TIFFANY BAKKER

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“The re­fresh­ing thing about Ruby Rose is that she likes a chat,” says Bakker of her in­ter­view with our Woman of the Year (p156). “I know that sounds weird, but some­times it’s hard to draw any­thing out of an in­ter­vie­wee. She’s en­gaged, in­ter­est­ing, and in­ter­ested – and su­per cool.”

SOUNDS LIKE IT WENT WELL. ANY THAT HAVEN’T?

I in­ter­viewed Christina Aguil­era at a fancy ho­tel in Bev­erly Hills, only she de­cided to go out for lunch first, and turned up three-and-a-half hours late. Mariah Carey was worse – I waited five hours for her. She fi­nally did the in­ter­view at mid­night, and kept telling me how hard­work­ing she was for do­ing it so late. I wanted to say, “We were sup­posed to do it at 7pm!”

NO SUCH DIVA AN­TICS FROM MS ROSE, WE HOPE. ANY­THING SUR­PRISE YOU ABOUT HER?

She’s very self-dep­re­cat­ing. And open about the chal­lenges she’s had to over­come – she has no prob­lem in lay­ing her­self bare, which is in­cred­i­bly brave to do in such a pub­lic fo­rum.

WHAT’S THE BEST WRIT­ING AD­VICE YOU’VE EVER RE­CEIVED?

Don’t com­pare your­self to other writ­ers. Peo­ple will al­ways be bet­ter than you, and not as good as you. Fol­low your own path, cul­ti­vate your own voice and be pre­pared to work hard. It’s not an easy road. You have to love it.

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