Trinny Woodall has been empowering women through fashion and beauty for over twenty years. Starting as a fashion columnist in The Daily Telegraph, she rose to fame during the noughties for makeover show What Not To Wear, co-hosted by Susannah Constantine.
Now making regular appearances as the fashion expert on ITV’s This Morning, Trinny publishes her style, shopping and beauty advice on her personal blog and YouTube channel. We caught up with the fashion guru to find out more about her work and learn a few top tips!
You made your name helping women decide what to wear. Why do you think what we wear has such an impact on our confidence?
If we feel good inside about how we look on the outside it will make us feel we can conquer anything. I’ve seen the difference for so many women that is suddenly made by wearing clothes that really suit them and bring their face and body alive.
What top tip would you give someone who is wanting to reinvent their style and boost their self-esteem?
Stand in front of the mirror with a friend and both tell each other what your best bits are both on your face and body.
I think women tend to know and look at what they don’t like and want to hide rather than what’s wonderful and should be shown off.
Then get in an outfit that really shows off those bits of your body and do your makeup to enhance your face.
You have your own fashion and beauty blog – how do you think blogging and social media has changed these industries?
I think it has changed generally for the good. It allows women to get opinions from people they feel they have more in common with and people to start communities around somebody’s blog.
I think that oddly the way social media has grown means that some women in some way might feel more isolated than before, because we are on the phone less and we stop speaking to people, so there are perhaps fewer opportunities to get advice and help on things.
But if you see somebody on a social media platform talking about something that relates to you, there is a great freedom and benefit to have that communication around the world, regardless of which country you live in.
What’s your biggest beauty pet peeve?
Looking at blogs on beauty where women are being told how to cover up everything and use their make-up as a mask to the world.
What lesson from your own life would you like to pass on to the next generation of women?
Don’t play it safe. Life is about taking risks and it’s only when I’ve taken risks that I really learnt, both good and bad. If you don’t take risks, you’ll never know.
If you could change one thing to improve the lives of women today, what would it be?
I think that every girl regardless has the right to a full and equal education compared to her male peers.
What has been the biggest challenge in your career and how did you tackle it?
There is no one specific challenge, but I think the greatest challenge for anyone is when you feel your world is crumbling around you and you still find the energy to come out of bed and make the best out of that day… knowing that tomorrow is the day you can start over.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
99% of anything you ever worry about never happens.