Posted on January 20 2016
This week's Wednesday Woman is the awesome Leah Wood. Singer, model and mummy to two, Leah opens up about her childhood, her inspirations and what Girl Power means to her. Here's her story:
Newnham: What were you like growing up?
Wood: Growing up, I was very shy, but around the people I knew best I was humorous, loyal and energetic. I loved sports and was usually in either the lacrosse or netball team at school. I lived in Ireland for a while so I also learnt to horse ride which I loved and I got into cross-country challenges and won rosettes too which was great!
I also loved school and making friends; the only thing I didn't like was Maths and Physics...! Other than that, I was a girl's girl, loved fashion, and was always experimenting with my hair... different lengths and colours...!
Newnham: And who/what inspired you?
Wood: My inspiration growing up, honestly, was music. Music would always inspire me, as well as good art work, fashion and reading good books.
I would always be listening to music in my room whether it was Kylie Minogue, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie or Metallica (yes Metallica ~ hardcore but true)! There were so many songs from Metallica which I still love today. Those inspirations are also still what inspire me today.
I may even add a good film to the list actually because I recently watched Listen to Me Marlon. which was a great film.
Newnham: What are you most proud of in your career and why?
Wood: My proudest moment, of being a singer especially, would have to be when I supported David Bowie with my band about 10 years ago now. He was a very sweet, lovely, man and I feel honored to have met him. Looking back, I was so young at the time, with not a care in the world except looking after the boys in my band, and learning my lyrics and making sure I got some sleep for the next show the following night!
Newnham: What does Girl Power mean to you?
Wood: I suppose it means that, as women, we have to stick together. And these days women have equal rights ~ they don't have to stay in the kitchen any more; they are taxi drivers, they are fashion designers, they drive buses, they read the news, they have freedom of speech, and if there is a belief or a charity that they are passionate about, then they can rally other women around and create such a following.
What I'm trying to say is that if you have a few women and a strong belief then be prepared to make that go a long way. Girl Power rules! (Also girls have fun too! Things can be big fun and serious with a little girl power too :) )
Newnham: We wholeheartedly agree! What's the most important lesson you have learned in your life, and what advice, if any, would you give a younger Leah?
Wood: The most important lesson I have learnt in my life is......... It's nice to be nice.....you never know who you are talking to... if that makes sense?
What advice would I give a younger Leah? I would have to say that things never stay the same, and accept change. Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's bad, but most of all you just need to roll with the changes.