FAULT Magazine Travel to the Caribbean Island of Grenada

(TAKEN FROM THE FULL ARTICLE PUBLISHED WITHIN FAULT ISSUE #24)

House of Chocolate

If like us you aren’t aware of the intertwined history of chocolate and the island of the Grenada, House of Chocolate in a must. Part museum, part café and another part chocolate store, here you can learn the history of cocoa and it’s many used from one of the friendly staff members. Of course, you’ll also be able to sample the many chocolate treats they have on offer from milkshakes to icecream or of course, just grab a bar of their great Grenada made chocolate to bring back home with you. House of Chocolate is located at #10 Young Street, Saint George’s, Grenada.

Concord Waterfalls

Simply put, the Concord Falls are a Grenada must see. Located in the St John Parish and easily by car, the falls have two pools the bottom of which is extremely deep and the perfect cool down following the short trek there. Some choose to dive from the high cliffs down into the around eighteen feet pool below, which we won’t say we can recommend but locals from the area have been known to take the deep plunge. We recommend booking Concord waterfall & River Antoine distillery as part of an island tour book with Caribbean Horizons (www.caribbeanhorizons.com), prices depend on number booked for the full day tour. Or, hire a car from £55per day from the same company and self-drive: both attractions are free to enter and open to the public.

Rainforest Walk

If you’re looking for a hike through the Grenadian rainforest it’s best you find an expert of the land and Telfor Bedau has you covered. Whatever your fitness level, Telfor can find a walking route to suit you and your travel group. Taking us through Grand Etang National Park, Telfor proved his genius as he pointed out the various fruits, plants and animals in the area and regaled us with tales of his amazing walking career and kayaking feats. If walking is not your thing, we’d highly recommend taking a short trip if only to spend an hour in Telfor’s company and hear his amazing stories about his life and history of Grenada.

Contact Telfor to discuss a bespoke rate (around £45pp). 00 1 473 442-6200.

Crayfish Bay Estate Chocolate

While Grenada is well known for its spices, few know about the great work being done on cocoa farms across the island and there’s no better place to learn than on the Crayfish Bay Organic Estate. The fully organic farm is run by the wonderfully charismatic and informative Kim Russell and his wife, Lylette who taught us about the history of cocoa farming and chocolate making on the island.

This isn’t your run of the mill guided tour, Kim showed us his homemade workstations and really took the time to talk us through his process and their upcoming products and schemes to pump money back into the local farming economy. They also offer self-catering accommodation in a pleasant little house starting at $50USD a night perfect for anyone looking to experience rural Grenada.

Adventure Jeep Tour and River Tubing

Those travelling with teenagers or just looking for a thrilling ride, then the Adventure Grenada have you covered. A short 45-minute drive out of St Georges you’ll reach the Balthazar River also known as Grenada’s great river.  After a quick safety briefing you’re in your tube and zooming down the scenic river surrounded by tropical flowers and the echo of gushing water and the various exotic birds in the area.

Throughout the ride you’ll stop natural pools giving you the chance to take a dip in the refreshing water and relax from the exhilarating experience. At the end of the ride you’ll be treated to a (albeit strong) rum punch because it’d Grenada and if it’s not rum punch, it’s not a drink worth having. [Enjoy responsibly]

 

Patrick’s Homestyle Cooking

Lagoon Road,St. George’s 11473, Grenada If you’re looking to try a bit of everything while in Grenada then Patrick’s is a great starting point. Opt for the tapas styled small plates and taste a little bit of all the slands amazing dishes. Placing a visit near the start of your trip will give you a great idea of what the whole island has to offer. With everything from callaloo soup to curry goat and saltfish, you’ll leave satisfied and ready to explore the sland. Each dish is unique and just when you think you’ve tasted it all, Patrick will surprise you with new flavours found only in Grenada.

The Aquarium Restaurant

Point Salines, Saint George, Grenada For lunch/dinner with a beach view, look no further than The Aquarium Restaurant. I ordered the Tuna Steak from the grill and it was cooked to perfection and you could taste the freshness through the great spices. Nothing is more romantic than watching the crashing waves and listening to their live reggae band who perform from 3pm onwards. There’s also an Aquarium inside the restaurant filled with tropical fish and turtles! It’s clear to see why honeymooners, families, solo travellers and locals all felt at home at this wonderful spot. Reservations are advised especially in peak holiday times.

