Susannah Constantine
British fashion designer and journalist
Susannah Constantine
Susannah Caroline Constantine is an English fashion journalist, advisor, television presenter, author and designer. Her second book, entitled What Not to Wear, has won her a prestigious British Book Award and sold 670,000 copies. Constantine was born into a wealthy family; her father was successful in property and shipping sectors. She was privately educated as a child and went on to date British royalty, David, Viscount Linley, during the 1980s.
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Diane Vadino: Do Style Rules Change Once You Turn 35?
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
My birthday is in a couple weeks. I have generally considered it an opportunity for counting up my number of "birthday wishes" on Facebook and comparing it to the tally from previous years, but lately, I have devoted a portion of it to confronting the bane of my fashion existence. If you watch the opening credits of TLC's venerable styling makeover show, "What Not to Wear," returning in July for its final season, you will see a sign that warns "No miniskirts over 35." This sign haunts me. Now clearly, it is ridiculous. Without miniskirts, 44-year-old Jennifer Aniston would have to go outside in her underwear and 67-year-old Debbie Harry would wear nothing but leather pants. But I am an inveterate rule-follower, and I have never been able to forget that sign, as much as it has been dissected and dismissed online. At 30, I thought: five more years. At 35, I thought: I am disappointing someone, every time my hem fell closer to my upper thigh than my knee. I still wore short sk ...
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Trinny & Susannah to launch first range of clothes on QVC
Business & Leadership - over 4 years
British fashion mavens Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine will exclusively launch their first range of clothes on the QVC shopping channel this Sunday.
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On Imran and tigers
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
The tiger is an apex predator. It is a solitary, powerful beast and it is no surprise that Imran Khan is attracted to it. The Imran we all once knew was a cricket superstar who captained Pakistan to their first World Cup victory. He rallied the Pakistani cricket team in the 1992 final, ordering teammates to play like “cornered tigers”. A voracious playboy — he was once married to Jemima Goldsmith and was romantically linked to the likes of Susannah Constantine, Sita White, and Goldie Hawn. Like Imran’s bouffant hirsute and playboy years, the tiger analogy is now passé. As a politician, Imran needs to build true credibility. Democracy, as they say, must be something more than just a tiger and a cow voting on what to eat for dinner. Over the years, Imran’s political campaign has been built around a narrative that has close associations with violent jihad. He has channeled public support using a popular, yet simplistic refrain that Pakistan’s political ...
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Tévéműsor ajánló - Népszabadság
Google News - over 5 years
Nóta TV, 21.00 Rendező: David MacIntock Szereplők: Trinny Woodall, Susannah Constantine Azt biztos nem fogom sohasem megérteni, hogy miért kell egy nőnek több táska és cipő, mint ahány nap van egy évben, de Trinny és Susannah kétségkívül meggyőzőek
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Baroque badshah - Hindustan Times
Google News - over 5 years
In London, he never misses dog races and the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. n As a student in England, he did menial jobs such as dishwashing and cheese cutting on Lewisham High Street. n He once dated fashion journalist Susannah Constantine and
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Najaar RTL 4: nieuw stijlvol seizoen 'Trinny & Susannah: Missie Holland' - TV Visie
Google News - over 5 years
Vorig jaar kon Nederland al kennismaken met het beroemde Britse stylistenduo Trinny Woodall en Susannah Constantine, die de Nederlandse vrouw (en een enkele man) op modegebied drastisch onder handen nam. In acht nieuwe afleveringen reizen Trinny en
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The Return Of The Eternal, Unassuming 'What Not To Wear' - NPR (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
But they didn't quite have the tone right; the truth-telling but ultimately supportive way the show was done in the UK by hosts Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine. (If you ever get a chance to see the BBC original, it's a delight
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Trinny & Susannah expand Israel activity - Ynetnews
Google News - over 5 years
After years of fashion makeovers in Britain, Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine are working on an innovative format with the Abot Reif Hameiri company and Channel 10, which will be broadcast in Israel next year as a sequel to the "Trinny and
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New show, 'Making Over America with Trinny and Sussanah' hits Zee Cafe screens - afaqs (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine are two British fashion advisors, presenters and authors. They originally joined to write a weekly style column in The Daily Telegraph which lasted for seven years, but they are best-known for presenting the
