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Erin O’Connor breaks silence on having to wash her hair in the sink at The Fashion Awards – Daily Express

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British modelling icon Erin O’Connor, 43, stunned at The Fashion Awards 2021 last month when she stepped out in a chic pinstripe trouser-suit by Tommy Hilfiger. The stylish star paired the suit with slicked-back hair and some bold platform heels.
However, the mum-of-two has now revealed that things weren’t as glamorous as they seemed when she had to rush from the red carpet to get ready for her Tommy Hilfiger stage debut at the star-studded event.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk while discussing her work as an ambassador for The Borne Foundation and this year’s The Big Give Christmas Challenge, Erin admitted she had to wash her hair in the sink backstage at the awards ceremony.

Erin recalled: “I did attend The British Fashion Awards this year and it was a brilliant day. 

“I arrived at 1:30pm which I know, sounds really keen, but I was there in a professional capacity. 
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“I did manage to do the red carpet.

“But I was quickly whisked backstage up on to the fifth floor, where I had to wash my hair in the sink, start over and get ready for my Tommy Hilfiger stage debut whilst lip-syncing to Prince. 

“So, that is a night I can never forget, performing on stage at The Royal Albert Hall.”

She continued: “Billy Porter was of course the perfect host. 

“But isn’t it all about exhibitionism and designers having their moments on the red carpet? 
 
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“We cannot detract from celebrating creativity and that is what evenings like the BFAs are all about.” 
Erin also documented her rush to get ready at the event in an Instagram post, which saw her grinning while hanging her head over the toilet in a tiny bathroom.
The model held a shower head above her hair, ensuring she didn’t get the floor too wet by aiming the water towards the toilet.
Erin then got busy preparing for her performance on the runway, as she pretended to sing while using the shower head as a microphone.
The star captioned the post in view of her 83,000 followers: “Right now. Backstage glam. Missing dinner… #britishfashionawards.”
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Erin went on to open up on her work The Borne Foundation and why the charity is important to her.

She said: “I was inspired to become an ambassador for Borne when I met The Founder, Mark Johnson.  

“Mark has looked after me through my pregnancies, and it has not been an easy ride at all.  

“However, I am very thankful to him and to all the people who work tirelessly at Borne to help women and families like me who have had their fair share of challenges, and in some cases, premature birth has resulted in death for the infant. 

“I could not believe that there was such a lack of funding and awareness around this topic, so I welcomed the chance to become an ambassador for Borne. 
“There is nothing more important in the world than giving babies a healthy start to life, which is something so often compromised when they are born too soon.”

She added: “Not enough is being done in the field of research to give clinicians the answers, never mind families. 

“Although the charity is young, we are very ambitious, and Mark has made it his absolute promise and dedication to his life to make childbirth safe.” 

Erin continued: “The Big Give Christmas Challenge is particularly important to us at Borne because although we are making big strides you can never get enough attention. 

“We are still a relatively small charity, so we need to focus more than ever, as it is one of the biggest problems in the world without enough of a solution.”

Erin O’Connor is an ambassador for The Borne Foundation, one of the 900 charities which participated in this year’s The Big Give Christmas Challenge, the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign which this year raised £21.1 million www.thebiggive.org.uk
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