The series aims to discuss real life issues from a personal perspective, with no presenter or media personality to ask the probing questions. Instead, two people have ‘the talk’ – an open and honest conversation about an issue that’s close to their hearts.
In next week’s episode, four young women discuss how they feel about their bodies. From childhood diets to dating and bullying, this is an honest and emotional insight into the impact of body image.
First on the agenda is the topic of growing up. Curvy Dublin model Jess Cinelli recalls a desire to diet at the age of eight, and the power of the word ‘fat. She has since taken the power out of the word, saying: “I call myself fat all the time now. I’m like – I’m fat – and what?!”
Comedian and content creator Justine Stafford, from Nobber in Co. Meath, details the school bullying that spurred her to lose more than half her body weight in three months.
Beauty content creator Jen Morris, of Clonmel, also describes her wish to lose weight as a child.
Plus size model and blogger Brenda Mangwandi discusses the worst things that have been said to her, describing an ex-boyfriend who constantly compared her to a slimmer friend.
She says: “The peak of it was when he said, ‘I am tired of defending dating you to my friends because they are saying, why am I with this fat person’.”
Jen recalls the embarrassment of being cornered on a train by an elderly woman who recommended a diet to her, saying: “When you’re bigger, people just feel like they can tell you anything. They feel like they are helping you.
Social media is the next topic on the table. Jen talks about her work as a beauty content creator and explains that no matter how hard she works in her industry, she feels she will never reach the success of her slimmer colleagues.
Brenda describes being accused of promoting obesity after winning a beauty pageant. But rather than discouraging her, she used her platform to promote a positive body image and to inspire others.