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Beautiful Misfits don’t accept the status quo. They know instinctively the way we’re living today is broken. But they believe the world can be a better place. And they fearlessly take the imaginative leap to change it. Join Mary as she talks to the authors and businesspeople, designers and poets, who are using their unique perspective to create a better, more beautiful, future. Their life lessons are sometimes funny, at others moving, but always insightful. And one thing is clear: we’ve never needed these beautiful misfits more.
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Beautiful Misfits Mary Portas

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.4 • 817 Ratings

Beautiful Misfits don’t accept the status quo. They know instinctively the way we’re living today is broken. But they believe the world can be a better place. And they fearlessly take the imaginative leap to change it. Join Mary as she talks to the authors and businesspeople, designers and poets, who are using their unique perspective to create a better, more beautiful, future. Their life lessons are sometimes funny, at others moving, but always insightful. And one thing is clear: we’ve never needed these beautiful misfits more.
A Pixiu production.

    "Service. It's a sign of humanity...." with Thomasina Miers

    "Service. It's a sign of humanity...." with Thomasina Miers

    We all need to do our bit to create a better future than the **** show we’ve got right now. Let’s make a commitment to be that bit more conscious, think about how we live, buy, who we bank with, work and vote for. Even the smallest changes knit together to create a greater whole.

    In this episode of Beautiful Misfits, I’m talking to the wonderful Thomasina Miers. After winning Masterchef, Tommi co-founded Wahaca – the chain of Mexican restaurants that had sustainability baked in from the beginning. They’ve been carbon neutral since 2016 and are forging a new path on how food can be good for planet – and people. In addition to all that, Tommi is a passionate campaigner around all things food. From working to get chefs into schools to create truly nutritious food for children, to campaigning to fix our broken food system – she's passionate about it all – because bad food is literally killing us and the planet. 

    She’s tireless, inspiring and I loved talking to her. Let's take Tommi's ideas for a better world and run.

    TW: This episode contains references to mental illness and suicide.

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    • 46 min
    "I had a strong vision..." with Tom Herbert

    "I had a strong vision..." with Tom Herbert

    As a fifth-generation baker from the esteemed Hobbs House Bakery family, Tom Herbert grew up with yeast in his in his genes and a ready-made career to fall into. But after a series of events including a visit to refugee camps in Calais, Tom realised he couldn't just take the easy path, and felt an urgent need to contribute to something more purposeful. He founded The Long Table in Stroud – a project which I love and have eaten at many times myself – that looks at tackling all aspects of food inequality, starting with community dining. Tom is a believer that simple solutions, community spirit, and kindness can change the world. I'll raise my baguette to that!

    To support The Long Table visit https://www.thelongtableonline.com/donate

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    • 43 min
    "Are you kidding? You wouldn't say that to a man" with Trinny Woodall

    "Are you kidding? You wouldn't say that to a man" with Trinny Woodall

    Success isn’t always a straight line. Trinny Woodall burst onto our TV screens on What Not To Wear alongside Susannah Constantine in the noughties. Twenty years on she’s got a million Instagram followers and a beauty business – Trinny London – that turns over something like £50 million a year. Those are the headlines. But there is so much more than that. Because while Trinny has gone through the highs of public success, she’s also experienced the lows of addiction in her twenties, complex bereavement, and a failed dotcom business – with everything in between. And after all of that, she took the leap into the beauty business after decades in fashion aged 53.

    It took a long time for us to meet. And I’m not sure why we didn’t before. But I’m so glad we finally got the chance to because Trinny is a soulful woman. Join us on today’s episode as we talk about fashion, family and whether to lean into a male-dominated business world. 

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    • 48 min
    "Our country is broken because our politics is broken" with Gina Miller

    "Our country is broken because our politics is broken" with Gina Miller

    Imagine your daughter being so scared for your safety that she fainted when you took too long popping out for a pint of milk? This is what happened to Gina Miller, the woman who took the government to court in the midst of the Brexit furore. She wasn’t trying to stop Brexit. She was fighting for our democracy. But she was  so abused and threatened for standing up to the system that she feared for her – and her children’s – safety.

    In this episode of Beautiful Misfits I talk to Gina about her extraordinary story. Her life has been one of many challenges – from a serious sexual assault when she was a teenager to fighting for her daughter who was born with significant extra needs – and yet she is still hopeful. And Gina believes we all have a choice: to give in to all the negatives, or believe in our collective power to create a better future. So now she’s launched a political party to campaign for it. She’s inspirational. I hope you enjoy. 

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    • 55 min
    "I'm not sure I want to be called an activist" with Florence Given

    "I'm not sure I want to be called an activist" with Florence Given

    I’m in my 60s. Florence Given is in her 20s. But we came together to chat everything from body image to the new kind of protest movements unfolding on social media. And what I realised is that so many of the issues that older women have faced are still being negotiated by younger women today. The good news though is that they’re getting vocal about them. Florence is an illustrator, artist and author, who’s also got a huge following on social media. And she’s loved by Gen Z women - and older ones too - for her willingness to talk about everything from feminism and sex to her own sexuality and how young women – and men – navigate relationships today.

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    • 44 min
    "The answer is, there is no answer" with Dr Sharon Blackie

    "The answer is, there is no answer" with Dr Sharon Blackie

    Fear is a big one isn’t it? The fear of failure. The fear of stepping out of our lane and getting flattened. But in today’s episode of Beautiful Misfits, I talk to Dr Sharon Blackie about why confronting our fears is one of the vital keys to unlocking change in ourselves and the world around us. She did this. She was so afraid of flying - and failing in a big corporate life - that she took the radical step of training a pilot. Today Sharon is an author and teacher whose work centres on how to bring back balance into a world that’s gone so off course in many ways. And the ancient wisdom found in the stories of our past that provide the answers we need for the future.

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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
817 Ratings

817 Ratings

Deevee2007 ,

Trinny podcast

Love Mary and love that she interviewed Trinny asking great questions and not being scared to do so, like others who have had her on their podcasts, seem to have done. Well done Mary- off down a rabbit hole of all your others as I didn’t know you had a pod until today! Congratulations!

MegFenn ,

Refreshing

I loved Work Like a Woman and The Kindness Economy podcasts and Beautiful Misfits is a wonderful addition. Really liked the Lemn Sissay, Julian Metcalfe and Jane Shepherdson episodes. The latter two especially since I’ve started working in retail. I could listen to Mary Portas talking all day long.

cbniugfreesdfhjoppknbc ,

A must listen for all working within retail HOs!

I love the Mary Portas podcasts, but the Jane Sheperdson one was great. As a retail buyer, ex Bhs (at the time Topshop was bought by PG I was a lowly Assistant Buyer there) I knew the culture she spoke of, the (embarrassingly!) fear, sexism, creepy bosses but also the fun we all had. He really did flick ash in peoples hands and Buyers could be there one day and gone the next. I’ve loved the other podcasts too as Mary speaks of a world I'm familiar of m, interviewing great people. I look forward to the rest of this series

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