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Body and Soul: Nadya Gaughran

My parents were . . . very supportive and loving when I was growing up.

They always pushed me to follow my dreams and made me believe I could do anything I put my mind to. My mother won Person of the Year award in 1995 and Dad is an assistant general secretary of the CPSU. I admired them as people, not only as my parents.

The house I grew up in . . . was always full of laughter and fun. We spent many summers camping and sitting around bonfires playing charades. We are a very close family and still try to spend as much time together as possible.

When I was a child I wanted to . . . work in fashion. I spent hours playing dress up and cutting up clothes to make them my own.

If I could change one thing about myself . . . I wouldn't change anything. It's not what we have or what we are, it's who we become.

You may not know it but I'm no good at . . . tolerating lazy or negative people.

You wouldn't know it but I'm very good at . . . laughing at life's obstacles and supporting my friends to do the same.

At night I dream of . . . getting the style contract for Dail Eireann, excluding, of course, my dear Uncle Pat Rabbitte!

When I look in the mirror . . . I see a very happy and grateful woman.

My favorite item of clothing . . . is my Roland Mouret dress: as soon as I put it on I feel amazing, it pulls you in, in all the right places.

I wish I'd never worn . . . a pair of red leather pants when I was 17. They were hideous but at the time I thought they were so cool. Fashion changes so I'm sure, one day, they may be cool again -- or maybe not!

I drive . . . a silver convertible BMW, I'm always hoping for a sunny day.

My house . . . has an open-door policy, and it's always full of people. I love hosting parties and have family, friends and children around as much as I can. I love a house full of laughter.

My favourite artist is . . . Gaudi, his work is inspirational. I lived beside the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona for many years and was always inspired by it.

A book that changed me was . . . The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. It's about the law of attraction and what you put out you get back. It's about training your brain to always be positive and believe you can do and achieve anything you wish!

My greatest regret is . . . I don't do regrets, I believe every action or circumstance that has happened in your life is a lesson you learn from. Every lesson learned makes you a bigger and better person.

My real life villain is . . . Roland Mouret as there are not enough of his clothes in Ireland.

The person who makes me laugh is . . . my daughter Saoirse, she is 10 years old and she is full of life! She has an amazing openness and freedom that I think many of us lose as adults.

The last time I cried . . . was when I watched My Sister's Keeper, a serious tear-jerker. I'm a total wimp and cry at every movie.

My five-year plan is . . . to have fitting rooms all over Britain and Ireland so that I can keep the prices down while allowing customers to try dresses on before buying online.

My life philosophy is . . . follow your dream, and don't be afraid of failure, as you're not failing if you get up and try again; you're learning.

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