BB’s Crabback

Grand Etang Road, St George’s, Grenada Quite simply, do not leave Greneda without stopping into BB’s! Located on the waterfront you can enjoy a rum punch and watch as the boats sail through The Carenage. The crab backs which give BB’s its name are simply to die for. I would say this was hands down the if not one of the best local restaurant on the island with a simple and traditional Grenadan menu and friendly service – the good really speaks for itself. Offering an extensive food and drinks menu, even locals regularly choose to dine at BB’s and their legendary cuisine is known throughout the Caribbean.

 

Sandals La Source

www.sandals.co.uk

If you’ve ever stayed in one of the Sandals resorts elsewhere, you’ll know that you’ll be greeted like royalty the second you land. If you are or travelling with anybody that’s elderly, with children or just anyone that’s a nervous to be in such a different landscape; we highly recommend booking a stay if only for the first nights with Sandals just to ease your group into what can become quite a frantic holiday.

The resort features 10 restaurants, butler service, unlimited premium brand drinks, anytime airport transfer, free wifi, 3 freshwater swimming pools and 2 river pools or just enjoy the private beach right on your doorstep. Just a note for anyone who isn’t used to all-inclusive, the price you pay on booking is all you pay. That means there is no need to bring your cash down to the bar or restaurant at any point and it allows for you to be more adventurous with your dining choices.

With 10 restaurants, you’ll be hard pressed to try all the varying cuisine on offer but it does allow for great collective dining experiences as you and your party get to a try a bit of everything on offer. Unlimited use of their tennis and volleyball courts, nightly entertainment and the only resort to offer unlimited scuba diving as standard, it’s surprisingly easy to indulge your holiday away without having to leave the resort. It must also be said that the staff as Sandals La Source are without question some of the most hospitable, competent and friendly hotel staff I have ever come across. No request is too outlandish nor was any quibble (not that we had many) too small for them to fix, they felt truly invested in making sure you had the best time while staying with them. It’s understandable, the staff are mostly locals and brimming with pride when discussing their homeland and they are happy to have Sandals and to meet so many different people who have chosen their small island for their summer getaways.

Sandals certainly has its place in Grenada for the traveller looking to unwind without any stress or chance of stress. At Sandals, you’ll escape the fear of an unknown environment and different lifestyles and just enjoy your time on a beautiful resort. Newlyweds, mature travellers and returning visitors will enjoy Sandals and every last amenity it has to offer.

Kalinago Beach Resort

www.kalinagobeachresort.com

If you prefer the lore of a more real experience, we suggest you stay Kalinago Beach Resort. The resort is located right on the beachfront and you’ll receive a very local experience as studentsand locals head down to enjoy their weekend

While Kalinago has a wonderful private bar, a few steps down the beach you’ll find ‘La Ply Wood Beach Bar Cafe’ where the medical students and locals young and old like to hang out. The colourful bar is also home to, in my opinion, one of the best rum punches Grenada has to offer. On weekends expect to find local students and travellers alike down on the water. One thing to remember about Grenada is that everyone is so friendly that even as a solo traveller you’ll find plenty of opportunities for great conversation and you’d prefer chilled alone time, park yourself by the hotel’s pool and dive into a good book.

Located on Morne Rouge Bay which is also known as BBC Beach, you’ll find many attractions in the area. If you’re the betting type, head forThe Owl Sports a short walk from the resort and witness their crab racing events for a truly unique experience.

You can also hire out kayaks and snorkel gear free of charge which we highly recommend you take advantage of. Many boat tours include Morne Rouge Bay as a viewpoint so definitely take advantage of the wonderful view from the sea in your own time and at your own pace. The rooms are spacious and the breakfast simple but very tasty featuring Grenadian classics such as plantain and Caribbean fish fritters. Their lunch and dinner menus offer a mixture of Creole and international gourmet dishes infused with spices from the island.

The staff on the resort are all very friendly and happy to help with transfers to and from the airport and anywhere else on the island that you need to go. If you can, definitely attend their weekly manager’s drinks to chat with the great running the resort who all offer great insights and tips for your stay.

We’d recommend Kalinago for the younger, solo and adventurous traveller looking to find their own fun in Grenada. If you’re looking for luxurious dining within the hotel walls and a purely exclusive experience, this probably isn’t for you but if you’re looking for charm, look no further than Kalinago Beach Resort.

Words & Photography: Mlies Holder (unless stated otherwise)

FAULT Magazine Beauty Reviews: Zero Skin Skincare Range

For many of us working in the fashion industry, the Christmas break enjoyed by all was actually one of the most stressful times of the year. With deadlines looming, LFWM planning and the all too many industry events in December; sleep and pampering were often neglected (well for me anyway!) Now that LFWM is over, we’ve turned out sights to finding the best beauty products and brands in the business. Today we review the Apple and Green Tea Eye Mask and Black Caviar Peel-Off Mask by Zero Skin.

