Q & A with Sophie Dahl
As I suspected Sophie was poised, glamorous and equally beautiful as her modelling photographs would suggest. But what was most refreshing, Sophie was more like me than I was expecting. She'd recently turned 40, a wife, mother, happy with her career and comfortable in her skin.
A couple of months ago I turned 40, and as you do on significant birthdays, I paused to reflect on my life; career path, journeys I've taken and how I have become in my own right a Smart Women "The Photoshoot with the Turban and that terrible mullet" - Sophie Dhal, commenting on regrets
My thoughts...Bad hair cuts and questionable clothing choices are something we have all faced in our lives and there are some choices I do regret, but when it comes to regrets in life, we should take the good, the bad and the ugly because all our choices have made us who we are today. "I was Billed as a revolution in modelling, but really I was just a 19 year old who liked to eat cake and was offered a modelling job" - Sophie Dahl discussing her introduction to modelling
My thoughts...Putting pressure on young women is something which in the past few years has become more and more visible especially with the introduction of social media. In our digital world perfection is seen as a status, and with the introduction of DIY Apps which allow us to slightly edit our appearance, we are putting extreme pressures on younger people. Sophie was a revolution in modelling, but for me it was more for her carefree, fun loving attitude and beautiful personality rather than her body.
"I'm a lot more comfortable in my skin at 40 than I was at 20" - Sophie discussing confidence
My thoughts...I totally agree, I look back on my photographs of me 20 years ago and think, wow, I was so young and gorgeous, reasonably stylish for the late 90's, but I would much rather be where I am now, confident, happy, in a wonderful relationship, 3 amazing children and a great career. I have surrounded myself with people who love, respect and challenge me, but also know how to have a bit of fun!
"Have courage in your convictions and go with your gut feelings" - Sophie discussing Advise to her younger self