March is an action-packed month here at Q Towers so we were very lucky to join our wonderful Ambassador, Ruth Langsford, for a coffee break and a catch-up recently. With International Women’s Day on 8th March, we wanted to ask her a bit about the inspirational women in her life.
Ruth: It may sound corny but my Mum is most definitely up there. I always think about how young she was when she was married to my father, who was in the army, and had two small children. He would have to go ahead when moving around and she would be left to pack up the house and travel with us. Travel wasn’t as easy as it is these days, it would take three days to get to Singapore with stop-offs! When you’re young you don’t think about these things, but when I think about myself at 23 I would not have been mature enough or capable enough to have done that. She’s one of those very capable women, part of that war-time generation who went through rationing. She’s very practical, never complains, just gets on and does it.
Another woman I have to mention is Janet Street-Porter, I find her absolutely fascinating. She’s hugely smart, very funny, and I love that she doesn’t care what people think about her. She lives her life the way she wants to live it and she’s very unique in the way she dresses, fashionable without being a slave to fashion, which I think a lot of women find hard. She does her own thing and paved the way for a lot of women in television, as well as being the editor of a national newspaper. I love her!
Alison Young is very passionate about what she does and really cares about products that work. She’s been very helpful to me in the short time I’ve been here. I often ask her for her advice, which started when I was doing Strictly. I noticed the skin on my eyelids was a bit red and then suddenly I had this lovely box of things appear for me full of muscle soaks, pampering lotions and much more (see what was in the box here). She didn’t just send me the products either, she’d written this entire programme of what I should use and when!
QG: What advice have you learned from these women that you would pass on to those around you?
Ruth: To my son, I would say as my mother said to me, be kind. If we were all a bit kinder to people around us the world would be a nicer place; it doesn’t take much to be kind. With the social media that we have now I worry about teenagers. It’s hard enough being young when you’re unsure of yourself, to then have this added pressure of social media is really tough! When I was younger I didn’t know if I hadn’t been invited to the cool party that weekend, but now they all know. I’ve always said to my son, remember that anything you put on the internet is there forever and could come back and bite you on the bum.
I also advise young people to enjoy your time whatever age you are, because you will never be that young again. I wish I’d worried less about what I looked like and who said what to who, because it’s all so inconsequential. But then you don’t know that until you’re older.
QG: March has also seen us celebrating World Book Day, what kind of books have you been enjoying lately?
Ruth: I don’t have just one genre of books that I read, I like to read books that have been recommended to me, or if I’m on holiday I don’t like anything too deep. My friend Sam gives me great recommendations. I’ve also read Julia Roberts’ book, Alice in Theatreland, which happened to be about a dancer! She gave it to me before she knew I was going to be on Strictly. I took it on holiday and it really made me smile, it was very clear to me that she knew all about that world having been a dancer herself. I asked her how she has time to be on QVC and also write books!
Check out the latest from Ruth on her Ambassador page, and keep up to date with her stylish goings-on.