TV presenter Gok Wan said he felt ‘inspired’ to try and help even more, after collecting his MBE.
The fashion stylist recieved the prestigious honour, for services to fashion and social awareness under his birth name of Kowkhyn Wan from the Princess Royal at Windsor Castle.
The How To Look Good Naked host was meant to receive the MBE last month, but had to cancel after he fell ill.
However, Wan finally got his moment on Monday and said his pride on the day of receiving it is ‘right up there’ with anything he has done.
‘I believe in all of us having proud moments whenever we possibly can – whether it is overcoming something or going out of or coming into a relationship,’ Wan explained.
‘But when something like this happens to me I will never forget this feeling. I will never forget this moment.
‘It is a feeling of calm, contentment, validation, pride and, also bizarrely, it also fires you up to do more.’
The 47-year-old fashion guru was a consultant when Channel 4 approached him to present How To Look Good Naked back in 2006.
The programme, which encouraged men and women who are insecure about their bodies to strip naked for the camera, ran for five years and turned Wan into a household name.
Wan, who is also a vocal advocate for the LGBT community, said: ‘It is incredible to be recognised for the fashion because I have done it for so many years and to have the social awareness (as part of my award) is good because it is a real passion of mine to be able to talk about the LGBT community, teens and youngsters.’
During his original stint as host, Wan revealed he needed therapy after the show became a trigger for body image issues.
‘I needed a break,’ he admitted. ‘We made 78 [episodes of the show].
‘Back in the day, I used to have therapy when I was making the show. There were so many triggers for me in there, what I’ve gone through with my body and how I feel about myself.’