and I own and run The Spare Rib, which is a burlesque and cabaret venue in Liverpool.
Which women/woman inspire(s) you and why?
I remember I was asked this question once at a job interview and I gave the same answer I’m going to give now- my biggest hero is and always will be my Nan! I gave that answer even before we knew she had cancer and witnessed the way she dealt with the terminal diagnosis with dignity, courage and a sense of humour right to the end! Whenever she struggled we would roar together through the pain- she always said we were a pride of Lionesses and that we could deal with anything as long as we had each other!
I’m also pretty much in awe of my Mum! She took herself off to Swansea University at the age of 50yrs and after 4 years hard work has gained a Masters Degree in Osteopathy and has started a whole new life and career! There is literally no holding her back- such an inspiration! She shows age is just a number and as women we can achieve anything we put our minds to!
If you could meet any woman who would it be and why?
Kylie Monogue! What can I say I’ve been a fan since I was 3years old watching her in Neighbours and then going to see her perform when she came to Liverpool!
What did you want to do when you grew up?
I either wanted to be a fairy with magical powers or a dancer. I’ve never wanted anything other than to be on the stage and although performing can be a difficult life, going from contract to contract, dealing with rejection on a regular basis and having to constantly watch my weight I’m so glad I’ve had the chance to make a living from my passion and I wouldn’t change a thing- although the magical fairy powers would still be nice!
Now I get the chance to co-produce and host Burlesque shows with my business partner and close friend Minxie I couldn’t be happier or prouder of my career!
If you had to give your younger self one bit of advice, what would it be?
To be nicer to myself! I’ve always been a champion of women supporting women but I think for a long time I didn’t give myself the same love and encouragement I would give to others! I still have moments were I struggle with this but I’m more aware of when I’m being self deprecating. I think its easy to think that performers or extraverted people are confident but I think in reality everybody has their own issues and that we need to forgive ourselves for being human and not perfect.
I made a few dodgy decisions in my twenties (who doesn’t) but if everything in my life didn’t go the way it had I wouldn’t have landed here in this exact place mentally and emotionally and therefore I wouldn’t change a thing!
What book are you currently reading? And what is your favourite book?
I’m currently reading Jane Fonda- My Life so Far. It’s a paperback edition, even though I have my Kindle, I still like to have a real book in my hands every now and again.
My favourite book is Vanity Fair by William Thackery. The strong female character of Becky Sharp in a classic novel really caught my attention when I was only 13 and since then I’ve read and re-read it over and over.
Where would you recommend dinner and drinks in Liverpool?
I would say one of the greatest things about Liverpool is there are so many great places to eat and drink we are literally spoilt for choice! I would recommend going to the Liverpool Gin Distillery on Castle Street- they have a range of experiences including a tour of the distillery and gin tasting as well as having some of the tastiest Gins. My personal favourite is the Valencian Orange.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
I’m such an open person I don’t think I feel guilty about any of the pleasures I enjoy in life! There is absolutely nothing wrong with doing what makes you happy! Ru-Paul is probably one of my favourite ways to feel the joy. What more can you ask for than a celebration of femininity through glitter, sequins, beautiful make up and big hair?!
What is happiness to you..........
My family and friends! I’m really blessed in this aspect and I know that no matter how bad things get I have the love and support of some fantastic people! That and Chinese food.
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