Starting with the Apple and Green Tea Eye Mask, the purpose is to reduce dark circles and puffy tired eyes which after weeks of events we were in dire need of. Containing Green Tea Extract, Niacinamide (Vit B3), Alpha-Arbutin, Apple Stem Cell Extract and Hyaluronic Acid, the product is meant to rejuvenate the affected area with its soothing qualities.

The arbutin extract and green tea alone are hailed as godsends within the beauty industry for their individual qualities so with both married together within a single product, you’re in good hands with this product. The package does say to cleanse post-use to lock in the moisture.  We opted to use the remaining serum which in itself worked as a very refreshing lotion but a light moisturiser would also suffice if you’re planning to brave the dry winter air.

From just two applications the results were very positive. My dark circles and puffy eyes had reduced and I appeared and felt far more alert. I’d recommend applying the patches in the morning before work as it’s soothing ingredients really help to wake you up. Another pro tip would be to store your packages in the fridge or other cold area of your home because the cold temperature will further help reduce the puffiness around your eyes.

 

The next product we tried was the Black Caviar Peel-Off Mask skin black mask. In recent months, these products have skyrocketed in popularity and it can be daunting to find the right product which so many products with varying reviews available.

The mask is simple to apply and surprisingly less messy than one might expect. Zero Skin have really hit the nail on the head with their blend of ingredients and it shows in the consistency of their products. After applying the mask and waiting for it to set, it was time for the removal. Admittedly, I was very nervous for this step. I’ve spent a lot of time in the office sharing videos of painful reactions to similar product removals and imagined this would be the same.

To my surprise, the mask peels off without any pain at all, I was in shock at how painless the removal was in fact. There was some residue left behind on the edges of my face but this was easily washed off which again reaffirmed how mess-free the whole process was. After the mask, my skin was noticeably smoother thanks to the removal of the inevitable dry caused by the dry winter air. After the mask, my skin was noticeably smoother thanks to the removal of the inevitable dry caused by the dry winter air. In truth, I’m not very prone to blackheads so can’t comment on their effectiveness there – however my pores certainly were clear from the daily greasy build-up.

All in all, both products far exceeded our expectations. When it comes to the skincare industry, it’s always daunting to switch to a new player in the game; especially one who seemed to crop up overnight but fear not – we can personally attest that Zero skin has you covered! While a new company, their collection isn’t extremely expansive however what they do, they do extremely well. We’re extremely excited to see what’s to come from one of the most exciting skincare brands of 2017.

Discussing Inspirations and 2017 with FAULTFuture Actress – Jamey May

Rising British actress Jamey May is best known for her role as Sandra in the 2016’s critically acclaimed ‘White Colour Black’. While still rather new in the game, Jamey approaches all her projects with confidence and passion driven and the glow of positive energy. We sat down with Jamey to discuss her upcoming projects and acting inspirations.
Can you tell us about Holly the role you play in Lucid?
Holly is Zel’s brother’s girlfriend (Zel is who the film is about, a young guy who suffers from social anxiety and uses lucid dreaming to get what he wants).. She is outspoken, always overdresses and is the life of the party. I wouldn’t say too far away from myself, haha. That’s all I’ll say for now 😉
Growing up who was your big acting inspiration?
Well, Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic was the first poster I ever put up on my wall. He’s just a pure natural and brings this natural charm to everything he does. All of his film choices have been absolutely spot on.
I was inspired by Arnold Schwarzenegger’s philosophy pretty early in life. He said he would be the highest paid actor and biggest bodybuilder in the world. With all the laughs and taunts he got, he became exactly what he said he’d be. I truly believe you create your own destiny. I believe that every energy configuration has already been made, so as an infinite part of consciousness, we can literally tap into a certain vibration and create exactly what we want. It comes with faith in the universe or higher power or God, or whatever you want to call it. I know it’s real because I’ve had some crazy things happen to me that could not just be a co-incidence so I’ve become interested in how and why these things happen.
What do you look for in a character before accepting the role?
I look for a character that challenges me. I like to play characters that are far far away from who I am as a person, something I can really get stuck into..It’s usually the characters I absolutely despise at the start, that I research and work on and play around with that I end up falling in love with the most.
If you could play any role (even if it’s one that already been done), which one would it be?
I love the idea of playing a ‘seemingly completely normal girl’ that has a deep dark side, someone multi-faceted..”GONE GIRL” was great. Anything philosophical or psychological. I love psychological thrillers. Shutter Island too. I like roles that are far away from me and the stereotypical blonde curliness that I have on the outside… I feel like I secretly have dark straight sleek hair that flops over one eye with shaved sides and cheekbones that are chiselled and sharp as fuck I want to pull out the dark pieces of me and explore them to their depths to surprise myself. Catch Me If You Can, I would love to play a female version of Leo, I’ll do that someday.
What’s next to come for Jamey May in 2017?
Oh, I’m totally working with Terrence Malick, Bernado Bertolucci, Gaspar Nöe, Mike Leigh, Brad Pitt and in the next season of Westworld… HAHA.
In reality, I have three Independent British films upcoming, all challenging characters with beautiful meaningful stories. One Is about homelessness, something I’m very passionate about, It will change the lives of people that watch it. I have my own production company, Bronco Pictures, we shoot exciting creative shorts all the time so they’re my little passion projects aside from working.
When you close your eyes and envision your “big dream” what do you see?
Working with the above names. Writing my own material that sends powerful hard hitting messages out to the world. Film has the strong ability to plant seeds in people’s minds and change their perception of things. I’m writing a script about transcendental meditation, I can’t say too much about it but it’s a fantasy thriller, very mystical but at the same time real because we can genuinely access these realms all in the back of our minds. Real, raw and universal are my key words. I hate the silver lined shit. As long as every bit of work I do is honest, raw and real, I’ll be very happy.
What is your FAULT?
I overthink, everything. I’m slowly learning to let the need for perfection dissipate because there is no such thing. Our rawness and vulnerability is what makes us special. I’m  very hard on myself. I find it hard to take a break and chill the fuck out sometimes, it’s important to do that and recharge. There’s just always something to do. I always feel like time’s running out…I always have. But I suppose that’s why I feel like I’ve lived 20 years longer than I actually have. It’s a short life, I mean let’s do this properly and get out everything we fucking can!

