Matthew Calvin Meets – Gina Martin
Last week we had the absolute pleasure of meeting one of the most inspirational women around in 2019. British activist and writer, Gina, has been tirelessly campaigning to make upskirting illegal. Gina has been a breath of fresh air to British politics, entirely spinning it on its head with her bubbly and colourful personality and style.
The law has now been passed, and she’s still a huge part of the process of ensuring the upskirting bill is enforced and understood in the best way possible. Gina is also releasing a book and activist toolkit (‘Be The Change’) which we’re sure is going to be inspiring a wave of activism in young people around the world.
We caught up with Gina (and Spud, a wonderful stray dog that she rescued from Greece) to ask her a few questions.
I can’t start the day without…
What are you currently reading?
What’s your favourite spot in London?
What’s your ideal weekend?
Where do you find inspiration?
In other people. I find other people inspiring. One of my friends is an artist who has raised £13,000 to save the world, and goes on weekends planting trees to help conservation efforts. My best friend is someone who struggles daily with mental health and her resilience in getting through each day is unbelievable. I’m very lucky to know so many inspiring people.
“I get so much pleasure out of learning about gender, people, relationships, power, race and how it all intersects. It’s fascinating to me.”
How do you switch off?
Painting. I love painting. I studied fine art for 7 years and ended up not going into it because I didn’t think I’d make any money, but I adore it. It’s the only time my brain switches off.
What piece of jewellery couldn’t you live without?
I have about eight silver rings I always wear. They are from places that mean something to me – Greece, Australia, Camden Town, Paris… I love them, and without them I feel very naked.
What’s your earliest jewellery memory?
Trying to wear toe rings and finding them incredibly uncomfortable. I always loved jewellery. I love adorning myself with it and I tried that a lot as a youngster. A lot of it was questionable though…!
What’s your favourite city and why?
New York. I can’t even explain what it is about it that I adore so much. There’s so much energy and yet the pressure feels slightly off.
What is the best and hardest thing about being your own boss?
The best thing about my job is being able to shape it myself. I’m so happy to finally be in a position where I’m no longer making corporations or businesses money, but instead doing work I really care about, have my own agency and identity, and can make money myself, my way and focus on what I care about. The hardest thing is the admin and organisation – it feels almost impossible at the moment.
Best piece of advice you’ve been given?
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