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Probation officer's 'crime of fashion'

PUBLISHED: 16:58 13 August 2008 | UPDATED: 12:45 20 May 2010

Pauline Bennett's hours in the courtroom are usually spent on the honest side of the dock.

But the north Norfolk probation officer will be getting a public grilling about her crimes against fashion, after handing herself in to TV fashion police Trinny and Susannah.

Pauline Bennett's hours in the courtroom are usually spent on the honest side of the dock.

But the north Norfolk probation officer will be getting a public grilling about her crimes against fashion, after handing herself in to TV fashion police Trinny and Susannah.

Last night, the now chic Cromer Magistrates' Court official was due to star on Trinny and Susannah's Undress the Nation.

Camera-shy Mrs Bennett still wonders why she put herself forward for the programme when she has never let anyone take her photo before - but she decided to apply after watching the show one evening.

At 61, with a husband who is 13 years younger, she thought she needed a bit of an update and would be grateful for some tips from the experts, she said.

And the knowledgeable duo has certainly given her plenty to think about, some stylish additions to her wardrobe… and a big dose of self-confidence.

Keen to dress in an interesting and colourful way, Mrs Bennett said she had dabbled in fashion for the last five years. But before that she had stuck to black.

When her hair went grey she decided to brighten it up with some pink hair dye - a look praised by Trinny on day one of filming.

Terrified when she arrived for her first day, she saw a “pink pod” and thought she was going to have to get down to her underwear straight away, she said.

Although initially she did not have to take off her clothes, she said she was amazed at some of the things she did and that on the second day she found herself standing in her underwear at the London School of Fashion with cameramen around.

Wednesday's programme is aimed at the “larger lady” and nine women ranging from the age of 17 to 61 who are all size 16 plus congregated in London to indulge in four days of shopping trips and fashion shows and they even had fashion students designing clothes for them. They were also given the chance to talk to retailers about what would suit them.

“It was quite a big thing for all of us to do,” said Mrs Bennett.

But she said they learnt that even though they are bigger, they could look and feel sexy in their clothes.

She said she had lots of fun and she raved about Trinny and Susannah.

“They are dynamic, funny, down to earth, entertaining and they genuinely care,” she said. “It wasn't about having a makeover, but confirming that what I was doing was right. If you go into it with the right frame of mind and you do not expect miracles and you have some fun doing it, then it is really enjoyable.”


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