Thursday 18 January 2018

Marian Keyes once had to borrow male pal’s jacket for an interview when she couldn’t afford her own

Marian Keyes
Marian Keyes
Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

Best-selling author Marian Keyes might be a household name now, but she admits her life wasn’t always so privileged.

Keyes has sold over 22 million copies of her popular ‘chick lit’ hits but there was once a time when she could not afford to even make the right impression at a job interview.

The 51-year-old author hosted a lunch in conjunction with cosmetic brand Bobbi Brown and the Dublin branch of Dress for Success, entertaining those in attendance with anecdotes of her life pre-fame.

The event, held in Residence, welcomed some of the media and fashion industry’s most influential players to celebrate International Women’s Day and Bobbi Brown’s Pretty Powerful campaign.

Sonya Lennon, Cecelia Ahern, Marian Keyes, Cheryl Joannides and Amy Huberman at the Bobbi Brown Dress For Success charity lunch at Residence
Sonya Lennon, Cecelia Ahern, Marian Keyes, Cheryl Joannides and Amy Huberman at the Bobbi Brown Dress For Success charity lunch at Residence

Co-hosting the event, Marian spoke candidly about how she was once reduced to borrowing her male roommate’s jacket to wear to a job interview when she couldn’t afford her own - she didn’t get the job, she added.

The newly appointed beauty editor of The Sunday Times Style Magazine also brought up the old fishing analogy as she preached the importance of learning how to present yourself in a professional manner.

“Do a woman's make up and she'll feel fabulous, teach her how to do her own make-up and she'll feel fabulous for life,” she advised.

Dress for Success, which was brought to Ireland by fashion force Sonya Lennon, is a non-for-profit organisation that helps women re-enter the workforce by preparing and dressing them for interviews.

Marian Keyes and Tara Flynn at the Bobbi Brown Dress For Success charity lunch at Residence
Marian Keyes and Tara Flynn at the Bobbi Brown Dress For Success charity lunch at Residence

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Speaking at the event, Sonya Lennon told of how proud she is that Dress for Success Dublin has now supported 1000 women, but the even more important number being 57, because of the ladies that walk through their doors 57 percent have succeeded in landing a job.

Sonya extolled the necessity of women seizing the day - acknowledging that 'pretty' and 'powerful' are not contradictions in terms and that we can pursue both in building confidence and lives that work for us and our families.

Also in attendance were Cecelia Ahern, Debbie O'Donnell, Melanie Morris, Claire Byrne, Barbara Stack and Amy Huberman.

Sonya Lennon, Cheryl Joannides and Amy Huberman at the Bobbi Brown Dress For Success charity lunch at Residence
Sonya Lennon, Cheryl Joannides and Amy Huberman at the Bobbi Brown Dress For Success charity lunch at Residence

For more on Dress for Success, visit www.dressforsuccessdublin.org

Cecelia Ahern and Tara Flynn at the Bobbi Brown Dress For Success charity lunch at Residence
Cecelia Ahern and Tara Flynn at the Bobbi Brown Dress For Success charity lunch at Residence
Claire Byrne and Sonya Lennon at the Bobbi Brown Dress For Success charity lunch at Residence
Claire Byrne and Sonya Lennon at the Bobbi Brown Dress For Success charity lunch at Residence
Debbie O'Donnell at the Bobbi Brown Dress For Success charity lunch at Residence
Debbie O'Donnell at the Bobbi Brown Dress For Success charity lunch at Residence

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