Miranda Kerr sizzles in pretty sheer blouse and satin skirt as she attends fashion party in New York

Does she ever get it wrong Miranda Kerr looks picture perfect in a black sheer blouse and brocade skirt at book launch

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With a busy modeling career and a young family, Miranda Kerr hardly has time to socialize.

But the beautiful brunette made an exception for a book and fragrance launch event in New York on Monday.

The Victoria's Secret Angel stepped out for a rare appearance to celebrate the occasion with her fashion friends and dressed up to the nines.

Effortlessly stylish: Miranda Kerr showed off her fashionable nature as she attends a launch party in New York

Effortlessly stylish: Miranda Kerr showed off her fashionable nature as she attends a launch party in New York

Looking as stunning and stylish as usual, Miranda opted to go for a casual chic look in a printed satin skirt and sheer black blouse.

Making the most of her toned pins, the star showed them off in the short skirt that she teamed up with a pair of black sandals to add some extra height to her 5'10 frame.

Miranda left her luscious brunette locks down in a wavy style as she kept her make-up natural, opting only for blush to add a healthy glow.

Well, she is an Angel! Miranda sizzled in a sheer blouse that she teamed up with a colourful satin skirt

Well, she is an Angel! Miranda sizzled in a sheer blouse that she teamed up with a colourful satin skirt

Well, she is an Angel! Miranda sizzled in a sheer blouse that she teamed up with a colourful satin skirt

Schmoozing: Miranda chatted to artist Philippe Dodart at the event

Schmoozing: Miranda chatted to artist Philippe Dodart at the event

The mother-of-one attended the joint launch event for Fire Tree fragrance oil and photography book Nomad Two Worlds at ABC Carpet & Home in Midtown, New York.

The model only last week graced the catwalk during the annual Victoria's Secret fashion extravaganza, and she explained the Esquire why she doesn't mind parading around in tiny lingerie.

'I believe in celebrating the female figure and embracing what we've been given, not hiding that,' she said.

Speaking of whether or not she has any rules when it comes to posing in the nude, Miranda explained: 'I don't really think of rules, as long as it's classy and timeless and it's something I wouldn't be ashamed of.'

Socialising: The beauty cosied up to other guests at the party, including Russell James and Nicole Trunfio

Socialising: The beauty cosied up to other guests at the party, including Russell James and Nicole Trunfio

She also talked about her exercise regime, and is adamant her outdoorsy nature is the reason she stays fit.

'I really feel that my body craves to be in the mountains or by the ocean or in the countryside,' she mused. 'I like to climb. I find it very rewarding. I don't like abseiling, though. I don't like going down. I like going up.'

She adds: 'I must have been a koala in my past life.'

Letting her hair down: The star is usually seen playing with her son Flynn or heading off to fashion meetings

Letting her hair down: The star is usually seen playing with her son Flynn or heading off to fashion meetings

VIDEO: Miranda's winter VS campaign sees her pillow fight with other 'angels'!…

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I"m A Celebrity 2012: Ashley Roberts shows off her Pussycat curves in leopard print bikini top

She's off to a grrrreat start! I'm A Celebrity contestant Ashley Roberts shows off her Pussycat curves in leopard print bikini top

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16:43 GMT, 13 November 2012

As a singer and dancer in the Pussycat Dolls she was always left out in the shade, with Nicole Scherzinger stealing the limelight and taking centre stage.

But now, Ashley Roberts is making the most of her opportunity to shine all on her own.

The 31-year-old American singer stripped off to show off her bikini body on a beautiful beach in Australia, ahead of her stint in the jungle on I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.

Strike a pose: Ashley was seen gazing into the camera with a confident look on her face

Strike a pose: Ashley was seen gazing into the camera with a confident look on her face

Keeping in shape: Ashley enjoyed a short jog on the sands, making the most of the beautiful surroundings before heading in to the jungle

She's a beach babe: Ashley is based in LA back in America, so she seems more than at home on the beaches of Australia

She's a beach babe: Ashley is based in LA back in America, so she seems more than at home on the beaches of Australia

Ahead of her time up close and personal
with the creepy crawlies and furry friends in camp, Ashley donned a
leopard print bikini top, teaming it with a pair of mismatched green bottoms.

Ashley was seen running along the beach, making the most of the beautiful golden sands in Queensland.

The singer has her blonde tresses loose, tumbling down around her shoulders.

The shoot was taken before the American singer had made her way into the jungle with the rest of the contestants.

And on Monday night's show viewers saw Ashley trying to get to grips with jungle life.

Not
only do the gang have to get used to sleeping with insects, spiders and
rats close by but washing has proved to be quite the task.

Ashley donned a tasselled green bikini as she ventured into a pool of water to clean herself.

But the singer found the temperature of the pond a little took cool for her liking and was seen wincing as she made her way in.

Getting off to a grrreat start: Ashley Roberts kicked off her stint on I'm A Celebrity with a beach photo shoot before heading into the jungle

Getting off to a grrreat start: Ashley Roberts kicked off her stint on I'm A Celebrity with a beach photo shoot before heading into the jungle

Truly inspirational: Woman who counsels the grieving wins Mail honour

Truly inspirational: Woman who counsels the grieving wins Mail honourShelley Gilbert is overall winner of Inspirational Women of the Year AwardsAccolade awarded for her work with counselling charity Grief EncounterMother-of-four meets Samantha Cameron and Darcey Bussell at No10

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With a guest list ranging from the Prime Minister’s wife to a Strictly Come Dancing star, it was certainly an illustrious event.

But for once, it wasn’t the famous faces who were in the spotlight.

Instead, mother-of-four Shelley Gilbert became the centre of attention yesterday – as she was named the overall winner of the Daily Mail’s sixth annual Inspirational Women of the Year Awards.

