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Monday 11 December 2017

Hillary the next prez for sure - Darren

As Ireland's answer to Gok Wan, RTE stylist Darren Kennedy is no stranger to rubbing shoulders with the stars.

But he has revealed how one of his most memorable moments on ITV's This Morning show was meeting US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.

Darren said he was seriously impressed with the wife of former president Bill Clinton.

"It was like something from a movie - all these guys wearing sunglasses, talking into their sleeves, I kid you not," he said.

"The whole place went into lockdown. She was brilliant and I got to chat to her - an enthralling lady.

"Having met her, she certainly has something very compelling about her - she's charismatic and authentic - which I found interesting.

"I thought, 'Yeah, this is definitely the next US president'."

Darren will be on our TV screens soon with two new shows, The Unemployables and #Trending.

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The Unemployables will see him joining forces with the Jennifer Maguire as they look at youth unemployment, given that Ireland has one of the highest rates in Europe among under-25s.

"A lot of people are caught in a vicious cycle of doing nothing with their lives, so we try to help them get a job," he said.

"It's really exciting and important, so many people out there need help.

"Jen and me know what it means to get off your ass and work - everything we have, we got ourselves. We devised the show together and we're very invested in it."

Darren said #Trending as a "sort of a hybrid".

"Styling challenges, supermarket dashes, challenges on the clock, that sort of thing," he said. "It's my brainchild along with producer Denise Dunne - she did Gay Daddy, my first documentary. It's very satisfying to take an idea all the way to airing."

mfinn@herald.ie

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