Poppy syndrome is a phenomenon that refers to the tendency of some individuals to pull down or criticize those who are successful or achieving great things. This term originated in Australia, where it was used to describe the behavior of the poppy flower, which tends to grow tall and overshadow other plants in its vicinity. Similarly, individuals suffering from poppy syndrome feel threatened or envious of someone’s success and attempt to bring them down to their level. This behavior can be detrimental not only to the person being targeted but also to the overall progress and growth of society. It is important to recognize and discourage this syndrome to foster a more supportive and encouraging environment where everyone can thrive and succeed. By celebrating the accomplishments of others instead of tearing them down, we can create a more positive and productive society. This image is my farm I grew up as a girl. This is where my dreams were forming and my character.



I was raised in Australia with an Italian cultural background. Growing up, I noticed that my Australian friends and education were influenced by the poppy syndrome. Throughout my childhood, I was constantly told that I had potential, although I didn’t fully understand what that meant. However, I soon realized that in order to fully develop my abilities and achieve my goals, I needed to explore new opportunities in Europe and London. You can read about my car reviews here for Rolls Royce.


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An inspiring story is a factual account presented in the form of a documentary, depicting Australia’s historic victory over the Americans after a 132-year-long drought. It was the race of the century in the world of yachting. The Australian captain for Australia 11, highlighted the significance of overcoming the deeply ingrained poppy syndrome within Australian culture, which I, at the age of 52, also find challenging. By daring to defy societal norms and embracing innovative thinking, I have embarked on remarkable pioneering adventures.

One of my proudest moments was being the first woman in the world to put a world athlete on a runway at London Fashion Week, way back in 2014. Greg Minnar and me broke through a Vogue, GQ magazine cliche and my brand MenStyleFashion was soon very well a threat. Not all celebrated my confidence let alone my great ideas. We must seize opportunities in life at all costs. In life, the closest to us will never be the ones that cheer us on. It’s easy to win but the climb up is one big mental battle, self-belief.

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The biggest enemy is poppy syndrome. I left Australia way back in 1998, to fulfill my potential. In thirty years I can’t fathom what I have achieved and the top luxury brands I continue to work with.

I am the very few women that own a men’s magazine called MenStyleFashion.com. I have created over the years relationships with luxury hotels and luxury cars. Pioneering marketing for cars representing women.  I have interviewed the likes of David Gandy, Britain’s top supermale model. All of this was through determination, boldness, and self-belief. I did not understand the system of London Fashion Week and how it worked. For this reason, I was bullied out of the arena by the top organizations that run it.


This image was taken by my photographer and was used in Vogue as one of the best action shots for MenStyleFashion Week. It is important to reflect on what one has done and fought against the poppy syndrome that works against us all in life.

David Gandy