Photography: Amber Eggleden

Styling: Belda Chung

MUA: Dominic Paul

Hair: Martyna Parzniewska

Makeup Assistant: Ruby Watt

 

FAULT Magazine Premieres Stephanie Rainey’s Brand New Single – ‘100 Like Me’

Happy Thursday FAULT Readers! Today we’re premiering a brand new track by FAULT Favourite Stephanie Rainey. Written about self-consciousness and anxiety, Stephanie chants ‘Tell me I’m not the only one hiding’ as she pleads that someone out there shares the same hardship.

The track is written for anyone dealing with the heavy weight of their FAULTS (see what we did there) and reminds the listener that no matter what, they are not alone and should never feel that way. Obviously, we love the message and we know it will resonate with many FAULT readers, now more than ever.

With such a wonderful message and an awesome track, we’re very much looking forward to Stephanie’s new album slated for release next year. We’ve been promised the soaring full-band anthems that we’ve come to love from her ‘Half of Me’ EP.

Until then, allow us to present Stephanie Rainey’s brand new single ‘100 Like Me’ below! Enjoy

 

FAULT Magazine attends the MTV Brand New Big Reveal @ Tape London

Last night, FAULT were in attendance for the reveal of the MTV Brand New 2017 shortlist. Hosted at Tape London, FAULTFave Becca Dudley revealed MTV Brand New’s top tips for stardom in 2017. Chosen by industry experts, one shouldn’t take this list for granted; Last year saw FAULT #20 star Anne-Marie crowned champion and as they say, the rest is history.

AJ Tracey and Nadia Rose both performed captivating sets, displaying the raw talent that landed them a place on the list for 2017. Other shortlisted artists attendance included JP Cooper, Raye, Disciples, Ray Blk, Stefflon Don and Tom Grennan.

It’s no secret that cracking the music industry is extremely difficult and we at FAULT are fully supportive of the opportunities provided to emerging artists from the folks down at MTV Brand New. Over the years, they have at varying levels supported many of the artists who have appeared in the pages of FAULT Magazine or FAULT Online. FAULT Alumni, Ellie Goulding, The Vamps, Ella Eyre and Conor Maynard have all been supported by MTV Brand New and it’s wonderful to see their continued commitment to supporting new talents.
Early next year, MTV UP! Energy Drinks will be hosting a showcase before the winner of 2017 is revealed. Until then, we’ll be waiting with baited breath for the big reveal.

