Dina Asher-Smith dubs Dame Kelly Holmes her childhood inspiration for winning double gold 

Dina Asher-Smith details her road to sporting fame and dubs Dame Kelly Holmes her childhood inspiration for winning double gold in 2004

Dina Asher Smith spoke on her journey to becoming a professional athlete as she attended the Bazaar At Work Summit 2022 at the Kimpton Fitzroy London hotel in Bloomsbury on Monday.

The sprinter, who is the fastest British woman on record, revealed the Dame Kelly Holmes was her inspiration to become a runner… after watching the olympian win a double gold medal back in 2004.

Taking to the summit, the 26-year-old looked stunning in a bright red midi dress with a high neck and cut-out detail. 

Dina Asher-Smith, 26, detailed her road to sporting fame and dubs Dame Kelly Holmes her childhood inspiration for winning double gold in 2004

Dina Asher-Smith, 26, detailed her road to sporting fame and dubs Dame Kelly Holmes her childhood inspiration for winning double gold in 2004

And opening up on her own experiences, Dina recalled the moment she decided to become a runner at just eight years old.

‘When I was about eight years old in 2004, I watched the Athens Olympics and saw Kelly Holmes win double gold. I saw my parents crying because they were so happy for her, and I remember just realising that every four years, there’s an event where uber competitive people get together and battle to see who’s the best. 

‘By excelling at that, you’re realising your dreams, but you’re also touching people at home, like my parents. That’s what I wanted to do: I wanted to be an Olympian.’ 

Kelly became the first British athlete since 1972 and the first British track and field athlete to win two gold medals at the same Summer Olympics. 

Inspiring: Kelly became the first British athlete since 1972 and the first British track and field athlete to win two gold medals at the same Summer Olympics

Inspiring: Kelly became the first British athlete since 1972 and the first British track and field athlete to win two gold medals at the same Summer Olympics

Stunner: Taking to the summit, the sprinter ooked stunning in a bright red midi dress with a high neck and cut-out detail

Stunner: Taking to the summit, the sprinter ooked stunning in a bright red midi dress with a high neck and cut-out detail

From role model to friend, the two olympians are often seen supporting one another on social media.

Dina also touched on gender inequality in sporting, as she admitted the industry still has a way to go.

‘On the outside, there’s a lot of progress being made right now in terms of visibility. But in terms of the actual mechanism of sport, it’s not something that I’ve seen change that much, and it’s something that I would love to see change because it makes such a difference – to how the sport is run and how we move forward.’

Stylish: She elevated her height with a pair of deep red heels at the event, pulling her locks into an up do' as one strand fell to frame her face

Stylish: She elevated her height with a pair of deep red heels at the event, pulling her locks into an up do’ as one strand fell to frame her face

(Dina pictured with Harper's Bazaar Executive Digital Editor Sarah Karmali)

(Dina pictured with Harper’s Bazaar Executive Digital Editor Sarah Karmali)

‘As sportspeople, we are hopefully stepping into an era of speaking our minds,’ she explained.

Dina dubbed herself a ‘perfectionist’ while speaking during the event, sharing that she always gets nervous before running and ‘loves the nerves and butterflies’.

The athelete has broken a slew of running record, winning a gold medal in the 200 metres, silver in the 100 metres and another silver in the 4×100 m relay at the 2019 World Championships.

Smiling for snaps at the event, Dina looked gorgeous in her bright red garment – which featured a figure-hugging design and cut-out detail.

She elevated her height with a pair of deep red heels, pulling her locks into an up do’ as one strand fell to frame her face. 

Lesley Manville was at the same event, taking the floor to reveal that ageing naturally is important to her because she ‘needs her forehead to move’ while playing older characters.

The actress, 66, who plays Princess Margaret in the Crown, explained how her ‘job is to play the faces that were untouched by needles and surgery’.

Speaking at the bash, Lesley wore a glamorous brown midi dress with a V-neckline as she discussed the ageing process with regards to her job. 

'This face is a result of all my years of being here': Lesley Manville was at the same event, taking the floor to reveal that ageing naturally is important to her because she 'needs her forehead to move' while playing older characters

‘This face is a result of all my years of being here’: Lesley Manville was at the same event, taking the floor to reveal that ageing naturally is important to her because she ‘needs her forehead to move’ while playing older characters

She said: ‘We don’t want to get older because we want to keep having our life and we don’t want to feel older. But my job is to play, for example, Ada Harrison and Princess Margaret. 

‘They have faces that were untouched by needles and surgery, and how can I be one of those women if I’m looking like something else? I need my forehead to move.

‘Who I am when I’m not acting is very important to me. This face is a result of all my years of being here, and I don’t want to change them.’

Amazing: The actress, 66, who play's Princess Margaret in the Crown, explained how her 'job is to play the faces that were untouched by needles and surgery'

Amazing: The actress, 66, who play’s Princess Margaret in the Crown, explained how her ‘job is to play the faces that were untouched by needles and surgery’

Looking good: Speaking at the Bazaar At Work Summit 2022 at the Kimpton Fitzroy London hotel in Bloomsbury, Lesley donned a glamorous brown midi dress with a V-neckline (pictured with Harper's Bazaar Editor-in-Chief Lydia Slater)

Looking good: Speaking at the Bazaar At Work Summit 2022 at the Kimpton Fitzroy London hotel in Bloomsbury, Lesley donned a glamorous brown midi dress with a V-neckline (pictured with Harper’s Bazaar Editor-in-Chief Lydia Slater)

The award winning star admitted she ‘adored’ playing Princess Margaret in the hit Netflix show ‘because she didn’t care’ what others thought. 

She continued: ‘Some actors say they need to love their characters, and I’ve never felt that, but I do absolutely adore her because she didn’t care. 

‘She was a free-spirited, outspoken, candid woman who was sometimes a bit more acerbic than she should have been. But she was also lonely, she didn’t have a lifelong partner, and there was a grief that stayed with her. I also love the fact that she wanted a whisky at 11am.’

Lesley, who has appeared in over 50 films and TV shows, admitted she likes to ‘separate’ herself from the characters she plays to be able to enjoy life properly. 

She said: ¿We don¿t want to get older because we want to keep having our life and we don¿t want to feel older. But my job is to play the faces that were untouched by needles and surgery, and how can I be one of those women if I¿m looking like something else? I need my forehead to move'

She said: ‘We don’t want to get older because we want to keep having our life and we don’t want to feel older. But my job is to play the faces that were untouched by needles and surgery, and how can I be one of those women if I’m looking like something else? I need my forehead to move’

The Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris star said: ‘I like separating the characters I played from me, because if I took some of them home I’d have a miserable life.’

Lesley spoke at the day-long conference aimed at professional women from all walks of life for a series of empowering talks, thought-provoking panel discussions, interactive workshops and unmissable networking opportunities.

Giving young woman in the industry advice she told the actresses to remain ‘strong’ because it is ‘difficult’. 

She said: ‘They need to be strong, autonomous and very single-minded to say, “This is what I know I need to do.” I think it’s very difficult. I would not swap [where I am] now with a 20 or 30 year old.’

'She was a free-spirited and outspoken': The award winning star admitted she 'adored' playing Princess Margaret in the hit Netflix show 'because she didn¿t care' what others thought

‘She was a free-spirited and outspoken’: The award winning star admitted she ‘adored’ playing Princess Margaret in the hit Netflix show ‘because she didn’t care’ what others thought

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