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Five minutes with White Shirt Campaign ambassador Megan Irwin

Witchery and the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF) have teamed up again for their ninth annual White Shirt Campaign. Today, OCRF White Shirt Day marks the culmination of the campaign.

MiNDFOOD STYLE caught up with one of the campaign’s ambassadors, top model Megan Irwin who has been supporting White Shirt Campaign for two years now. Only 22 years old from Adelaide, Irwin started modelling when she was at the young age of 14 after being scouted by IMG Models.

 

What motivated you to get involved with the White Shirt Campaign?

I had absolutely no hesitation in putting my hand up to get involved in this incredible campaign. As a woman and a huge supporter of women, it is extremely important for me to be able to use my platform and voice to be a small part of bringing awareness to this very big issue.

It’s your second year involved with the campaign. What do you hope to achieve this year?

I hope to continue bringing awareness and assisting in raising the funds necessary for the vital research of creating an early detection test for ovarian cancer. Through my own personal experiences, it became very apparent to me that a lot of people are very uneducated about the staggering statistics and severity of this deadly disease.

Why should we all get behind the White Shirt Campaign?

We should all get behind this campaign as ovarian cancer is a devastating silent killer. This disease does not discriminate. Any woman of any age could be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. At any minute. Through buying a white shirt from Witchery you are helping to raise the funds needed to find an early detection test. Research is the only answer to prevent this disease. Once the early detection test is developed we will be able to save the lives of women around the world.

What’s a fact about ovarian cancer you wish every woman knew?

I wish that everyone knew that one woman every 10 hours die of ovarian cancer. Through my involvement in this campaign and becoming more educated on the facts and statistics I was deeply shocked. Most women assume that a pap smear will be able to detect ovarian cancer but it does not. A pap smear will only detect pre-cancerous changes to the cells of the cervix. This was information that I was completely unaware of.

How do you stay fit and healthy while on the go?

I stay fit and healthy through hitting the gym in the mornings before work and I usually try and fit in a class in the evening also. I love running, pilates and yoga. I stay hydrated by drinking a lot of water during the day and I am a huge fan of multi-vitamins. I love cooking and making healthy meals at home with lots of vegetables and greens. I am currently in Europe though so I have been indulging in the occasional croissant or two!

What beauty essentials do you always travel with?

SK-II Masks are my absolutely go to! My favourite perfume Le Lebo – Santal 33 and Chanel Rogue Allure lipstick because you never know when you may need it! I could list products for days – I am definitely not a light traveller!

What has been the highlight of your modelling career to date?

There have been so many highlights over the past few years that I couldn’t possibly name one. I am so grateful for the career that I have and the opportunities that it has given me. I have lived all over the world, I have worked with the most incredibly inspiring creatives who are at the top of their game. I have met the most amazing people. To be honest with you being a part of a campaign like White Shirt Campaign is a huge highlight for me. I am so blessed that I am in a position to be able to use my voice to bring awareness and create change in the world.

What’s next for you? Is there something that you want to achieve in 2017?

At the moment I am so busy travelling! I have just based myself in Paris and recently got an apartment which I adore. At the moment I am on set in Milan for a job, then flying to Paris tomorrow, then London the next day for three days and Australia next week for two days and straight back to Europe! It’s so all so busy and crazy but I am loving it. I am in a really great place and super focused on achieving all the goals I have set myself personally and professionally. Watch this space…

The White Shirt collection is available in-store now. Get behind it and don your white shirt Monday 8 May to show your support using #whiteshirtcampaign.

 

The best of West Hollywood

Los Angeles is a tough city to traverse – be prepared to spend a fair amount of time in the back of an Uber – but West Hollywood’s (referred to as WeHo by those in the know) best shopping, dining and drinking is explorable by foot. If it’s luxury boutiques you’re after, you’ll be in heaven: West Hollywood has them all – and even if you’re not committed to splurging, it’s trip worth making for boutique finds that you couldn’t get your hands on here.

Start up at Paul Smith (8221 Melrose Ave); the iconic bubblegum-pink boutique is one of Los Angeles most Instagrammed spots. Head across the road to our personal favourite: Reformation (8253 Melrose Ave) – to get your fix of sustainable clothing, most of which is made in downtown LA. A block away you’ll find eccentric Brit import, Vivienne Westwood (8320); the three-story space stocks men’s and womenswear. Cross the road to get your hands on one of much-loved American designer Rebecca Minkoff‘s (8335 Melrose Ave) coveted leather handbags.

It’s hard to miss Marc Jacobs – covered in greenery and perched on the corner of Melrose Ave and Melrose Place. Book lovers need to pop across the road to explore the offerings at sister store, Bookmarc – it’s impossible to leave without a hard-to-find coffee table tome tucked under your arm. Refuel the healthy way at Gwyneth Paltrow’s favourite Moon Juice (8463-3 Melrose Place) – try – or if it’s a caffeine fix you need, grab a very-LA almond milk iced latte at Alfred Coffee (8428 Melrose Place) – expect queues at peak times. Adjacent you’ll discover European fashion big guns Chloé, Anya Hindmarch, Isabel Marant and Bottega Veneta.

Beauty buffs are in for a treat too. Violet Grey (8452 Melrose Place) is home to some of the world’s most sought-after beauty brands including Charlotte Tilburry, Surge Lutens and Glossier. Jet-lagged skin will appreciate a visit to one of the world’s oldest pharmacies, Santa Maria Novella (8411 Melrose Place). NARS’ flagship Los Angeles boutique (8412 Melrose Avenue) will take you into the evening – pop in for a full make-up lesson ($100 redeemable on product) or a free five-minute touch-up. End the day by heading to the rooftop bar E.P. & L.P. (603 North La Cienega Boulevard) – sample some organic tofu fries and a signature cocktail while watching the Californian sunset.

Getting there: Qantas Business Class Los Angeles to Sydney
Once you conquer the plight of the dreaded customs at LAX, it’s a smooth-sailing experience: the business class lounge in Los Angeles is award-winning and boarding was a breeze. Since our flight departed just after 11pm, as tempting as Neil Perry’s in-flight menu of small and main plates was, getting some shuteye was on the cards.

The seat: Sleeping at all, let alone for nine hours straight on a long-haul is something of an achievement for me but getting serious zzzs on the Qantas A380 Airbus was easy. The business class cabin is fitted with 72 skybeds; each seat fully extends and stretches out to a full two metres when flat – and they’re comfortable too; I was surprised to wake and find I’d managed to get a full night’s sleep. Headrests are contained within the pod and there’s a retractable screen between seats so your space is as private as you want it to be. Snuggly Qantas pyjamas, a Kate Spade amenities kit complete with mini Aspar by Aurora Spa products and a turndown service were the icing on the cake. disembark bright-eyed and bushy tailed.
The food: I requested not to be disturbed when sleeping, so by the time I woke from my slumber it was almost time for breakfast. While I regret not sampling more of the menu, my scrambled eggs, salmon and avocado on brioche toast served with a long black hit the spot.
The entertainment: There were plenty of award-winning films and television series worthy of a watch to see me through the final five-hour leg of the journey.

Qantas flies daily to Los Angeles from Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington via Sydney. For more information, or to make a booking, visit Qantas.com.

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