 

For further details, head over to www.MTV.co.uk/brandnew

Anastacia discusses breast cancer and the road to a FAULTless recovery in FAULT Magazine Issue 24

Fashion Editor & Creative Director: Rachel Holland | Photographer: Andres De Lara | Make Up: Alex Price @ FRANK Agency | Hair Stylist: Karin Darnell @FRANK Agency | Nail Artist: Diane Drummond | Photographer’s Assistant: Stefano Della Salla | Stylist’s Assistant: Tara Theiss | Stylist’s Assistant: Lina Buckson

Fashion Editor & Creative Director: Rachel Holland | Photographer: Andres De Lara | Make Up: Alex Price @ FRANK Agency | Hair Stylist: Karin Darnell @FRANK Agency | Nail Artist: Diane Drummond | Photographer’s Assistant: Stefano Della Salla | Stylist’s Assistant: Tara Theiss | Stylist’s Assistant: Lina Buckson

 

Words: Miles Holder

 

Before we begin, I need to break FAULT’s usual editorial style guide and explain the background behind our reversible cover feature for FAULT Issue 24. It’s important to me that our readers understand Anastacia’s head space throughout our interview so that you can understand just how Anastacia is able to make light of times which read like her darkest of days.

As a musician, Anastacia is known for being the powerhouse vocalist who stormed the charts in the early 2000s with hit tracks ‘I’m Outta Love’, ‘One Day in Your Life’ and ‘Left Outside Alone’, all of which now are defining pop anthems of the decade. Despite breaking away from Sony Records (a decision Anastacia admits wasn’t the best idea for the time), Anastacia went on to release 6 studio albums, tour endlessly and sell 52 million records worldwide.

Behind the music, Anastacia has been gripped in an internal battle against illness and self-acceptance her whole life. Diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at the age 13 and fighting two bouts of breast cancer, the second of which ended with a Double Mastectomy­ in 2013, Anastacia’s has been on a mission to regain the femininity stolen by the disease.

Arriving at our interview, Anastacia greeted me wide eyed and with a tender embrace; while I wish I could say she was just excited to see me, it’s clear that after years of hiding her scars and parts of her story from the world – it was a godsend for her to finally be able to reveal her story to the world.

It’s been a long fought battle consisting of 10 procedures & 5 Surgeries but Anastacia is ready to reveal her FAULTs to the world.

Here is Anastacia’s story – FAULTs and all.

Dress (worn as Skirt) by Joe Richards

Dress (worn as Skirt) by Joe Richards

FAULT: Thanks for being so trusting with FAULT on this shoot. Prior to this, how did you feel about your scarring?

Anastacia: I resented them. I resented how large they are but I also understood why I needed to go through all the physical changes. My scars are part of my journey and a reminder of all the things I went through with my mastectomy. At this point, I feel great to be able to show them in a way that’s artistic with a respected team in fashion because it’s transformed my body’s “FAULTs” into art.
Your scars aren’t in the usual place for a mastectomy, why is that?

The surgeons had to go around my tattoo; the scars really should have been on my bra line but to graft skin, the surgeons needed to find a place that wasn’t compromised. I wasn’t expecting it to be as long but it was the only way.
How does it feel to finally show the stripped back Anastacia?

I’m so nervous to let people see them, I really am, but I want to be able to go on the beach and not have the first photographs taken of my body to be ones that I didn’t give. I want to be free and knowing that this photo-shoot will be out there and available, I can be on the beach and not worry about what people think. After today, paparazzi can take a photo of me breathing in and call it a gut or say all the things they want, that doesn’t scare me – but my scars are a part of me and I want to be the one to reveal them. If paparazzi photographed them before today, I’d feel like I was being shamed but being able to release them this way, I feel extremely empowered.

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Silver Vest: Baserange | Jeans: Anastacia’s Own (True Religion)

When you battled cancer, you were fighting an illness that was slowly taking over your body and wrecking havoc on its path. Do you feel like you’ve finally reclaimed it back?

Absolutely! Every little thing that I’m doing, including Strictly Come Dancing, was me trying to reclaim a little piece of my femininity that cancer stole. When you have as many surgeries as I’ve had, you lose so many female sensations that you’ll never get back. Nipple sensation is something that cancer robbed from my anatomy and I’m used to it now but there is that little part of me that will always be lost. Doing Strictly and doing this shoot I feel like I’m finally becoming the woman that I was again.

How long has it taken for you to mentality repair and be ready to share your body with us?

It’s definitely been a long process. I was diagnosed January 2013 and it’s nearly 2017. It took this long but finally when people see this shoot it will be 100% back to me. I’m really grateful that this has been the journey and that you are a part of it – if I was on Strictly long enough I might have done it there but it wasn’t meant to be. Doing a shoot like this, I can be sure that the world sees my scars how I now do – as art.

 

Talk me through your first moment of discovery back in 2003.

