Lauren Laverne

Lauren Laverne


Lauren Laverne, TV and radio presenter, and all round fab gal is lending her time and talents to raise awareness for cervical cancer with the fightcervicalcancerinstyle campagin. And she's one busy lady right now; she'll be on the red carpet presenting the BAFTAs awards for E! and she's penning her first novel…

InStyle: What's your fashion concept when you hit the BAFTAs red carpet this year?

Lauren: You've got to have fun with it otherwise it's a wasted opportunity. You might as well be brave… You can always burn the photos later, why live your life in beige?! I love dressing up, I think it's a real northern thing to get dolled up and express yourself. I'll probably be freezing at the BAFTAs so I will work some kind of coaty business. Last year's Brits was the coldest I've ever been. I ain't going out like that again, not even for the Red Hot Chilli Peppers!

InStyle: We've heard tell you're penning a teenage novel… Tell us more!

Lauren: Well, it's about a young girl growing up in the North East who wants to be a rockstar… She has a workaday life but finds out her mother was a famous groupie and that her dad might actually be the biggest rockstar in the universe. It's basically an Indie fairy story that has my heroine heading to Glastonbury to try and track down her dad. It's a comedy so it's kinda different.

InStyle: So no vampires? Are you a Twilight fan?

Lauren: Do you know, I haven't read them yet!

InStyle: Get to it! So what's the most important thing girls need to know about cervical cancer?

Lauren: It's really surprised me that it's unfortunately the most common cancer in women under 30. When you're young you're aware of cancer but you think it's later in life that it happens. You think 'I'll deal with it then.' But three women die of cervical cancer every day, yet it's completely preventable.

You can actually protect yourself from it – go for a smear test and get a vaccination. And go to the website and find out more… Everyone from La Roux to Sarah Brown is helping, so get involved!

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Interview by Pat McNulty