We celebrate the people who wear our label not just for how they look but for who they are and how they are Shy Heroes in their world. Models are also role models for women that view them and we think it is only right to say a little about who they are as humans and how we connected with their values. We would like to introduce you to Ashleigh. 

My name is Ashleigh and I’m from Melbourne. I love learning about the world, hanging out with my family and friends, walking my dog and participating in social justice issues.

How are you a shy hero? What are the things you would like to promote in the world?
I am a shy hero because I guess I can be shy, and I often think about being the hero in my own life. Like for example, I think about racist politicians and wonder if they realise they would be the villain in any story about them. Anyway- I hope I would be on the ‘good guys’ team.
I want to promote a world where generosity is the norm, where people value human life and human rights over everything else.
In terms of specific issues I wish would change right now- I want Manus Island and Nauru detention centres to be closed and the people imprisoned there to be compensation and reunited with their families.
I want our government to stop investing in prisons and start investing in community.
I want our government to stop destroying our land.
I want to change the date of Australia Day.
I want to promote women! Women run the world (Beyoncé said it, so it’s true).

How do you connect with Melbourne and its surrounding landscapes?
I have briefly lived overseas and I really missed the colours and the smells of Australia. Seriously- I have never seen the silver green of gums, the rusty red of our dessert, the deep blue of our oceans anywhere else.
The Aussie poem ‘I love a sunburnt Country’ literally always makes me cry- a woman who was overseas and missing home wrote that, because she couldn’t contain her love of our country. I also love how we really are a colourful country - so multicultural and colourful.

What does fashion mean to you?
Good Fashion to me is the feeling of when you accidentally walk past a glass window and see yourself and actually feel good.
It means nice fabric that lasts a long time, beautiful colours that don’t make me feel boring and drab, instead make me feel happy.
It means some people want to wear skinny jeans and tight tops, or soft linen that is lose and free- and both are totally gorgeous and amazing! and ultimately up to the individual as to what they want to wear and what looks good to them. Fashion is about looking at other women and not being jealous, but appreciating the artistry or practicality of what they wear and how freaking amazing women are.

What is your favourite shy hero piece and why?
I just love the kimono top because it’s unique and comfy, colourful and makes me excited to see myself in the mirror.