Limerick-born Stacey has emerged as a plus-size model and body positivity advocate. She won the first season of the Canadian reality TV show Fashion Hero and is still on the show. During the lockdown, she pursued her interest in music, recording original works.
What is your earliest memory?
My earliest memory is of picking up my stuffed elephant at a market in England. I was three years old and my aunt bought it for me. I still keep it to this day and take it everywhere!
When and where were you happiest?
Last week in South Africa, where I was filming the second series of Fashion hero, for which I am now a mentor. I made so many memories there and met some beautiful people, all while doing the work I love.
What is your biggest fear?
What is your most attractive trait?
If you had asked me this question a few years ago, I would have said that my most unattractive feature was my body, but I’ve learned to love all the things I don’t like about myself and invest in them. . I am still working on my body to this day to make it as healthy as possible. Also, I can say that I can be very impatient. My most attractive trait is my kindness. I love making people smile and just being a nice person.
What trait makes you most depressed in other people?
Dishonest, lack of humor and disrespectful.
What is the first thing you do if you are Taoiseach?
Invest in housing the homeless and create more job opportunities for them.
What is your biggest insecurity?
My lack of trust. I find it very difficult to trust people.
Who do you want to go drinking with the most?
Elon Musk, because I’m obsessed with space. I can’t talk to Neil Armstrong, the first man to land on the moon, or Yuri Gagarin, the first man to go to space, because both of them are dead.
Which fictional character do you identify the most?
Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games because she volunteered to put her life at risk for her family, and that’s definitely what I would do.
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What is your greatest joy?
To watch The cat in the hat repeat. Childhood movies are my goal!
What is the best advice you have been given?
Don’t take criticism from someone you would never turn to for advice.
When was the last time you cried, and why?
Last night, see Among the stars. It’s my favorite movie and I cry every time. If you haven’t seen it yet, please do!
Who will play you in the movie of your life?
My sister, Kayla.
Do you believe in a god?
I believe in something. I’m not sure if it’s the God I believe in – there’s too much bad in the world for me to believe “God does good things” because it just doesn’t make sense to me. I believe there are angels looking down on us.
What is your favorite word?
Cosmos. It means the universe in general.
What was the last TV show you binge-watched?
Ozark. A great show.
What advice would you give your 18 year old?
Time heals all. I’ve always been told that, but I’ve learned from experience.
What is your ambition?
I am obsessed with dolphins and sea lions. I love diving with great whites in open water and if I had the money, I would love to open a marine rescue center.
How do you feel about unity in the fashion business?
If you are a fashion brand and sell your clothes, you should cater to everyone and should not stop at size 16/18. I’m 16/18 so I can go into a store and find what I want but some people can’t and I think that’s not fair. At least there are options for those who aren’t average.
If you could have one super power, what would it be?
Healing. I would love to be able to make people better.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
I used to deliver coal with my father. It’s not a nice job and it’s always cold and windy.
What song would you like to play at your funeral?
Others bite the dust by Queen. I don’t want people to cry at my funeral.
Stacey’s new single ‘Over It’ is out March 25th and is available to stream or download on Spotify and all good music services.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/reality-tv-star-stacey-dineen-fashion-brands-should-cater-for-everyone-there-shouldnt-be-a-cut-off-at-size-1618-41428740.html Reality star Stacey Dineen: ‘Fashion brands should cater to everyone – shouldn’t cut out at 16/18’