SHERO ELEVEN FEAT. CLARE CORDELL

Clare Cordell is a bad ass artist writing and recording her own music, with her debut album dropping this summer. She describes herself as a singer, songwriter, feminist, lover of big hair & cat enthusiast. She gets our vote. 

 What’s the best thing about being a woman?
There are SO many great things about being a woman, so I made a nifty little list for you….

  1. The knowledge that our female relatives literally kicked ass to give us rights
  2. I love having boobs. They are like two powerful negotiators that live on my chest J
  3. Great hair days and the creation of hair extensions!
  4. The liberating feeling of walking to Tesco on a Friday night to get gin and quavers in your pyjamas with no bra on, then watching a marathon of shit films with your tribe.
  5. When you finally realise you don’t need to apologise or explain yourself to anyone.
  6. It is more socially acceptable for us to cry at RSPCA adverts
  7. The feeling of adoration when you see a drag queen that is more beautiful than you will ever be – and the pure awe when they give you makeup tips!
  8. Female intuition is a mother fucking GIFT.
  9. The ‘Crazy Cat Lady’ title. I fucking LOVE it.
  10. The fact that Donald Trump is NOT one.
  11. The automatic support and comradery that comes with it!

What’s the hardest thing about being a woman?
Equally there are some pretty shit things that come with having a vagina… here they are:

  1. The knowledge that our female relatives had to fight for us to have rights and that there is STILL so much we need to fight for.
  2. The stigma that comes with being a ‘Feminist’
  3. Katie Hopkins.
  4. Having to constantly fucking DIET
  5. Being underestimated and overlooked
  6. When the underwire of your bra pokes into the side of your boob!
  7. Period pains.
  8. Body shaming
  9. The mother fucking pay gap.
  10. Lack of education around the world. Education is a right not a privilege.
  11. The criticism that comes with choosing not to have children.

What’s the best thing about being human?
The ability to learn, communicate and inspire.

 What’s the best piece of advice you were ever given by a woman?
Luckily I have been fortunate enough to be brought up by, work with and be around some amazing women who I look up to and who constantly give me great advice. But the best piece of advice that sticks with me WHEREVER I GO was given to me by Shoshana Bean. I’ve idolised her for years as a performer, an artist and as a person. She gave me a fucking AMAZING opportunity a couple of years back to sing my own song (for the very first time live and in front of people) at her concert in London. Here is what she said to me before I performed: “You just need to get out in front of people and do your thing. I don’t care how scared you are, I don’t care how nervous, I don’t care how insecure you are; the only way to get stronger and braver is to fucking DO IT.”

 What’s your biggest achievement?
Writing and recording my own music.

What do you admire in other women?
Confidence

Generosity

Kindness

Strength

Building up other women

Speaking out and standing up for themselves and other people

The ability to love HARD

Humour

 What five women dead or alive would you invite to a dinner party?
Can I have two parties? I can’t choose just 5 women!!!! I’m having two separate parties okay. So I get 10 guests. #loophole

Dinner party 1:

  1. Whitney Houston
  2. Carole King
  3. Amy Winehouse
  4. Judy Garland
  5. Billie Holiday

 Dinner party 2:

  1. Maya Angelou
  2. Gloria Steinem
  3. JK Rowling
  4. Maggie Smith
  5. Joan Rivers

 What book had an impact on you and why?
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee. 
One of my all-time favourites and one that I always go back and read again when I need a little reminder not to get bogged down by life.

 Reasons to Stay Alive – Matt Haig
It is genuinely incredible and one of the most poignant books I’ve read for a long time. I URGE anyone who suffers or more importantly people who DON’T suffer from the dreaded D monster to read this book. It’ll make the sufferers realise they are NOT alone and hopefully break it down in a real and very raw way for people who don’t always understand.

 What is your advice for dealing with ‘one of those days’?
I suffer from frequent ‘one of those days’ and sometimes there is absolutely nothing you can do other than ride it out. You have to try and get yourself to a place where you have almost a survival ritual and a routine to get yourself back on your feet again! It’s different for everyone but here is what works for me:

Go for a walk outside. Some people say going for a run helps but I’m fat and I don’t run for no shit, so I turn off social media, stroll leisurely with an audio book on my headphones and a large latte in my hand through the local park that I grew up playing in like a feral child.

Another thing that I am prescribing like a doctor handing out Prozac is the podcast ‘My Dad Wrote a Porno’. It’s pretty self-explanatory but I kid you not, when I am feeling particularly down and I can’t bring myself out of it I put on a couple of episodes of this and it instantly lightens my mood. I cannot recommend anything more so just TRUST AUNTIE CLARE AND TRY IT OUT!

 Who are your shero’s?
Shero’s are ALL WOMEN. Women are fucking amazing and we deserve each other’s support. So my shero is anyone who needs to hear it and who at this moment in time needs someone in their corner bigging them up!!!

 What shero do you nominate to answer next?
 I nominate the following strong ass Shero’s in my life:

Lauren Coates

Natasha Tommey

Shoshana Bean

Watch Clare Cordell perform some of her original material here

Purchase Clare’s original music here

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