Sunday 25 September 2016

Holly Carpenter: Why do people think it's okay to comment on a woman's appearance - famous or not?

Holly Carpenter

Published 25/03/2016 | 07:56

Kathryn Thomas and (inset) is Holly Carpenter
Kathryn Thomas and (inset) is Holly Carpenter
Kathryn in the Self Portrait dress on The Voice of Ireland. Picture: Kyran O'Brien
Kathryn Thomas in the Self Portrait dress on The Voice of Ireland. Picture: Kyran O'Brien

RTE’s Kathryn Thomas caused controversy among viewers of The Voice of Ireland on the first live show by wearing a navy dress by Self Portrait from BT2.

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The strapless dress had cut-out panels which showed off her amazing midriff.

But this flash of flesh was apparently far too shocking for the eyes of RTE’s viewers, who took to Twitter to slate her outfit. One said that her dress was “not appropriate for family viewing”, and another said that she had “too much flesh showing”.

Thankfully, with her good sense of humour, Kathryn managed to laugh off the criticism – and said that it doesn’t bother her after 10 years of being in the public eye. She added that, while the comments on social media didn’t affect her, it wasn’t fair to attack her team.

Kathryn in the Self Portrait dress on The Voice of Ireland. Picture: Kyran O'Brien
Kathryn in the Self Portrait dress on The Voice of Ireland. Picture: Kyran O'Brien

This year, Roxanne Parker was the show’s stylist, and, in my opinion, she is one of Ireland’s best. 

Read more: Kathryn Thomas hits bum note with rare fashion faux pas in designer dress on The Voice

I’m so fed-up of women constantly having to take this kind of criticism over their appearance. People are so pass-remarkable when it comes to what women wear and what they weigh. I get the odd bitchy comment on my Instagram, where someone might say they don’t like my outfit or think I’m wearing too much, or not enough, make-up.

Firstly, I wouldn’t post a photo if I wasn’t happy with how I looked in it, and secondly, I don’t care if someone I don’t even know has something bad to say.

I think men have it a lot easier when it comes to avoiding criticism over what they wear, but I don’t blame them. I think women have a lot to answer for when it comes to slating each other and creating this problem for themselves. So it makes me sad when I see women being so unsupportive towards each other.

If we don’t support each other and lead by example, then how do we expect this attitude to change?

Some sun and Fungi in Kerry 

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I had a lovely couple of days in Dingle last weekend, and it was nice to get away from the madness of Dublin. It was 14 degrees in the sunny south west and I enjoyed playing a bit of pitch and putt, even though I began to lose interest after the fifth hole.

Then I went out on a boat in search of Kerry’s famous Fungi.  I was lucky enough to see the beautiful dolphin himself come to the surface of the water a good few times, and the views of the coast of Kerry were so beautiful.

The drive is a bit long but it’s worth it – and I would definitely recommend Dingle as a lovely ‘staycation’ spot for families.

Harrington’s Family Restaurant is a popular place for some casual food like fish and, and if you have a sweet tooth they even do battered Mars bars – which I have never tasted, but I wouldn’t say no to trying them out! This week, I found a new favourite brunch spot in Terenure called Mayfield Deli.

It has a lovely outdoor seating area, so it was really nice to enjoy my smoked salmon, poached eggs and avocado out in the sunshine.  I also managed to squeeze in a trip to the new and improved Kildare Village Outlet. I ended up just buying a few bits in Calvin Klein and some gym gear in their Nike outlet.  Their new Versace store is opening this weekend, so I’ll have to go back for a look around.

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