EXCLUSIVE: Millie Mackintosh talks to Marie Claire about fashion and charity

WATCH: Marie Claire speaks to Made In Chelsea's Millie Mackintosh about fashion, charity and her adorable puppy Herby...

After taking part in The Sunday Strut, a six kilometre catwalk strut across London in aid of The Prince’s Trust, we sat down with Millie Mackintosh to talk fashion, charity and her adorable new puppy Herby.

You took part in The Sunday Strut this weekend, how did you come to be involved with The Prince’s Trust?

Millie: London and fashion are two of my passions, and so I’m thrilled to be supporting The Sunday Strut. Walking in aid of such a fantastic charity has been amazing and I got to take in London’s top landmarks alongside some of the UK’s top trendsetters. Raising a toast on the stunning roof terrace at One New Change was the perfect end to a very stylish day.
 
We’ve seen you striking poses for many brands recently, is modelling something that you really enjoy?
M: I am a trained make-up artist and have always had a passion for beauty and fashion. Having the opportunity to model for some amazing brands is wonderful and something that I very much enjoy.
 
Would you consider designing your own fashion range?
M: Totally! I love fashion so designing my own collection would be fun. I love classic shapes that you can take from day to night.
 
How would you describe your own style?
M: It depends on my mood. I like to look sophisticated and elegant but I like to have fun with fashion too. I wore a beautiful shirt dress to walk The Sunday Strut, with a pair of classic nude wedges. I love the variety of things available on the British high street.
 
What is your top beauty tip?
M: I always make sure I get enough sleep and drink plenty of water to keep my skin looking good. My other beauty secret is to have a shot of wheatgrass every day – I keep shots of them in the freezer and defrost them in warm water in the morning. I always take my makeup off and exfoliate once or twice a week too.
 
How do you stay in shape?
M: I like to do fun, social exercise to keep in shape. Strutting 6K from Cardinal Place in Victoria to One New Change in St Paul’s certainly helped, especially on such a hot day! I have just got a new puppy called Herby, and I’m sure that running after him all day will keep me active. I try to eat lots of fruit and vegetables too.

Your career has gone from strength to strength since appearing in Made in Chelsea, what are your goals for the future?
M: In the future I would love to open up my own fashion boutique or start a vintage fashion label or brand, watch this space!

WATCH: A behind the scenes video at the Sunday Strut here…

The Sunday Strut is a sporting event with a difference for charity that brought excitement and a touch of glamour to the streets of London in the lead-up to the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

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