Edith Bowman: “What other people think of you is none of your business”
-Aug 23, Jenny Paul, Living -
Edith Bowman has ruled the radio airwaves and our television screens in the UK for the past twenty years. The Scottish broadcaster tells Lumity her beauty, wellness and fitness routines, and reveals why she doesn’t believe in dieting or worrying about what other people think of you.
You are an inspiration to so many young girls and women but who was your inspiration growing up?
Well that is very kind of you to say so. You know what? – I was a bit obsessed with Marilyn Monroe growing up. I read every book about her, I bought paintings of her and watched all her films over and over. I didn’t really think of her being an inspiration but looking back I guess she was a bit, and partly I think that was because she was a real shaped woman. That is just one of the many things I adore about her. On a more personal level, my mum was a huge inspiration on me, still is. She was 19 when she had me and I think we formed a very strong bond very early, something that has only grown stronger and stronger over the years. She’s a brilliant woman, mum, friend and person.
Who do you aim to inspire nowadays?
My kids. I want them to grow up to be men who see their potential in the world but also appreciate other people’s. To be kind, generous, loving and fun.
You recently said women need to not feel guilty about making time for themselves, so how do you find that time and what do you do with it?
Well, as the school holidays come to an end, I will say I’ve not had much of that over the past eight weeks. It’s been awesome spending so much time with my boys, here at home but also going on adventures. Yesterday I went to my first Pilates class in three weeks. I’m definitely feeling the pain from that, but I feel so much better for it. I need to do exercise, I need to have ‘me’ time. Even if it’s just to nip out for a cup of coffee. It’s not always easy but it’s necessary.
You clearly look after yourself. Do you have to work hard at staying in shape and what is your fitness regime?
I now actually like exercise and as I said, I really need it for my sanity. So, what I try and do is two or three Pilates classes at this ace place that is just around the corner from my kids’ school. I go to the 9am class then run home. Then I try for a yoga class a day and I also try and walk places rather than drive or take public transport.
Do you believe in dieting or is it more of a case of everything in moderation?
No I don’t. I grew up watching my mum try every diet under the sun. We are all so individually programmed, shapes and sizes and it’s about working out what works for you and trying to follow a healthy diet, rather than the idea of starving your body from things. Food should be enjoyed, I love food, I love cooking. So, it’s about balance.
Do you have a daily beauty routine and if so what is it and is there a product you feel you simply can’t be without?
I have got better with my routine. I religiously take my Lumity supplements and I honestly feel like I have more energy and it’s definitely helping my skin. A lovely lady called Abigail first recommend them when I went for a Liz Earle facial and I think they are some kind of magical potion! Three tablets at night and three in the morning is all you need. Also, the Lumity oil is a wonderful complement to those. My lovely make-up artist Emma White Turle sent me to this place called Pfeffer Sal and it’s my treat to myself every 6-8 weeks. They put me onto these great products called Cosmetics 27. So, I flit between their cleaner and baume and essence, then I also love Tata Harper Reparative Moisturiser, also Pai and then a friend also put me onto SVR products. I like to mix it up a bit.
You always come across as being so happy and upbeat, so what really makes you smile?
Well that’s not always the case. But I really do try and see the positive in things and I’d hope I’m a glass half full person. But the thing that makes me smile the most are my boys, my two kids and husband Tom.
What are you most enjoying about your career as it stands? Is there something you feel you haven’t yet achieved?
Oh, I have a list the length of my arm of things I still want to do. But at the minute I’m loving being my own boss and watching my podcast, Soundtracking with Edith Bowman take off. I’m so thrilled by the response we have had and excited about what we have the potential to do with it too. But lots of things, seeing my own ideas come to fruition.
What’s the best piece of advice anyone ever gave you about anything?
My friend Natalie once said to me when I got upset after reading something horrible someone had written about me, “What other people think of you is none of your business.” It’s true. You can’t make people like you and the sooner you accept that and just stay true to yourself and do it for yourself then it won’t be so painful when you hear or read the hate. Which you can never take away. Some people just like being unkind.
If you could offer your kids only one piece of advice what would that be?
Dreams can come true. Dream as big as you want.
We are celebrating strong women at the moment, so we’d like to know who your ultimate strong woman is and why? This can be a relative, friend, famous person, living or dead.
I usually say my mum and she knows how important she is to me but I’m actually going to go for Hedy Lamarr who was one of the most beautiful women on the planet, she was a Hollywood star but behind all that she was an incredible scientist and inventor who basically invented what is now the basis of WIFI. She never got the recognition she deserved at the time. Check out the documentary Bombshell and it will blow your mind.
Isn’t Edith fabulous? If you would like to find out more about her you can check out her website and follow her on Instagram. If you enjoyed this interview, perhaps you’d like to read why Strictly Come Dancing star Karen Clifton tells us why she loves chocolate and doughnuts.