Exclusive Interview with Amy Willerton - Miss Universe Great Britain 2013

Amy Willerton was recently featured on DE MODE cover JAN-FEB 2019 issue. A Model and TV presenter Amy Willerton launched onto our screens in ITV1’s award-winning entertainment show –‘I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!’. As former Miss Great Britain, Amy won the hearts and minds of the British public and was hailed as ‘The Beauty Queen of The Jungle’, finishing in 5th place on the show.

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Following a move to LA, Amy presented Nigel Lythgoe’s hit show; ‘Every Single Step’ which reached an impressive 75 million households across the USA, earning her the accolade of the ‘New Cat Deely’ by the US press. A keen adventurer Amy competed in 'TV's most dangerous show 'The Jump' this year and finished as the winning female.

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"With a background as Miss Great Britain and the only British contestant in a 60-year history to make the finals of Miss Universe, Amy is clearly a face to watch and not just a pretty one. Amy’s modeling career continues to thrive and she works hard to maintain her figure. She was recently voted 14th in the ‘FHM’s Sexiest Woman In The World’ (with Kim Kardashian in 15th place!"

Health & fitness also remains at the forefront of Amy’s focus, sharing regular workouts across her social media platforms; inspiring her scores of fans and receiving great reviews from her millions of followers worldwide.


Q: After winning the Miss Universe Great Britain title in 2013, what were the opportunities you received?

So many opportunities in TV , modelling and world travel were open to me after the Miss Universe competition. It completely changed my life and is a legacy that stays with you forever.

Q: What are other beauty pageant you won before entering Miss Universe pageant?

I tried to enter Miss World through Miss England several times after winning regional heats but I never seemed to do very well in that competition - it wasn’t until someone pointed out to me that I was more a Miss Universe girl.. that suddenly my pageant career took off ! I also competed internationally at Miss Model of the world and Miss University but that was before I won Miss Universe GB.

Q: What projects were you involved in 2018?

I launched my commercial with Pro Activ in 2018 and also my brand Hairflick in the UK. I then moved to Spain & went to spanish school. I’m now in London renovating a house. I try to find balance with my career and the life I love to live. As I did not enjoy the attention of a fast paced media life. In 2019 I am launching my fitness show with my sister Erin on TV. Fit and I will be launching Hairflick in Dubai.

Q: How traveling has influenced you?

It just reminds you that there are so many different ways of life and to always keep an open mind. I will never stop exploring the world.

Q: How your modelling career started?

It started when I was 15 and was scouted by a lady called Kate Marshall when I was shopping with my sister  in Bristol. She was the first person to really believe in my career.

Q: Describe your experience working with ITV & from how long have you been working with them?

I’ve done a few different shows with ITV, but it’s been 5 years since ‘I’m a celebrity’ which really launched my career outside the pageant world. They gave me an incredible opportunity with the platform that was provided and I look forward to doing more shows in the future. 

Q: Tell us a moment when your younger sister, Erin Willerton, made you feel proud?

Erin has done so well in 2018 ... she is now part of sports illustrated sweet 16 and has landed a campaign for GUESS. I can’t wait to see where her career goes next!

Q: What should the amateur models do to get observed?

Always grab opportunities. Put yourself out there and believe in yourself because if you don’t , nobody else will.

Q: These days young energy dreams to win a beauty pageant & live life queen size. How real is to real life? What are the difficulties one has to be prepared for?

Pageants are wonderful because you can select when you want attention. In my country unless you wore your crown and sash every-where people wouldn’t know who you were. I think you just have to be careful about becoming famous indefinitely because there is no off button for that. And you have to be the kind of person that is happy to keep that button switched on forever - the pressure is quite daunting!

Q: At a very young age, you choose broadcasting industry to work. Which channel you started working for and was that an opportunity you got through a friend or family member or you made it on your own?

I didn’t know anyone when I came into the industry. Which makes things harder, and certainly finding a team you can trust is more difficult. But I’m lucky that I had the right networking opportunities. 

Q: How religious you are?

I actually try to remain in this world... because I feel sometimes religion can take you away from enjoying your life. I am agnostic so I am open to all religions and I have explored spirituality. However I feel the best way is to make yourself happy, be kind to everyone else and live your best life. 

Q: What plans do you have to help the disabled people in the coming years?

I’m an ambassador for the national autistic society so I do events when I can and try to do at least one fundraiser event each year. Last year we cycled 500 kms across India!

Follow Amy Willerton and stay updated to her celeb life, Instagram and visit her website, www.amywillerton.com

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