THE feeling that maybe she doesn’t fairly belong is one that Vick Hope is used to. She remembers going to Cambridge College, the place her Geordie twang and mixed-race heritage made her stand out from the upper-middle-class whiteness and query whether or not she must be there in any respect.
“Cambridge, jeez,” says the DJ, 29. “I always felt that maybe they’d made a mistake letting me in.”
Vick Hope, 29, who wows in a inexperienced string vest and bodysuit, admits she has struggled with self-doubt all through her profession
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Equally, when she signed as much as this yr’s Strictly Come Dancing, conscious that her profile wasn’t almost as excessive as these of a number of the different contestants, she frightened that perhaps she didn’t actually deserve her place.
“For the first few days of training, I had this feeling that I shouldn’t really be here,” she says.
“I know I was a surprise inclusion – it was a surprise for me too! I was taken aback to be asked, and it’s bigger than anything I’ve ever done before. I’m on the show with a lot of people who have been in touch with a bigger audience.”
It took a pep speak from skilled associate Graziano Di Prima, 24 (“the Italian pirate”, as Vick has affectionately nicknamed him because of his resemblance to Jack Sparrow) to construct up her confidence, and all of it introduced again vivid reminiscences of these early days at uni.
Vick Hope, 29, who strikes a pose on our Fabulous style shoot, says she did not really feel like she deserved her place on Strictly Come Dancing
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“Cambridge was so far out of my comfort zone, and it was weird for my parents as well. Like, what is this place? It’s strange, nothing like Newcastle or what I was used to, and I felt like I didn’t fit in. No one looked like me or sounded like me. Everyone had very different backgrounds from where I came from. Wondering whether you’re really supposed to be somewhere is not a nice feeling.”
As she progressed in her media profession, beginning off in newspapers and shifting on to TV and radio, Vick has labored exhausting to beat her insecurities and self-doubt.
Vick Hope, 29, admits that she was taught ‘to not get concepts above my station… I do not need any extra younger women to really feel like that’
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“I used to be all the time taught from a younger age: ‘Don’t get forward of your self and don’t get concepts above your station. That is the place you’re from.’ It was with my greatest pursuits at coronary heart, nevertheless it was very a lot: ‘Know where your place is.’ So what I need to do for younger women coming into this business is ensure that they by no means really feel like that.
“When I started in TV and radio I thought you had to be super-loud and confident to do well. It took me quite a long time to realise that actually, being who you are is OK.”
She might not have the draw of a few of her fellow celebs on Strictly, however Vick hasn’t come out of nowhere. Following her commencement from Cambridge with a level in trendy languages (she speaks fluent French and Spanish, and fairly good Portuguese), she’s constructed up a strong portfolio of labor with the likes of 4Music, MTV and Sky1.
Vick Hope, 29, admits she and her skilled associate Graziano have all the time had nice chemistry on the dancefloor
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“You keep beavering away,” she says. “The in a single day graveyard shift right here, the breakfast information there, and I assume individuals don’t essentially know about these issues.
“However you don’t do it only for individuals to know about you, you do it since you adore it. I do it as a result of I need to inform tales.”
Earlier this yr she joined The Voice UK on ITV because the backstage reporter, and she’s becoming in Strictly alongside her day job at Capital FM, the place she co-hosts the breakfast present with Roman Kemp (son of Martin) and Sonny Jay.
She lately wrote a strong opinion piece about the “old boys’ club” tradition within the male-dominated radio business, which may make it troublesome for feminine presenters to thrive and typically sees them silenced – actually, because it’s often the male host who has management of the mics.
Vick Hope, 29, chats about her college days and Strictly with Fabulous’ Beth Neil
Vick Hope with her Capital FM colleagues Roman Kemp and Sonny
“Some people might have thought I was pointing fingers, but I wasn’t,” Vick says. “I used to be speaking about the business as an entire. I’ve talked to our bosses about the place I feel we have to enhance and how necessary it’s for me to ensure the ladies who come after me are given a greater platform. I really feel I’ve a duty to make it higher for them.
“Roman and I speak about what we really feel our roles are and if we’re going to do a hyperlink, we talk about it first and ensure we’re every going to have the ability to say the issues we need to with out drowning out the opposite. You’ve obtained to speak to your colleagues and be open.
“What matters to me is helping the next generation of female broadcasters. If I can make the tiniest change then that would be amazing.”
Vick Hope, 29, chats about the gender pay hole and admits she’d wish to encourage extra younger ladies to take up broadcasting
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Vick Hope, 29, who wows in a silver gown at GQ awards, says: ‘If I could make the tiniest change then that can be superb’
With that in thoughts, does she know if she’s paid the identical as her male colleagues?
Vick appears barely thrown. “I do not know. Actually no concept.
“As far as I know all the companies I work for have released their gender pay-gap reports and they know where there needs to be improvement. And they say they’re working on it so hopefully they are.”
Her working relationship with Roman started in 2016 once they hosted a present on Purple Bull TV collectively, adopted by 2Awesome on ITV2 final yr. She says he’s now one among her greatest buddies.
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Vick Hope, 29, strikes a pose in sportswear and talks about her radio position
Vick Hope’s working relationship with Roman started in 2016 once they hosted a present on Purple Bull TV collectively
“We’ve got so comfortable with each other,” she explains. “We’re fairly totally different characters. He loves giving recommendation whether or not or not I ask for it, however he additionally has plenty of vulnerability, which I actually look after. He’s wiped my tears at 5 within the morning once I’ve turned up for work after a break-up. He’s the most effective pal you can hope for. We’ve been by way of thick and skinny.