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Kino, kanapa, książki: "Daniel Olbrychski" - Onet.pl
Google News - over 5 years
Dziennikarka opowie o trzech książkach: "MODA czyli METKI OBCASY DŻINSY ADIDASY" Katarzyny Świerzak, "Cena plotki" Sharon Marshall i "Mini przewodnik Trinny i Susannah" autorstwa Trinny Woodall i Susannah Constantine
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Trinny i Susannah pomogły TVN Style. Będzie kolejna edycja? - Teleshow.pl
Google News - over 5 years
W programie “Trinny i Susannah ubierają Polskę” brytyjskie stylistki Trinny Woodall i Susannah Constantine pomagały zmienić sposób ubierania kobietom i mężczyznom. Show nagrany został w czterech miastach: Łodzi, Poznaniu, Krakowie i Warszawie,
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Trinny, co się stało? - fakt.pl
Google News - over 5 years
jedna z dwóch tak lubianych na świecie iw Polsce stylistek (drugą jest 48-letnia Susannah Constantine) spędziła czarujący wieczór w modnym londyńskim klubie "The Box". Kiedy po kilku godzinach zabawy wychodziła z niego, musiała uchwycić się swojego
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Sweet Rebels odpadły z programu X FACTOR! - Students.pl
Google News - almost 6 years
Warszawa była ostatnim polskim miastem, które odwiedziły dwie znane dziennikarki Trinny Woodall i Susannah Constantine. Wizyta w stolicy już od samego początku była bardzo emocjonująca. Marcin Tomaszewski - Wiemy już, kto pożegnał się z programem X
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W Polsce nie ma gorących facetów - Kozaczek.pl
Google News - almost 6 years
Znane stylistki, Trinny Woodall i Susannah Constantine nadal uczą Polaków dobrego stylu, nie szczędząc przy tym ostrych słów krytyki. Panie uznały niedawno, że nigdzie nie widziały tak wielu źle wyglądających osób, jak w Polsce, a nasi rodacy powinni
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Polko, wyglądasz fatalnie! - Wirtualna Polska
Google News - almost 6 years
Program Trinny Woodall i Susannah Constantine święci triumfy. Niezłą oglądalność zapewnia mu charyzma dwóch prowadzących i temat, który zawsze budzi emocje. Każdy Polak zna się na polityce. Znamy się też na tańcu i leczeniu chorób
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145 tys. widzów show "Trinny i Susannah ubierają Polskę" - Teleshow.pl
Google News - almost 6 years
W programie “ Trinny i Susannah ubierają Polskę” stylistki Trinny Woodall i Susannah Constantine pomagają zmienić sposób ubierania kobietom i mężczyznom. Show nagrany został w czterech miastach: Łodzi, Poznaniu, Krakowie i Warszawie
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'X Factor' judge Cheryl Cole: a crash course - Entertainment Weekly
Google News - almost 6 years
To hear more about Cole, I rang up my pal across the pond, journalist turned TV personality Susannah Constantine, who happens to be a loyal X Factor viewer. “She's quintessentially English in a very modern way,” Susannah says of Cole
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Susannah Constantine
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 52
    She became the first to be eliminated after having the fewest votes on 27 November 2015.
    More Details Hide Details To coincide with Constantine's move from the BBC to ITV1 in 2006, she co-launched an underwear range with Woodall called "Trinny and Susannah Magic Pants". Made of nylon, they're designed to flatten the tummy, buttocks and thighs. Constantine even wore them after giving birth to her third child. She currently co-writes a weekly column for The Sun with Woodall. In 2010, Constantine and Woodall starred in an online mockumentary series called "Trinny and Susannah: What They Did Next". An announcement was made that Constantine and Woodall would be touring New Zealand and Australia where they made a series of public appearances at shopping malls owned by the Westfield Group to perform live styling sessions for the company's customers. Their appearances often attracted thousands of spectators. Before the tour, Constantine said "We don't know how New Zealanders dress but we are looking forward to getting over there and finding out."
    In 2015 Constantine flew to Australia to compete in the fifteenth series of I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.
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  • 2014
    Age 51
    In August 2014, Constantine was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September's referendum on that issue.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2007
    Age 44
    Constantine and Woodall have dressed over 5,000 women as of 2007.
    More Details Hide Details With reference to their personal website, they state that their satisfaction remains with the many women they have helped and inspired and not so much with the success of book sales and viewing figures.
    On 5 November and 28 December 2007 Constantine and Woodall appeared on Good Morning America and performed makeovers on three women for the show and gave style advice according to the women's shapes.
    More Details Hide Details They also reported on the fashion at the 80th Academy Awards especially for the show in 2008.
    On 20 September 2007, Constantine and Woodall launched their own exclusive Littlewoods women's clothing range which consists of trousers, coats and tops which like their underwear range, are designed to make certain areas appear slimmer.
