Duchess of Sussex is great role model for mixed-race girls – Strictly star

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Radio presenter Vick Hope has said mixed-race role models like the Duchess of Sussex would have given her “validation” growing up.

The Strictly Come Dancing contender said Meghan is a “great role model” and would have inspired her as a young girl.

Hope, who works for Amnesty International, said she admires Meghan for speaking out on subjects she is passionate about.

Speaking to Hello magazine, the 29-year-old Capital One Breakfast show host added that her parents had only bought a TV to watch her perform on Strictly.

Hope, who is partnered with professional dancer Graziano Di Prima, said: “If I had been younger now as a mixed-race girl, and I had seen someone who looked like me marrying into the royal family, it would have given me a level of validation, a feeling that you can be whatever you want to be.

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The Duchess of Sussex would have inspired Vick Hope when she was young, the radio presenter said (Steve Parsons/PA)

Hope grew up in Newcastle and was educated at the University of Cambridge, where she studied languages.

She is the daughter of a Nigerian mother and English father, and has said her parents are watching her progress on Strictly.

“My mum and dad went out and bought a TV just two weeks ago so they could watch me on Strictly,” she said.

“When I was growing up we didn’t have TV in our house which is perhaps why I work in TV because it seemed such a mythical thing.

“I am having the time of my life. I don’t think there’s a happier place than when you’re dancing and feeling the music.”

The full article can be read in Hello magazine, which is out now.

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