What makes Bryony Gordon a Global Shaker?
Bryony Gordon is a UK journalist, best-selling author, mental health activist, mother and advocate of the body-positivity movement.
Daughter of Sunday Mirror gossip columnist Jane Gordon, her career began as an intern for The Daily Express. A natural writer and a sharp cultural commentator, she went on to become a regular columnist for many of Britain’s biggest newspapers including The Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Mirror.
In June 2014, Gordon published her first book, The Wrong Knickers: A Decade of Chaos, a memoir of “hedonistic antics” during her single life, and a “lost decade” of drink, drugs and promiscuity.
Her 2nd memoir, Mad Girl 2016, honestly and humorously chronicles her mental health struggles from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder to her drug addiction.
Her openness about her mental health challenges — that have also included bulimia and alopecia — was viewed as a refreshing and much-needed conversation starter in the UK around the stigma that shrouds mental health.
Then, in April 2017 she began her Mad World podcasts kicking off with a groundbreaking interview with Prince Harry where he candidly discussed his own struggles and dealing with his mother’s death as an adult.
Her 2018 book, Eat, Drink, Run: How I Got Fit Without Going Too Mad is the hilariously heart-warming story of how she went from being depressed, overweight and alcoholic to a fit, healthy person that has run the London Marathon — in her bra and pants.
As of August 2018, Gordon is a sober, recovering alcoholic who continues to write and speak about mental health. As a buxom, unfussy woman with a physique that contends the mainstream ideals of female beauty, she boldly shares unedited and unflinching photo’s of herself on social media with the viral hashtag #effyourbeautystandards to empower other women to love their bodies.
Her latest book, You Got This: A Fabulously Fearless Guide to Being YOU has been touted as “the ultimate guide for growing up happy.”Tags: Body Positivity, Mental Health