2003, I actually went in to explore breast reduction as a preventative measure and two days before my procedure my doctor asked me to have a mammogram. I remember saying “I’m young, what are you talking about!?” and he replied “I just want to check that your tissue is pristine” and me being me I said,“Pristine, mean, clean that’s who I am when I’m on the scene!” [laughs] It was all jokes, I got my mammogram and lo and behold, they found cancer. I wasn’t so pristine, mean or clean after all…

It was a blessing because they found it so early. I spent so long learning all the information I could from that point on. When doctors ask “Is cancer in your family?”, they’re only guaranteeing that you will get it. If it’s not, it’s still a wide open field and 70% of women who get cancer, it’s not even in their family and most women will get cancer. Everything in the environment, your stress levels, what you eat – it all can be a cause of cancer. There are so many combining factors that will make you a victim which is why I decided to become an advocate for early detection.

Young women need to ask for a mammogram contribution for holiday gifts or birthdays etc. Even just £5 or £10 towards the procedure, anything will help and it’s all an investment in your long-term well-being. If you’re a young woman in your mid-twenties, just get it the test done and you can have peace of mind until you’re thirty years old. In your thirties go every two or three years depending on your doctor’s advice and then after thirty-five, it’s safest to go each year. Find it early and you’re done and it’s so much easier.

Cancer and death needn’t go hand in hand, if you catch it early you can live with it and seek treatment – it’s not spotting it early enough that’s scary.

Dress: Laura Theiss

Dress: Laura Theiss

You’re very vocal and many who have heard your story were able to learn from it and beat cancer due to their proactive detection. How does that make you feel to know you affected a life in such a drastic way?

I’ve heard it so much that I never take back any personal invasion of my privacy because it allowed my story to be told to so many people and saved so many lives.

The first news of your cancer wasn’t revealed on your terms?

The press told people I had cancer before I told people! I found out I had cancer on Friday and on Sunday World News rang to tell me they were releasing the story and if I’d like to make a statement. I didn’t have a press team at the time to do all that for me and I was still coming to terms with my diagnosis. Three days later most of my friends learnt I had cancer from the press. I couldn’t call anybody; I was trying to deal with what I thought at the time was a death sentence.

In saying that I’m not angry and what the press did – I say all the time that I’m grateful to have had cancer because it meant that I was able to save lives and that is worth every minute of surgery I’ve been through. I’m still alive and telling this story is why I’m still here and that’s why I keep talking about because there are a lot of people who don’t have the ability to raise their voice. It’s hard spiritually and mentally to tell people about your experiences and I get that. Not everybody needs to be as open as I am but as long as I’m open I can help someone who is closed get by and that’s how I look at the world that is cancer but I just look at the first three letters, C.A.N.

 

What physical trait did you hate before scarring and how insignificant does it feel now?

My boobs! [laughs] When I think back to how much I hated them, they ended up saving my life. Had I had smaller breasts I might not have seen anything and then I would have had it and not known and been hit with stage four out of the blue. My friends were telling me not to get them reduced because they were beautiful and people were paying for larger breasts and thank god I didn’t listen to them.

I say I was blessed with cancer and I was blessed with Crohn’s because it allows me to find a positive way to get through it in order to find a way around it. Having Crohn’s has made me a better communicator because to hold it in creates anxiety which makes it worst.
You’ve had bad days, in fact, you’ve had the worst of days. What lifts you back up?

I just wait for it to pass. I think you have to allow yourself to feel like crap, you’re supposed to have those feelings. You need to have emotions and it’s how you process them and how you exist and I think that for me I just tell myself “Anastacia, you’re down today and just be down.” If I have to work, then I push it aside and sometimes I can forget but if I don’t take care of letting it exist then it can come out another way. I’ve made a lot of mindful decision to get me to this place. I’ve had a lot of accomplishments but it’s the setbacks which taught me who I am and what I’m made of.

No, I haven’t accomplished everything I wanted to but it’s how you learn from what you haven’t been able to accomplish that brings success.

Trousers: Cacharel Blazer: Cacharel Bodysuit: Else

Trousers: Cacharel; Blazer: Cacharel; Bodysuit: Else

Strictly sounds like a lot of work and even more so for someone who has been through the physical changes that you have. How did you cope?

I was and now am in the best condition that I’ve been in, in a long time. I had just finished 50 dates before I started on Strictly and the injury I received wasn’t because I was unfit but because I was trying to do something that was hard for most people let alone me with my Latissimus Dorsi in front of my body! [Laughs] It was a tall order for my dance partner and me to do but I think we were both stubborn in our “we can do this” philosophy.

And then you got injured. What exactly happened?

