Believe
I Turned My Vulnerability Into Strength (And You Can Too)
Words by KATIE MULLOY
Illustration by ELINA KRIMA
Believe
I Turned My Vulnerability Into Strength (And You Can Too)
Words by KATIE MULLOY
Illustration by ELINA KRIMA
With a global interior design brand, she’s known as one of the UK’s toughest business women, but says Kelly Hoppen, it’s her personal challenges that have been the key to her professional success

Kelly Hoppen is sure you’d like her a whole lot more if you were able to spend an hour in her company. 

Not that the world’s most famous interior designer, millionaire business woman, former Dragon’s Den dragon, part-time TV personality and one-time tabloid fodder, takes your opinion of her - whatever that may be - personally. She just knows that successful women tend to be perceived in a particular way. 

‘I think, especially as a woman in business, you’re seen in a certain light,’ she says. ‘But you’re just as vulnerable and fragile at times as everybody else; it’s just you have to put on this show the whole time.’

If you had sixty minutes to hear her back story, you’d realise she was human too. Via Zoom, she helpfully summarises. 

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