Influential: Shelley Gilbert (centre) with Samantha Cameron and Darcey Bussell at Downing Street. Mrs Gilbert is the overall winner of the Daily Mail's sixth annual Inspirational Women of the Year Awards

Influential: Shelley Gilbert (centre) with Samantha Cameron and Darcey Bussell at Downing Street. Mrs Gilbert is the overall winner of the Daily Mail's sixth annual Inspirational Women of the Year Awards

Proud: Mrs Gilbert, a mum-of-four, was awarded the accolade for her work with Grief Encounter, the counselling charity she set up in 2003

Proud: Mrs Gilbert, a mum-of-four, was awarded the accolade for her work with Grief Encounter, the counselling charity she set up in 2003

Shelley Gilbert

Shelley Gilbert was nominated by Kevin Wells, the father of murdered schoolgirl Holly, for the support she gave his family after his daughters disappearance

The 49-year-old was invited to 10 Downing Street to meet Samantha Cameron and Strictly judge Darcey Bussell before a gala dinner at the Marriott Hotel in London’s Grosvenor Square.

Mrs Gilbert, who set up counselling charity Grief Encounter in 2003, received the accolade in recognition of her years of charitable work.

She was nominated by Kevin Wells, the father of murdered schoolgirl Holly, for the support she gave his family after his daughter’s disappearance.

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Celebration: Darcey parties with dancer Kristina Rihanoff and fellow Strictly judge Graig Revel Horwood

Celebration: Darcey parties with dancer Kristina Rihanoff and fellow Strictly judge Graig Revel Horwood. (Right) with author Kathy Lette

Celebration: Darcey parties with dancer Kristina Rihanoff and fellow Strictly judge Graig Revel Horwood, and with author Kathy Lette (right)

Strictly inspirational: Craig Revel Horwood and Kristina Rihanoff attended the awards ceremony

Strictly inspirational: Craig Revel Horwood and Kristina Rihanoff attended the awards ceremony

Strictly inspirational: Strictly stars Craig Revel Horwood and Kristina Rihanoff attended the awards ceremony

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Although typically in the spotlight, celebrities like Olivia Inge took a back seat as Inspiration Woman of the Year Shelley Gilbert became the centre of attention yesterday

Mrs Gilbert was joined at Downing Street by the four other finalists in the awards, held in association with Sanctuary Spa and the charity Wellbeing of Women.

Pam Marshall, 43, from Southampton, was put forward by her close friend Jean Rice for opening two holiday homes for seriously ill children and their families, while Andrea Fox, 52, set up The Drop Inn, a youth centre near her home in Belper, Derbyshire, to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Justine Laymond, 39, from Essex, has raised more than 15,000 for charity since having a life-saving double lung transplant.

And mother-of-two Clare Dimmer, 57, from Portsmouth, is the founder of Breast Cancer UK.

She set up the charity after contracting the disease when she was 38.

Olympians: (Left to right) Olympic rowers Anna Watkins, Katherine Grainger and Sarah Storey arriving for the Daily Mail Inspirational Woman of the Year Awards, at the London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square in central London

Olympians: (Left to right) Olympic rowers Anna Watkins, Katherine Grainger and Sarah Storey arriving for the Daily Mail Inspirational Woman of the Year Awards, at the London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square in central London

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Jenni Falconer and Carol McGiffin attended the glittering ceremony, where women who made an important contribution to their community were recognised

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Amber Atherton

Amber Atherton (right) and Kara Tointon heard the stories of the finalists, who were selected from hundreds of extraordinary women nominated by the Daily Mail's readers

Afterwards, the women attended a glittering awards ceremony hosted by television presenter Emma Forbes.

The 47-year-old said: ‘It is humbling to hear what they have done with their lives.’

All of the finalists were selected from hundreds of extraordinary women nominated by the Daily Mail’s readers.

Read Shelley Gilbert’s inspirational story and interviews with the finalists online in Femail on Thursday.

Speaker: Meera Syal gave an after-dinner speech last night in which she paid tribute to the NHS

Paying tribute: Olympic gold-medal winning rower Helen Glover said she was 'so inspired' by the finalists, whose achievements made her own seem minor

Paying tribute: Meera Syal gave an after-dinner speech last night in which she praised the work of the NHS. RIGHT: Olympic gold-medal winning rower Helen Glover said she was 'so inspired' by the finalists, whose achievements she said made her own seem minor

The other inspiring women of the night: From left, Olympians Anna Watkins, Alex Danson, Natalie Seymour, Helen Glover, Heather Standing, Sarah Storey and Katherine Granger

The other inspiring women of the night: From left, Olympians Anna Watkins, Alex Danson, Natalie Seymour, Helen Glover, Heather Standing, Sarah Storey and Katherine Granger

Why 4 out of 10 women have an "uneasy" relationship with their mother-in-law

From criticism over fashion choices to interfering parenting advice… why four out of ten women have an 'uneasy' relationship with their mother-in-law

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It will hardly come as news to millions of married women – or, indeed, to their husbands.

Four out of ten women have an ‘uneasy’ relationship with their mother-in-law, a survey has found.

Millions find themselves in daily battles with their spouse’s mother over everything from dress sense to the household finances.

Mother-in-law knows best: Sharing their opinions on how to raise children was women's biggest gripe with their mother-in-law (posed by models)

Mother-in-law knows best: Sharing their opinions on how to raise children was women's biggest gripe with their mother-in-law (posed by models)

And as many as one in ten women are
currently not speaking to their mother-in-law following a particularly
bitter row, the study found.

Sharing opinions on raising the children was the most common cause of arguments, the poll found

Frequently saying ‘In my day, we did it like this…’ also ranked highly
on the list of top bones of contention, as did taking credit for all
her son’s good points because ‘he takes after her’.

Mothers-in-law giving children too much junk food or interfering with
financial matters were also common, the study by online researchers
OnePoll found.

