Holly Willoughby has paid tribute to the women in her life while marking International Women’s Day, as she led stars including Amanda Holden and Gemma Collins in celebration.
The annual event began in 1977, and it is the focal point for the celebration of women, honouring their achievements, and fighting for equality.
Taking to her lifestyle brand Wylde Moon’s Instagram account, Holly shared a video of herself walking in the bright sunlight, paying tribute to her 10-year-old daughter, Belle and mother Linda.
In the video, she said: ‘Hello everyone. I’m just off out for a beautiful walk, in the sunshine, and I just wanted to say happy International Women’s Day.
‘This is a great day, and do you know why? Because it’s a day when we get to celebrate how wonderful women are.
‘We know it already, but if you ever just need an excuse to call that woman in your life, text them, be it your mother, your sister, your aunty, your partner, your lover, your daughter, do it today.
‘Today I’m thinking about my own daughter, the next generation of Willoughby women, my niece, my sister and my mother, the original Willoughby woman, the original inspiration.
Encouraging her followers to head to her website, Holly added: ‘But whatever you’re doing today, have a wonderful day, lots of love.
‘Happy International Women’s Day.’
A host of other celebrities shared International Women’s Day tributes, with Susanna Reid taking Instagram to share she was being joined by the First Lady of Iceland.
In the picture, she posed next to Eliza Reid, who wore a bright yellow jacket, as Susanna donned a flattering blue dress.
In the caption, she wrote: ‘REID ALL ABOUT IT! The First Lady of Iceland Eliza Reid joined @gmb for International Women’s Day #mustberelated’
The presenter also appeared on Loose Women for a special International Women’s Day episode, during which she revealed that she’d suffered ‘nightmares’ due to the pandemic.
She explained: ‘During the pandemic, I had nightmares where I was trying to save people’s lives and I was unable to do anything… we all felt powerless.’
Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda shared a slideshow of images alongside women in her life, including her daughters, and Heart colleague Ashley Roberts, while also sharing a tribute to the women of Ukraine.
She wrote: ‘The women who lift up my life and help me live it #internationalwomensday ❤️strength and love to all #ukraine 🇺🇦🌻🦋 and especially their women today.’
Tess Daly also got involved asking: ‘What would we do without the incredible women in our lives?’
Taking to her Instagram account, she shared a range of photographs of herself with her business partner Gayle Lawton, with whom she founded the luxury beach wear brand NAIA.
In praise of her friend, she added: ‘She’s a great mother to her children, a wonderful friend and the best business partner a girl could ask for 💛over a decade of friendship later and I’d choose you every year as one of the most inspirational women in my life @gayle_x_ ✨
A host of other celebrities also shared tributes on their Instagram accounts. Daisy Lowe shared a range of photographs of herself with her female friends, and accompanied the images with a heart-felt poem by Charlie Brogan.
In true GC style, Gemma Collins reminded her followers to never ‘tone themselves down’ for others.
She said: ‘It’s there [sic] issues honey !!! Not yours’
Alex Beresford and Gok Wan also praised female members of their families, with Good Morning Britain presenter Alex highlighting his two grandmothers Joyce and Joyce.
He said: ‘Thank you for everything. I wouldn’t be who I am if you both hadn’t carved out the lives you did from the cards you were dealt. #iwd #rip’
Gok shared a single picture of his mum, captioning it: ‘HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY to all the brilliant women I am lucky enough to have in my world, especially to the woman who I love with all my might, Momma Wan. ♥️’
In February, ITV shared photographs of all of its 27 daytime TV female presenters dressed in pink as a celebration of the day.
Managing director of ITV Daytime, Emma Gormley said: ‘I’m beyond proud to work alongside this amazing group of women, who both individually and collectively have accrued an incredible array of broadcasting achievements.
‘Their experience and expertise in front of camera is second to none and this year’s International Women’s day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate them all.’