Queen Of The Week 14: With FRAN HAYDEN
Posted on 18 September 2017
We're back to introduce our new queen for our "QUEEN OF THE WEEK" segment on the Neon Moon blog.
Each week we will be blessing you with a different queen who is making waves in the feminist world, body positive community and more with 5 questions about her inspirations and dreams to advice.
This week we interviewed the amazing body positive force, feminist advocate, vintage enthusiast and burlesque performer, Fran Hayden. Fran is one amazing woman. In addition to Fran being an amazing activist for the bo-po community, she is also a blogger and writes for numerous publications and has also herself been the subject of many articles due to her being such a positive figure in the bo-po community. Fran writes about topics from body positivity, feminism and LGBTQAI+ issues. Fran is also the founder of the "I Am Here" project, created to give women the power to define themselves as she was done with society telling women how to look and act. Fran is outspoken and we absolutely adore her for it.
From her incredible confidence to her inspiring story, we adore Fran's contribution to the feminist world, the body positive and LGBTQAI+ communities.
Inspired by Fran? Read on for 5 questions with the outstanding Fran Hayden. Keep slaying, Fran!
There are a great many people and things that inspire me. Firstly, my Mum and her utter dedication to being an uncompromising badass. I was brought up surrounded by all things 1950s, my Mum would dress and wear her hair like a pin-up girl most days and I was always in awe of her ability to be unapologetically herself. This is something that I strive to be, and it is because of her influence that I am more able to do so!
I am also inspired by the women and men (and anyone else on the wide spectrum of gender) who challenge, question and debate ideas surrounding body image and self-confidence. These individuals pave the way for future generations by sharing their stories of hardship, their life experiences and their journeys of success. By creating a conversation with wider society, the people that I come across are making history – they may not know it yet but the body image movement and ideas that surround that are ground-breaking. I am inspired by their utter resilience and dedication in the face of adversity.
2. What's the first thing you would buy if you won £1 million?
Probably a stiff drink! No, I joke! If I won £1 million I think that the first thing I’d buy would probably be a holiday. Europe is a big pull for me at the moment and I’m really interested in doing lots of little city breaks – Prague, Amsterdam, Berlin, Vienna. Although I guess that those aren’t really pushing the £1 million are they? I’d probably be more likely to go on an epic American road trip – a girl can dream right?
3. What's a piece of advice you would give to your younger self?
I’d tell myself that no matter what I’d been told to think, my body does not dictate my worth.
4. What is the big dream for Fran Hayden?
I’d really love to make a difference with the activism that I do. If I can change one person’s life or a thousand people’s lives, then I’ll be happy.
5. This is where you can put any question to our amazing supporters and customers. What would you like to know?
I want to know what makes you thrive? What makes you proud to exist in the body that you call home?
You've heard it lovelies, what makes you thrive and proud to exist in your body? Let us know in the comments section below!
Wear your crown with your head held high.
Love Neon Moon x