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The advice on self-confidence Fearne Cotton wishes she could tell her younger self

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We asked Fearne Cotton to share her biggest nuggets of wisdom for her younger self, and she did not disappoint. 

Fearne Cotton often feels like a beacon of wisdom. Her podcast, Happy Place, draws on her experiences and covers advice from experts on how to live a fulfilling, joyful life

Meanwhile her Instagram account follows her journey with her mental health, her continued yoga practice and her brilliant career, sharing what she’s learned on the way. 

Oh, and don’t even get us started on her flawless style and never ending wardrobe of effortlessly cool and unique dresses. 

But Cotton hasn’t always been armed with all of the knowledge and experiences that she is now. We asked her to look back to her younger self and share the things she wishes she’d known back in her early twenties, from leaving the buffalo boots on the shelf to being confident enough to share her opinion. 

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On hair

“There was a point where I loved Hanson so much that I did start to morph into a fourth member of the band. That’s never a good thing. And don’t cut your own fringe. Ever. Because I’ve got a cows lick that I often forget about so it would end up on the tilt. You can imagine it was horrendous.”

On fashion 

“Oh my god, where do I start? Switch up the buffalo boot thing? There was a lot of buffalo boot action during the Spice Girls era. And don’t wear a tie, it looks shit.” 

On health

“Don’t wake up and have a coffee, a fag and a bag of Haribo for breakfast ‘cause that is not ok.”

On self-confidence

“I think when I was younger I always felt slightly on the edge of the gang that was all having a great conversation and it kind of made me go even more within myself. So I would say to my younger self, even if you feel out of your depth just put your opinion forward, speak your mind and also say no when you don’t believe in certain things. I did all sorts of things at work that I wouldn’t do now because I was too scared to say no.

“I’ve gone through a lot of my life assuming that I’m always the one in the wrong. So I’d say to my younger self, don’t assume you’re wrong, maybe they’re wrong! Maybe you’re right!”

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Megan Murray is a digital journalist for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about London happenings, beautiful places, delicious morsels and generally spreading sparkle wherever she can.

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