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Britt Meets Laura Whitmore

Britt Turpack

Posted on May 29 2018

This week, Britt shares the story of her friend, TV presenter and model — Laura Whitmore. Laura shot to fame after winning a competition in 2008 to become the face of MTV News for MTV Europe.

Laura has since gone on to become a firm favourite on our screens presenting shows including The BRITs Backstage, I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here Now, and Survival of the Fittest, and has also collaborated on fashion and jewellery lines including her latest collection at Daisy London. Here, Britt sat down with Laura to discuss starting out, impostor syndrome and what advice she’d give a younger Laura…

 

When I think of Laura, the first thing that comes to mind is Home.

She is THAT GIRL. ⭐️

The one who supports.

The one who shows up.

The one that cares… genuinely cares.

The one who listens and selflessly gives in ways that have no benefit to her.

Who surprises you with a phone call or card in the mail.

The one who has seen ME since Day 1.

SHE EXEMPLIFIES #HUSTLE.

Could it be her humble beginnings? …Maybe

PS Did I mention she loves candles and a good self help book too?!

…oh, and Coldplay! (I know, perfection.)

 

Laura Whitmore swooped into my life the way the best relationships usually do… out of left field! Unexpected. Real talk, I was a fan of hers prior to virtually meeting on instagram /and then by way of Ashley Roberts

But when we met for the first time at Rose Cafe in Venice, my admiration for her was confirmed by her infectious spirit. SHE RADIATED HAPPINESS. Joy.

From one glance at a photo, it’s easy to mistake us for sisters. (At least I like to think so.) 💁‍♀ …Big doe eyes that remind you of a classic young Goldie Hawn expression… the blonde hair… you know what I’m talking about… floral dresses… all of it.

It didn’t take long for me to realize Laura would be a forever friend. I have admiration for her. I identify with her. There’s part of her that’s me. We just clicked. #soulfriend


So back in January, I flew to London and turned the tables on her (she’s usually the one asking the questions). And for the first time in this project, we traded in smoothies for bubbly. After all, I was hanging with the Irish girl.

Her story of success is cool. In 2008 she won PICK ME MTV in the UK and the rest is history. With a lot of hard work and hustle in between.

“My very first job after I won the competition was to interview Coldplay and The Pussycat Dolls. I didn’t have any money to buy new clothes for it so I borrowed a skirt from a friend and did my own makeup. I ended up meeting Ashley Roberts in the bathroom and she gave me a compliment, it made my day!”

“Every day I still feel like I’m new to this and someone is going to find out I don’t know what I’m doing and kick me out… but 10 years later and I’m still here!”

She is an example of a person who has a YES mentality on LIFE.

You have an infectious enthusiasm about you. How has this translated into your work life?

“Life is for living! You get an opportunity and you just have to say YES and take it. Within reason obviously.” (She smiles :) )

How has #hustle been a part of your life?

“I come from humble beginnings. Neither one of my parents are in the business. I’ve just figured it out day by day. All it takes is one email address to get your foot in the door.”

Her Passion: MUSIC

As her friend, I can say her eyes light up when she talks about music. A band. Concert. Festival. It sets her soul on fire. This I know for sure.

Do you believe music is therapeutic?

“Yes! Yes! Yes! I love music. It’s always been my life. There’s something spiritual about music and song lyrics. They are affirmations.”

SPREADING KINDNESS

“Sometimes you think things but don’t say it… so I think it’s important to show love and let those around you know they are appreciated.” #agreed

How necessary is it to be true to ourselves?

“Sometimes we do things that people think we should do but it doesn’t mean it’s the right thing for us. I don’t like the word SHOULD. I do things that are authentic to me.”

Do you recommend any podcasts?

Super Soul Sunday!! It’s nice to hear conversations about other people’s stories. Everyone deals with anxiety and insecurities. It humanizes everyone. Everyone from Alanis Morissette (who is my childhood hero) to Elizabeth Gilbert. It’s a reminder everyone goes through the same thing.”

Are you happy with where your career has taken you?

“I’m so grateful to do what I do. It’s what I love. It’s my passion and my purpose. I love meeting people. I love talking to people.”

And what advice would you give a younger Laura?

“It’s gonna be OK. Time is a wonderful thing. No matter the situation, it’s a nice reminder to just give yourself time. It heals.”

Until next week…

xx @brittlovessmoothies

Follow Laura here and Britt here.

London pics by Erica Bergsmeds

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