I just thought it was a sore muscle and I just waited for it to pass but it got progressively worse and then I felt a lump which I knew couldn’t be cancer because I didn’t have any breast tissue left but it had to be something. I went to see a doctor and as it turns out it was an inflamed scar tissue. I found this out on Saturday morning and the show was filmed live on Saturday night.

We decided to continue with the performance, and we took out the lift to help me do that. By the end of the performance, I was in a lot of pain and knew I needed to see a specialist. Then I was told there was a dance off. I knew I was physically unable to perform, and I was terrified about what damage I had already done. I began to cry and said “sorry I’ll get my things and go and thanks for the opportunity” and I was ready to leave…I didn’t know they had contingencies for occurrences like that.

The press wasn’t so understanding at first.

I didn’t have the best time hearing what the press had to say because I couldn’t dance-off but once they found out why it was all “wow, how did you even dance in the first place!?” and I’m all like “Hello, I’m a fighter!” But once I felt that my arm was going to die, I just had to sit it out. I think the press thought I was being a diva and refusing to dance off which was so wrong and it was the best feeling when the truth finally came out.
If you could give any piece of advice to your younger self what would it be?

I believe that I would say “be kinder to yourself and not compare yourself to other people.” Back then I never felt I was pretty enough or talented enough. I wore glasses, I wasn’t tall, I didn’t have blue eyes, I didn’t think I was pretty because I compared myself to people who looked nothing like me. I could have picked anything to not like about myself but I wish I’d been gentler and kinder to me and not been so judgemental. It’s strange because my mum always taught me to accept other people for all their differences and I always saw the beauty in others, I just couldn’t see it in myself.

What is your FAULT?

I give to my own detriment. As much as people say giving is a great gift, it’s not when you don’t know when you’re being taken advantage of. I’ve been so giving that I’ve hurt myself so much in the process.

 

 

Read Anastacia’s full story and see more exclusive photographs only in FAULT 24 – available to pre-order now

Jenn Murray Discusses Fantastic Beasts and where to find them in FAULT Magazine

 

Today (Nov 19th) sees the release of J.K. Rowlings much anticipated new blockbuster, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. FAULT Magazine sat down with cast member Jenn Murray who appears as Chastity Barebone in the movie to learn more about her character, the movie and the magic goings on behind the scenes!

 

You’re going to be entering a huge, huge franchise, do you think you’re fully ready for that?

As ready as I can be!  I cannot predict the future, I just hope people enjoy the film!  I can only be grateful that David Yates saw something in me and gave me an opportunity.  The opportunity was to work with some of the most talented people in the film industry.  Every day was a playground of inspiration and creativity, you simply had to open your eyes and you would learn something.

 

Can you tell me anything about Chastity? Her background doesn’t seem to be divulged much. What can we expect from her character?

Chastity was an interesting role to play.  She is mysterious, to me and to others.  She is surrounded by big personalities and although she is curious, she is also content in her own particular way of life.  She didn’t draw attention to herself, she just got on with her work, she got on with her life.  There is something about silence that can be powerful, I learnt a lot from playing her.

 

How did you mediate the different material in order to become Chastity, such as JK Rowling’s help to the script to David Yates’ work as a director?

Simply to be in the knowledge that I was part of a story that had come from JK Rowling’s imagination was thrilling.  Whenever I play a role, I always make the choice to trust two people, I trust the director and I trust the writer.  Both David and JK tell stories with eloquence and a life force energy that you cannot but be swept away with them.  You do your homework and research because for me, preparation brings confidence.  Then, on the set, I pay attention, I listen to my scene partners and I jump in.  David knew what he wanted and so I always felt very safe.

How was it working on a film driven by so much CGI and visual effects?

Working on Fantastic Beasts was incredible.  Each day on set there were so many resources to take from to inspire your performance.  How did my coat feel on my shoulders, how did my feet sound on the wooden floor, what temperature was it outside?  CGI requires focus and commitment.  It is like playing make believe as a child, you choose to believe that whatever the special effect is that will be added later is actually in front of you now and you go for it!  Plus you are not alone, your fellow actors are taking the same leap of imagination, and it can be a lot of fun!

 

Are you scared or excited for the release of the film next month? Do you think it will live up to Harry Potter fans expectations?

I am excited.  Working on a film like Fantastic Beasts you see that every person has the same goal, to tell a great story.  I feel really lucky to be part of an ensemble cast and therefore there is not too much pressure.  You can be aware of expectations but ultimately you can only focus on your own contribution to the project.  JK said something I always think of in her Harvard commencement speech.  What we achieve on the inside effects our outer world.  So I like to remind myself that even to be in a film, and a film that has expectations, is a dream come true.

