#nzgirlhacks: Meet Cathy Pope’s Fave 5 Inspirational Woman Here

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I was first a fan of, then became a friend of Cathy Pope, the talented jewellery and costume designer, makeup artist, photographer and all round ultimate #girlboss. And her new REAL WOMEN, REAL WORDS campaign brings to life Cathy’s personal passions for female empowerment.

Cathy has pulled together her “real” gals as models for her exceptional bling through 20 portrait photos along with heartfelt interviews with them asking them what it means to be fully, truly themselves. And it’s stunning. We share our faves here:


Anika Moa

Musician, Talk Show Host, Mother

What attracted me to Cathy’s jewellery was the simplicity and elegance. It’s like a mirror that reflects you as a woman, how you see yourself in your jewellery, which is what I saw. Me – simple, alive and wild.

I would tell my 20-year-old self not to worry and be happy foremost. I wasn’t happy in my body and growing into a woman was intense so I would say just enjoy the ride, be bold, be brave and be loud.

What advice would I give my 20-year-old self? Don’t fall in love so bloody quickly. Patience is key lol.

I’ve learnt the most important thing is not to give a f*ck about what anyone thinks of me and to do what I love because I’m the only one that has to bear the cross. Laugh at myself!


Swami Yogamani

Wedding Celebrant, Yoga and Meditation Teacher

No matter what happens in life, always be kind, sincere, honest, open, compassionate and loving. Be gracious and appreciative of everyone and everything equally.

Be your authentic self, at all times. Do not squander a moment of this precious gift called life. Be responsible for all your choices!

One of the most important lessons I’ve learnt is to be brave, courageous and fearless.

One of the most important lessons I’ve learnt in life is to Be Present! Do all things with love and have no regrets. The sun will still come up tomorrow. Learn the lesson, move on and aim to continue to be your highest human potential.


Cathy Pope

Jewellery and Costume Designer

What have I learnt in life? Do things that challenge you because they force you to grow. Worry achieves nothing. Let people
love you. Compassion and kindness are everything.

I started my jewellery business because I wanted to create beautiful, uncluttered designs that had an honesty and individuality about them.

What lessons have I learnt in life? So many! It’s ok to put yourself first, look after your
skin, quality over quantity, ask questions, perfection doesn’t exist, less is more, you can’t change people, be happy.

I’ll be the first to admit that I was a late bloomer and I’ve learnt many lessons the hard way. What I do know is that we have no control over life’s uncertainties other than how we choose to react to them.


Sacha Stejko


Out of the most heartbreaking circumstances comes the most amazing understanding and kindness. I never knew how much support and love I had until I really needed it.

Life has taught me that nothing is permanent, and to treasure every moment. My partner Jeremy passed on this motto to
me – ‘How I do anything is how I do everything.’

I adore this piece of rose quartz that my beautiful man gave me for my birthday this year. It sits close to my heart and reminds me of our love.

I was ecstatic when Cathy asked me to shoot her jewellery and for the past four years we have collaborated, grown creatively and shared so many amazing experiences together.


Willa Cameron


What advice would I give my 20-year-old self? Keep it up! I have had many ups and downs but from these lofty heights of 44 I would have to say there aren’t many regrets.

A few years ago I was taken by the beauty of lapis lazuli necklace. I then realised I knew the designer. Cathy and I were friends in our 20s! I was delighted when I received not only the necklace from my family as a gift but also the rekindling of a friendship.

Forgiveness is key. By letting yourself forgive you get the blessings and the freedom from the pain you’ve been carrying from the past. You’re then able to live the life you choose without the heavy energy of resentment and anger weighing you down.

Advice to my 20-year-old self: get two pairs of those jeans!




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