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Sinéad Burke is now a Contributing Editor at Vogue UK and Irish Twitter is chuffed

Sinéad was previously named one of Vogue UK’s 25 most influential women.

BACK IN JUNE, Irish academic writer and activist Sinéad Burke was named one of Vogue UK’s 25 most influential women.

Vogue admired Sinéad’s mission, “to educate designers on how to be fully inclusive in fashion and beyond” and highly recommended her TED talk Why Design Should Include Everyone. 

A month before Sinéad made it to Vogue’s 25 most influential women of 2018, she was hanging out with Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner at the launch of a magazine which she and Kim were both featured on the cover of.

The Age of Influence: In @imranamed’s speech at last night’s launch, he defined @bof’s approach to this issue as two-fold - that influence can be measured in social media followers and voluminous sale of products, but also in less tangible ways too. Influence can also be defined as shaping social consciousness and deconstructing the status quo. I’m so very proud to be on the cover of the print issue of @bof and spending last night speaking with and in the company of my other cover star, @kimkardashian, was a moment that I won’t forget anytime soon. Thank you @imranamed and the @bof team. Your influence has shaped and transformed me. . 💇🏻‍♀️ by the extraordinary @helenreavey. 🧥 by @burberry . [Image description: Sitting on a sofa, @lala, me, @kimkardashian and @imranamed are your 2018 Christmas card.]

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Today she announced the massive news that she’s a new Contributing Editor at British Vogue.

Sinéad’s first piece for Vogue is the perfect introduction. She explains that she’s an educator, writer and advocate who happens to be 3’5″ tall when standing. She’s currently working on her PhD and has become heavily involved in the fashion industry over the last year. Sinéad’s using her new platform to help ensure that clothes are designed more thoughtfully and inclusively.

The first column Sinéad has written for Vogue is called ‘Why I Chose to Embrace My Differences’, and it details her desire at an early age to undergo limb lengthening surgery.

I realised that my sole ambition to have the surgery was to appease strangers, to limit their discomfort with my disability and to nudge the dial closer to subscribing to normality. As a child, I wanted to make it easier for people to like me. I didn’t realise it at the time, but I was attempting to make my differences more palatable.
I spoke with my parents and my siblings and we came to the conclusion that if people did not like me because I was disabled, because I was a little person, that was their problem, not mine.

You can read the entire story here.

Sinéad’s Twitter followers have been sharing their messages of congratulations on Twitter all afternoon.

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