Tess Daly has said that she’d be happy for her teenage daughter to follow in her footsteps and venture into modelling.
The Strictly Come Dancing host, 51, first found fame as a model, after being scouted outside of McDonald’s in Manchester and carried out her first modelling job in Japan six weeks after she turned 18.
Tess – who’s real name is actually Helen, but she changed her moniker to model – travelled the world as a model, working in big cities like London, Paris and New York.
Appearing on Frankie Bridge’s podcast Open Mind, Tess was heard recalling her modelling days and was asked whether she would be ok with her two daughters Phoebe, 16, and Amber, 11, who she shares with I’m A Celebrity star Vernon Kay, doing the same.
Tess revealed that she reckons her eldest daughter has what it takes to make it on the runway, telling Frankie: ‘Phoebe is tall, she’s like an inch taller than me and she’s gorgeous.’
She explained that she had actually suggested modelling to Phoebe, but the teen wasn’t so keen and fancies herself as a businesswoman or actress instead.
‘I said to her, “You know i’m still friends with my old modelling agents, perhaps you could meet them?” and she said to me, “Mum, I don’t want to do that, I want to be a businesswoman and have my own business or be an actress.” It’s sweet,’ Tess said.
She did, however, add: ‘If they ever did want to, I wouldn’t stop them, but I would accompany them as much as I could.’
Tess joked: ‘I’d be like stalking them behind the bush, running behind the subway station… not really, but I would hand-hold them through the process.
‘It’s a fun job, you get to see the world and meet different people, but it’s good to have something else that runs alongside it, so it’s not necessarily everything. I had some good times.’
Tess recalled working as a model in Japan at 28 years old and said that while she was ‘lucky’ to still be working, she wanted to ‘get out’ of the industry.
‘I was still modelling in Japan at 28… you’re kind of considered over the market when you’re 21. I worked every single day… it was brilliant. I was lucky that I kept working, but I wanted to get out of that industry before it pushed me out. I got out while I was still having fun and a good time,’ she said.
Tess has since become known as a TV presenter and hosted hit shows like SM:TV Live, The Big Breakfast and Children In Need. She has been presenting Strictly Come Dancing since 2004.
Strictly returned this year, despite the coronavirus pandemic, for a limited run, with the semi-finals set to take place on Saturday.
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