The ‘Be a Pleasure to Yourself’ Interview – Sophia and Emerald bring you interviews with their favourite people. Today we have an interview with Sophie Holloway, from BAPTY favourite’s Holloway Smith Noir
. Holloway-Smith Noir is the collaboration between sisters Alice Holloway-Smith (technical prowess) and Sophie Holloway (va va voom). Together they create unique and limited edition pieces of up-cycled lingerie.
Sophie Holloway - mask and corset by Holloway Smith Noir
What is your favourite quality about yourself? Being able to talk to people. I like making people feel at ease.
What is your idea of pleasure? An evening in my favourite café Momo’s, in good company. I’d go there everyday if I could. They make the best pork dumplings!
How do you make pleasure a part of everyday life? By applying a beauty spot. People always comment on it. When people ask me if it is real. I always say, no, it’s my beauty spot, I’m really ugly with it!
How did you start on your current path? I came round my sisters house, she was getting fed up not being paid for her lingerie. I said to my sister, I’ll sell you pasties, I’ll go to clubs, parties and sell your stuff. Let’s have a business, let’s do it. We spend quite a lot of money on parties and champagne, but that’s not a bad thing hey?
Which historical figure do you most admire? I’d have to say, Elizabeth I or Queen Victoria because they are strong, feminine characters. Ambitious women. I’m an ambitious woman. Queen Victoria for her philanthropy. Lizzie the 1st was so strong. Of course, they did not have a choice. I have a choice, but I feel I was destined to create my own business, be my own boss, create my own future.
If you could invite 5 people to a dinner party, who would you invite? Mel B – during Spice mania. I would say Geri, but she turned out not to be so feisty. When she lost heaps of weight, became a yogi, she kinda lost it for me. She lost the girl power! David Attenborough – a younger David Attenborough. That’d be hot. I’d love to talk to him. Richard Branson, I’d love to pick his brain. Gypsy Rose Lee. I’d love to know everything about what it was like being a performer back then, back stage. Lil’ Kim. She is one of my idols. I think she smashes it. She doesn’t give a fuck what people think of her. She uses her sexuality as overtly as possible, but while giving the fingers. I think her music is amazing. It’s not expected. I think she is holding the torch for a lot of women. It was really interesting in the Notorious B.I.G film and Biggie wanted her to rap softly, which she did really well, but after they fell out, she went back to her harsh spit. I love it!
What is or has been your biggest extravagance? Spending £500 in clothes, shoes and a tea set whilst backpacking. Then having to carry an extra bag with me when backpacking for 6 weeks around Asia. When at Ton Sai, I had to walk waist deep in water to the shore with my stuff above my head.
Polly Rae modelling HSNoir's decadent pasties. Photograph by Mark Sherratt.
What is you proudest achievement so far? Having my own business with my sister is pretty up there.
What is your motto? ‘Feel good about being naughty’ is our business motto. Mine is ‘Be good to those around you, you never know’. I feel like a really lucky person, but not in a shamrock way, but just that I have sown good seeds in a lot of places so when good things happen to me, I feel really positive. If you are kind and positive and happy, you get that back.