Battle of wills: Four out of ten women have an uneasy relationship with their mother-in-law like Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda's characters in the film 'Monster-in-Law'

Battle of wills: Four out of ten women have an uneasy relationship with their mother-in-law like Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda's characters in the film 'Monster-in-Law'

About half of women respondents said they have argued with their partner about his mother.

And 15 per cent have come close to ending their relationship over friction with her.

A OnePoll spokesman said: ‘This report seems to suggest mothers-in-law
know exactly how to push the buttons of their daughters-in-law.’

MOTHER-IN-LAWS' WORST TRAITS

1. Sharing their opinions on how to raise your children

2. Acting like they know what's best

3. Declaring: 'In my day, we did it like this… '

4. Criticising your mothering skills

5. Giving your children too much junk food

6. Acting as if she knows what your children like and don't like

7. Not listening

8. Making out they know their son better than you

9. Tidying up on arrival at your house

10. Interfering in financial matters

11. Taking credit for her son's good points because he 'takes after her'

12. Asking her son 'are you eating well enough, you look thin'

13. Telling you: 'You could do with losing a bit of weight'

14. Insisting on talking on a landline rather than a mobile

15. Declaring: 'You need to get started on my grandchildren, you aren't getting any younger.'

16. Asking your partner to keep a secret from you

17. Criticising your outfit

18. Refusing to listen to your tips when she is babysitting because 'she's had her own children'

19. Criticising meals you serve because you 'don't cook enough from scratch'

20. Buying a plug-in air freshener when she is staying with you

Nicola McLean zaps her muffin tops BEFORE Christmas: Would you have pre-emptive festive lipo?

Would you have pre-emptive festive lipo Model Nicola McLean zaps her muffin tops BEFORE Christmas to make room for the dreaded 5lbs we all gain over the holidays
Harley Street clinic reports 33 per cent rise in pre-Christmas liposuction

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Holidays are coming! And with them comes the dreaded Christmas Five – the pounds the average woman gains over the festive season.

But apparently we no longer have to simply sit back (by a crackling fire, with an eggnog and mince pie in hand, of course) and watch this happen.

Glamour model Nicola McLean has staged a pre-emptive strike against Santa's bulge, treating herself to a round of liposuction to blast her muffin tops before Christmas.

Attack the bulge: Nicola McLean getting a non-invasive Lipoglaze treatment in London's Harley Street, in attempt to stave off the 5lbs she expects to gain over Christmas

Attack the bulge: Nicola McLean getting a non-invasive Lipoglaze treatment in London's Harley Street, in attempt to stave off the 5lbs she expects to gain over Christmas

The former I'm A Celebrity…. and Celebrity Big Brother contestant hopes to ensure that once 2013 rolls around she's already back to the size she is now.

Research shows that the average woman gails 5lb over the Christmas and New Year holiday thanks to an excess of brandy butter, potatoes roasted in goose fat, candy canes and alcohol.

But rather than waiting until January to shed that extra flab, stars worried about their figures – including Antony Costa of once-defunct boy band Blue, and former WAG Lizzie Cundy – are getting the lipo lasers out in November.

One Harley Street clinic has seen a 33 per cent rise in bookings for its non-invasive liposuction procedure in the run-up to Christmas.

Feel the love (handles): Glamour model Nicole McLean pinches her muffin tops before the non-invasive operation

Feel the love (handles): Glamour model Nicole McLean pinches her muffin tops before the non-invasive operation

The 32-year-old mother-of-two, who is married to Notts County footballer Tom Williams, had the Lipoglaze treatment on London's Harley Street at the LoveLite clinic.

She said: 'We all need a bit of help shifting those stubborn areas of fat – even if, like me, you eat well and exercise regularly.

'I decided to have the treatment now because I know with two hungry young boys and a footballer husband, there is going to be so much pigging out at Christmas.

'If I get working on my muffin tops now I’ll have a bit of a “get out of jail free” card and won't be so guilty if I put on a few pounds at Christmas.

'I know that if I do put on a few pounds my muffin tops will only go back to the old shape because Lipoglaze has made them much smaller. I guess you could call it my little “insurance policy”.'

Santa's little helper: Nicola McLean, posing with Father Christmas, hopes to fight her festive bulge before it even arrives

Get me out of here: Nicola McLean on I'm A Celberty... in 2008

Santa's little helper: Nicola McLean, pictured with Father Christmas, left, and on ITV's I'm A Celebrity…. in 2008, hopes her round of pre-emptive liposuction will allow her to indulge at the festive dinner table

Lipoglaze is a new technique which has
become increasingly popular with both men and women who want a quick
beauty fix but and don't want to go under the knife.

It can help stubborn areas like muffin tops and bingo wings in one 60-minute session by using a cyrongenic machine which works by first gently heating and then rapidly cooling the target area.

This causes the fat cells to crystallise and, as a result, fatty deposits are permanently destroyed. The body then naturally eliminates them as waste tissue over the next few weeks.

Donnamarie McBride, co-founder of LoveLite, said: 'We have found that November and December have become really busy periods.

'Lots of women know that they are going to put on a few pounds over Christmas and they want to take action now rather wait till the New Year. They know if they look fantastic before Christmas it is an incentive to go easy on the turkey and the pigs-in-blankets.'

As a breastfeeding doll goes on sale, new mum Kitty Dimbleby says she"s sick of "breast is best" bigotry

Now the Breastapo are using toys to brainwash our children: As a breastfeeding doll goes on sale, new mum Kitty Dimbleby says she and her fellow bottle-feeders are sick of 'breast is best' bigotry

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Ever since giving birth to my daughter, Chloe, seven weeks ago, I have felt happiness beyond measure at the baby in my arms.

But there is a fly in the ointment: everywhere I go, I feel unspoken criticism from ‘friends’, health workers and even total strangers — all because I have chosen not to breastfeed my child.

