Tuesday 20 February 2018

Sophie, Phoebe and Chloe: The next generation of Dahls

Sophie Dahl
Sophie Dahl

Emily Hourican

Sophie, daughter of Tessa, is undoubtedly the best known of the next generation of Dahls, ever since she was found crying in the street by Isabella Blow after she failed her A Levels, and became a modelling sensation overnight, due to her voluptuous beauty at a time when the industry was dominated by stick-thin waifs.

"I had enormous tits, an even bigger arse, and a perfectly round face with plump, smiling cheeks," is how she has described herself, but she also said she had no real idea of what this would mean in the ultra-controlled, unforgiving modelling industry: "I didn't know I was different," she has insisted.

"It wasn't until the wave of commentary began that I thought: oh Christ, I am." Her famous ad for YSL Opium - Sophie sprawled, naked, on black satin, wearing nothing but a pair of gold shoes and jewellery - was banned by the UK Advertising Standards Authority for being "degrading" and "offensive to women", although in fact it may just have been too provocative, too erotic.

She seemed to be following in her mother's wild child footsteps, dating Mick Jagger for a time, but Sophie pretty smartly moved from modelling into writing - journalism and books - and then cooking, with her own show on BBC, The Delicious Miss Dahl in 2010.

That same year she married Jamie Cullum, and the couple now have two daughters.

Recently, Sophie has been writing some excellent pieces from the Jungle in Calais, calling for Britain to show compassion to the refugees there.

Sophie's cousin, Phoebe, daughter of Lucy, meanwhile is an eco- designer, making stylish, gender- neutral clothes under the label Faircloth, with a percentage of sales going to promote education among girls in Nepal.

She was previously engaged to Ruby Rose, Stella Carlin from Orange Is The New Black - the couple wore vials of each other's blood around their neck, a la Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton - until that relationship ended late last year.

Phoebe's younger sister, Chloe, is a restaurateur. She runs Knuckle & Claw, where the speciality is lobster rolls, with her partner, Nikki Booth.

The couple met at The Abbey bar, when Nikki was studying in Hawaii and Chloe living in LA.

After a period of long-distance romance, they raised money via Kickstarter, and opened their first restaurant.

Recently, the couple read on camera emotional and encouraging letters to their teenage selves, as part of the LoveMe project, about the difficulties of growing up and coming out.

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