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Lisa Snowdon on being ‘terrified’ when modelling in her younger years and becoming friends with her fans


Lisa Snowdon talks about her early modelling career, and how she dealt with a strange 2020 (Picture: Rex/Metro.co.uk)

Model and TV/radio host Lisa Snowdon, 48, on catching Covid with fiancé George Smart and voiceovers under the duvet.

You’re doing a coffee campaign where you’re living life ‘carte blanche’. Are you much more comfortable with yourself as you get older?

Absolutely. As you get older that starts to happen, and you relax a little bit more and feel like you’ve earned a bit of time to do certain things like watching a movie at 6pm once you’ve done a day’s work or reading a book for 20 minutes.

It’s putting yourself first and not feeling guilty about that.

Did you have a very different 2020 to what you’d planned?

I had the same kind of year as everyone else – very up and down, lots of plans having to be cancelled but we weren’t due to get married.

Did you have a lot of jobs cancelled?

A little bit but I’ve been working most of the time. I’ve been broadcasting from home all last year, live from my living room or conservatory.

The garden got a lot of love too. I did a virtual garden party that went all around the world right at the beginning of lockdown. I was broadcasting This Morning live a couple of times a week from home.

I’ve learnt to be a bit more technical. I did voiceovers underneath my duvet covers with a microphone that isn’t of the best quality but I just adapted and made it work.

Fellow Italia Conti alumna Naomi Campbell is still walking the runway (Picture: Gareth Cattermole/BFC/Getty Images for BFC)

Is the modelling world very different from when you started?

It is very different. We’re obviously still reading magazines but not in the same way. Thirty years ago when I was modelling it was lots of catalogue jobs and print work.

But I feel so blessed because I feel so much more comfortable in my skin now when I’m on shoots. It’s a really nice place to be because I remember when I was young on photo shoots and I was terrified.

I’d show up and wouldn’t know anybody, and when you’re still finding out who you are and what your boundaries are, it’s a scary world. I was living in Japan when I was 19 and would go to Milan and Paris.

I was a very different person. I’ll be 49 in January so shoots feel very different to when I was 19.

A lot of supermodels are still working. Didn’t you go to the Italia Conti School with Naomi Campbell?

I was at Italia Conti at the same time as Naomi but our paths never really crossed. But it’s great when I see Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista and all of my favourite supers still modelling, I love it and why not?

They’re beautiful women. It needs to be inclusive and that’s what I think is amazing – that you see women of all ages now, looking beautiful and ageing gracefully with lovely long grey hair.

There’s a market for everybody and it’s refreshing to see finally.

You’ve embraced social media. What do you like so much about it?

Oh my God, I love a bit of social media! George is always saying get off your phone! I think Instagram is an amazing platform to connect with people.

I have some wicked followers that have become friends, some really supportive women, and I love sharing my experiences and what works for me – I use it in a very positive way.

In my Self Care Sunday series people contact me every week and say they love watching it.

Lisa and fiancé George both suffered from Covid in March (Picture: Richard Young/REX)

Why is fiancé George Smart so different from anyone you’ve been with before?

I guess it’s chemistry and the fact we’re a really good team and he’s very kind and loving. I think relationships are about timing, a lot of the time, and also fate.

We were together a long time ago and it wasn’t the right time, and then we reconnected and the stars aligned and it kind of fell into place.

We went off and did what we needed to do and made mistakes and learned the hard way, and then we got reintroduced and it was just the right time and we were both in the right head space.

You also had Covid together – how are you now?

Couples that have corona together stay together! We’re fine now but, yes, we did back in March and it was quite scary because George had it first.

He came down with a raging temperature and because he’s so fit and healthy and never gets anything, it really alarmed me when he was burning up.

Then a few days later I had chills and a cough. Between us we had the whole spectrum of symptoms.

What are your memories of Strictly?

Strictly was a real once- in-a-lifetime, tick that huge sparkly box for me. My family would come every week. It was such a challenge and so exciting but also very scary.

I’d hear the start of the music and my mind would go blank. They’d say, ‘Brendon and Lisa come out on to the dance floor,’ and once the music started, somehow you’d just do it. It was my favourite reality show.

Snowdon is supporting French coffee brand Carte Noire’s campaign.


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