I have been astonished at the level of pressure put on new mothers to accept that ‘breast is best’, regardless of circumstance.

Bottle-feeding your infant is presented as nothing less than child neglect.

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Controversial: The Breast Milk Baby doll latches on to a bib and is aimed at girls as young as two

Controversial: The Breast Milk Baby doll latches on to a bib and is aimed at girls as young as two

Now, to make matters worse, a toy manufacturer has designed a new baby doll called the Breast Milk Baby, which little girls can pretend to breastfeed.

The child — and it is aimed at girls as young as two — wears a bib featuring flower ‘nipples’, which the doll then latches on to, while emitting suckling sounds. In the interests of realism, the 60 dolls burp after feeding, and if their infant ‘mummies’ fail to wind them, they start crying.

This is repulsive and disquieting on many levels. Not only is it abhorrent that little girls are being asked to emulate breastfeeding mothers when they are barely toddlers themselves, it also represents an unsettling form of indoctrination.

Toys such as the Breast Milk Baby are only enforcing the pernicious and widespread prejudice against mums like me who are bottle-feeding our offspring. And, believe me, there is quite enough of that already.

I chose not to breastfeed for a multitude of reasons — most of them, I would argue, selfless — yet I have been made to feel like a pariah.

I am not an irresponsible parent who has recklessly opted to bottle-feed because it gives me the freedom to drink, smoke and abandon my newborn to a succession of carers while I go night-clubbing.

Like a growing number of middle-class mums, I have made a considered and deliberate decision to give my baby formula milk because I believe it is the best option for her, me and my marriage.

Repulsive: It is abhorrent that little girls are being asked to emulate breast-feeding mothers

Repulsive: It is abhorrent that little girls are being asked to emulate breast-feeding mothers

Yet new mums like me — Chloe is the first child for me and my husband Ed, an Army Major — are made to feel that we are denying our offspring the best start in life because we have not breast-fed.

The pressure from ‘the Breastapo’ began to mount before Chloe was even born. I attended National Childbirth Trust classes at which I dared to ask if there was any information for mothers about bottle-feeding (a few of my friends have had problems with breastfeeding and I wanted all the information I could get).

The lovely woman in charge of the group looked embarrassed, but explained that the organisation takes the same stance as the NHS, which has decreed that all its employees take a vow of silence on the issue. Then and since, even when it was clear for medical reasons that I would have to bottle-feed, no one would advise me.

When Chloe was born four weeks premature, by emergency Caesarean section, weighing just 4lb 9oz, the hospital staff were pragmatic. I was too poorly and she was too small to even attempt to breastfeed initially. She was given a bottle immediately.

A few days later, I tried to feed her myself, in vain. I spent a fraught and miserable 24 hours trying to get her to latch on and failing to express enough milk.

The hospital staff supported my view that it was better for her to thrive on formula milk than to weaken while I went through the misery of trying unsuccessfully to breastfeed.

Kitty Dimbleby (pictured centre with her daughter Chloe) has been made to feel she has denied her offspring the best start in life because she hasn't breast-fed

Kitty Dimbleby (pictured centre with her daughter Chloe) has been made to feel she has denied her offspring the best start in life because she hasn't breast-fed

The options were stark: unless Chloe
gained weight quickly she would have to go into intensive care. On
formula milk, she flourished.

Without it, she would not only have become
sickly, but would also have cost the NHS more. Mercifully, common sense
prevailed.

Since that day,
Chloe has been bottle-fed and because Ed and I share the task, we have
an equal bond with her. Moreover, I do not feel drained, put-upon and
tied by the obligation of being the sole source of my baby’s nutrients.

I know new mums who are exhausted by breast-feeding. Ed and I share the burden and pleasure: it is healthy for our marriage and, I believe, for Chloe.

I challenge anyone who contends that by bottle-feeding I do not have the same bond with my child. I do — and my husband also enjoys a similar closeness to our daughter.

And I am not worried that Chloe’s health will suffer as a result of being raised on formula milk.

Certainly, medical evidence that breast-fed babies fare better than those who are bottle-fed is, to say the least, flimsy.

In a recent book, American academic Dr Joan Wolf argues that the science underpinning the whole ‘breast is best’ debate is dubious and not based on evidence.

Further, she suggests that most responsible, caring parents will see no difference in the health, well-being and intelligence of bottle and breast-fed children.

Yet, she notes: ‘Breastfeeding has come to be viewed as the holy grail of health, and formula-feeding as the equivalent of blowing cigarette smoke into a baby’s face.’

Young mother bottle feeding her baby

Mothers are counselled to use formula milk only when they 'move on' from breast-feeding

Friends who have taken the controversial decision to bottle-feed have faced the same wall of silence I encountered when they asked for advice from professionals.

Even the manufacturers of formula milk have been coerced into the conspiracy.

Adverts for Chloe’s formula milk bear the ‘breast is best’ disclaimer and mothers are counselled to use it only when they ‘move on’ from breast-feeding.

A correspondent writing on the NetMums website works for a Sure Start children’s centre. She says she has been instructed not to supply any information — leaflets or advice — on bottle-feeding or sterilising equipment to mothers.

Moreover, bottles must not feature in any pictures or decorations at the centre.

Even more absurd and misguided is the directive that children’s play equipment that ‘promotes’ formula-feeding — for instance, plastic dolls’ feeding bottles — are banned.

‘The world has gone mad!’ writes the employee, who insists on remaining anonymous because she is too afraid to be seen to disagree with her employers’ palpably ludicrous directive.

She adds that she was shunned by local breastfeeding groups when, after four weeks, she gave up after suffering a pulmonary embolism.

She was put on medication that could have proved injurious to her baby if she had continued to feed. Like me, she made an informed choice but was condemned for it.

