Rachel had a very lengthy interview with Daily Mail, In the interview Rachel seemingly takes a look back at her career and hits on different subjects including being in S Club and hating her time in the band, Her bitter relationship with her father, Strictly Come Dancing, and the meeting regarding the S Club reunion.
There are few times when Rachel Stevens’ new life as a mother, and her old one as a sex symbol and No 1 pop star, collide. But when they do it’s almost always at children’s parties. Reach, the S Club 7 song Rachel and her six bandmates had a hit with in 2000, may be more than a decade old but its catchy beat still makes it a firm favourite when it comes to toddler discos. ’Whenever it comes on everyone looks at me to see how I’ll react,’ she smiles. ‘I think it’s brilliant that people are still playing our music. But all that stuff feels like a lifetime ago. So much has changed.’
S Club 7 split up ten years ago and Rachel, as the band’s most famous face and resident FHM poster girl, went on to have a successful solo career and even acted in a couple of films. But then record sales fell and it went a bit quiet. Next came Strictly Come Dancing in 2008 (Rachel came second behind actor Tom Chambers). But then, just as she had our attention again, she vanished. That was thanks to Amelie, her two-year-old daughter with property developer husband Alex Bourne. Rachel, 35, has enjoyed a quiet couple of years being a mother, but now she’s ready to get back to work.
‘Being in a band gave me a strong work ethic and I’ve always been very driven,’ she says. ‘I’ve loved spending time with Amelie but I knew I needed to do something else. If she worried about being forgotten she needn’t have. She’s just become the face of Next’s Petites range, for women 5ft 3in and under, while from now until September you’ll see her face all over bottles of Belu water. Proceeds will go to WaterAid – she’s an ambassador for the charity – and on a recent trip to Ethiopia in that capacity she says she met a single mother of eight who had to walk miles to get a bucket of dirty water, which certainly made Rachel appreciate her life a little more.
Since being ‘spotted’ in the canteen at Sony Records (at the time she was dreaming of becoming a fashion buyer and was only there to have lunch with her brother), and signed up to the band by Spice Girls Svengali Simon Fuller before he’d even heard her sing, Rachel has always happily admitted that, although she’s ambitious, there’s never been a plan. She’d quite like to try her hand at more acting (the S Club 7 singers also starred in their own faux reality show, a kind of modern-day version of The Monkees) and she’s even been discussing – feel free to squeal or shriek depending on your taste – an S Club reunion.
‘We met at Tina Barrett’s flat and it was like we’d never been apart,’ she says. ‘It was really chilled. We talked about getting back together and although we all have our own stuff going on right now, if the right thing came up it could be fun.’ Read More…
I’ve found some old/rare scans of Rachel dating back to her S Club days, It’s a real blast from the past with some pictures, and articles i’ve never seen before.
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Rachel is in the latest issue of “Big Issue” on News Stands now!
Former S Club star and WaterAid ambassador Rachel Stevens on returning to her first love – music. With modeling campaigns to front and fashion designing to get her teeth stuck into to, music has had to take a back seat in Rachel Stevens’ life.
But after an onstage revival recently whetted her appetite, the ex-S Club lovely and LA-Ex singer, 34, insists she is hopeful of returning to her first love. “I was back on stage performing a couple of weeks ago at a big Next staff party and I absolutely loved it,” Rachel told The Big Issue.
“I sang LA Ex live for the first time in years and I was so nervous beforehand. But in the end it was just like riding a bike – you don’t do it for so long but it comes back to you immediately. “Singing and performing is my first love and it has definitely made me want to get back out there again.”
Detailing her strict routine as part of the My Week interview, Rachel reflected on her recent stint in Ethiopia as part of her ambassador role with Water Aid and also insists that she is finally starting to learn the elusive tricks of motherhood. She said: “My time in Ethiopia was overwhelming at first and very emotional but at the same time quite uplifting. We visited two rural projects and one in the slums.
“In the first site, where the water well hadn’t yet been installed, there were hundreds of children in this small area that had to walk miles for access to clean water and who couldn’t go to school because they had to look after sick family members, but all of them were so positive. It put things into perspective for me.” On juggling a hectic work schedule with being a mum, Rachel added: “The first three months of being a mum were crazy. Knowing that you have complete responsibility for this tiny little person is daunting, but it has got easier with time.”
To read the full interview with Rachel Stevens buy this week’s Big Issue, on sale now.
Thanks to Mikay over at Rachel Junkie we’ve got a scan of the interview!
Lorna has donated the scans from the Spring/Summer collection of The Next Catalog. Click the picture above to proceed to our gallery!
When I first look in the mirror, I see a little nose. When I was young, everyone would tease me – they used to grab it and call it a little button. I don’t think it’s grown much since. Now, my daughter has exactly the same nose and I do the same thing to her.
These days I don’t have time to scrutinise my looks – I’ve got my daughter shouting for me and so my routine is very quick: moisturise, then a little bit of base, lip gloss and mascara. That’s it.
Now that I’m 34, I see the little lines and everything changing, but I’m trying to embrace it. It’s a good thing. I’ve always been passionate about fashion. I picked it up from my mum, who loved her clothes and dressing up; she always looked really glamorous. I can see it starting over in my two-year-old daughter. It’s quite scary to see how quickly she’s taken to it: copying me doing my make-up and trying on my heels. It’s funny to watch.
