#ELLEfeminism Every Girl Needs Access To Education

Malala Yousafzai addressing the UN

As I don’t work in a salon, here’s a question I often get asked, “How do you keep up with fashion?”

The same way as I always have done; I keep a beady eye out for what is going on around me, and I read as many Online fashion magazines as possible!

A current favourite being Elle UK. Elle has a special place in my heart because at the start of my hairdressing career I did a session with Alexandra Bastedo (19 September 1974) for She magazine (Christmas issue. Photographer Chris Simpson)! Yeah I know She isn’t Elle, but in those days we used to say, She was the English version of Elle (French) – it wasn’t, actually Elle was always better, it didn’t just reflect fashion, Elle decreed it! And I’ve been an avid reader for too many years.

Okay, so I’m reading Elle UK, and I’m reading The feminist hashtags that matter in 2015 by Kenya Hunt (@KenyaNHunt). Kenya writes eloquently about seven Twitter hashtags that actually affect you: #PeriodsAreNotAnInsult, #TheEmptyChair, #SayHerName, #GirlsWithToys, #NotGuilty, #EffYourBeautyStandards and #HeforShe.

However the big feminist hashtag, that I believe effects Everyone, #GirlsEducation was very sadly missing – Every girl needs access to education.

Anyway, it was a good read Kenya

#PutChildrenFirst – I love this photo

 I love this photo of Koo

I love this photo of of my wife Koo aged ten

This is a lovely picture of my wife Koo (aged 10) winning a gymnastics award. Her first sport was gymnastics and her favourite gymnast was the Romanian gymnast, Nadia Comaneci.

Koo’s eldest brother (Bulent) was walking in her home town Uskudar, (Istanbul, Turkey) and saw a sign that said they were registering gymnasts for a newly opened sport center. He put her name down, without asking her, and took her to her first gymnastics class.

I’ve always thought of her as the “Sparrow from Uskudar” – Olga Korbut, but she doesn’t even know who Olga is!

ALWAYS #PutChildrenFirst