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Name: Farida

Age: 50

From: Wolverhampton

Occupation: Make-Up Artist

What made you apply to be a Big Brother housemate? I'm very proud of who I am and I feel like Asian women and Asian culture is underrepresented on TV. A lot of people think that wearing a headscarf might stop you from having opportunities, whereas for me, it's been completely the opposite.

I embrace it with confidence and it's actually given me lots of opportunities. I want to let people know that us Muslims, we really aren't suppressed. I'm far from suppressed - I used to be a holiday rep!

What part of the experience are you most looking forward to? I'm looking forward to everything honestly, I'm just going to embrace it. I believe in living for the moment and I want to remember that I’m one of thousands of applicants who made it inside the house.

How would your friends and family describe you? Bubbly, fun - I’m the party! I'm a bit of a crazy one. I'm very sociable. I’m what you'd call the black sheep of the family.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself... People are always surprised when I say I got married at 43. Or also that I’m an ex-holiday rep in Gran Canaria and Menorca.

What are you most likely to get nominated for? People will nominate me because they feel intimidated by the fact that I've got potential to win this, it’s as simple as that.

What would you do with the prize money if you won? I’d probably invest in setting up online training courses to teach hair and makeup. I'll need to be smart and invest it properly because, don't forget, I'm a businesswoman. Who would be your dream celebrity to live with? Alison Hammond.


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