TV Presenter, dj, writer, actress, dedicated friend, girlfriend and puppy mummy (a white fluffy maltipoo called Mick) is there anything power woman Laura Whitmore can’t do? She talks to BLOWOUT about having no regrets and loving a thrill.
Photographed by Erica Bergsmeds
What would your 16 year old self say to you now?
‘Well I knew you weren’t going to go down the stereotypical path!’ Ha! I wasn’t cool at school at all ( and I’m not now!) but somehow I get to do some pretty cool stuff!
I still feel like that 16 year old girl now- not that much has changed! I just want to excite and challenge myself and feel fulfilled. My 16 year old self would probably be surprised that my boobs grew bigger and wish they were smaller. Didn’t see that coming!
What is the one thing that you wish you could do to look after the environment?
Global warning is so scary. I’m not sure we really comprehend the implications of our actions. I’ve just finished listening to a podcast called ‘Mothers of Invention with former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson and comedian Maeve Higgins’ and I highly recommend. It discusses the work of grassroots climate activists at a local level, as well as globally resonant initiative. And it gives so much hope. Climate change is a manmade problem that requires a feminist solution. Climate change is not gender-neutral – it affects women far more. If I could wish for anything it would be climate justice.
Biggest regret in life?
I’m not really into regrets. I like to believe that everything happens for a reason. I’ve had a few ‘let downs’ I can be a bit too open and trusting in the past and been let down by people in my life and feel maybe I should be a bit more careful. I don’t regret being so trusting though as that’s who I am all I can do is learn and move on. My main regret is maybe not saying how I feel enough to people I love or think are incredible. Sometimes you assume they already know and don’t say anything. But it’s important to say these things. We sometimes find it easier to say the bad stuff but forget about all the good stuff! So tell someone you think they are bloody awesome. Even if it’s something small like the barista who makes your yummy coffee in the morn, or your boyfriend who remembered to make the bed this morning. Tell people the good stuff!
Best advice you’ve been given?
‘Fake it til you make it’ Basically what I’ve learned over the years is none of us know what the hell we are doing, we’re just giving it our best go – pretending we know what we are doing and learning by doing. There’s a lyric from a Wilson Philips song ‘no one can change your life except for you. And I love this! If you want something- go and do it yourself, you are the orchestrator of your own destiny. (‘Hold On’ is also a bloody good song!)
if you weren’t scared what would you do?
The problem with me is I do things even when I’m scared. I think I like the thrill.
What makes you happy?
My loved ones… also salted caramel ice cream. And cheese.
Should you focus on today or tomorrow?
Focus on the now, though I do think it’s nice to have goals to strive for. The journey is usually just as important as the destination though.
Photographer- Erica Bergsmeds
Stylist- Angie Smith
Hair and Make up- Ninni Marklund-Mighty using Delilah makeup and Andalou skin care
Photo assistant Dawn Collins
Stylist assistant- Danielle Whiteman
Creative Director/Graphics- Erica Bergsmeds