Friends tell similar stories. One bought formula milk in Boots and handed over her loyalty card, only to be told by a stern pharmacist that the Government had decreed she could not collect bonus points on formula, as this would be seen as an incentive to bottle-feed. (My husband faced the same embargo on Nectar points buying baby milk at Sainsbury’s).

When my friend said she thought it highly unlikely that mothers would opt out of breast-feeding in the hope of collecting loyalty points, she was given very short shrift.

Clare, another refusenik friend, was told she had to breast-feed, even through excruciating mastitis (blockage of the milk ducts causing flu-like symptoms).

‘It was utter misery,’ she told me. ‘I was in so much pain and just didn’t know what to do for the best. I was at the end of my tether, feeling so rough and utterly exhausted, mentally and physically, with a hungry, unsettled baby.’

Breast is best Medical evidence that breast-fed babies fare better than those who are bottle-fed is flimsy

Breast is best Medical evidence that breast-fed babies fare better than those who are bottle-fed is flimsy

Concerned that the antibiotics she was taking for the mastitis were affecting her six-day-old baby — who had developed bad diarrhoea and was clearly distressed and unsettled — Clare consulted her health visitor, who insisted that breast milk with traces of antibiotics was ‘100 times better’ than formula.

Clare disregarded her: her baby started to thrive on formula. Yet, although Clare felt liberated, she still faced disapprobation.

In the face of such prejudice, and because we formula-feeding mums are given absolutely no advice to pilot us through the process of feeding our children safely, we friends have joined together in an ad-hoc support group.

I feel it is all we can do as increasingly beleaguered mums who are too cowed to make our needs known or voices heard.

As a particularly feisty bottle-feeding mother, I am writing this to speak out for my fellow bottle-feeders.

And you may rest assured that when Chloe is old enough to enjoy playing with dolls, I will buy her one that comes with a politically incorrect plastic bottle — not a bib with which she can pretend to suckle.

VIDEO: See how the breast-feeding doll works

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Jennine Jackson joined army aged 16 to suppress desire for a sex change is now "happier than ever" after becoming a woman

Soldier who joined the Army aged 16 in a bid to suppress his desire for a sex change is now 'happier than ever' after becoming a womanJennine Jackson, 47, was born Russell Jackson but always felt differentJoined army to suppress his feelings but after becoming unfit for service he decided to undergo sex changeSpent 4,000 on breast implants and now feels confidentNow runs his own tyre business

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A soldier who always knew he wanted to be a woman has finally had a sex change after spending almost 25 years in the Army.

Jennine Jackson, who was born Russell Jackson, joined the macho world of the military aged just 16 in a desperate bid to suppress her feelings.

As a member of the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment, the 47-year-old served in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq, Belize, Berlin, Canada, Cyprus, Germany, Kenya and Oman.

Jennine Jackson, who was born Russell, joined the military aged 16 in a desperate bid to suppress her feelings but always knew she wanted to be a woman

Jennine Jackson, who was born Russell, joined the military aged 16 in a desperate bid to suppress her feelings but always knew she wanted to be a woman

Jennine Jackson, who was born Russell, joined the military aged 16 in a desperate bid to suppress her feelings but always knew she wanted to be a woman

During Russell’s military career, he went through many hardships – including witnessing one of his colleagues being blown up in front of his eyes.

But throughout his time in the Armed Forces, the desire to become a woman never left him and when he was discharged from the army in 2005 he finally embarked upon gender reassignment therapy.

Jennine had her last operation in 2011 and says now that she is officially a woman, she has never been happier with her life.

She has even set up her own business specialising in tyre repairs, inspired by her time spent in the army.

The ex-squaddie, who grew up in Burnley, Lancashire, but now lives in Darlington, County Durham, said: 'From a young age I always knew I was different.

'But it was the 1980s and where I came from you got strung up even if you were gay.

'There wasn’t the same help and information there is today.

The young squaddie knew he was different from a young age but attempted to suppress his feelings

The young squaddie knew he was different from a young age but attempted to suppress his feelings

'I was not happy with who I was but I did the opposite of what I wanted to do. I tried to become a man.

'It was also the middle of the Thatcher-era, there were no jobs and I had a difficult home life. I needed to get out.'

Russell had been withdrawn at school, knowing that he was different from everyone else and was bullied by other children because he was small for his age and wore glasses.

Not getting on with his family, who he is still estranged from, he was eager to leave home.

Aged just 16, Russell threw himself into army life and quickly got promoted, but he never felt as though he belonged.

Russell was bullied by other children at school because he was small for his age and wore glasses

Russell was bullied by other children at school because he was small for his age and wore glasses

She added: 'I had always found it difficult in the army. Some of the lads had massive groups of friends, but I never did.

'I just stuck to a few acquaintances, not wanting to get too close to anyone.

'But
so much was going on, I managed to push my feelings to the back of my
mind. It was a very macho, back-slapping kind of environment with a lot
of drinking in the bar and towards the end I felt as though I was
putting on an act all the time.

'There was pressure to behave like the rest of them, and to be a man.

'After I got promoted I tried hard just to get on with things, I was high-up so I gave orders and didn’t mix that much with the other lads.'

Russell was discharged due to an eye infection in 2005 having reached the position of quartermaster sergeant at Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire.

In his last few years of his career, he had established the armoured vehicle fleet at Catterick where he was in command of 72 vehicles and their drivers.

But the infection had left him needing a corneal transplant and as a result his sight was permanently impaired, meaning he was no longer fit for service.

It was then that Russell seriously started thinking about having a sex change.

He had never discussed his feelings with anyone before but that same year he visited his GP and was diagnosed with gender dysphoria.

Jennine then started having counselling and taking hormone tablets at the start of a six-year process.

She funded the sex change herself, forking out 4,000 for a boob job but says she encountered prejudice along the way.

