Louise O'Reilly interview

Interview with Louise O'Reilly, Style Me Curvy

Louise O'Reilly is an international model and the woman behind the award-winning fashion and beauty blog Style Me Curvy. Louise has become a powerful advocate for diversity in fashion but did you know that she's also got a big passion for cars?

1) Where did your passion for cars begin?

It's something I've tried to pin down to be honest. My Grandad was always big into cars: he loved everything from vintage to more modern styles. My dad is more of the safety car fan. He's a religious Volvo worshipper. Coming from a family full of boys as well, I think it all just blended together somehow over time.

2) Tell me about your car history.

My first car was a second hand diesel Ford Fusion. She was a great starter car. Then I moved to a diesel Hyundai i30 and my current love is a Toyota Auris Sol hybrid.

3) What's your favourite car memory?

The first time I went to Mondello I was recording a segment at the time for a TV show. I was so nervous but it was something I really wanted to do for so long and they were kind enough to allow me to drive their Porsche Boxster too, which was the icing on the cake for me.

4) What would be in your dream three car garage?

That's a really tough question. Probably the Maserati GranCabrio MC or the Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, both equally incredible and you'd never be late! The Range Rover Evoque or the Toyota C-HR, and finally a classic 1953 Chevrolet Corvette C1 (white with red interior). I'd like to have a nice balance between sports and practicality.

Maserati GranCabrio MC
The Maserati GranCabrio MC. Louise would have one of these in her dream three car garage.
5) How do you keep up to date on car news?

I follow a lot of car companies on social media. I'm also a massive Top Gear and Fast N' Loud fan, and of course as a blogger I love to indulge in other car blogs to see the most up to date reviews.

6) What do you find most interesting about the motor industry?

It's ever changing and particularly in 2016 I think it's so wonderful how we have such a shift in accessibility for people. There are less obstacles now to driving something that feels luxurious but that is also cost effective and low in CO2 emissions too. More and more car companies are pushing the boundaries to create more commercially friendly yet beautifully designed cars that are far more accessible than ever before.

7) How would you describe your driving style?

An over thinker, I'm always double checking everything. Extra safe I suppose you could say!

8) Hatchback or saloon?


9) SUV or estate?

SUV all the way!

10) Petrol or diesel?

Usually I would say diesel but I'm currently converted to a hybrid, which is combined with a petrol engine.

11) Manual or automatic?

I love a bit of both. Automatic is great for city driving but at times it can be a bit boring. Manual makes driving that little bit more interesting.

Louise O'Reilly interview
Driving this Porsche Boxster at Mondello Park is one of Louise's favourite car memories

Thank you to Louise for taking part in this interview. You can follow Louise across social media channels including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Caroline Kidd