L’Oréal Blackett is a professional journalist, magazine editor, presenter and broadcaster based in Manchester.
Whether interviewing celebrities or local heroes, engaging in feminist debates or trialling a bonkers new beauty trend, L’Oréal Blackett is never short on content (or funny anecdotes).
It comes with the territory of working in one of the most exhilarating and ever-changing industries. Let’s just say it has been an eventful ten years working in the media…
Whilst most of her contemporaries were hot-tailing it London to pursue their media dreams, L’Oréal Blackett took her chances in Manchester (she already had the accent). After graduating from the University of Leeds with a Broadcast Journalism degree, she took an opportunity at MediaCityUK, the BBC’s new Salfordian home. There she worked as a Communications Assistant for the entire complex (BBC, ITV, The Studios and The Peel Group). Following her PR stint, she then found work as Development Producer at a small TV company, a studio manager and producer at Unity Radio station and a celebrity reporter for The Daily Mirror.
Online magazine Manchester Confidential (where she still currently works as editor for sister publication, Body Confidential), is where she really cut her teeth in the world of journalism and writing. A prominent voice on women’s issues, the fashion industry and pop culture, L’Oréal’s strength is her ideas, unique story telling style and ability to connect with people from all walks of life. Her daily role includes interviewing the likes of Paul Smith, Matthew Williamson and Jourdan Dunn, to writing about LGBT, women’s rights and black culture, subjects close to heart. She’s still an avid broadcaster, independently filming and video editing stories about the local community. Phew. This has lead her to command an online readership of close to 100,000 people.
And of course, there’s the presenting. Often described as a ‘giggler’ and a professional chatterbox, L’Oréal’s enthusiastic, bubbly yet researched presenting style has seen her land live presenting gigs for Selfridges (Roland Mouret, Rix0), Harvey Nichols, Topshop and more. L’Oréal Blackett is also a recently appointed Bumble ambassador, hosting events throughout Manchester to help women connect. She’s also a regular weekly guest on BBC Radio Manchester for The Dead Good Show, discussing everything from politics, to dating, to annoying neighbours. There’s even a huge BBC billboard with her face on it at Piccadilly station. Blimey.
If you’ve read to the end of this frankly cringe bio - written in the third person by L’Oréal herself - thank you, I appreciate it.