While she was going through the transition neighbours she had told were supportive but some locals vandalised her car and house.

Throughout his time in the armed forces, the desire to become a woman never left him and when he was discharged from the army in 2005 he finally embarked upon gender reassignment therapy

Throughout his time in the armed forces, the desire to become a woman never left him and when he was discharged from the army in 2005 he finally embarked upon gender reassignment therapy

Throughout his time in the armed forces, the
desire to become a woman never left him and when he was discharged from
the army in 2005 he finally embarked upon gender reassignment therapy

Jennine said: 'Some people accepted me
and some would not. I drifted from job to job, it was difficult to get a
job in the first place.

'I worked in call centres, but I finally got fed up when rumours started circulating that I was working as an escort.

'I had tough times and sometimes turned to drink to escape.'

Over the years, Jennine has had relationships with both men and women, although she prefers women.

She says she finds it difficult to meet people and is single at the moment, but is open to dating.

She added: 'It’s hard enough to find someone these days when you are straight, so I find it particularly challenging.'

Now Jennine has completed her transition from a man to a woman and gained the confidence to open her own business she is starting to feel accepted.

She added: 'I am happier now than I have ever been. It has been a lot of hard work, but it has definitely been worth it.

'I have had a great response, and people appear to be a lot more accepting towards me.

'I don’t get many problems now, but there are always going to be people who will have a go, no matter how much you try to blend in.

'I try not to let it bother me, and as a whole I feel as though I get a positive response from the people I meet.

Russell didn't have many friends during his time in the army and kept himself to himself but feels much happier in his new body

Russell didn't have many friends during his time in the army and kept himself to himself but feels much happier in his new body

Russell didn't have many friends during his time in the army and kept himself to himself but feels much happier in his new body

'The only thing I wish is that I had taken the plunge earlier. Apart from anything else the earlier you start the better the result is.

'But really I am just happy that I have done it at all.'

Jennine’s Darlington-based business Tyre-Seal provides a service which permanently fixes punctures.

She said: 'I got the idea from working with vehicles during my time in the army. But also I suffered a lot of tyre damage when I was going through my transition and people kept vandalising my car, putting nails in my tyres.

'The sealant I use permanently seals punctures as you drive, it maintains tyre pressure and helps save fuel.

'It’s early days at the moment and I am hoping the business takes off, then life really will be good.'

The price of scandal? 31,286 if you are Kristen Stewart, who is spending serious sums on her post-affair re-vamp

The price of scandal 31,286 if you are Kristen Stewart, who is spending serious sums on her post-affair re-vamp

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Kristen Stewart wowed fans in Los Angeles on Monday night at the premiere of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 in a Zuhair Murad corseted gold gown, with a completely see-through skirt.

The designer metallic dress featuring a boned bustier and layers of delicate lace and chiffon panels is the latest in a host of head-turning outfits that the actress has sported in a two month post-scandal style extravaganza – which has cost her over 31,000.

Immediately after news of her affair with married director Rupert Sanders broke in July this year the 22-year-old brunette lay low as she nursed a broken heart dressed in a baseball cap, skinny jeans and sneakers.

All is forgiven: The couple certainly looked back on track following Kristen's affair with married Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders

Scandalous! Kristen slipped into a very racy outfit for the world premiere of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 in Los Angeles on Monday night

The Toronto International Film Festival On The Road Premiere on the 6th Sep: Zuhair Murad dress 13,340, Christian Louboutin shows 395

The Toronto International Film Festival On The Road Premiere on the 6th Sep: Zuhair Murad dress 13,340, Christian Louboutin shows 395

At Balenciaga S/S13 show in Paris, 7th Sep : Balenciaga jacket 1,650, Balenciaga top 120, Francisca Botelho necklace 438, Balenciaga trousers 384, Balenciaga shoes 650

At Balenciaga S/S13 show in Paris, 7th Sep : Balenciaga jacket 1,650, Balenciaga top 120, Francisca Botelho necklace 438, Balenciaga trousers 384, Balenciaga shoes 650

But since making it her mission to win back her long term love and Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson Kristen Stewart has been seriously upping the ante in the style stakes.

And it seems the young star, who is currently promoting the final installment of the Twilight vampire saga, isn’t afraid to splash her own hard earned cash to look good on the red carpet.

As Heat revealed this week, her look-at-me wardrobe over the last two months has cost an eye-popping 31,286.

The 22-year-old is worth an estimated 55million, so she can certainly afford a mega makeover, but it would be hard to have missed the American's fashion evolution since the release of the first Twilight film in 2008.

Starting her publicity blaze in style in early September Kristen chose a floral Zuhair Murad dress to work the red carpet at the On The Road premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

While not as skimpy as Monday night's see-through gown, the mini dress, priced at 13,340, still featured sexy sheer panels and teamed with a pair of 395 Christian Louboutin shoes the outfit's value rose to 13,735.

The Today Show on 7th Nov: Victoria Beckham dress 929, Cartier braclet 3,000, Christian Louboutin shoes 395

The Today Show on 7th Nov: Victoria Beckham dress 929, Cartier bracelet 3,000, Christian Louboutin shoes 395

 At a private screening of On The Road in New York on 10th Sept: Balenciaga shirt 275 , ALC trousers 395, Jimmy Choo shoes 650

At a private screening of On The Road in New York on 10th Sept: Balenciaga shirt 275 , ALC trousers 395, Jimmy Choo shoes 650

On The Road film premiere at AFI Fest in LA on 3rd Nov: Balenciaga top 3,450, Balenciaga trousers 775, Christian Louboutin shoees 395

On The Road film premiere at AFI Fest in LA on 3rd Nov: Balenciaga top 3,450, Balenciaga trousers 775, Christian Louboutin shoees 395

Photocall for Breaking Dawn Part 2 in LA on 2nd Nov: Stella McCartney dress 1,865, Christian Louboutin shoes 395

Photocall for Breaking Dawn Part 2 in LA on 2nd Nov: Stella McCartney dress 1,865, Christian Louboutin shoes 395

Other pricey publicity looks chosen by the actress recently include a 4,620 Balenciaga outfit.

