Trinny Woodall

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Trinny Woodall (born 8 February 1964) is a fashion guru and television presenter, who became famous as the co-host of What Not to Wear in 2001, with Susannah Constantine. She was born Sarah-Jane Woodall.


  • I felt so unbelievably ugly for years. It was hideous. It affected my selfworth, everything. It was the bane of my life from 13 to 29. I grew my hair long just so I could cover my face. I tried everything, saw everyone, had years of antibiotics and nothing helped. Then, when I was 29, I was at the end of my tether. I went on Accutane, which is very strong. Your sebaceous glands dry up, you can't exercise, and you have very dry lips. But it was a miracle and it worked.
  • I'd had enough. I felt so low: I was 26 and there was an exact moment when I just knew I didn't want to do it any more. I was out with two very good friends of mine, who are now dead. They both died of alcoholism. It was about 3am and I thought: "I don't want this. I have to stop." I'd felt that before, a hundred times, but I woke up next morning and I still didn't want to do it. And that was the first time in ten years I'd had that strength of feeling.
    • Regarding Woodall's alcohol addiction; as quoted in "Acne, alcohol … and non-stop sex" by Lynda Lee-Potter in The Daily Mail (6 September 2003)
  • As for the people who say tackling problems through clothes is superficial, I think they say that because they have their own issues about self worth.
    • As quoted in "MEN reader meets Trinny and Susannah" by Helen Tither in Manchester Evening News (9 October 2006)
  • I've been nine stone for 20 years, I always eat what I want, it's not an issue for me. But it pisses me off - because if people did decide that I starved myself, it would have a direct consequence on what we advocate!
    • Regarding Woodall's reaction to claims she is too skinny; as quoted in "God's gift to women" by Barbara Ellen in The Guardian (16 September 2007)
  • They're really designed so that our black coat will give you a waist, our trousers will hide your saddle bags, our cashmere makes your tits look great.
    • Regarding Woodall's clothing range; as quoted in "Exclusive Trinny and Susannah Interview" by Caz Moss in Female First (19 September 2007)
  • I'm happy with my shape. It's getting to a stage of acceptance and understanding how to dress to reproportion yourself.
  • The problem is that women try to dress like celebrities whose shape they just don't have. When you emulate someone else's dress sense with a different body shape it just doesn't work. And when you look bad, your confidence dips. Our advice is to go shopping armed with our body shape rules.
    • As quoted in "Mistresses of the makeover" by Cathrin Schaer in New Zealand Herald (25 February 2008)

Retail therapists (2007)[edit]

Quotes from "Retail therapists" by Fiona Neill in The Times (14 July 2007)
  • You have got to stop seeing yourself as a victim, take control and take responsibility.
  • I’m calm on the outside and a flood inside.
  • Susannah and I have always felt that the psychology of clothing does make people change a mind-set, so if we use that and we help someone feel more confident about themselves and build them up that’s great.
  • If you ask anyone why they are driven, it’s not just money, it’s not just a need to prove themselves, it’s a combination of things, and for us if we can get women to look at themselves in terms of shape, not size, if Suze and I achieve that as our little gravestone thing, then that would be a fucking big achievement.

Quotes about Woodall[edit]

  • Trinny Woodall, one of the upper-crusty and scathingly blunt hosts of What Not to Wear, a hugely popular fashion makeover show on the BBC, does not mince words.
  • Trinny is on the wrong side of skinny, but not anorexic, one of those people who burn calories because they never sit down.
    • Fiona Neill in "Retail therapists" in The Times (14 July 2007)
  • Trinny Woodall is a prime-time star, but is proper posh with mighty connections, as demonstrated by the six-figure sums she blagged from richer friends on Comic Relief does the Apprentice.
  • The thing with Trinny is that she comes across as cold and aloof, but in fact she is the kindest woman I have ever met. She has a heart of gold. All these things — the books, TV programmes, interviews — they are not about the money. They are about wanting to help women with their insecurities. The steeliness people see in her is really a cover for her chronic shyness, believe me.

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