Marian Keyes once had to borrow male pal’s jacket for an interview when she couldn’t afford her own
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.
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.
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.
For more on Dress for Success, visit www.dressforsuccessdublin.org