Stella English hopes to be role model

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 20 December 2010
Stella English

Stella English

'Apprentice' winner Stella English hopes she will become a role model for disadvantaged children after bagging a £100,000-a-year job with Lord Alan Sugar

'Apprentice' winner Stella English hopes she will become a role model for children from poor backgrounds.

The 31-year-old businesswoman - who grew up in the tough Thamesmead district in south London - admitted even she is inspired by her win, which saw her hired by multi-millionaire tycoon Lord Alan Sugar on a lucrative £100,000-per-year salary.

She exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "It's almost unbelievable that this could have happened to a girl like me. It's inspired me even though I'm the person who has done it. If you really believe in something then you can achieve anything.

"Don't get me wrong, there were times when I felt like not bothering at all but I'm so glad I have and I hope that other people in difficult situations will be inspired by me. There are always ways to make your life better - you don't need to have the best qualifications and that shouldn't hold you back.

"I really hope that I can become a positive role model to young people who haven't had the best upbringing. All my life people have told me I can't do things because I haven't had enough qualifications but I've always thought, 'To hell with that!'."

The mother-of-two - who was formerly head of business management at a Japanese investment bank - explained she had always expected to win the BBC One show.

Stella added: "I don't mean for this to sound arrogant but I went into this process fully expecting and wanting to win. This was my dream and it's happened now.

"I've always believed in my heart that I'd win. I did have times when I felt incredibly tired and there are parts I find incredibly uncomfortable to watch back but I always knew I was the right person for the job."

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