Happy International Women’s Day one and all! To celebrate we’re bigging up some of our favourite Bristol babes; these ladies are totally bossing it in their respective fields, and if you don’t know – get to know!
Genevieve Taylor is a “live fire and BBQ expert” as well as an author of ten cookery books, including A Complete Guide to Vegetarian BBQ, How to Eat Outside and best-seller Charred. You can mostly find Genevieve in her Bristol allotment, where she’s growing plenty of good stuff as well as prepping for her latest venture – Bristol Fire School – a cookery school where everything is cooked over flames.
If you don’t know who Briony is by now you must have been living under a rock! Briony shot to fame in 2018 on the 9th series of The Great British Bake Off where she won over viewers with her humour and warmth. Since then Briony has gone from strength to strength, winning the Great Christmas Bake Off in 2019 and most recently presenting Channel 4’s Food Unwrapped alongside Amanda Byram and Matt Tebutt among others.
A force to be reckoned with – Ngaio is a multifaceted performer with a powerful voice, DJ skills that are guaranteed to get any party going and hard hitting spoken word pieces under her belt. As well as her personal musical endeavours, Ngaio is the director of Bristol’s Bass Choir and founder of Booty Bass – a female DJ collective and space for womxn to come together and play or dance to tunes from a whole spectrum of genres and styles.
Sam Bell, owner of Hair at 58, has been cutting, dyeing and styling the heads of Bristol for 10 years, but that is just the start of her success story. Alongside running an incredibly busy salon, Sam trains up young apprentices at her weekly night school, has been invited to work on the Aveda hair team at London Fashion Week countless times, was part of the 2019 X Factor hair team, assisted Not Another Salons Sophia Hilton on a recent campaign, won Hair and Beauty Salon of the Year at the 2018 Bristol Life Awards and has been nominated for whole host of national and international awards including Wales and South West Hairdresser of the Year, Best International Photo Shoot and the What Salon Social Award. Phew, and breathe!
Since she started performing comedy in 2011, Bristol born Jayde Adams has won a London Cabaret Award, the main prize at the Funny Women Awards and multiple awards for her Edinburgh Fringe shows Jayded and JOE. She’s also got a number of TV and film appearances under her belt, is a firm ally of the LGBTQ community – having performed as an Adele impersonator on the London drag scene – and was a competitive freestyle disco dancer for 13 years. Basically, we want to be Jayde Adams.
Whilst Robyn’s name might not ring any bells, you might be familiar with her clothing brand Burnt Soul? Robyn started making and selling funky, form-fitting catsuits under the Burnt Soul name in 2012, and since then has moved the business from her spare room to a studio in Bristol which ships her garments worldwide. With a focus on making you feel body confident and fabulous, whilst being eco-friendly and sustainable, all of Robyn’s designs are contouring, produce minimal waste and are seriously fun! Even Mel B agrees!
With fingers in more pies than Mrs Lovett, Christina Robino is a force of nature when it comes to all things PR, charity, business development and all things Bristol.
A bit of a mentor for us here at Duchess Media, Christina has been integral in the success of multiple local businesses and charities, including Penny Brohn, Venue Magazine, BCFM and Bud Communications to name but a few. She’s one of the kindest, big hearted people you’ll ever wish to meet and is a HUGE champion for women, organising the annual IWD Breakfast at Bambalan, and what’s more, she’s GREAT fun!
Our very favourite food and drink PR, and long time friend of Duchess Media, Caroline Peel works with some of Bristol’s best known restaurants and hospitality brands, including Casa Mia, Eat Drink Bristol Fashion and The Pony and Trap – to mention just a few! Not only is Caroline one of the best PRs we know, she is also one of the nicest people and all around badass!
Natalie Brereton, aka the Burger Queen, is one of Bristol’s most loved food influencers. She’s been a great mate for years, and also helps push the Bristol food scene within the city and beyond. She is also one of the funniest instagramers we know- go for the food pics, stay for the bants.
Deri Robins is the editor of Bristol Life Mag and a real champion of Bristol. She has been a huge support to us and our venues and endeavours over the years, always bringing a positive energy wherever she goes.
There are loads of women who we love and haven’t mentioned here, as we’d be here all day! And of course we need to shout out our own bloody marvellous team!