Erin O'Connor

Erin O'Connor

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Author Profession: English Model
Born: February 09, 1978
Age: 38 years old
Birth Sign: Aquarius

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Caution is the key to safe cycling. I'm aware that cars are bigger than me, but I feel quite safe. I'm in control, liberated and free, when I'm on my bike.

I am aware it's easy and may be fashionable to pose with a slum child, and the irony of getting the media along means that it can come across as disingenuous. But you take these things on board, and you hope you mean it whenever you get stuck into something.

I've been on both sides: the victim and the villain. I was the victimised model, and everything from my weight to my fertility was held up for discussion. And then I was the person that could garner some kind of positive outcome, by taking on the role of vice chairman of the British Fashion Council and becoming an activist of body image.

I am concerned about ageism and the loss of beauty - the perception that as you grow older, you 'lose your looks,' which I think is diabolical.

It's like recycling: selling old clothes to help make new ones.

I have two curiosity cabinets at home filled with finds from jumble sales, markets and my travels. My favourite piece is a voodoo mask from just outside Cape Town.

It's a very intimate thing to invite someone into your home; there's a lot of trust involved.

I lead a very busy life and don't have a lot of time, so my skincare needs to be easy and portable.

It's not about hiding your imperfections on a shoot; it's about embracing them and being unapologetic about them.

As a small child, me and my pals fantasised about one day owning an ice-cream van. To have ice creams on demand would have been a dream come true.

How awful to be a perfect beauty! How confusing! God. Can you imagine?

I worry about how accessible cosmetic surgery has become. Of course, if it has genuinely helped people, and their confidence has grown as a result; who am I to form an opinion?

I've been cycling ever since I was a kid. I remember taking my cycling proficiency test aged seven - I got to school at 7:30 A.M. to practise, I was so nervous. After that, I always cycled to school.

As I began to get a deeper understanding of the vital life-saving work Save the Children does, I felt compelled to help in any way I could. This is about safe-keeping, inspiring and empowering a future generation - to facilitate them to make their own lives a little bit better.

As a child I wanted to be a ballerina, ice-cream van owner, wife of George Michael, a nun, and a music conductor.

For my last meal, I'd want an Irish breakfast with soda bread and one of my dad's omelettes with three or four eggs.

I take my mentoring responsibilities very seriously.

I'm like a tourist when I'm in London.

I'm too diplomatic. I tend to edit my mind before I speak - it can be incredibly draining.

I've enjoyed many camping holidays with my sister and her children, but we're pretty posh campers.

When other little girls wanted to be ballet dancers, I kind of wanted to be a vampire. Angelina Jolie age

You have to enjoy life. Always be surrounded by people that you like, people who have a nice conversation. There are so many positive things to think about. Sophia Loren

I can be a nice person, but if someone is messing with someone I care about, the tougher side comes out a little more. Daniella Alonso

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