Ally is a long term friend and absolute Shy Hero - a title we must attribute (because she is too shy to) for her passionate work at Victorian Women’s Trust and her generous and supportive nature to the community of female friends she has built around her. We were so delighted to have her free and playful spirit show through in our Wild Flower shoot but we want you to know more about her….
A little sentence about you:
I live in a little house in the country, surrounded by gum trees where I am often at the mercy of the brown eyes of my canine companion, Scout. She has many needs and wants.
When not livin’ the bush life, you can find me in the city at the Victorian Women’s Trust where I work with a team of smart and funny women (and a few men) who want to change the world for the better. NBD.
How are you a shy hero?
I’m not sure one may self assign Shy Hero status; it must be bestowed upon you.
What are the things you would like to promote in the world?
Kindness. Empathy. Curiosity.
What does fashion mean to you?
Everything? And I don’t mean high end fashion, though that has its place. I just feel more relaxed and happy when I’m in an outfit I love, even more so when the clothing has a story attached it, like the pieces from Shy Hero.
While your sense of style may change over time, that feeling of getting your ensemble correct, bang on — ohh! Nothin’ beats it.
How did you feel modelling and what did you hope to communicate with your body to other woman?
I’m gradually coming to a good place about this body of mine. We go through ups and downs but at the end of the day this is all I have and I’m learning to love it. I think that world we live can be real hard at times and being held back by bad thoughts, imagined negativity or judgement is no way to be.
This question reminds me of a radio program I was listening to the other day about the rise of elaborate wedding portraiture in modern China.
One of the young women interviewed explained that for her grandparents generation, after the Chinese revolution, it was seen as egotistical or vain if you were to have your photo taken or wear “showy” clothing.
She went on to say, that the reason she was choosing to buck those old traditions and have her photo taken was to pay tribute to her mother’s beauty, and her grandmother’s beauty, which may or may not have been captured on film. I thought that was a really lovely intention. It’s good reminder that we are so much more than individuals — there is a shared history in our skin and in our faces.
To other women out there: I hope you see a little something of yourself in these photos and feel a burst of self appreciation.
What is your favourite shy hero piece and why?
My gum linen skirt. I wear it all the damn time! Classic, timeless, perfection.
Fiercely tender peonies, closely followed by teeny tiny orchids growing wild and free in the Australian bush.
Recommend a summer tune/band?
A slight deviation on the theme:
Perfect Hot Summer Day Soundtrack
Morning (wake by sunlight, no alarms) - On a Clear Day by Billy Paul
Midday - Show & Tell by Horace Andy
Twilight - If it’s real hawt, bust out Heatwave by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and let the boogie become you!