JUDI LOVE is giving us big, bold, bright energy this summer and that’s before we talk about her standout new clothing line. The Loose Women presenter and stand-up comedian has unveiled her debut fashion collection with online retailer Littlewoods Ireland, and it’s serving all curves, from sizes 14 to 28. With every fabric, print and colour perfectly reflecting Judi’s vivacious personality, Magazine+ caught up with the TV star to talk through the 36-piece collection and why she’s finally leaned into self-love. Having openly spoken about being body-shamed when she was a teenager, the much-loved celebrity today has some kind words for her younger self. “I would tell my younger self to stop wasting so much time feeling uncomfortable in your body — you were and are gorgeous. I would tell myself to take the time out to understand myself more and know that you are enough,” Judi begins. “I would tell myself to take the opportunities that scared you, and to have the confidence to go ahead and take them, as sometimes there are people around that don’t see the bigger picture or have the same vision as you. “I would tell myself to embrace your uniqueness and your differences to other people, and that that is OK, because that is how it is meant to be — just wait and see.” Hoping that her new line instills the same confidence in women everywhere, the 41 year-old says: “I feel most confident when I feel that my natural beauty and body is being appreciated and displayed. “When I’m in a bright colour, or that all-power-slick-black-dress look, hair popping and a bright red lipstick. “I want people to feel and know when they put on my collection that we have truly thought of them — their shape, body and how to enhance all the beautiful individual traits that make everyone unique.” Revealing her favourite pieces in her bold collection, Judi adds: “I’m loving the pink trouser suit — it’s so fun and statement. I can’t wait to wear this for drinks with the girls. Also, I love the green jacket, perfect for pairing with jeans, for that pop of colour to give that statement edge.” And we may be seeing even more of Judi’s statement style on the red carpet thanks to her blossoming acting career. The mum of two is eyeing up a move to the big screen after starring in season two of BBC drama Noughts + Crosses. “It’s so amazing to challenge myself to acting after comedy and presenting, but I loved it. Before starting comedy and having children I attended an acting school called Identity for a few months,” tells Judi. “As a child, I definitely wanted to act. I’ve realised that it’s such a skill and admire so many actors that dedicate themselves to it. Who knows, maybe one day I will do more. I’d love to and, of course, I’d love to cross the waters to Hollywood,” she smiles.
- The Judi Love Women collection, priced from €15 in sizes 14-28, is available exclusively at littlewoodsireland.ie