Toff Toffolo

There is more to Geor­gia Toffolo than an award­win­ning TV show, as HOLLY EELLS dis­cov­ers

Devon Life - - Inside -

Four years ago, 23-yearold, Geor­gia ‘Toff’ Toffolo first burst onto our screens with her de­but tele­vi­sion ap­pear­ance on E4’s re­al­ity tele­vi­sion se­ries, Made in Chelsea. In 2017, the Devon-born re­al­ity star was crowned ‘Queen of the Jun­gle’ after win­ning ITV’S I’m a Celebrity…get Me Out of Here, which steered her on to be­come a na­tion’s favourite house­hold name.

Since then, her ca­reer has soared, jug­gling roles as a re­al­ity TV star, ITV pre­sen­ter, ed­i­to­rial as­sis­tant at The Lady mag­a­zine, Der­ma­log­ica am­bas­sador and most re­cently, an au­thor to her de­but book, Al­ways Smil­ing - The World Ac­cord­ing to Toff.

“I don’t re­ally know how I fit ev­ery­thing in, but I think I func­tion at my best when I am run­ning around like a head­less chicken!” she laughs.

Al­ways Smil­ing is half mem­oir, half in­spi­ra­tional, pos­i­tive guide to life and is a unique be­hind-the-scenes look at Toff’s life. “My book is a bumper guide to be be­ing pos­i­tive and happy. Ev­ery­one says I al­ways have a big smile on my face and I be­lieve I shine that at­ti­tude in my book. I do feel there is a touch of Brid­get Jones style with all my past sit­u­a­tions,” she says. The book shares her ex­pe­ri­ences, some funny, some sad, some that make her cringe with em­bar­rass­ment. So, whether it is friend­ships, fam­ily dra­mas, heart­break and re­la­tion­ships, or how she coped with liv­ing her life in front of mil­lions of view­ers of Made in Chelsea, Toff re­veals how she has learnt to keep a smile on her face, what­ever life throws at her. Told with her trade­mark hon­esty, hu­mour and end­less sense of fun, Al­ways Smil­ing seems to be a must-have for any fan.

“Ul­ti­mately, I know that most peo­ple who want to share life ad­vice are slightly more ma­ture in years than I am,” she mod­estly ex­plains. “Even though I am still in my early twen­ties, I feel I learn a new life les­son ev­ery day. How­ever, I’m for­tu­nate enough to have seen and ex­pe­ri­enced things that I never thought I’d get to try, and ev­ery sin­gle mo­ment has made me wiser and even more de­ter­mined to get the most out of ev­ery new ad­ven­ture.”

Nev­er­the­less, she is first to ad­mit in Al­ways Smil­ing - The World Ac­cord­ing to Toff, that she might not have the “philo­soph­i­cal wis­dom of Proust, or the worldly, hard-won wit of Dorothy Parker, but I prom­ise you that no-one else knows as much as I do about get­ting glit­ter out of your hair.”

With more than two-and-a-half mil­lion fol­low­ers across all so­cial me­dia plat­forms, she has a lot of ad­vice, hon­esty and wise words to share with her fans. She goes on to talk about her ul­ti­mate role model, Oprah Win­frey and whilst talk­ing it is ev­i­dent how hum­ble she is about her sta­tus as a good role model to oth­ers.

“It is a great priv­i­lege, but with that comes a lot of re­spon­si­bil­ity, so that’s why I was care­ful with the book,” she ex­plains. “Fig­ures and charts are fine, but the po­si­tion I am in, I do have a duty to help give ad­vice to younger peo­ple. I want them to fin­ish the last page and feel bloody good about them­selves. To feel pos­i­tive, con­fi­dent and happy in their own skin.

“Th­ese par­tic­u­lar top­ics are the run­ning streams that go through your whole en­tire life, but you just be­come much more aware of them when you are grow­ing up as a teenager.”

She con­tin­ues: “It is key to re­mem­ber, ev­ery sin­gle thing that hap­pens to us has a funny side. Ev­ery day, we have the chance to smile, say yes, and make an im­pact on other peo­ple’s lives.”

It is ev­i­dent that one of Toff’s main phi­los­o­phy as­pi­ra­tions in life is be­ing happy and she says go­ing back to her fam­ily home in Torquay is a great way to get a dif­fer­ent pace in life.

“I go through phases and it de­pends on my work sched­ule, but I do try and go back once a month if my mum and dad are in Torquay. It is such a wild dif­fer­ence liv­ing in Lon­don with the fast pace lifestyle com­pared to Devon and I es­pe­cially re­ally miss the sea.

“It is strange as I al­ways say I have two homes. ‘Home home’ is Devon and Lon­don is just home. Still, I’m a big be­liever in the idea that you can have more than one home.”

Grow­ing up in Devon, she at­tended Stood­ley Knowle In­de­pen­dent School for Girls, Torquay Gram­mar School for Girls, The Maynard School, and Blun­dell’s School. She then started an LLB law de­gree at the Univer­sity of West­min­ster and, as ex­pressed in her book, she couldn’t wait to move to Lon­don, but still trea­sures her pre­cious Devon mem­o­ries.

“I have very fond mem­o­ries of grow­ing up in Devon, such as our beau­ti­ful beach hut on Mead­foot Beach, Torquay. We used to go to the café and I would have a chip sand­wich. De­li­cious!

“I also have a soft spot for the Cary Arms at Bab­ba­combe Beach. You can stay in th­ese beau­ti­ful beach huts and you can hear the waves crash­ing. A great es­cape from the busy life – I would highly rec­om­mend.” Al­ways Smil­ing - The World Ac­cord­ing to Toff is avail­able from quer­cus­

‘I do feel there is a touch of Brid­get Jones style with all my past sit­u­a­tions’

LEFT: Geor­gia ‘Toff’ Toffolo: ‘Even though I am still in my early twen­ties, I feel I learn a new life les­son ev­ery day’

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