‘The Clean eaters love Me’

De­li­ciously Stella, AKA Bella Younger, has made a ca­reer out of par­o­dy­ing the quinoa-stuff­ing, kale-lov­ing brigade – and now she’s hit­ting the com­edy cir­cuit. Get ready to LOL

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‘Some­one once told me they were re­ally dis­ap­pointed by my voice be­cause it’s nor­mal and I’m mid­dle class and they ex­pected an Adele sit­u­a­tion,’ Bella Younger, AKA the hi­lar­i­ous De­li­ciously Stella, tells us. ‘It’s so hard be­cause peo­ple come to my live show and they’re like: “That’s not Stella!”’

The 28-year-old’s In­sta­gram ac­count – which at our last count had over 130k fol­low­ers – has made her an al­most overnight sen­sa­tion. The an­ti­dote to av­o­cado on toast and beach yoga, Stella isn’t the kind of girl you want to be; she’s the kind of girl you ac­tu­ally are.

Now work­ing the com­edy cir­cuit with her one-woman show, Bella says the key to her suc­cess isn’t about throw­ing shade at the clean-eat­ing move­ment – in fact, they’re all big fans, even her par­o­died name­sake De­li­ciously Ella – it’s all in the name of fun. And fun­nily enough, she’s do­ing so well she’s got her own recipe book out now...

Hi, Bella – tell us about your new De­li­ciously Stella recipe book… It’s writ­ten as if it’s a healthy recipe book, but ev­ery­thing is made out of white carbs and pick ’n’ mix. Sounds right up our street! Did you come up with the recipes? Yes! I did ev­ery­thing my­self – but you can’t make any­thing in this book. Ev­ery­thing is dis­gust­ing. There’s no like: ‘Ooh, ac­tu­ally, that recipe for por­ridge with Haribo gummy bears is ac­tu­ally re­ally nice.’ So you haven’t tried any of them? Hmm, not, like, in my mouth. I’ve made ev­ery­thing to see what it looks like. Ac­tu­ally, yes­ter­day I went to an in­ter­view and they made the girl who was in­ter­view­ing me eat av­o­cado and egg on toast with Haribo eggs – it was hell for her. I did not do it. You started your In­sta­gram last May. When did it start to take off? When Dav­ina Mccall Tweeted it and it just went men­tal – that’s when I was like: ‘Oh my God.’ My fol­lower count went up from 1k to 5k in a day. Then Buz­zfeed wrote an ar­ti­cle on it and I went from 15k to 80k in two days. The ar­ti­cle got shared, like, a mil­lion times. Did you feel more pres­sure to pro­duce funny posts af­ter that? It was stress­ful for a while, but now I’ve calmed down and gone: ‘Do you know what, you’ve

Any­one Smugly Arch­ing their Back On A BEACH needs to Be WHACKED DOWN. enough!

done a lot of jokes, you’ve done 500 posts; you can give your­self a break.’ You’re In­sta-fa­mous – do peo­ple recog­nise you? It’s only just started hap­pen­ing. A woman came up to me the other day and was like: ‘I hope you’re not re­ally of­fended, but you kind of look like this In­sta­gram­mer De­li­ciously Stella.’ And I was like: ‘A: I’m a slam­ming hot­tie, so that’s re­ally of­fen­sive; and B: yes, I’m her.’ Do she ask for your pic­ture? She did, but it was 4am in a club and I’m not do­ing that. Peo­ple ask for pho­tos all the time and I look dis­gust­ing. I’m al­ways like: ‘Why to­day, when I’m sweat­ing?’ How’s your ac­count gone down with the clean eaters? They love it! Health coach Madeleine Shaw is on board with it and chef Tess Ward is now a good friend. Hon­estly Healthy’s Natasha Cor­rett fol­lows me, too. It’s be­cause it’s stupid – no­body would drink WKD for break­fast. What is the ab­so­lute worst In­sta-of­fence? Beach yoga. Any­one smugly arch­ing their back on a beach needs to be whacked down. Enough! And how are these peo­ple on hol­i­day all the time? You’d think they’re hav­ing such a nice time away, but in fact they’ve been perched on that rock for an hour to get that photo. Just go on a nor­mal hol­i­day, where you get burnt and you get sand in your gus­set. Do you think women feel shamed by In­sta­gram? So­cial me­dia only seems to show a tiny en­clave of so­ci­ety – mostly thin, up­per mid­dle class white women. We just need to see more of nor­mal women do­ing nor­mal stuff. Most peo­ple are eat­ing Hula Hoops at their desks right now. What about the em­pow­er­ing #strong­not­skinny? Ev­ery per­son who’s ‘strong not skinny’ is al­ready skinny – that’s what’s an­noy­ing. If there was some sort of Trunch­bul­lesque dis­cus thrower, then maybe I could get on board. But do you know what, Mil­lie Mack­in­tosh? You’re gor­geous, but you’re al­ready skinny – strong not skinny is not a thing to ap­ply to you. And again, it’s just telling us that we need to look a cer­tain way. We don’t. Have you ever been trolled? Not so much. I get the oc­ca­sional: ‘Ugh, don’t eat that, fat­tie,’ and I’m just like: ‘Well, that’s a bit pa­thetic, isn’t it?’ and also I’m re­ally not. Some­one said I look like an Ork on a day trip to Earth. And you know what? I’m fine. And I know I don’t look like an Ork. Do you think it’s eas­ier now for women to break into com­edy? In the cur­rent cli­mate, it’s ac­tu­ally pretty good to be a woman and a good time to get into com­edy. Danny Co­hen [for­mer BBC Di­rec­tor, now TV show cre­ator] has that new rule on panel shows that they have to fea­ture women and ev­ery­one is re­ally look­ing for new fe­male tal­ent. But the only prob­lem is, when some­one finds new fe­male tal­ent they’ll pick that per­son and it will be no­body else. What could change this? Peo­ple just need to recog­nise that peo­ple want to hear fe­male sto­ries. They want to see women tell it like it is. Women are so per­cep­tive – they give such a bril­liant in­sight. Look at Catas­tro­phe’s Sharon Hor­gan – she’s amaz­ing. And Amy Schumer just owns it – she’s like: ‘I’m a woman, I’m a fox, I’m liv­ing the life, I’m not some sad sin­gle per­son at all.’ It can be hard for women to move away from those clichés… Yeah, I’ve been asked: ‘Have you put your love life on hold for your ca­reer?’ and I’m like: ‘No, I’m just work­ing re­ally hard. I haven’t got a boyfriend right now, but if I get one to­mor­row, who knows?’ [Laughs] Do you think men find it in­tim­i­dat­ing that you’re suc­cess­ful? I think so. I’m not sure. I think I’d find any­one who’s quite suc­cess­ful in­tim­i­dat­ing, man or a woman. But I’ve heard from a lot of peo­ple that the more fa­mous you get, the less good your love life is go­ing to be and the less peo­ple will ap­proach you. You’re killing In­sta, but you don’t re­ally Snapchat. Why? I’m a bit rub­bish, but I just feel like if I had all the plat­forms I’d be­come like the peo­ple I’m try­ing to par­ody. It’s quite vain – I don’t want ev­ery­one to know ev­ery sin­gle mo­ment of my life Is it hard to sep­a­rate your life as Stella and your life as Bella? I love hav­ing my life sep­a­rate. I’m aware I’m go­ing to have to build the brand Bella Younger, but I don’t want to com­pro­mise my pri­vacy by do­ing that.

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