22 December 2009

Ten years ago you didn’t know our names…

After compiling our list of Heroes of the Noughties for the magazine, Graziadaily decided to catch up with some people who you didn’t even know existed 10 years ago…

The interior guru: Orla Kiely, 45

What were you doing in 2000?
I was working from my small Battersea studio starting the Orla Kiely business with boxes and bags everywhere! It’s funny, as you can never foresee where your passion can lead to…

If you could tell your 2000 self something what would it be?
Trust your instincts and stay positive as life will always brings good things your way.

The biggest news story for you?
September 11th. I was doing a photo shoot early in the morning. When I got back to the studio I heard that the towers had been hit. It was a very scary day. My instinct was to go immediately to school to pick up my children.

Person who sums up the decade for you…
Zaha Hadid. She’s a theoretically influential and groundbreaking female architect.

In 10 years' time I’d like to be…
Living by the sea with my husband and dog with lots of space for my children and friends to visit.   

The reality guru: Shilpa Shetty, 34

Where were you in 2000?
In Mumbai shooting for nearly five films at that time. This picture comes from a film called Dhadkan. I was shooting for this film in Switzerland. I’ve been in the industry for the last 18 years and every heroine comes with a shelf life. So I am surprised but very grateful to have come this far and I never expected it.

What’s been the biggest news story for you this decade and how did you see it?
The biggest news story for me was definitely winning Big Brother. I saw it as a blessing from God – poetic justice. I worked very hard and to be recognised on an international platform was huge for me as an Indian.

Your favourite moment of the decade…
It’s a close call between my name being announced as the winner in Big Brother and when I was proposed to by Raj

Least favourite moment of the decade…
Losing my grandmother. She had a cardiac arrest four years ago

In 10 years' time I’d like to be… 
Just me, but more evolved…

The Chatty Man: Alan Carr, 33

What do you wish you could have told yourself in 2000?
When we entered the last decade I was at the backend of a backpacking holiday heading back to my job on an industrial estate in Northampton. I had a useless degree and no prospects. I wish I'd told myself not to worry so much.

Are you surprised by how far you've come? 

Totally surprised, I pinch myself everyday. I was a theatre studies student that couldn’t act. People ask me for advice on how to get into telly – I tell them I have no idea how I got here.

What's the biggest lesson you've learned?

Positive things happen to positive people. Watch me have a breakdown now!

What's the biggest news story for you personally?

The destruction of the Buddhas of Bamyan in Afghanistan. I watched these ancient sandstone Buddhas being dynamited on CNN in 2001 by an islamic fundamentalist group calling themselves 'The Taliban'. I was horrifed and thought 'what a bunch of arseholes' – I wasn’t wrong.

Least favourite moment of the decade? 

The rise in homphobic attacks, I thought we were over all that, obviously not.

Person who sums up the decade for you? 

Stavros Flatley – I can't help thinking if Gordon Brown wore a Fez and got his chest out on occasions he might be more popular.

Most interesting development of the decade?

Celebrity. Typical isnt it? Just as I get famous, every Tom Dick and Harry can get famous too. You can turn up at a premiere in nothing but a gastric band and a scrunchie and you can get on the front page of The Sun. Oooh! Thats given me an idea.

The ‘Noughtie’ Pop Idol Will Young, 30

In the past 10 years, which piece of music has been most inspirational for you?

A Donny Hathaway song called Song For You – it shows the range a voice can have.

What position were you in the year 2000?

I was at university studying politics. I was in my second year and living in a house with five other people. I was having fun at university and really enjoying doing as much as possible.

Did you ever dream you would come this far?

I did hope that I would have a career in singing but I never dreamt how it would come about.

What's the biggest lesson you have learned in the last decade?

Trust your instincts, that has really kept me grounded for the last 10 years

The biggest news story for you?

Well, it has to be 9/11. I was auditioning for Pop Idol and had gone back to my hotel with the other contestants while we waited to see if we had got through to the next round for television. I turned on the TV in my room and remember thinking, life is more important than this competition.

What was your favourite moment of the decade?

When I sang with James Brown in The Mall. He told me to always dress smart for work and never be the last to leave the party... I have managed one out of the two pieces of advice.

What was your least favourite moment of the decade?

Well, break-ups have never been fun. They are kind of up there with funerals on the fun list!

Which person sums up the decade for you?

It has to be Victoria Beckham – the ability to turn your life into anything you want it to be with the power of media, branding and some kick-arse shoes... she is a tour de force!

