On March 8th, we are celebrating Inspirational Women’s Day at QVC, by placing the focus on women who have contributed to the brilliant brands and products we stock. We decided to sit down with three well-known names at QVC – Jilly Halliday, Catherine Huntley and Jackie Kabler – to find out who inspires them, and who they like to emulate in their everyday lives. We would love to know who inspires you; comment below to share the love and inspiration!
Jilly Halliday on her inspiring mum:
I have to say the woman I most admire is my mum, who sadly passed away many years ago when I was in my twenties. I think that that admiration has grown over the years as I’ve brought up my own family.
My mum was a true matriarch of the family and although she didn’t have an easy family life herself, she was determined that her own children would come first no matter what – and I think that’s something that can become so easily compromised today with everything that life throws at us. So those of us who are mothers should never underestimate ourselves as we have the most important job in world!
Catherine Huntley on her inspiring daughter:
The woman who inspires me the most is my remarkable daughter. I admire her hard working ethic, her kindness to others, her ability to just ‘do life’. What I mean by that is how very well balanced she is. She is very level headed and knows her own mind. Chrissie is very talented and creative. I always look forward to her gifts on special occasions as she takes great care and time to really put thought into what she is gifting.
I’m not talking about monetary gifts, either. It can be a handmade necklace, photo collage or, as with Valentine’s Day this year, a surprise bunch of daffodils and a kitty cat card given as a ‘Galentine’ (this one was a joint gift with her brother). I can’t decide what I love most but a few words are; talking, listening, laughing, dancing, playing games, going out, pyjama days, singing, make-up, dress up, cooking and friendship. I feel truly blessed and, if I ever do grow up, I want to grow up to be Chrissie.
Jackie Kabler on her inspiring role models:
As a woman who turned 50 last year, I’m increasingly inspired by older women who are still doing their thing well into their sixties, seventies and beyond. Here at QVC we have so many fabulous older women who I really respect and admire, like fashion guest Lesley Ebbetts, for example, who has been in the business for over 50 years, and still looks incredible and works amazingly hard with no thoughts of retirement; and Lulu, who in her late sixties is still touring, promoting her beauty range and is full of energy and attitude.
Outside work I admire Dinah Jefferies, who became a global bestselling author in her sixties, and Mary Berry, who is just amazing – 81 and still writing, presenting, touring and baking! I want to be like these women when I grow up, if I ever do. They make me realise that it’s never too late to do something if you have the passion and the will. Older women rock!
Make sure to watch our video featuring some more QVC famous faces talking about the women who inspire them, too.
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Don’t forget to share a comment below with the lady in your life who inspires you.