Tuesday 25 June 2019

Chokergate: Miriam O'Callaghan used to female broadcasters' fashion being judged more than male counterparts

Jason Kennedy

RTE's Miriam O'Callaghan said she's now used to female broadcasters' fashion being scrutinised more than their male counterparts, adding it's "the nature of the beast".

Speaking during the 'Road to the Rising' celebrations today, Ms O'Callaghan said her male colleagues in the national broadcaster could wear the same clothes every day and no one would notice.

The mother of eight caused a stir on social media last week when she presented Prime Time wearing a black choker she bought in Top Shop. A few days later there was a similar response when her RTE colleague Sharon Ní Bheolain wore a leather jacket while reporting on the end of the milk quota.

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Miriam O'Callaghan
Miriam O'Callaghan

"I don't really mind at this stage. I realise the nature of the beast," she told Independent.ie.

"If you're a woman, people do remark all the time. I wear chokers all the time actually and I used to wear them 20 years ago, so it's no big deal for me.

"I won't be wearing them for a while though because it does distract from the subject matter. But sure look, it's all fun."

The Prime Time presenter went on to say a male broadcaster wore the same suit for over a year a no one noticed.

Miriam, who is nominated for the Best Dressed Woman gong at this year's Peter Mark VIP Style Awards, has previously said she loves that 90s trends are coming back into style again.

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"My style is eclectic. I don't have a stylist but there are wonderful women working in the RTE wardrobe department.

"I try not to be a slave to every recent trend and always wear what I like and what I feel good in. It's always important to remain true to yourself, to who you are," she said.

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