Twit­ter kept at arm’s length

Project Run­way host Me­gan Gale has found the main rule for avoid­ing so­cial me­dia’s dark side is to han­dle it with care, writes Daniel Hoy

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‘‘Thanks ev­ery­one for your well wishes. My wife and I are hav­ing an­other child. It’s due around Easter. Too early to call it Je­sus?’’ @FitzySA AKA ra­dio host Ryan Fitzger­ald re­veals an un­ex­pected po­ten­tial sec­ond com­ing.

ON face value, Twit­ter seems a great way for celebri­ties to con­nect with their fans. But as the Char­lotte Daw­son on­line storm proved, it can have a down­side, al­low­ing peo­ple to abuse, bully and ha­rass oth­ers us­ing a key­board as a weapon.

Project Run­way host Me­gan Gale says she learnt her les­son early on.

‘‘ Some­times it is not al­ways fans that fol­low you. Some­times it’s peo­ple fol­low­ing you be­cause they can’t stand you, and are fas­ci­nated by their dis­like of you,’’ she says.

‘‘ I think you have to be very care­ful how you ex­e­cute any com­ments be­cause with text or email or any­thing in writ­ten form, you can’t re­ally gauge the emo­tion or the tone that is be­hind it.

‘‘ You can read it in a mul­ti­tude of ways, so you have to be care­ful. It leaves you a bit vul­ner­a­ble and a bit open.’’

Gale ad­mits she’s had to force her­self not to hit back.

‘‘ I have at times wanted to tweet some­thing and I’ve had to stop my­self, breathe and go ‘ It’s not worth it; it’s not worth the po­ten­tial back­lash’. It takes a lot more strength to rise above it.’’

Gale isn’t try­ing to play the vic­tim here — she’s a big girl and can han­dle all the good and bad that be­ing in the pub­lic eye throws at her. But try to see things from her per­spec­tive: think back to the last time you went through a re­la­tion­ship break-up and ask your­self how you’d re­act if a stranger shoved a cam­era in your face and tried to take your photo.

It’s fair to say that Gale went through just such an

You have to be care­ful. It leaves you a bit vul­ner­a­ble

ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing her breakup with comedian Andy Lee.

‘‘ I’ve had times when I have gone through a re­ally up­set­ting, pub­lic break-up and you’ve got paps fol­low­ing you, out the front of your house, and it’s the last thing you need be­cause you are al­ready feel­ing very vul­ner­a­ble,’’ she says.

Gale is speak­ing with Switched On on the eve of the sea­son four launch of Project Run­way Aus­tralia. She’s not only the host but also the ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of the show in which 12 of the coun­try’s up-and-com­ing de­sign­ers stitch and bitch their way through a se­ries of chal­lenges. Alex Perry re­turns to men­tor the con­tes­tants, and the judges who de­cide who’s in and who’s out are the de­signer and en­tre­pre­neur Peter Mor­ris­sey, fash­ion con­sul­tant Claudia Navone and Gale her­self.

The lo­cal ver­sion of the show has proved pop­u­lar, draw­ing half again as many view­ers as US episodes, and the first show of last sea­son be­came Arena’s high­est-rat­ing se­ries launch yet. Much of the ap­peal of sea­son three was Gale, re­turn­ing to tele­vi­sion af­ter pre­vi­ous stints on Get­away, What A Year, Body­works and red car­pet du­ties at the Lo­gies.

Given she’s con­sciously put her­self in a prom­i­nent pub­lic po­si­tion some would ar­gue Gale (and oth­ers like her) can hardly ob­ject when the pub­lic turn out to be fas­ci­nated with her life. But she sees things dif­fer­ently.

‘‘ I know a lot of peo­ple are of the view that you chose that job, you chose to have that in your life, and I kind of dis­agree to a point, be­cause my goal was to be a model ini­tially and then hope­fully ex­pand into other ar­eas, which I am lucky to have been able to do,’’ she says. ‘‘ But I didn’t ex­pect to be­come fa­mous. It just hap­pened be­cause of choices I’ve made in my ca­reer; it is not some­thing that I expected or chased.’’

Gale says fame was a big ad­just­ment.

‘‘ No one gives you a man­ual to teach you how to deal with it emo­tion­ally and you just learn as you go.’’

While she’s grown to ac­cept the at­ten­tion as part of the job, she fires up when it’s her loved ones caught in the cross­fire.

‘‘ When it starts to af­fect the other peo­ple in my life, who have not done any­thing or cho­sen a job that has this at­ten­tion, that’s when I get a bit pro­tec­tive or weary of it,’’ she says. Project Run­way Aus­tralia, Arena Mon­day, 8.30pm DOU­BLE DENIM Was a trend not too long ago, and if done the right way it can look pretty cool. Done the wrong way it can go rather pear-shaped, and I don’t know if I’ve ever seen denim on denim on denim done re­ally well. HIGH PANTS Women can at times wear a high-waisted pant, and it can look cool and sexy, but on a guy high-waisted is a no. There is a grey area with guys in terms of waist­band place­ment and it can ei­ther be too high or way too low. LADY JEANS That is a spe­cific type of jean too. I re­mem­ber one episode of the show where a cou­ple of con­tes­tants have a go at mak­ing jeans and Alex Perry comes in as a men­tor and says, ’’If you are go­ing to do jeans they need to be cur­rent, on trend and cool. These look like they are jeans that your­mum­makes.’’ THONGSANDSOCKS The only time you can wear thongs and socks is if you’re 75-plus. You have earned the right to say, ‘‘I’ll do what I want.’’

Me­gan Gale has learned to ac­cept that she’ll be the ob­ject of at­ten­tion.

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