    More Details Hide Details A series of eight dresses, cashmere knitwear, faux fur and sequinned shrugs also feature in the range. She commented "If you want to create a waist, there's a dress that's going to do that for you too. We've designed it very much around the female body." She also stated "It's not about what size you are, it's about how you can minimise or accentuate parts of your body with clothing. That's what we've created." Constantine has co-written several style advice books with her fashion partner Trinny Woodall, which have sold over an estimated 2½ million copies worldwide. The fashion advice books have been number one bestsellers in Britain and the United States, appearing on both the Sunday Times bestseller list and The New York Times best-seller list, and have been translated throughout the world. Their most successful book to date, What Not to Wear, was published in 2002 which displayed striking chapters such as "Big Tits", "No Tits" and "Big Bum" with fashion advice for each category. It became an instant best-seller with total sales reaching 670,000 copies, consequently outselling Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson. Before the prime book selling season, their book had sold 250,000 copies in Britain. The book was at one point selling 45,000 copies each week and sold 300,000 copies in just fifteen weeks, eventually making sales worth £8.7 million. Other success with the book includes winning a British Book Award in 2003 for the TV & Film Book of the Year.
    The first series of Littlewoods television advertisements featured Constantine and Woodall as themselves dressed as two agents trying to rob a Littlewoods designer warehouse, which was followed by Christmas adverts in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details The £12 million advertising campaign is one of largest ever for a home shopping and internet-based company. Since the campaign began, Littlewoods' sales have risen by 18 per cent, with brand awareness and customers visiting the website rising as well.
    The second series of Trinny & Susannah Undress was transmitted in June 2007, and it maintained the format of series one which saw Constantine and Woodall advising couples who were finding problems within their marriage.
    More Details Hide Details Constantine found it warming that people could open up to them as confidantes, and also said "It's been fascinating to see how looking good and having faith in your appearance makes you into a sexier person, which makes you attractive to your partner again." Constantine stated in an interview that filming the show was very emotionally draining, and as a result, she often went home crying. The programme did not come without its critics who questioned the depth at which Constantine and Woodall could deal with serious issues raised during the programme. On 16 October 2006, they both appeared on NBC's The Today Show and performed makeovers on three women especially for the show. The new series on ITV saw a change in format, confronting the main fashion issues in Britain. In one episode exploring the theme of age, Constantine was transformed into a seventy-year-old with the use of prosthetics and makeup. She stated that it took her four days to get over the sight of herself aged so drastically, and compared the feeling to having an "electric shock". Broadcasting was scheduled for 7 November 2007 and the programme is newly entitled Trinny & Susannah Undress The Nation.
    Constantine and Woodall have designed their own clothing range for Littlewoods which made its debut in 2007, followed by the release of their latest fashion advice book, The Body Shape Bible.
    More Details Hide Details Constantine was privately educated at boarding schools including Queen's Gate School in South Kensington, London and the £20,000-per-year St Mary's School in Wantage, Oxfordshire which was run by Anglican nuns. Her time at St Mary's School was described by herself as "miserable" due to her homesickness and insecurity, meaning she was not able to make friends. She was first sent to boarding school at the age of 11 years, and recalls her first night away from home: "I sobbed uncontrollably into my pillow." In mid-2007, Constantine spoke about how she received a letter from St Mary's School, inviting her to come back to the school to talk about her career and success to current pupils. Constantine immediately declined the offer with a four-letter refusal and wrote "No fucking way" on the letter she had received. Her personal assistant, who was left to deal with the situation, wrongly sent the original letter of invitation (containing Constantine's hand-written note) back to the school. The school then wrote a letter back, stating that she is not welcome near the school.
  • 2006
    Age 43
    In 2006, Constantine and Woodall moved from the BBC to ITV in a deal reputedly worth £1.2 million to start a new show, Trinny & Susannah Undress, on 3 October.
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  • 2005
    Age 42
    In 2005, Constantine voiced a robot version of herself in the science fiction series, Doctor Who.
    More Details Hide Details In the episode "Bad Wolf", Trine-e and Zu-Zana were two robots acting out a deadly futuristic version of What not to Wear, offering a makeover to Jack Harkness in a most gruesome form. The Oprah Winfrey Show has also seen Constantine and Woodall appearing regularly as a makeover and style experts giving fashion advice and guidelines on how to better overall appearances and giving numerous American women fashion makeovers. They also did an "Oprah bra and swimsuit intervention". Reflecting on differences in women's style and willingness to submit to makeovers between the UK and America, she stated that although there is not much difference, "The Americans are slightly less adventurous," and that "American women are more open to change and slightly more receptive victims."
  • 2004
    Age 41
    Constantine appeared on Children in Need in 2004, which included a special segment in which she gave the fictional EastEnders characters Little Mo and Mo Harris a makeover in the style of What Not to Wear, commenting on them with her usual "no nonsense" approach.
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  • 2003
    Age 40
    In 2003, when Constantine and Woodall were interviewed for the first time on Parkinson, actress Meg Ryan had a controversial interview with Michael Parkinson, which resulted in negative publicity for Ryan.
    More Details Hide Details Parkinson said that he felt Ryan's behaviour to his fellow guests Constantine and Woodall, whom she turned her back on, was "unforgivable".
