Dreams Do Come True
Introducing the winner of our Look.laugh.live campaign, in partnership with Pearl Drops: Katie Prasad
Hi Katie, congrats! What does it mean for you to be featured in Look and to be the face of Pearl Drops? It’s really such an honour. I’ve basically grown up reading Look – it celebrates real women and that’s what I love about it most. The fact I’m also the face of Pearl Drops is so surreal, too – I have to keep pinching myself! It’s proof: dreams do come true… How would you describe your style? I’ve got a big thing for retro-inspired pieces; my wardrobe is full of them. Lana Del Rey is my style icon. You can never go wrong with a pretty dress and waved hair – old-school glamour at its finest! Where are your favourite places to shop? I’m a high street girl through and through. I love Zara and ASOS. I’ve also got an eye for vintage buys, too; White Rose in Nottingham is great for uncovering beautiful vintage pieces. I’ve got so many scarves and bags from there. What (and who) makes you smile? My closest friends, for sure. We’ve known one another since our school days and now we all live in different places. When we all reunite, though, it’s like we’ve never been apart! Catching up over cocktails or taking our dogs for a walk is my idea of the perfect day. As well as being a Look and Pearl Drops cover star, you’ve got £3,355 to spend – what are you going to do with your prize? This competition is going to give me and my fiancé the honeymoon of our dreams: Hawaii! Being able to take him there is the best present I could give him: a thank-you for everything he does for me. We’re an active couple, so we plan on hiking Mount Mauna Kea. You’ve been using the Pearl Drops Instant Natural White toothpolish – how has it made a difference to your smile? When I first opened the tube I was apprehensive of the purple colour, but I saw results after the first use. It’s a lovely fresh minty flavour and I love that 77 per cent of the ingredients are natural – I hate using too many chemicals when it comes to my teeth. I’m still seeing great results after a week. When do you feel at your most confident? Definitely when I’ve been working out and I jump into the shower and wash my hair – there’s something so liberating about washing the dirt away after a long hike or cycle. Also, when I’m with my closest friends and family, laughing and sharing stories. I feel so contented when we’re together, I can’t stop smiling.
Four months and hundreds of entries later: to say our joint Look.laugh.live campaign with tooth-whitening experts Pearl Drops has been a success would be an understatement. On a quest to track down the nation’s most authentic, natural smile, we asked you to take to Instagram and show us your truest grin, telling us what makes you happy in the process. Nothing could have prepared us, however, for the heartfelt stories you’d share. Having spent countless hours poring over every single entry, we found there was one person who really stood out. Meet Katie Prasad, our new girl crush and the winner of Look and Pearl Drops’ Look.laugh. Live campaign and, therefore, our cover star! The 28-year-old visual merchandiser from Nuthall, Nottinghamshire, won us over with her honest entry: ‘You don’t realise how important mental health is until it affects you, so I thought I’d share something that’s changed my life for the better. My fiancé has shown me how the power of exercise can improve my mental health on days when I want to hide from the world. He drags me out rain or shine and I always come home with the biggest smile on my face – it’s honestly changed my life, and it would mean the world to share this and maybe, just maybe, inspire someone else to get the help they need.’ Truly inspirational. Well done, Katie!
Dress, £20 (sizes 6-16), Boohoo Jacket, £40 Jumpsuit, £42 (both sizes 6-16) Shoes, £39 all Topshop Jewellery, Katie’s own
Top, £19.99 (sizes 6-14), New Look earrings, £8, River Island ring, katie’s own