Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

What Newsreader Sophie Was Told to Wear to Baftas; 'Trinny and Susannah Were Fairly Nice. When They Weren't I Argued Back'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

What Newsreader Sophie Was Told to Wear to Baftas; 'Trinny and Susannah Were Fairly Nice. When They Weren't I Argued Back'

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Byline: ANDRE PAINE;JESSICA HODGSON

SHE is more used to reading the news than making it. But last night BBC newsreader Sophie Raworth wowed the crowds at the Baftas in a coral pink dress and revealed she had become the latest fashion victim of What Not to Wear style gurus Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine.

The pair, famed for their bitchy style in the BBC series, transformed Sophie into a red carpet star in a flowing Ben de Lisi gown and even trained her how to stand in front of the photographers outside the London Palladium.

Sophie said: "I've been done over and this is the result. This is apparently what you should wear. It's definitely very pink, not the kind of thing that I would normally wear, goes right down to the floor and is held up by a rather tight corset. It's not that comfortable but I'm staying with it."

She added: "Walking down the red carpet was terrifying - I've never, ever had to do anything like that before. Trinny and Susannah were fairly nice and when they weren't nice I just argued back.

"They picked out something I'd worn in the past and said I'd got it all wrong. This is apparently what you have got to wear."

The pair also tried to transform ample comedian Jo Brand, dressing her in a brown Anna Stoltz outfit for the evening. She joked: "I've still got really horrible big pants on, so I feel secure. But they have made me look smart - I haven't got any curry down me or sick. So that's obviously a change."

At the awards Angus Deayton suffered as his former Have I Got News For You colleague and sparring partner, Paul Merton, took a swipe at him when he beat him to the coveted award for best entertainment performance. Merton spat out his water in surprise when he was awarded the prize, having been nominated seven times in the past 10 years without winning. Then he mocked his former panellist Deayton. "The closer you sit to the stage the more chances you have got of winning," Merton said, picking up the gong. …

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