Louisa John­son: ‘I Get Trolled All The Time. It Doesn’t Faze Me’

Tack­ling trolls, body sham­ing and, of course, the Kar­dashi­ans, 2015 X Fac­tor win­ner Louisa John­son’s our type of girl…

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At 18, most of us were still fig­ur­ing out our lives – in every ca­pac­ity – but X Fac­tor win­ner Louisa John­son al­ready has things pretty sorted. It’s eight months since her big win and she’s al­ready fea­tured on the hit Clean Ban­dit sin­gle Tears, she’s ‘nearly fin­ished’ record­ing her first al­bum and she’s about to be­come Look’s on­line colum­nist for the next three months, re­veal­ing her fash­ion and beauty must-haves. Af­ter a trip to Hol­ly­wood to record her al­bum (mega glam, right?) she’s in a good mood…

Con­grats on an amaz­ing year, Louisa! How much has your life changed? It’s very dif­fer­ent to how I ex­pected it to be. Learn­ing to write songs and find­ing out how the stu­dio works was all new to me. I was quite ner­vous at first. Who have you kept in touch with since the show? Rita [Ora, Louisa’s men­tor] and I have been in touch a bit. She’s do­ing her own thing in NYC at the mo­ment. I’ve stayed in touch with the other con­tes­tants too. There’s a new judg­ing panel this year. Who would you want to men­tor you? Ni­cole [Scherzinger]. She seems like a lot of fun. Is Si­mon Cow­ell very in­volved in your ca­reer? We’ve seen each other quite a bit. He’s al­ways mak­ing sure I’m happy. When will we hear some new mu­sic from you? I’ve been record­ing a lot over the sum­mer. Ev­ery­thing’s sound­ing re­ally cool. We’re choos­ing the first sin­gle. You’re very open about your re­la­tion­ship with your boyfriend Daniel El­liott on so­cial me­dia. How come? I don’t think there’s any rea­son not to be. I know I want see what Bey­oncé does in her spare time, so I un­der­stand. Daniel re­ally un­der­stands ev­ery­thing I do. He’s 100 per cent be­hind me. Is he an In­sta hus­band? [Laughs] He won’t – he re­fuses! How much has your style changed since you left the show? My stylist is amaz­ing and he boosts my con­fi­dence a lot. He pushes me into more dar­ing things. I used to get re­ally self-con­scious about my small boobs and wouldn’t wear any­thing low-cut. Now I think it’s cool. What did you last splurge on? The last thing I bought was a Moschino dress. And I bought some new Con­verse yes­ter­day. I have about 30 pairs of train­ers. I’m re­ally into Dsquared and I love Top­shop and Ur­ban Out­fit­ters too. Are there any new trends you’re des­per­ate to try? I want to try the jumper and knee-high boot look, but as I’m quite slim I think I’ll look like a ruler! [Laughs] A ruler? OK then… Mov­ing on to beauty, we think you have great skin. What do you use? I clean my face and then I just use Nivea mois­turiser [£2.05]. I used to have re­ally bad skin and be re­ally self-con­scious about my freck­les too, but now I quite like them. Do you spend hours on your make-up? I think I’m re­ally quick, but no one else thinks that [laughs]. If I have a nat­u­ral tan, then just high­lighter, bronzer and lip balm. I love Burt’s Bees Lip Balm – that’s the one prod­uct I al­ways have on me. I’m a fan of Kylie Jen­ner’s Lip Kit too, but I’m more of a Ken­dall than a Kylie. I can’t wait to do the Look col­umn and tell every­one what I think! You re­cently de­fended Stacey Solomon against body-sham­ing trolls. How do you feel about it? I grew up with re­ally low self­es­teem. You can be the pret­ti­est per­son in the world and have what every­one else wants, but you still can feel bad about your­self. The added pres­sure from so­cial me­dia isn’t needed. Is it im­por­tant for you to speak out about sit­u­a­tions like that when you see them? It’s some­thing I feel re­ally strongly about. Every­one’s beau­ti­ful in their own way. Peo­ple say bad things about me all the time, but it doesn’t faze me. I’ve al­ways had a slim frame, but my weight is up and down. If I skip lunch, I’ll lose weight. It used to get me down be­cause it got to the point where I was quite skinny. I wasn’t un­healthy, but I looked a bit un­healthy, you know? I think hon­estly you can do all the ex­er­cise in the world but you need to be happy with what you have. That’s a very grounded opin­ion... I’ve had to grow up quite a lot this year. I feel re­ally proud I’ve got to this point be­cause this time last year I felt very dif­fer­ent.

Louisa and her boyfriend Daniel

She’s still in touch with her men­tor Rita

Look out for Louisa’s first col­umn at Look. co.uk/ Louisa John­son ‘Be happy with what you have,’ says Louisa

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