Boarding School And A 'Truth Rule': Inside Trinny Woodall's Private Relationship With Her Daughter

She has long been the world's go-to for fashion and styling advice, but this International Women's Day, Trinny Woodall has other things on her mind.

The Brit is a tremendous fan of International Women's Day. After all, she's made a career out of having close -- albeit confronting -- conversations with women, especially when they are at their most vulnerable.

"I think that women can benefit so much from feeling really good about themselves," Woodall told 10 daily.

"Sometimes feeling good about yourself internally comes from externally feeling acceptable when you look in the mirror, or feeling full of energy when you look in the mirror, because your outward appearance exudes energy."

Her lifetime of having raw and real conversations with fellow women prepared Trinny for motherhood. She and 16-year-old daughter Lyla Elichaoff are extremely close, with Woodall laughing they Facetime each other three times a day.

"I think how I was brought up, has shaped how I parent. My mother is a fabulous woman, but she wasn’t necessarily the same kind of mother that I am to Lyla," she said.

"I lived in a different time when I grew up, so I wasn’t that close to my mother. I love her dearly, but I wouldn’t have shared hardly anything with her and we didn’t see each other a huge amount."

Lyla attends boarding school, just as her mother once did. The proud parent is grateful they can stay so close, despite the distance.

"It’s so different the world we live in now, that we can be slightly far away but feel so intimate with somebody. That’s the joy of the world we live in today and I love that. It gives me the chance to really be there for Lyla, and feel I know her really well and I feel she knows me very well. I don’t hide stuff from Lyla," she said.

"My parents hid stuff from me or they would never ever tell me what was going on, whether it be good or bad because it was like we were children and we shouldn’t know. Lyla does know what’s going on."

As the former co-host of smash hit makeover show 'What Not To Wear', Woodall has been dishing fashion advice for the better part of two decades. Alongside confidant, Susannah Constantine, she spent the noughties instructing the 'clueless' women of Britain on how to best dress for their figure, showing off their assets and covering their 'undesirables'.

Their show -- and the above sentence -- was built on a distinctly '00s premise. Thankfully, the body positivity movement of today has done its best to railroad any rhetoric that suggests women need to hide to be desirable or that they need to be desirable at all.

Trinny insists while the language has 'softened', her objective then was the same as it is now.



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"Before it was quite a clinical analysis of a woman’s body shape without much thought into the emotional state of what wearing something which is a great colour or a fun thing brings into you -- even if it doesn’t exactly suit you," she said.

Woodall said she is now more concerned with dressing for joy, but she said learning what works for you can still be an excellent way to find your power.

"I’ve always celebrated women showing off what they love, and to hide what they don’t like," she said.

"I still believe that today because you can use clothes to disguise a tummy that you just don’t want to show off. But actually, instead of going from your boobs to your hips with no shape, realising that you have a waist that can be worth showing off. It’s all about knowing how to dress so that you can do that."

Woodall believes the body positivity movement is all about teaching women they don't have to diet or look a certain way to look great, and that harnessing style can be a powerful way to achieve that.

She said she launched her cosmetics brand, Trinny London, because life looks very different for today's woman.

"I think our bathrooms have gotten smaller and we do so many more things in the day. The idea of sitting in the 50s with your powder puff as you touch gently on your forehead, sitting in your dressing room, has totally changed," Woodall said.

"We want everything with us all the time because we are so used to the immediacy of everything that you don’t want any labour in having everything you want all the time. I really wanted Trinny London to be portable from the get-go."

For as long as she has been in the spotlight, Trinny has been using her platform to challenge the way women think about themselves and others. And now, as a mother and a business owner, she's learning more and more about the power inside each and every woman.

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