Critically acclaimed TV presenter, model, musician and tireless charity campaigner, Amal Fashanu is the daughter of football legend John Fashanu and Spanish model Marisol Acuna and shot to fame last January, with her hard-hitting BBC Three documentary Britain's Gay Footballers, one of the channel's highest rating shows of the year, with more than 1.3 million viewers.
The documentary was nominated for a prestigious British Broadcasting Award this year and followed Amal's brave and moving journey, interviewing premiership stars including her father to find out why her uncle Justin Fashanu tragically committed suicide after becoming Britain's first (and only) footballer to come out... and why there are still no openly gay footballers among the 5,000 professional, British players.
Amal has gone on to become the country's most vocal campaigner against homophobia and racism in sport and will be launching her own charity this year to stamp out prejudice.
The rising star's warm and intelligent presenting style has seen her snapped up by the BBC, for subsequent documentaries including The Batman Shootings. Amal was one of the lucky stars invited to the Dark Knight Rises premiere and days later, found herself on a plane to Aurora, Colorado - after 12 people were shot dead by a lone gunman dressed as The Joker while watching the same film - to interview survivors and investigate the attitudes of young Americans towards gun ownership.
And with striking looks inherited from her model mother, Amal - who stands at five-foot-11-inches - has understandably been in demand as a model for campaigns by major brands including eBay's Spring/ Summer collection and Puma's recent advertising campaign alongside Professor Green.
Amal's knowledge, standing and passion for the fashion industry has also inspired her to launch her own, eagerly-awaited fashion line, Black Heart and the first brand from the label will be Fash and U, which has already amassed celebrity fans including her style icon friends Cara Delevingne and Rita Ora.
F&U was inspired by Amal’s late uncle, Justin, who wanted to use fashion to spread the fight for equality through cool, credible and edgy clothing.
The unisex line of tees, vests, snap-backs, beanies and jumpers features bold, gritty designs at affordable, highstreet prices.
And the ambitious, trilingual star - who speaks English, French and Spanish - won't stop at conquering the worlds of TV and fashion and also has her sights set on music, as a singer-songwriter.
What was it like when you got your first period? Cramps? Stained trousers? Sudden panic that someone might KNOW? Now imagine what that would have been like if your school were in a developing country, without a proper toilet or sink to wash your hands in. For millions of girls and young women, this is reality.
Proud Canaries officially launched at half time of the Premier League clash against Tottenham, with representatives going onto the pitch with a new banner. I was not only invited and treated like a queen, but I was asked to be an Honorary Chair, having my Black Heart Label Equality fashion brand's logo on their banner to help fight against discrimination.
The Academy Awards are closing up on us... it's time to bring on the glamour. February is indeed preparation month as talent gear up to look their sharpest for their arrival at Hollywood's Kodak theatre for the March 2nd event.
At a Q and A for 12 Years A Slave in London this week, Director Steve McQueen told the story of one of his first meetings in Hollywood, how an Irish person had been expected... and about the shock when he showed up. I would like to take this small opportunity to celebrate some people who have brought some exquisite flavour to the UK, Vanity Fair Style.
With the fanfare and build up to the Oscars, it seems timely to take a trip back to Hollywood's Golden Age. The release of the magnificent "I Used to be in Pictures", by twins Austin and Howard Mutti-Mewse, intoxicatingly takes us back to this sumptuous, glorious era.
<em>The Wolf of Wall Street</em> is a story of the ultimate greed and excess in wealth that led Jordan Belfort (played exquisitely by Leonardo DiCaprio), showing us how the journey that he makes from a lowly sales caller to a top tier stock broker.
This is the UK's largest fashion festival which is packed with all the latest fashion and beauty trends. You can enjoy the non-stop catwalk shows, hair and beauty demonstrations and much more. It is set to be a special one as it is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year!
The word 'change' is stuck in my mind. Not only as a result of the big event that made London the live stage of a global wake up call about female empowerment - Chime for Change - but moreover for the sense of urgency that the recent news has stirred in me.
20/06/2013 18:21 BST
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