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Who am I?

Heyy! My name is Parese Jamie Matthews, I am 23years old with white and black Caribbean heritage - English with a dash of Irish and Jamaican. A lot of people find that hard to believe but then they see my afro puff and that all changes haha. I completed 2 years of a costume design degree but due to unforeseen circumstances I had to cease my studies. A couple of years later I embarked upon a Social Science course and am now a thriving psychology student looking to increase awareness of the struggles of mental health. I have always been extremely interested in people and their individuality, and the combination of knowledge I have gained from both courses has highlighted truely how special each person is. My aim right now is just to spread positivity, encourage people to get in touch with their inner passions and just see what happens. 'What if I can do it' - the motto that has helped me to break down the barriers of my anxiety and depression. Ultimately I am doing this for my siblings! I want to show them that the world is their oyster.

What do I think about the Fashion Hero TV Series?

I think it's an encouraging concept that gives everyday people a chance to inspire those around them, showing people that beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, colours and personalities! It's more than just a pretty face! I appreciate that the show incorporates the building of messages and insights to who the contestants really are. This allows viewers to build a more personal connection with the contestants, whichs brings a greater sense of empowerment to all.

Why would I be a great role model for this generation and inspire people as the new face of the Fashion Hero?

I think I would be a great role model because I believe that individuality is what makes us great. Sharing our talents and aesthetics allows for new creative explorations in life, providing all with something to identify and aspire to. Furthermore; I have many intense battles with my anxiety (in all aspects of life) so I would like to be able to demonstrate, to those wishing that their lives were different, that you can not achieve if you keep holding yourself back. Just think - what if I can do it?

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