A bond with my bestie is big­gest prize

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Tv Talk -

I was thrilled to be highly com­mended in this year’s Di­ver­sity in Me­dia Jour­nal­ist of the Year award at the Hil­ton Wal­dorf in Lon­don.

I had to pinch my­self when I re­alised I was in the same room as big names like Lily Allen and Diane Ab­bott.

My best friend Joanna was my ‘plus one’. We met when we were 11 and, while I loved all the glam­our of Fri­day’s do, my high­light was get­ting ready in the ho­tel room with my bestie. We had the mu­sic blar­ing as we did each other’s hair and make-up – it took me back to our teenage years.

Jo and I come from dif­fer­ent eth­nic back­grounds and re­li­gions, but when we look at each other we never see colour, race or re­li­gion.

Our school­days, our sense of hu­mour and our undy­ing love of Du­ran Du­ran bonded us for life. And our friend­ship is en­riched by our dif­fer­ences. So I couldn’t think of any­one bet­ter to help me cel­e­brate di­ver­sity.

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