Trinny Woodall (born Sarah-Jane Woodall 8 February 1964 in Marylebone, London) is an English fashion advisor and designer, television presenter and author. Woodall was raised in a wealthy family, and was privately educated. After ten years battling alcoholism and working in marketing, Woodall met Susannah Constantine in 1994, with whom she joined to write a weekly fashion column for The Daily Telegraph. This led the launch of their own internet fashion-advice business and release of their first fashion-advice book, both of which ended in disaster.
They were then both commissioned to the BBC to host What Not to Wear in 2001. The following year Woodall and Constantine released their second book, What Not to Wear, which gained them a British Book Award and sold in excess of 670,000 copies. Woodall proceeded to co-author many fashion advice books with Constantine, with several becoming bestsellers in the United Kingdom and the United States, and having now sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide.
After co-hosting What Not to Wear for five series and appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show as style advisors and makeover experts, Woodall and Constantine moved to ITV to host Trinny & Susannah Undress... in 2006, and Undress the Nation. After becoming the faces of Littlewoods Direct, they released their own Littlewoods clothing range and latest fashion advice book, The Body Shape Bible, in 2007.
When Woodall was five years old, she was sent home from school after cutting off another pupil's plait. A family friend, Ronald Searle, who created the St Trinian cartoons) which inspired the later films), likened her to a mischievous St Trinian girl, and the name Trinny stuck from then onwards. Woodall was educated at boarding schools from the age of six, which included Queen's Gate School in Queen's Gate, South Kensington, London.She also attended Baston School for Girls.  She has described one of the boarding schools as "cruel" and "sadistic". She has connected a fear of being naked with the time she was made to stand totally unclothed in front of the other pupils as a punishment for having a water fight. Woodall also attended boarding schools in France and Germany between the ages of twelve and fifteen. During her school years, she felt overshadowed by her older sister who was the "star of the school", which prompted pupils to use Woodall to get to her sister.
Woodall started work in the financial and marketing sectors before becoming deeply involved in fashion, but was never certain about what occupation she wished to pursue. Her uncertainty prompted her to change job every two years. Some of her early jobs included taking coats at a restaurant, working as a secretary for a commodities company, aged eighteen, doing PR and using her contacts to promote her employer's restaurant, and working for Anoushka Hempel. In her marketing career, she did work for clients including Henry Dent-Brocklehurst, the owner of Sudeley Castle. She was discontented during her time working in marketing, commenting: "I wasnt doing what I felt I should be doing, but what other people felt I should do. If you live your life like that you are never very happy." Despite working in marketing, Woodall's love for fashion was not suppressed. She would regularly customize her garments from the high street, and took to making her own fashion accessories which she sold to Harvey Nichols and Harrods.
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