Any woman who grew up in the Nineties will tell you what a massive impact Louise Redknapp had on our style, thanks to her role in the girl group Eternal.
In fact, she was the reason why we wanted to wear baggie dungarees and crop tops throughout the whole of 1993. An outfit choice we've never regretted.
Since then, she's gone from popstar to TV presenter, as well as beauty and fashion guru. She's also the wife of footballer Jamie Redknapp and mother to two boys Charly, 10, and Beau, 6.
We caught up with her to chat about her new campaign with jewellery brand Pandora, as well as her thoughts on plastic surgery, Kim Kardashian and turning 40.
Why did you decide to get involved with this campaign with Pandora?
“I run a fashion blog, and I think that helped why it was a good fit. I’m simple when I pick out my clothes but I stick loads of jewellery on. I’m not really a big diamond girl but Pandora is really wearable and all the pieces go together. They’re not too blingy. I’m much more of a biker jacket girl, not a diamonds and a dress girl.”
Can you tell me about your beauty regimen?
“I don’t really believe in wearing make-up. When I get up in the morning, I’ll just wear a sheer moisturizer, which gives me a glow. It’s a moisturiser [from her Wild About beauty range] with a tint of colour. If I’m going on the school run, I’ll have that and a bit of mascara. But if I’m going out for dinner, I’ll do that but also use concealer and then I do the areas in the chin and a bit more. I don’t believe that any woman needs to cover her whole face with foundation. I think women have got in a pattern where it’s easy but less is so much more as you get older.”
How do you feel about getting older?
“I was 40 last week. But less is definitely more. The more wrinkly I get, the more crepey my skin gets, which is going to happen, unless you’re going to have surgery. I’ve never seen a woman with wrinkles who looks bad but I’ve seen women with caked on make up of all ages and that always looks bad.”
What are your views on plastic surgery?
“Ask me in 10 years! I’m not actually into plastic surgery. I think it’s just all got to be considered carefully when you’re doing it. It’s really hard in today’s world as everybody has something or has something done. Again, I think less is more. If you have an area that you really hate then by all means get it done but if you start messing around with your whole face you run the risk of looking weird.”
Is there much more pressure on celebrities to look a certain way?
“I think there is. Although I think there’s been a bit of a shift. Lots of magazines do seem to embrace women of different shapes and older too. I tend to not read negative comments. I want to read ‘wow, she looks brilliant for her age’. I think it’s about embracing what you are. It’s really tough and it’s so easy to say as I really do have bad days too.”
What do you think about the Kim Kardashian picture?
“What an incredible bum! Do you know what, it’s way out there and love it or hate it, she embraces her curves. And there will be so many women out there who will feel better about having a big bum. You can say what you want about her but actually whenever I see a picture of her I just think how beautiful she is. I never look at her and think she looks too big. It honestly makes me feel a bit better when I look at her and see her with a thick thigh and a bum. I feel better about myself. Especially when you’re getting papped. It’s kind of hard to hold it together and stroll out like you’re on a catwalk but she does. I’m a real supporter of it. I’ve worked for all my adult life in this industry, and I think good on her. She looks amazing.”
Who are you inspired by in the industry?
“Lots of fashiony people. I love the editor of Australian Vogue [Kirstie Clements]. There are lots of women I admire in this industry such as Helen Mirren. I love it when I see Nigella looking gorgeous and sexy. I love that they live their lives out a bit in the press too as you feel like you know them. You look at them and think wow. You’ve taken a lot on and you’ve given a lot back.”
How do you make time to spend with your husband [Jamie Redknapp]?
“We’ve got two boys and they’re our priority no matter what. You’ll never say yes to too much because you’ve got you 10-year-old who needs to get their homework done and a five year old who’s nuts, plus two new dogs.”
Do you have date night?
“We try to but we’ll tag it on the end of a night when we're already out, so we can go and have dinner just the two of us.”
Louise is currently the brand ambassador for Pandora; pandora.net