 

Words: Harley Cassidy

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Little Mix Bonus Online Cover Shoot for FAULT Magazine Online

A Bonus (not so secret) photoshoot with the Little Mix to celebrate the release of  album – Glory Days

Often referred to as this generation’s Spice Girls, Little Mix are just on the cusp of releasing their latest album Glory Days. The girls are no newcomers to the FAULT scene, having previously been featured in issue 17– back when Salute was only just being released. It has been a while since and the foursome has surely done some growing up in the meanwhile. We caught up with Little Mix ahead of their album release and here’s their take on the past 5 years of their careers.

You’ve gone a long way since people first saw you on the X Factor. You’ve rocketed to the top, broken records and vanished the jinx of the X-Factor winner. How does it feel to prove everyone wrong?

Perrie: It feels really good. Every little bit of success we get, we feel massively grateful and humbled for it. I don’t think I’ve ever expected to have the success that we have now. But I’m glad we broke that curse for X Factor. We’re very proud of ourselves.

 

It’s been five years now. What do you think is the most important lesson that you’ve learned over the past five years?

Perrie: Just to try and stay grounded with all your family and friends. Hold your loved ones really close. And try to keep your own little circle of friends. It’s hard to trust people in this industry. So yeah, keep all your family close.

Jade: To appreciate what we have. I think it’s very easy in this job to think negatively and think low of yourself after working such long hours. We’re always tired, but we have to remember that we’re in a much better position than many other girls. And also – to never underestimate our success.

So straight out of the X Factor – what were the biggest issues that you encountered in the industry?

Leigh-Anne: We didn’t have a clue what to expect. When you’re in a show like that, you’re kind of thrown into it in a way that you don’t really have any time to adjust to it. I think we were just really lucky to have each other. Doing that on your own – must be so much pressure. I’m just really happy that I got to have these girls as my comfort blanket.

Was there a specific moment in your careers when you realized that you’re becoming role models for young girls and therefore had a responsibility towards them?

Perrie: I think being named role models kind of happened just naturally, we never really asked for it. Which is lovely, I love the fact that girls look up to us and we empower people and inspire them. But obviously, we’re young girls and we’re going to do silly things sometimes that can kind of put pressure on us, but we’re just being ourselves. And if that means that we’re being role models by just being ourselves, then that’s incredible. It’s a massive compliment.

 

And as so, do you have any particular life stories that you’d like to share with your young audience for them to learn from?

Leigh-Anne: Well, both Jade and me had bad skin when we were young. And we used to get teased. And at the time – you think it’s the worst thing in the world. What I would say to anyone that is suffering from it is the fact that it will go away and it’s not the end of the world.

As women in the public eye working in an industry that constantly scrutinizes people – women first and foremost – have you ever felt you had a responsibility to act against it?

Perrie: Well, now that we’ve got a bit of influence – which is amazing – we try our best to make something positive out of it. We don’t think it’s fair that women get scrutinized more than men. Everything is harder for a woman in every kind of aspect and that’s why we try to empower women with our music, our image and everything we stand for. If we can help a little bit, then we’re doing okay.  

 

How did you all find your individualities under the given circumstances?

Perrie: We kind of stayed the same I think. From the beginning, we all knew who we were individually, what our style was and what we liked and disliked. Nothing changed, it just evolved. We like to be individuals because more people can relate to us. People relate to Leigh-Anne differently than they relate to me and so on. We’re all tight knit, but we embrace our individualities too.

Have you always had this mindset?

Perrie: Yeah, we’ve had the same beliefs pretty much from the beginning. We’ve always wanted to be girl-power; we’ve always wanted to inspire people.

 

How do you usually cope with the pressure of that omnipresent eye of the media?

Perrie: At first, it was really horrible. We were really young; I was 17 when I got put into Little Mix. I felt like a baby, I didn’t know how to fend for myself. Moving to London was terrifying – to not be with my family. I think, at first, we found it hard reading things about ourselves that weren’t true. Like rumours or seeing a bad picture right on the front of a magazine or whatever it was. But now, we literally couldn’t care less.

Leigh-Anne: It doesn’t matter. We’ve learned how to deal with it all of it now. Everybody gets it. Adele, Beyoncé, everyone gets scrutinized. And it’s usually from people who don’t have a life.

What’s next for Little Mix?

Perrie: Hopefully a lot more success. But we’re very happy with this album. It’s a lot more mature, it’s very honest and it’s different to what we’ve done before. We just hope it does really well.

 

What’s your FAULT?

Perrie: I can be stubborn.

Leigh-Anne: When I gen drunk, I take things really seriously.

Jade: Mine is overthinking. I’m too much of a perfectionist.

 

Words: Adina Ilie