Being in S Club meant I spent most of my teenage years in public, which did shape how I saw myself. I’m in a business where it’s all about looks and, as a mother, I want to teach my daughter not to get too distracted by what’s on the surface. We all love glamour and dressing up, but I’ll be telling her that’s not what makes you different or special. It’s about feeling comfortable in your own skin – that’s what I hope to pass on to my daughter.
It’s that time of year again. Rachel fell short of entering the Hot 100 last year, but, let’s redeem ourselves. Simply click the image above to proceed to the FHM Website. Vote for Rachel as many times as humanly possible. Voting for the competition ends on April 11th! So we have a little over a month!
Recently, Rachel sat down for a brand new interview regarding her fashion!
Rachel Stevens, 34, first found fame with pop band S Club 7 and went on to have a successful solo career. She came second in Strictly Come Dancing in 2008 and is now the face of the Next Petites range. rachel lives in london with her husband Alex and their two-year-old daughter Amelie.
How would you describe your style? Classic, structured and chic – with a bit of an edge.
Which colours and styles suit you best?
I prefer muted colours like nudes, greys and black, with the occasional pop of colour.
Are you a dedicated follower of fashion or do you just wear what suits you?
I love everything about fashion, clothes and shopping but I’ve come to realise that some trends just don’t suit certain body shapes. I’m inspired by trends of course but ultimately I wear things that I know will suit me.
What is your favourite fashion era?
The 70s. I love that elegant, sexy, Studio 54 style.
Do you have a stylist?
I work with someone for certain events and we had stylists when we were in the band – I look back now with horror at some of the things we wore.
Who is your style icon?
Olivia Palermo. I think she puts things together so well and she has a classic but quirky style.
Do you ever make your own clothes?
No, but I wish I could. Sometimes I’ll change the buttons on a shirt to ones I prefer, but that’s about it.
What is your biggest fashion no-no?
I personally would never wear anything too girlie or frilly as it just doesn’t suit me.
What is your best beauty secret?
I always add a little bit of fake tan to my moisturiser, especially in winter, to give me a bit of a glow. I’ve picked up lots of little tips from make-up artists over the years, too.
What is the most expensive item in your wardrobe?
Probably my Chanel handbags, but I know I’ll keep them for ever and hand them down to my daughter. I bought my first one as a treat for my 30th birthday.
How much do you spend on clothes each month?
It varies. I try to buy things that will fit in with the rest of my wardrobe to avoid wasting money.
Are you a hoarder or do you clear out your wardrobe each season?
I’ll have a big clear-out every year – I did one after Christmas so I’d be able to see what I had and what I needed. I also store things away at the end of each season.
Primark or Prada?
I think we’ve got a great high street and you can find some amazing things. I like to mix and match my high-street buys with my more classic designer pieces.
Which is your favourite high-street store?
I love Next – it’s just so great for all the basics and it’s my one-stop shop.
How many shoes and handbags do you own?
I’ve probably got about 20 handbags and more shoes. I tend to wear flat shoes and boots during the day, but I love a great pairs of heels when I’m going out.
What is your favourite piece of jewellery?
My big, chunky Michael Kors watch.
What is currently on your fashion lust list?
I’d love to have a Céline shopperstyle handbag
What is the best piece of fashion advice you have ever been given?
Dress for yourself and not anyone else, and always leave the house feeling good and confident in how you look.
The Next Petites range is available from Next. See in store, call 0844 844 8939 or visit www.next.co.uk
Recently, Rachel sat down to speak with ‘Next’ about the shopping habits of the very petite mom!
As a petite person, what’s the main thing you have to be mindful of when shopping?
“It’s really hard to find clothing that fits properly when you’re petite. The shoulder fit, arm length, under the armpit, across the back and leg length can often be problematic so the Petites range is perfect for me as it’s made to fit proportionately, with that in mind.”
Are there any styles/items you shouldn’t wear if you are petite?
“I find that structured and more fitted clothing is more flattering on my frame – too much fabric or patterns can be my nemesis, whereas structured outfits accentuate my curves give a sharper silhouette.”
Petites shouldn’t wear Maxi dresses – fact or myth?
“Myth! I love a maxi dress – they look great. They’re so easy to wear as you can dress them up or down easily, so they’re very versatile – in fact, when I was pregnant they came in handy then too!”
What are the main benefits of shopping from a collection specifically for petites?
“Because of the things I mentioned that sometimes don’t work on a none petites specific collection, often when you’re trying on you have to be able to use your imagination and picture how it will look once you’ve made alterations and that sometimes puts you off making a decision or it can add an additional cost. With a specific petites collection it fits like a glove straight away which means you can shop quickly too. I wore a dress for a shoot recently and the shoulders, length and everything was just perfect which is unheard of – and really nice!”
A lot of petite women feel the pressure to wear high heels, what’s your opinion?
“I think if your clothes fit you well you can interchange heels and flats and get away with it. I wear a lot of flats when I’m running around with my little girl, but I do like a heel. There’s something about a heel that makes you feel instantly ‘dressed’ and sexy.”
Which cut of jean is the most flattering for petites?
“I like skinny jeans and I’m also a fan of high waisted jeans which I think elongate your leg.”