The close curves and good looks have helped Daisy Lowe establish a career as a top model.
However, despite posing as high-end designers and strippers for Playboy, 33 years old insists that she has flaws just like the rest of us – and is proud of them.
Daisy says it’s her lifelong ambition to encourage women to feel empowered with their bodies, no matter their shape or size.
“I’m happy to be imperfect and accept my flaws, I support them,” she said.
The daughter of rocker Bush Gavin Rossdale and fashion designer Pearl Lowe was 15 years old when she was discovered by a talent scout.
Daisy recalls: “I was very conscious from an early age that my body was different from other people in the modeling industry.
“I’m proud of it, but I’ve certainly struggled with it.
“I still have my days, but it always comes back to promote femininity, realism and make women feel good about their skin. And how powerful is it?
“Because it’s not just about me and my body – it’s a much bigger conversation and that feels so important from a very young age.
“I left school at 17 and remember two ways I consoled myself for not finishing my A-levels and going to university was to travel the world and really want women to feel good about having a real body.
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“I thought, ‘If I can help one person by doing that, I’ve succeeded’.”
Refreshingly, Daisy loves food and uses cooking as a form of therapy.
In 2014, she released the book Sweetness And Light, a collection of healthy desserts and pastries.
‘My rebellious way’
“I love to cook, that’s what I love to do,” she said.
“When I think about relaxation, I think about lavender shortbread.
“It’s always funny because when I was at New York Fashion Week before, I’d spent the previous two weeks casting and baking loads of cakes.
“That’s my way of fighting the system, but can only shoot myself in the foot.
“Food has always been my comfort. Whether I’m happy or sad, food is always the answer.
“But baking makes me feel very safe, because it’s all about precision.
Having previously worked on ad campaigns for lingerie brand Agent Provocateur and designers DKNY, Vivienne Westwood and Louis Vuitton, Daisy has adjusted to a slower pace of work since the pandemic.
I love to cook, it’s my favorite job. When I think about relaxation, I think about lavender shortbread.
She said: “I think it’s the mentality of the model, but I can never appreciate those quiet times, I just think, ‘What’s the next job?’ Because you’re only as good as the last gig.
“It’s such a mindset, learning to breathe and knowing that it’s okay. The pandemic is a silver lining for that. “
Two years ago, Daisy revealed her hectic workload after appearing on the 2016 TV series Serious Come Dance led to a breakdown and two visits to rehab.
Desperate to make the most of her time in the limelight, she signed up for the show’s nationwide tour and filled her schedule with eight jobs a day.
Daisy used paychecks to buy a house and set up her own production company, but the loss of her beloved grandfather – affectionately known as Fast Eddie – left her in despair.
She visited the luxury rehab clinic Ibiza Calm twice in 2017 and says it has taught her how to take better care of herself. She explains: “If I feel cravings, I want to get out, get some fresh air and go for a walk in nature.
“Exercise always changes things, but not to the point of obsession or addiction, but just to get that serotonin through your body.
“I did yoga during the lockdown. The world seems to be coming to an end so I have certainly found solace in the power of breathing and meditation.
“Nothing compares to a good hot tub and candles, with salt in the water.
“I also love talking to my partner. It’s important to talk because when someone stops talking and goes silent, that’s when you know they’re really struggling and something is up.
I think it’s the mentality of the model, but I can never appreciate those quiet times, I just think, ‘What’s the next job?’ Because you’re only as good as the last gig. It’s such a mindset, learn to breathe and know that it’s okay. The pandemic is a silver lining for that.
“I love writing gratitude lists because it increases your vibrations.
“Also, I watch comedies and make myself laugh, I turn to a classic like Bridesmaids.”
Even models feel strained by the comparison, with Daisy admitting apps like Instagram and TikTok can have an impact on women.
She said: “Social networks make us compare ourselves, it is impossible not to do. Too much screen time can make you feel inadequate. ”
After famous love affairs with actor Matt Smith, DJ Mark Ronson, singer Jack Penate and former One Direction star Harry Styles, Daisy has a crush on a non-celebrity.
She has moved in with real estate developer Jordan Saul28 years old – her “best playmate” – after a chance meeting while walking their dog in Hampstead Heath, London in 2020.
‘Now we can be honest’
In December, she boasted that she had brought her “boyfriend home for Christmas” for the first time.
Although she’s a regular on the red carpet and at showbiz parties, Daisy has identified herself as “like an 80-year-old old lady” and is more selective with her time.
“I just turned 33 and I am still learning and getting better at setting boundaries,” she said.
“I didn’t know what they were until I received therapy years after I started modeling. I realized that I could say to someone, ‘This is not okay, I need a break and I need space to process something’. It’s strong.
Exercise always changes things, but not to the point of obsession or addiction, but just to get that serotonin through your body. I did yoga during the lockdown. The world seems to be coming to an end so I have certainly found solace in the power of breathing and meditation.
“Before I knew about setting boundaries, I would give and give and say ‘yes’ to everything; I realized I had nothing left to give.
“I can lie flat for a few days and somehow feel low. Now I don’t mind telling my friends, ‘I don’t want to be normal, but I won’t be so happy tonight’.
“The pandemic has opened people’s eyes wide and now we can be more honest.
“It’s great when we talk about our mental health. Without the low moments you cannot appreciate the good things.
“You have to have a balance to appreciate it all.”
Speaking to model and nutritionist friend Sarah Ann Macklin, during Eating Disorders Week on Instagram Live, Daisy said: “If I could give my younger self advice, I would. say, ‘Try to care less, enjoy yourself and don’t ‘t worry about everyone else’s opinion’.
“My mother would think differently because she thought I was stubborn, but I was always worried about what people thought and what everyone else felt.
“Trust your gut and instincts and don’t worry about other people’s trash.”
She added: “I think it’s important that we talk about body positivity because we only have one body and we should take care of it as best we can.”
Labor of love
DAISY has had her share of celebrity friends since she entered the limelight.
She dated super producer Mark Ronson when she was 19 and he was 32 in 2008. Soon after, she began a 3-year relationship with Doctor Who actor Matt Smith, 39.
The short group includes rapper Tinie Tempah, 33; singer Theo Hutchcraft, 35 years old; Ronnie Wood’s son, Tyrone; her late friend Peaches Geldof’s widow, Thomas Cohen, 31; former Pop Idol contestant Darius Campbell, 41; and Harry Styles, 28 years old.
She dated singer Jack Penate, 37, for a year before finding love with her current lover, real estate developer Jordan Saul.
She also has a close friendship with Louise Redknapp, 47, after meeting on the TV series Serious Come Dance, even denying they are lovers.
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