“Ro’s experience of the industry is so different from mine. It’s so far removed from my family’s reality and what they do – my parents are amazing and supportive but they can’t really give me advice about the industry [Vick’s mum is a pharmaceutical rep and her dad is
a software engineer]. Ro tells stories about growing up and it just seems crazy that that was his world.”
Graziano and I had chemistry the primary time we danced collectively
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Vick has been single for almost a yr after splitting from her comedy-actor boyfriend Tom Rosenthal, star of Friday Night time Dinner and Plebs. When the topic comes up, it’s the one level of the interview when she appears uncomfortable.
“It was last November so a while ago now,” she says, her voice softening. “Life goes on. I’ve been single ever since… I mean, like any 29 year old I’ve been on dates and seen people, but I’ve not had a relationship [since].”
Vick and Tom have been collectively for four-and-a-half years, however as their respective careers took off, clashing schedules and Vick’s crack-of-dawn begins (four.30am Monday to Friday – ouch) ultimately took their toll.
Vick Hope opens up about her gruelling coaching regime and ab exercise
Vick has been single for almost a yr after splitting from her comedy-actor boyfriend Tom Rosenthal, star of Friday Night time Dinner and Plebs
“Tom did Plebs, which they movie in Bulgaria, for 3 months of the yr and I used to be working loopy hours, and he’d finished a West Finish play for months and so it was right down to time in the long run. It turned too troublesome. We have been simply working on a regular basis and once you’re getting up at four.30am day-after-day and then happening to shoots and stuff… I’m actually completely happy doing that and it’s actually cool.
It’s a very good time to only give attention to work and not take relationships too significantly proper now.
“We’re still friends and go for drinks and dinner, which is great. We always had a great friendship – we were friends before we started going out. He’s so much fun.”
I used to be taught to not get concepts above my station… I do not need any extra younger women to really feel like that
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Vick’s single standing means the are-they-aren’t-they Strictly hypothesis will inevitably be ramped up a number of notches. Two 20-somethings with unimaginable our bodies and superb hair, spending 9 hours a day collectively, sweating, getting up shut and private… you’ll be able to fill in the remaining.
Graziano has a girlfriend, fellow dancer Giada Lini, however in fact that by no means deters the Strictly Curse.
“Curse?” says Vick, laughing a bit nervously.
“Nooo! I don’t know what’s occurred up to now, however you’re dancing collectively and you’re having a good time and… ahh, I don’t know what to say right here! We’re simply pals. In fact!
“I’ve met Graziano’s girlfriend,” she provides. “She’s been to my home a few occasions and she’s pretty.
“The speculation is part and parcel of it. That’s Strictly! I know it’s what everyone talks about because these dances are sensual and sexy, and even if it’s a waltz it’s a love story. To translate that on-screen, you have to dance in a way that evokes and tells the story, and so chances are people are going to think it runs deeper than that. I’m well aware of how that goes, it happens every year. It’s just funny.”
Vick knew she was going to be paired with new boy Graziano from the second they first met on the group rehearsal
Vick Hope, 29, wows in a glittery Strictly outfit as she prepares for coaching and these Strictly Curse rumours
Vick Hope, 29, and Graziano Di Prima carry out the salsa to Mamma Mia hit for film week
Vick knew she was going to be paired with new boy Graziano from the second they first met on the group rehearsal for the launch present final month.
“There was a chemistry. We principally did a dance model of velocity courting the place we danced with all of the professionals and – I can’t consider I’m saying this, however you realize if you dance with somebody and you realize that it really works nicely? We had that. And I might inform the producers have been very beady-eyed round us.
“My only concern was that we’re very much the new kids on the block, and so I was worried about our lack of experience. But he’s a fantastic teacher, so kind and sweet, and I feel very secure with him. That dispelled any fears I had.”
Graziano is a tough taskmaster although, and he insists that every coaching session begin with 100 crunches and 100 sit-ups to enhance Vick’s core
Vick Hope admits that Graziano is ‘a tremendous instructor’ and has met his girlfriend
And she misplaced any inhibitions fairly early on.
“The primary day I used to be so acutely aware of creating positive I had chewing gum, and was even spraying my ft with fragrance as a result of I didn’t need him to odor them! He was like: ‘What the f**k are you doing? I really don’t care. Right here, odor me!’ And clearly he was sweating too, and by the top of the session we have been each sweating a lot we couldn’t even do the spins any extra as a result of our palms have been slipping out of one another’s. I feel when you’ve crossed that barrier there’s no going again.
“I’ve never experienced a relationship like it. Luckily we get on really well – I think you have to have that connection and that trust.”
I really like and hate Instagram in equal measure. It’s very stimulating, however I spend means an excessive amount of time on it.
Funniest individual on Twitter?
@TechnicallyRon, writer of How To Survive The Finish Of The World. He’s actually witty, sarcastic and clever.
Fave on Instagram?
@PaperBoyo – he holds cut-outs towards landscapes and landmarks to create intelligent footage.
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Zendaya is a method and magnificence chameleon. Her look is totally different each time, however she all the time seems stylish and recent.
Are you on Fb?
Sure, however primarily for organising occasions.
How do you’re taking the right selfie?
I don’t assume I’ve mastered them as my head tends to look fairly bulbous and there are often shadows all over the place!
Graziano is a tough taskmaster although, and he insists that every coaching session begin with 100 crunches and 100 sit-ups to enhance Vick’s core.
“It’s not something I’ve ever worked on, but oh my god I think I’m getting an ab!” she exclaims. “Have you seen his abs? I’m trying to join him. I actually thought I was getting appendicitis the other night but I think it was just my ab!”
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Regardless of the lengthy hours and rigorous core regime, there’s little doubt Vick’s having the time of her life. And people emotions of not belonging have been properly and really banished.
“It’s literally the dream job,” she says. “I never thought it would happen at this point in my career, but what an opportunity.”