Influencers Uncensored: with Alice Lucy Bradley
We have said goodbye to our popular Bloggers Uncensored series to make room for the new and improved Influencers Uncensored! You're probably wondering what the difference between the two is outside of changing the name slightly and how it's "new and improved". Well, in this new series we've expanded it beyond just the blogging community to involve all social media influencers and youtubers! We'll also be diving deeper into the life of an influencer, racism, mental health, feminism, LGBTQ+ and so much more! Have you ever wondered what your favourite influencers really think about the topics that matter? Well now you'll find out in this raw and uncensored interview series!
Intrigued? Good! Because it's time to introduce you to today's influencer...
Everyone, meet Alice. She launched her first blog to experiment with her writing style and to have a dedicated platform to showcase her love for fashion and travel - she knew she wanted to be a journalist, so she had to start creating a voice.
The blog name actually stemmed from an outfit that Alice got regularly picked on for. She used to tuck band t-shirts into a leather skirt that had lace trim on it. She loved the outfit, so being the queen that she is she didn't let others tame her style. It became her blog name and she fell in love with posting and sharing content. Alice would always sign off her posts with Stay Sweet which she actually still uses to this day.
Alice, now a West Sussex based journalist and photographer, has an extensive enthusiasm for documenting her life in words and pictures. Alice is actually one of my favourite people to follow on Instagram! She has one of those feeds where you can't help but look at in complete awe. Her feed, photography, stories and positive attitude is just an absolute dream! This was so hard to choose because I love them all, but some of my favourites from her feed are this, this and this one.
Life as an Influencer...
What initially made you get into influencing?
Writing was my first passion and I wanted to be known for my work as a writer. From there I established my blog and naturally grew my social channels to accompany that.
What is your experience of societies perception about pursuing social influencing as a career path?
I think there will always be critics and people who don't understand why you are doing what you are doing. But I genuinely couldn't picture myself doing things differently and actually a lot of the opportunities that have had come to me as a journalist and photographer have stemmed from the foundations of my social media. It is more than just influencing...it is your BRAND and your IDENTITY.
What are the pros and cons to being an Influencer in 2020?
There are way too many pros to list off, but the biggest one is allowing yourself to be discovered and have opportunities come to you. I think the only con of influencing is the pressure (by some individuals) to be faultless. People are always looking for their next social media personality to 'cancel' - People will inevitably make mistakes as they go through life. We just experience those things in a public setting. We should all be given the opportunity to grow and develop. That can be taken seriously and lightheartedly because some of the clothes I wore when I first started blogging...WOW!
What difficulties have you faced during your time as an Influencer?
Everyone has points when they are building their social media channels where they question their identity. Obviously you will be influenced over time and you will outgrow certain styles, brands, routines etc. But you shouldn't be scared to shake things up and change your image. We are here to evolve and that should be more widely accepted.
The Influencer community is huge, who are your favourites to follow right now?
Let's get deep...
Recently the Black Lives Matter movement got the world's attention. Racism is finally being talked about openly, and white privilege is being acknowledged. What is your opinion on the BLM movement?
I am thankful to see the ongoing support for this movement and the activism that is catalysing change. We have a responsibility to make our world a more beautiful, safe space for ALL.
Although the protests have mostly stopped for the time being, what can we do to make sure the movement and black lives continue to be supported?
I think support comes from active change. Actions speak louder than words and I think we will see bigger and better change when people take action. Hold yourself to account and focus on how you can support the movement. Change really does start with yourself.
What does the word "Feminist" mean to you?
It means standing by and supporting women doing great things. Stepping away from feelings of competitiveness and jealousy and clapping for them instead. We should be supporting the women around us and not pitting ourselves against them. Every woman has the opportunity to be successful and that should be more widely celebrated.
In 2020, how important do you think the feminist movement is?
I think it is more than just a movement, it's a mentality. It's the belief that as a woman I have equal opportunities to men. I am just as qualified, inventive, powerful as a man. It has to be a mindset. There is no room for self doubt.
There has always been such a stigma surrounding mental health, how do you feel mental illness is being portrayed in today's society?
I am so glad that it is becoming an actively present debate on social media and within our wider society. Everyone has experienced wavering mental health in their life. No matter where you sit on the scale, you are normal and it is OK.
What can we, the government and society do to progress mental health services and end the stigma surrounding it?
I think my mental health was impacted the most at school. I was very badly bullied and at the time I felt like there was no way to hold bullies to account. This needs to change and I believe that bullying and cyberbullying should be a criminal offence.
As an influencer you have to spend a lot of time on social media. Do you get affected by online trolling; whether it be directly or indirectly?
Luckily, I have experienced very little trolling. Of course I have no idea what goes on behind closed doors, but those people do not affect me. If I don't know what's being said, it can't and won't affect me. I always like to reiterate my slogan #StaySweet.
Do you think social networks are doing enough to combat online trolling? If not, what can they do?
Yes and No - There is active change happening. But there is still a long way to go. Online trolling should be dealt with like a criminal offence.
Do you believe we are all individually responsible in stopping online trolls? What can we as the users do to help stop them and protect others?
I think we need to Stand By rather than be a Bystander - Support those who need it against trolling. Report and block accounts and keep evidence of those accounts that continue to troll.
How much acceptance do the LGBTQ+ community receive in your country?
I am lucky to live in the UK where the LGBTQ+ community is accepted and welcome to live their life how they choose. It's so lovely to see people living their truth.
Are we, as a society, making enough progress?
I hope we are - I think there is always room for progress, but we have changed so much societally. Brands are raising awareness and standing in support of the community and that's beautiful to see.
In your opinion, why in 2020 do you think some people, cultures and countries still have a strong dislike or disdain towards the community?
I think it would be wrong to generalise and say that only certain generations feel this way - because that is not the case. It is up to ourselves to educate and inform those around us.
In your opinion, what is the biggest issue we as a world are facing?
This is a big question and I think there are so many things I could talk about. I think if I was to generalise, we just need to continue to educate ourselves, accept those around us wanting to be successful and support those who are seeking a better life.
What does freedom mean to you?
Freedom of thought, opinion and choice to be who we want to be.
What else do you feel passionate about?
I am very passionate about supporting anti-bullying charities and I would love to work more closely with them in the future.
Let's end this with some fun 'This or That' questions...
Tea or coffee?
I love both - But black coffee forever!
Text or call?
I love a good call. I will call everyone I know and I have to say, I LOVE a voicenote.
Summer or winter?
Ahh this is so hard. I love the concept of winter - Autumn and Christmas are such beautiful times of the year. But I am always my most happy self in the summertime. I'm also a July baby so it's in my nature to love summer.
Love or money?
Oooh can I have both?!
Book or movie?
I should say book, but I adore a good movie. Especially a good romantic film!
Sex or pizza?
Haha this question is fun - Sex of course!
Meat or veggies?
TikTok or Youtube?
YouTube - You can subscribe to my channel here.
Fame or quiet life?
I want to be famous for my craft - I want to be an industry expert. So I guess that is a mix of both.
Night in or night out?
If a night out is getting glam and going for cocktails with my girls, then a night out for sure!
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