From politics and environmental challenges to parenting and gender issues, I have commented in the media on several topics on multiple occasions. In addition to acting as a spokesperson for some of the organizations I’ve represented, I have also written stories that have gone viral and have attracted media attention. In particular, when I wrote a Huffington Post story about sexualizing Halloween costumes for preschool girls, calling on the retailer to remove them from the shelves, I fielded more than 20 interview requests from across North American, appearing on national and international radio and television.
Spending time of both sides of the media exchange (as an interviewer and interviewee) has given me informed insight into the process. I have also coached academics and executives on how to prepare for and ace interviews; I am pleased to continue offering this service. Being interviewed can be nerve-racking, but with the right training and preparation, it can be a pleasant experience and is one of the best ways to share your story with a wide audience.
As you can see in these Peace Arch News clippings, I first appeared in the media when I was seven years old (check out that acid-wash jean jacket!) By the age of 12, I was commenting on provincial politics.
In an op-ed on my piece on sexualizing Halloween costumes, The Times Colonist writes: “Delisle made her feelings known, and the retailer pulled the offending costumes off the shelves, not just in Victoria, but in its stores throughout Canada and the U.S. Good for her for speaking out….”
CBC Television and Radio covered my viral Huffington Post story on Halloween costumes for preschoolers. “Delisle said the company has a corporate responsibility to live up to, and she would like it to respond by pulling the child-sized sexy costumes.”
I was invited to speak with Global News about Princess Awesome, a line of clothing that tackles gender stereotypes. I love the STEM-inspired dresses and other designs, and told Global: “They’re really making an important contribution to the conversation around gender stereotypes in children’s clothing and toys.”