With her hair slicked back in a high
pony tail she channelled perfectly grown-up chic teaming her white
Balenciaga cut out top (3,450) and black high–waisted trousers (775)
with another pair of Christian Louboutin heels (395).

Just four days later Kristen was spotted in another costly get up on the Today Show in New York.

The
orange Victoria Beckham dress (929) was accessorised with a Cartier
bracelet worth 3,000 and another pair of Louboutins (395) for her
interview with Savannah Guthrie where she was grilled over the status of
her romance with R-Pattz.

The extravagant outfit couldn't hide her discomfort, but it certainly helped her look like she was keeping her cool as she was quizzed about the her relationship with the 26 year-old heart throb.

And as every Hollywood heartbreaker knows, that's what a megabucks makeover is all about.

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on 5th Nov: Peter Pilotto dress 1,390, Christian Louboutin shoes 395

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on 5th Nov: Peter Pilotto dress 1,390, Christian Louboutin shoes 395

Baking fanatic Claire Alsop wins Slimming World"s Woman of the Year after "eating herself slim"

31-year-old baking fanatic crowned Slimming World's Woman of the Year after 'eating herself slim' and losing over 11 stone on a diet of cakes and cottage pie

Claire Alsop has lost 11st 7.5 lbs since joining Slimming World in 2011

At her heaviest she weighed in at 21st 9lb and was a dress size 26/28

Mother-of-two is now a healthy size 10/12

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A mother-of-two who feared she would not live to see her children grow up has lost more than half her body weight to be named Slimming World’s Woman of the Year 2012.

Claire Alsop, 31, from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, ballooned to 21st 9lb and a dress size 26/28 after having her two children, Noah, six, and four-year-old Ruby.

She has lost a total of 11st 7.5lb since joining her local Slimming World club in January 2011 – despite being constantly surrounded by the celebration cakes she loves to bake for her friends and family.

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Claire Alsop has lost a total of 11st 7.5lb since joining her local Slimming World club in January 2011 and has been crowned their woman of the year

Claire Alsop has lost a total of 11st 7.5lb since joining her local Slimming World club in January 2011 and has been crowned their woman of the year

Claire Alsop has lost a total of 11st 7.5lb since joining her local Slimming World club in January 2011 and has been crowned their woman of the year

Claire Alsop with a cut-out of her former self and husband Paul after she slimmed down from 21st 9lb to a svelte 10st 1.5lb

Claire Alsop with a cut-out of her former self and husband Paul after she slimmed down from 21st 9lb to a svelte 10st 1.5lb

Ms Alsop, a purchaser for her family business, said her weight was beginning to cause her problems with her health and made her worry about the future.

She said: 'I was having severe health problems and I wasn’t even 30.

'I couldn’t stand up to make my cakes for more than 10 minutes before my back ached and I’d need to sit down.

'I started thinking about my 40th birthday and wondering how big I’d be then. Would I be 35st or even more I thought “Am I going to see my kids grow up Will I ever meet my grandkids” and I knew I had to do something.'

Ms Alsop joined the Brinsworth Slimming World group with a friend after trying numerous other diets and meal replacement plans without success.

Ms Alsop said her weight was beginning to cause her problems with her health and made her worry about the future

Ms Alsop said her weight was beginning to cause her problems with her health and made her worry about the future

'It was my last chance before I went to the doctor’s to ask for something more serious,' she said.

Ms Alsop said she was amazed that she could still eat her favourite hearty British food and still lose weight.

She lost 8lb in her first week and has since slimmed down to 10st 1.5lb and a dress size 10/12.

She said: 'I always tell people that I’ve literally eaten myself thin because I have. I love hearty British food like steaks, stews, cottage pie – anything with potatoes – and I’ve still been able to eat all of my favourite meals just by cooking them a bit differently.

'It fits in perfectly with our day-to-day family life because we can all eat the same meals and I am never hungry.'

She said she has even been able to continue baking cakes without it affecting her weight loss.

Claire lost 8lb in her first week and has since slimmed down to 10st 1.5lb and a dress size 10/12

Claire lost 8lb in her first week and has since slimmed down to 10st 1.5lb and a dress size 10/12

Claire lost 8lb in her first week and has since slimmed down to 10st 1.5lb and a dress size 10/12

'Because I’m not hungry I don’t feel the need to pick at the off-cuts of sponge or finish off the buttercream, but if I want to do that every now and again I can – no food’s off limits, so I really can have my cake and eat it,' she said.

'I make lower-fat cakes too and love swapping recipes with the other members at my Slimming World group.'

Ms Alsop said her weight loss has transformed her family life – allowing her to be more active with her children and seeing her husband Paul, 30, also losing weight.

Claire lost the weight by cutting down fat content in her diet and now doesn't even feel tempted to eat her home baked cakes

Claire lost the weight by cutting down fat content in her diet and now doesn't even feel tempted to eat her home baked cakes

She has taken up running and took part in a 10km race for a local cancer charity.

She said: 'I didn’t want my kids to be embarrassed or bullied because of my size. Now they’ve got parents they can be proud of.

'I used to let their lives pass me by but now I don’t miss anything, we’re out and about all the time – on the trampoline together or down the local park – I’ve got lots more energy.

'I’m participating in their lives now rather than spectating and they’re healthier too – they love fruit.'

She added: 'I’ve realised that there’s nothing you can’t achieve if you put your mind to it.'

