The London 2012 Olympics might seem like an age ago, but the real beauty buffs amongst you are sure to remember the awesome globally-inspired nail designs created by London’s hottest nail artist, Sophy Robson for Olympic athletes around the world. Now, Miss Robson is back as part of an exclusive venture with England Netball in a bid to ensure sporting stars’ manis are always in tip-top condition!
Any girl who knows a thing or two about netball will appreciate the barrier of short nails necessary to be able to take part in the sport, which is why the team have got nail guru Sophy on board to give the ladies the chance to feel glam whilst enjoying an active lifestyle.
The result of this exclusive collaboration is a series of unique ‘Netball Nail’ designs created especially for shorter nails.
Super-stylish nails and keeping the umpire happy? We love! Grazia Team Beauty were lucky enough to be able to catch up with Sophy who was more than happy to tell us all about this exciting project. Read on and learn, ladies!
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Grazia Daily: What inspired you to get involved with the England Netball Team?
Sophy Robson: I feel very strongly about the fact that sport can be both feminine and fun and wanted to get involved with this initiative to dispel the myth that you can’t be both if you lead an active lifestyle. I have a 14 year old daughter and I would love for her to get involved with sport but at this age girls are typically very image conscious. When I was younger, I was put-off by running because I was worried about the way you look so I understand the feeling! I think in the UK there is a real need to make sport more accessible and sexy, especially to encourage more female participants. These days young women are exposed to so many social pressures therefore I think this is a great campaign that promotes the health benefits and confidence-boosting nature of sport.
Grazia Daily: What was your inspiration behind the new nail designs?
Sophy Robson: To find inspiration, I researched images of the England Netball team, their kit colours, player positions and also the 'I Heart Netball’ campaign which encourages young girls to get involved with the sport. I also called on my own memories of playing netball when I was younger and the fun that I had, hoping to convey this in my designs.
Grazia Daily: Do the team have their toes done, too!?
Pamela Cookey, England Netball captain: “I tend to enjoy pedicures off-season, when we don’t have to worry about competing and can enjoy indulging in a little luxury!”
Stacey Francis: England Netball player: “Our feet are the tools of our trade therefore it is essential that we take good care of them. I often get pedicures and ensure I moisturise daily. Unfortunately our toe nails do occasionally fall off though!”
Grazia Daily: What’s the secret to a long-lasting manicure?
Sophy Robson: It’s all about preparation, application and finish! Firstly it’s crucial to properly prepare your nail before polish. Remove all grease from nails, ensure they are fully wiped clean, and buff off any lumps and bumps. Opt for a good quality base coat and follow with a thin coat of polish, which will help it to cling to the nail. Also use a good quality top coat which will prevent chipping.
Grazia Daily: In your opinion, what’s the easiest and most effective nail trend for women to embrace this summer?
Sophy Robson: This summer, I think two great nail trends women can embrace are white nails and fluro nails. I also predict that a graphic design on one feature nail will be very striking look for the season. I think that toe nail art will also be big this summer.
A Girl On Fire- we love the red and silver combo!
For more information on Sophy’s partnership with the England Netball team, visit www.netballnails.net