Pandora is a journalist, podcast co-host and speaker from London, known for her work across a broad array of platforms.
Currently a Contributing Editor and digital columnist at ELLE magazine, she has written for titles including The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, GQ, Marie Claire, Man Repeller, Vogue.co.uk, Red, MATCHESFASHION.COM, Net-a-Porter’s The Edit, i-D, The Cut and Vogue Australia.
From September 2014 to January 2017, she held the position of Fashion Features Editor and Wardrobe Mistress columnist of The Sunday Times Style magazine. As a journalist, Pandora has covered fashion, pop and social culture, lifestyle and mental health and has interviewed multiple celebrities. Her area of interest now is about women, and the way they live: how they talk, what they read, how they vote, what they wear, what they care about and worry about; what they love – and what they hate. At the core of her writing and speaking is the ambition to make women feel less alone and more understood.
Until February 2017, Pandora ran a fashion, social commentary and travel blog, pandorasykes.com (which now functions as an online portfolio of her work). She was a contributor to Stylist’s essay collection, Life Lessons From Incredible Women, published in March 2018 by Penguin and to Comfort Zones, an essay collection produced by Sonder & Tell in March 2019, with all profits going to the Women for Women International charity. She also wrote and recorded a letter for the Audible Original series, To The Woman, presented by Scarlett Curtis and released in March 2019.
In February 2019, Pandora crowd-funded for her first non-fiction longform essay, The Authentic Lie, published by the independent publisher, The Pound Project. The essay garnered over 4,200 backers and was published via digital and print editions, on March 21st 2019.
Pandora is the co-host of an iTunes No.1 weekly culture podcast, The High Low, which she founded with author and journalist, Dolly Alderton. The pop-culture and current affairs podcast is downloaded by 250,000 listeners a week and has partnered with global brands including Google, Sainsbury’s and PANDORA jewellery. The podcast has been featured in Refinery29, Grazia, ELLE, The Observer, The Financial Times and was named one of the Top 50 podcasts of 2018, by The Sunday Times Magazine. Guests – for the well-established ‘author specials’ – have included the best-selling authors, Tina Brown, Leila Slimani, Reni Eddo-Lodge and Fatima Bhutto.
A consultant on Peroni’s House of Peroni Creative Council, for 2018-2019, mentoring 8 up-and-coming fashion designers, Pandora has both hosted and spoken on multiple panels at The Saatchi Gallery, WGSN, WeWork, Appear Here, The Royal Academy and at Social Media Week, about topics including selfie-culture, brand-building, feminism, social media, trend-forecasting and the female gaze in art. She is currently the chair for the Marriott Hotel Group’s 2018-2019 ‘In Focus’ panel series. She has appeared multiple times on Radio 4, across various programmes. In December 2017, she presented a film about retail in London, for Sadiq Khan’s #LondonIsOpen campaign.
Pandora has personally collaborated with brands including Topshop, Cartier, Farfetch, Net-a-Porter, Estée Lauder, Burberry and Swarovski. She collaborated with Warehouse on an AW17 campaign, curated a ’Shop With’ campaign for MATCHESFASHION.COM, is currently an ambassador for Uterque and has featured in the #MangoGirls social campaign. In 2016, she collaborated with swimwear line Hunza G on a successful collaboration, for which she designed the pieces, cast and creatively directed the brand campaign and assembled both the lookbook and press release.
And yes, Pandora wrote this all in the third person – for which she is overwhelmingly sorry.
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