VIDEO: Claire lost over 11 stone on a diet of cakes and cottage pie!…

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That"s not very ladylike! Zara Phillips shows off a racy red bra strap as she models Ladies Day looks in Australian photoshoot

That's not very ladylike! Zara Phillips shows off a racy red bra strap as she models Ladies Day looks in Australian photoshoot

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Hard-working royal Zara Philips is known for her love of adventurous fashion, but her latest lingerie-on-show look has caused some raised eyebrows.

Fortunately the fashion faux-pas was just part of a photoshoot as Zara modelled stylish racing day looks to help promote Australian race meeting Magic Millions.

Despite being granddaughter of the Queen blonde Zara has always liked to carve her own career path rather than rest on her royal laurels.

And this week the Olympian is on a flying visit to the Gold Coast in Queensland to publicise the race meeting as part of her duties as the glamorous events latest ambassador.

Zara Phillips models fashions at the Magic Millions horse stables, Bundall on the Gold Coast, Queensland as part of her ambassador role to the 2013 Magic Millions carnival

Zara Phillips models fashions at the Magic Millions horse stables, Bundall on the Gold Coast, Queensland as part of her ambassador role to the 2013 Magic Millions carnival

Zara Phillips was modelling fashions at the Magic Millions horse stables, Bundall on the Gold Coast, Queensland as part of her ambassador role to the 2013 Magic Millions carnival

The laidback royal surprised many on set as she casually strode through
the stable yard that was the scene of the shoot, minus the high heels and stockings normally reserved for
the Royal Family.

Instead she opted for comfortable flip-flops, which are also known as
'thongs' in Australia, for most of the day when she wasn't posing in high heels for the promotional images that will be used ahead of January's event.

The Magic Millions Racing Carnival on the Gold Coast is a two-week multi-million dollar event and Zara was snapped up as Magic Millions Racing Women
ambassador just days after she won silver in the London Olympics.

Zara was accompanied by a large entourage on set including a camera crew for TV show 60 Minutes

Zara was accompanied by a large entourage on set including a camera crew for TV show 60 Minutes

From the front the designer dress seemed demure enough worn with T-bar wedges, a studded skinny belt and a stiff hat, but as soon as Zara turned around a bright red bra was visible

From the front the designer dress seemed demure enough worn with T-bar wedges, a studded skinny belt and a stiff hat, but as soon as Zara turned around a bright red bra was visible

Fashion fan Zara was shooting the images ahead of the multi-million dollar carnival held each January

Fashion fan Zara was shooting the images ahead of the multi-million dollar carnival held each January

Included in the day's wardrobe was a red and taupe dress featuring an open back which appeared to be slashed to the waist.

SECRETS OF THE STYLIST

It is the stylists' job on a photoshoot to make every outfit look as good as possible for the final shot … and that often means cheating.

Here Zara's Australian stylist has left the dress completely open at the back to make sure that it isn't pulled too tightly across the chest – probably because Zara is between sizes and her hips are too slim for the larger dress.

A skinny belt has also been used to pull in the dress around the waist and on camera the dress will appear to fit perfectly.

Other techniques employed by experts in the pursuit of the perfect fashion shot include heavy duty crocodile clips used to pull in larger sizes, double sided tape to smooth down seams, hems and belts, talc or baby oil applied to squeeze models in to too small separates and in extreme measures entire outfits and even shoes slashed down the back and held together with lines of safety pins.

From the front the knee-length dress
seemed demure enough worn with T-bar wedges, a studded skinny belt and a
stiff hat, but as soon as Zara turned around a bright red bra was
visible.

A stylist
on set had made sure the bra matched the dress to cover Zara's blushes
as much as possible, and most photoshoots employ techniques like this to
make sure every outfit appears perfect in the shot.

But seeing the 14th in line to the throne showing off her red underwear is likely to upset some more traditional royalists.

Horsewoman Zara, however, seemed unfazed by the styling mishap and insiders on the shoot say she was relaxed and friendly.

The 31-year-old chatted with those on set,
which included a film crew for the 60 Minutes TV show, and was spotted
relaxing in flip-flops between shots and takes.

According to Australian website goldcoast.com Zara was well liked by those charged with capturing her image.

'She's great with horses — it was such a relaxed shoot,' an insider said.

'She took it all in her stride and had a lot of fun with it. Zara certainly won friends with her efforts.'

Other race day looks modelled by the blonde
included a sequined shift dress featuring a dip-dye effect worn with
diamond earrings and a cuff and a navy straw hat, as well as a floral print
sleeveless summer dress worn with an elaborate gold headpiece.

The royal was friendly and relaxed on set, wearing flip-flops between shots

The royal was friendly and relaxed on set, wearing flip-flops between shots as she chatted to the crew

The royal was friendly and relaxed on set, wearing flip-flops between shots as she chatted to the crew

Silver medallist Zara was shadowed on the two-hour shoot by a 60 Minutes crew filming a segment on the
fashionable royal and also attended a formal function at the Marriott
Hotel on Monday night.

Magic Millions co-owner, retailer Gerry Harvey, confirmed he had flown the popular British royal out to the Gold Coast.

'I'm here looking after royalty,' he said when quizzed outside his five-star hotel Monday night.

The two-week Magic Millions event
will be headlined by a $500,000 female incentive race in which $2million
prize money will go to the first four 'all-female owned or leased'
horses to cross the line.

Insiders on the set said Zara was well-liked by the crew and worked hard to make sure they got the right shots

Insiders on the set said Zara was well-liked by the crew and worked hard to make sure they got the right shots

Insiders on the set said Zara was well-liked by the crew and worked hard to make sure they got the right shots

Other looks modelled by the royal included a sleeveless sequined shift and a dress featuring a sunny graphic print

Other looks modelled by the royal included a sleeveless sequined shift and a dress featuring a sunny graphic print

Other looks modelled by the royal included a sleeveless sequined shift and a dress featuring a sunny graphic print