Give us five words that sum you up in 2000 and five that sum you up at the end of 2009 

2000 – shy, inhibited, hopeful, questioning, sociable 

2009 – shy, less inhibited, still questioning, forever hopeful, chatterbox

Rockspring queen: Peaches Geldof, 20

What position were you in in the year 2000?

I was about 11, so going to school and trying to make it through maths!
 
Are you surprised by who you have become as a person?
 
I'm not surprised by who I’ve become, I think I’m pretty clued up about anything presented to me at this point.
 
What’s the biggest lesson you have learned in the last decade?
 
To slow down, to not rush through life and to step back from things and think before acting. 
 
What was your least favourite moment of the decade?
 
When Nick Griffin was awarded a seat in parliament. A really sad day for Britain in general.
 
What do you think has been the most interesting development of the past 10 years?
 
I think the Large Hadron Collider that essentially is striving to create black holes that could further our understanding of the space-time continuum is definitely interesting.
 
Give us five words that sum you up in 2000 and five that sum you up at the end of 2009
 
Don’t know, I was 11 (2000)
 
Slowly working it all out (2009)

Kabul Asne Seierstad

On the front-line: war reporter and author of The Bookseller Of Kabul Asne Seierstad, 39
 
What position were you in in the year 2000?
I was a journalist. I had just quit my job in Norwegian television in order to write a book.
 
Did you ever dream you would come this far?
No. For a long time I felt a huge disinterest in writing and it was only when I held a copy of my first book in my hand that I felt like I was an author.
 
What has been the most important moment in your career in the last decade?
Covering the war in Afghanistan in 2001. 
 
What has been your most memorable experience of war reporting?
Most of my memories of war reporting are very sad, they’re of bombings and destruction and grief and death. The memories of innocent children that have died this decade because of politics and religion are something that I can’t forget.
 
Which news story of the past decade has had the biggest impact on you?
9/11 because it was watching that on the news that made me decide to go to Afghanistan. That news story had a direct impact on my life.
 
Which person sums up the decade for you?
Obama. It’s been a decade of new divisions, and he sums up the end of the decade for me as he gives us hope.

EX-WAG Elen Rives, 34
 
What do you know now that you wish you could have told yourself in 2000?

To trust your instinct. I am a lot more experienced now about lots of things, I feel a lot more mature and secure about myself now.

The biggest lesson you’ve learned?

To bite your tongue and hold back.

What’s the biggest news story for you personally?

The Obama's taking up office in the White House – it was incredible!

Your favourite moment of the decade?

Being in love and starting a family with Frank Lampard which resulted in two beautiful girls.

Least favourite moment of the decade?

Splitting up with Frank, but that's life I guess.

Favourite fashion moment?

For me, it has to be doing the Ultimo shoot, it was my first modelling assignment and I loved every minute of it. I'd never stripped off publicly before!

Person who sums up the decade for you?

Sarah Jessica Parker – she is sensational and has given so many women confidence to be themselves and to take fashion risks.

Presenter: June Sarpong, 32
 
What do you wish you could have told yourself in 2000?
 
Buy some stock in Google.
 
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
 
Do things that frighten yourself, to really shake yourself out of a comfort zone.
 
Your favorite moment of the decade?
 
Barack Obama becoming President – a great moment that illustrated how far things are moving on.
 
Most interesting development of the decade?

The credit crunch, it better slow down quick!

The illusionist: photographer Alison Jackson, 49
 
What were you doing in 2000?
 
I was at the Royal College of Art studying fine art photography, making photographs and films about the phenomena over Princess Diana’s death. I didn’t know at the time we’d become so obsessed with celebrity this decade but it became the birth of Big Brother and celebrity magazines. Suddenly we had this extraordinary culture for longing to read about celebrities.
 
If you could tell your 2000 self something, what would it be?
 
You can’t underestimate the power of celebrity and the power of voyeurism.
 
How do you think the attitude to celebrity has changed over the past 10 years?
 
It’s never going to cease. It’s about our inherent voyeurism and the more we see celebrities in the press, the more we want to think about what they’re doing in private. There are going to be more and more people. Just think of the X Factor. Even the ones who don’t win are going to be massively famous through the internet.
 
Your favourite moment of the decade…

There’s been so much. I’ve had a TV series, won a BAFTA and lots of other awards for my Schweppes campaign. I couldn’t pick one moment. I guess just coming up with the ideas, and being able to have such freedom to do them is great.
 
Least favourite moment of the decade…

My mother dying was a terrible moment.
 
Person who sums up the decade for you?

Tony Blair or Simon Cowell? Both have significantly affected our society this decade.
 
In 10 year’s time I’d like to be…?

Funnier, I hope! I very much still want to be working as hard. It would be nice to do a film.


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