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Kiwi women told they need to spend more time being gorgeous

Apr 8th, 2014 | By | Category: Arts/Entertainment, Features, Latest News

lisa top picKIWI WOMEN have fallen under the critical eye of stylist Lisa O’Neill who says they need to spend more time being gorgeous and embracing the bodies they have.

“For some women getting up in the morning and being motivated is a huge challenge, hair and makeup is not an option and cleaning is the only thing on the agenda,” Lisa says.

Teaching women about their body shape and how to dress is one of Lisa’s talents.


She travels the country holding events and fundraisers for different organisations and shows kiwi women what to wear.

Lisa says she has no interest in people’s age or size when it comes to styling.

“Numbers mean nothing to me, I’m a mathematical disaster,” she says

“I’m all about people wearing stuff that makes them happy. If someone doesn’t like it, that’s their problem, you don’t have to look at yourself.”

A large percentage of women are not happy with parts of their body, and according to Lisa it’s because we focus on the wrong parts.

She says that instead of focusing on the parts of our body that make us sad, and uncomfortable, we should focus on finding the stuff that makes us happy.Lisa main pic in story

“Some women have huge thighs, but don’t recognise the fact that they have a fantastic little waist,” she says.

Lisa, a size 12, dresses all shapes and sizes but says she loves styling bigger women.

“There’s more to work with, more to cover up and hide and it’s fun,”

“My best friend is a size 22 and she’s absolutely gorgeous,” she says.

Lisa says as women get older they are supposed to get bigger.

“Young and thin is hot, old and thin is not, you just start to look pissed off. We need to be soft cushioning for our grandchildren.”

Different body shapes include the pear, the apple, the banana and the hour glass, however depending on where we are in our lives, we can be a different shape at any time.

Lisa says style is about what makes you comfortable as an individual, and what works for you.


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