Angela Scanlon, the presenter of “Your Home Made Perfect” and a current contestant on “Strictly Come Dancing,” recently opened up about her experience with imposter syndrome triggered by alleged sexist comments made by a BBC producer in 2016.
In a conversation on the Fashion as a Force for Good podcast, Angela shared her frustration over these remarks and how they affected her perception of her role.
Sexist Comments and Imposter Syndrome:
Angela disclosed that the comments she received from a BBC producer during her time hosting “Robot Wars” alongside Dara O’Briain left her feeling “furious.”
The producer had categorized her as the “glamour” figure, despite Angela’s emphasis on her strengths and abilities. Angela explained that this label didn’t align with her self-perception.
Reduced to Stereotypes:
During the podcast, Angela recalled how a friend informed her of the comments made about her, where she was referred to as “the t**s and the teeth.”
Subsequently, conversations with the BBC producer shifted focus from content to her appearance, leaving Angela disheartened. The producer emphasized the need for “a bit of glamour,” which Angela strongly rejected.
In response to the reductive and presumptuous expectations placed on her, Angela continued to present “Robot Wars” in boiler suits to ensure no skin was on display.
She viewed this as a statement of defiance against the stereotype she was confronted with. The distinct versions of her fashion choices ended up becoming a sort of uniform during her time on the show.
When approached for a comment, the BBC provided a brief response, stating, “We don’t have a comment on this.”
Potential Career Moves:
Angela Scanlon’s success on “Strictly Come Dancing” has led to discussions about her potentially replacing Holly Willoughby on “This Morning” at ITV.
Sources indicate that she is being considered as a strong candidate due to her experience and suitability for the role.
Strictly 2023: Week Six Leaderboard:
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