This has inspired me, Claire and Alison to do the same – and some of our mums and daughters will be joining us on air for our Get Gorgeous Event on Friday 14th – Sunday 16th May.
What makes my daughter a star
Where do I start? She is determined, resilient, brave, thoughtful, independent, has a wicked sense of humour and a wonderful work ethic.
When she was 12, she started to have problems with her teeth and her jaw – this resulted in wearing braces throughout the whole of her teens and having major surgery on her lower and upper jaws just six weeks before going to University.
I was so proud of the way she coped with it and I think nursing her brought us even closer together. She is an ‘old soul’ and I sometimes feel our roles are reversed when I'm having a bad day!
How she inspires me
Believe it or not I am not very self confident. Sophie will boost my confidence by helping me to recognise what I do well… she is very honest so does not encourage me to sing!!!!
She is great to go shopping for clothes with – if I approach something she does not think is appropriate for me, she simply says, “Move away from the rail!” She inspires me to look after my health through good diet and exercise, although she does like me to bake cakes!!!
How my own Mum has inspired me
I had polio as a baby which meant my Mum had to devote a lot of her time to me even though she had two other small children. When the doctors said I would never walk, she simply got a second opinion from a doctor who was pioneering a new technique for dealing with polio victims.
I started to walk with the aid of a calliper (leg iron) but my Mum would not settle for that, so endless physiotherapy sessions both at the hospital and at home followed by swimming and then dancing helped to strengthen my legs so that I could walk unaided. She made me believe that if I tried hard enough I could achieve the impossible and I did when I became a professional dancer against all the odds. She taught me never to give up and I hope I have passed that on to my children.
How she helped me become a presenter
She took me for my first audition for a summer season and on one occasion sent off my details to become a ‘Tiller Girl’ without my knowledge, even though I was two inches too short. She loves watching me on QVC and it’s been a great comfort to her since my Dad died to have me ‘at home’ when I can’t be if you know what I mean. She has never once suggested I get a ‘proper’ job!!!! Thanks Mum.
Why she likes QVC
She lives in Nottingham so by turning on the TV she says she can 'see' me more often! She especially loves the Liz Earle range. She started with Skin Repair, and now uses : Cleanse and Polish, Instant Boost Skin Tonic, Superskin Concentrate (her favourite), Orange Flower Body Wash and Hand wash etc. She gets it for every occasion – birthday, Mother's Day, Easter and Christmas!
Mum thinks the main reason I like my job at QVC is the fact that it's live and 'off the cuff', and the contact with the viewers… she's right!
Sophie likes QVC because it has given her the opportunity to put her Media Arts Degree to good use, and she likes to watch the beauty shows, particularly make-up and nails…. she has great nails.