  • THIRTIES
  • 2002
    Age 39
    For charity, in 2002 during the BBC's Children in Need programme, both Constantine and Woodall performed their own version of Madonna's hit single "Vogue" with a group of celebrity backing singers.
    More Details Hide Details They became the faces of Nescafé in 2003 in which they were featured in television advertisements promoting the brand of coffee. As part of their contract, Constantine and Woodall gave a Nescafé competition winner a £10,000 makeover. Following its ratings success, What Not to Wear was promoted from BBC Two to BBC One in 2004, and secured even larger audiences. The format was changed slightly, to a 60-minute show with two makeovers instead of a 30-minute show with only one makeover and also saw Constantine spending a day as one of her subjects. What Not to Wear soon gained her international fame when it was aired in countries such as Spain and Portugal as well as in the American continent.
    In 2002, Constantine advised Jeremy Clarkson on a celebrity version of What Not to Wear.
    More Details Hide Details After Clarkson appeared on the show, Nasir Khan stated "I'd rather eat my own hair than shop with these two and Woodall again". Adding to its success, the show was nominated for the Features Award at the BAFTAS in both 2002 and 2003. On the show Big Impression, impressionist Ronni Ancona took to spoofing Constantine's presenting techniques on What Not to Wear, just one of the shows on which Constantine's character has been spoofed.
    During her time co-hosting What Not to Wear for five series, she and Woodall gained recognition for their work on the show, winning a Royal Television Society Award in 2002 for being the best factual presenters.
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  • 2001
    Age 38
    Constantine began co-hosting What Not to Wear with Trinny Woodall in 2001, which required using her fashion advice and expertise in order to reform participants' appearances and fashion style.
    More Details Hide Details Constantine and Woodall hosted What Not to Wear until 2005 and became renowned for their tactile behaviour with the participants, direct advice, and frequently referring to breasts as tits which has become something of a trademark. Never one to hold back, a notorious moment arose when Constantine spontaneously pulled a female candidate's underwear down during filming as her knicker line was visible. Critics of What Not to Wear argued that the duo were too patronising to their subjects, a claim which they strongly disagree with. Constantine said that the comments come "from the heart", and insists that their subjects "see we have a genuine love of women. We love women and they can see that. Women just know." She also stated "Ultimately, what we're doing is giving people confidence. We're probably the only people who have an opinion, who care how ordinary people dress. No one at Vogue magazine gives a shit. They work with the designers, it's more creative and artistic – they are creating something beautiful. But they don't care about how their readers end up looking – whereas we do!" The show made Constantine and Woodall household names and they are now known together as Trinny and Susannah. One reporter has simply referred to Constantine as "the one with 'big tits'." Constantine and Woodall have even considered taking insurance out on their partnership should something unforeseen happen, although Constantine was against the move.
  • 2000
    Age 37
    Constantine made her television debut when Granada Sky Broadcasting signed her and Woodall to present a daytime shopping show called Ready to Wear, and they soon released their first fashion advice book, Ready 2 Dress in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details The book was unsuccessful and resulted in the pulping of 13,000 copies. Soon after the start of their television career, they secured a frequent makeover slot on the show Richard & Judy. It ensured that they had further exposure in television and gained attention from Jane Root, controller of BBC Two, who took a risk and signed them up after their book venture and their internet business had failed badly.
  • 1994
    Age 31
    In 1994, she first met Trinny Woodall at a party hosted by David, Viscount Linley.
    More Details Hide Details Though they did not like each other at first, the two women proceeded to write Ready to Wear, a weekly style guide for The Daily Telegraph which ran successfully for seven years. The column promoted affordable high-street fashion and they used themselves to illustrate which clothing suited which figure. Constantine and Woodall also became the co-founders of Ready2shop.com, a dot-com, but the business venture failed, and investors subsequently lost a reputed £10 million. It was during their time running the internet business that they had a serious argument that almost ended their friendship.
    She met Trinny Woodall in 1994 who both proceeded to write a weekly fashion column, Ready to Wear.
    More Details Hide Details They founded Ready2shop.com, a dot-com fashion advice business, and wrote their first fashion advice book in 2000, Ready 2 Dress, both of which failed. From there they were commissioned to BBC Two to host the style series, What Not to Wear, from 2001 to 2005. She made regular appearances as a style advisor on The Oprah Winfrey Show and following her success on the shows, she went on to co-host Trinny & Susannah Undress on ITV in 2006 and Undress the Nation in 2007. Constantine and Woodall have now dressed over 5,000 women. She has co-written many fashion advice books with Woodall, some of which have become best-sellers in the United Kingdom and United States. It is estimated that her various style advice books have sold 2.5 million copies in Britain and the United States.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1962
    Born
    Born on June 3, 1962.
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