alexander McQueen.