WATCH: Meet The Cover Stars Of This Month's Health And Wellbeing Issue Of GCN

Watch our glorious cover stars tell us why they got involved in the project and posed nude for our first health & wellbeing issue.

Tiled photo of all of the cover stars from our health & wellbeing issue interviews.

Earlier last month we put the word out that we were looking for our readers to take part and feature on the cover of our inaugural health & wellbeing issue. We had an overwhelming response and 18 people arrived at the studio on the day to be photographed by the wonderful Hazel Coonagh.

We are in love with how the photos turned out, if you have not yet seen the cover and photo feature, go have a look!

Once they arrived we asked each individual participant to take part in a video interview to tell us why they wanted to get involved.

Over the past week, we have been releasing the videos on Facebook and Twitter. In case you missed any, here they all are below!

Thank you to all of our amazing participants, it really was a fun and enjoyable experience and we are very proud of each and every one of the photos.


Anne Ebeling, 38

“Most importantly to feel amazing about yourself because you know you look amazing!”



Nick Bell, 33

“I’ve met a lot of good people here who are comfortable with themselves and hanging out in front of the camera!”




Michael Kavanagh, 22

“I want to send a positive message to accept your body.”




Sarah Sproule, 46

“It was an opportunity to practice self-acceptance of my body.”




Marco Dias, 32

“Love your body as much as I love mine.”




Lee McKinney, 43

“Anybody can be who they are, on a wide spectrum, and be proud of who they have been and who they will become.”




Trent N, ageless

“We all have different bodies, if people can see my very normal body, maybe they can feel okay about theirs.”




Daniel Tóth, 31

“I like getting naked, and that’s very new for me.”




Hugo Welke, 32

“It’s nice to think that my naked picture is going to be out there in a magazine in Dublin.”




Bella Fitzpatrick, 28

“I wanted to do this today because I didn’t think there would be enough fat or bi people so you get 2 for 1 with me!”




Issa Olwengo, 29

“I wanted to showcase how comfortable I am with my body and hopefully inspire others.”




Daragh Cassidy, 35

“I thought this might be something fun to tell the proverbial grandchildren.”




Anna Keogh, 29

“I want to celebrate body positivity.”




Jan Schneider, 28

“I’m leaving Ireland after living here for ten years and I thought it would be a fantastic way of marking my farewell to Ireland.”




Kim O’Toole, 27

“I suffer from eczema but you should love yourself anyway… everybody’s skin is different.”




Julien Finley, 29

“I’m normally a very shy person and I think the best way to combat it is to actually be naked in front of everyone.”




Dennis O’Rourke, 35

“If there are other big guys, big girls out there you know what- be comfortable with yourself. It’s only you [that] you have to worry about.”




Jessie DeBoe, 22

picture of Jessie DeBoe from our health and wellbeing shoot


Unfortunately, Jessie’s footage was lost in the ether! Jessie is a Graphic Artist who has studied in NCAD. She has completed some fasicinating projects on the hyper-sexualisation of the naked body. You can view her work on Behance.

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