started being obsessed with my health a few years
ago when I was put on a diet. I'd gone to an
allergy doctor who discovered I reacted badly to
white flour and certain other foods, thus
changing my moods dramatically.
always had an incredibly bad temper but it really
got worse when I ate the wrong things. A Mars Bar
could put me in the most filthy mood.
I've become a vegetarian I can control my moods
even more. I live on vegetables, fruit and rice,
as well as grains. Meat and processed foods
really slow me down. When I ate meat I used to
feel heavy and bloated, but my healthy eating
plan has changed all that.
no point in following a health diet plan if you
don't look after your body. I had to be in peak
condition for 'Trafford Tanzi', the play I did
about female wrestlers, and when I left that I
continued a strict exercise regime in order to
stay in condition.
it's a way of life. I spend an hour in the gym
three days a week doing Nautilus weight training
and an hour and a half doing a special form of
ballet on the other three days. This kind of
ballet concentrates on stretching your muscles
which has a wonderful calming effect on your
so much exercise has changed me dramatically.
Before I used to run around blowing all my energy
but now I know how to control it and use it to
the best effect. It has also meant that I have
been able to improve certain aspects of my body.
For instance, I noticed whenever I saw myself on
the box that my movements were clumsy, and
exercising has really smoothed that out.
addition to working out at the gym, I come home
and do a lot of stretches in the evening, I
hardly ever watch TV because it's such a waste of
from changing my physical shape, being so fit has
sharpened my mind. I think it's released that
animal instinct which is almost like a sixth
are my other obsession. I keep everything I ever
buy, I never throw things out or give them away.
As soon as something goes out of fashion I remake
it, because the cut and the style of a garment
goes out long before the material does.
suppose it's got a bit out of hand now. I've got
seven rooms full of clothes and four wardrobes in
one room alone! In fact, there are wardrobes
everywhere - on the landing, in my office,
anywhere there's a space for one. I've got things
like my mother's wedding dress, my school
uniform, a masai outfit, suits of armour and
loads of saris. My mum was really pleased when I
moved to London because she suddenly found she
had cupboard space again!
I co-design all my merchandising and record
sleeves, as well as my stage outfits. One day I'd
like to market my own range of clothes, but
that's really something for the future.
day wear I go for designers like Gaye Ironmonger,
Salmon and Green, English Eccentrics, and the
Hyper Hyper group. I also attend the fashion
shows and snap up new designs there. Another good
way to pick up on new talent is to visit the
college shows, where the students are more
I eventually move house, I'll have to make sure I
find somewhere with plenty of storage space to
keep my clothes. My collection dates back years.
I still have my old platform soles with nine inch
heels. I felt really insignificant when they went
out of fashion - suddenly I discovered I was
my jewellery takes up quite a lot of space as
well, because I display it on racks along the
wall rather than bunging it all in a box.
surprisingly enough, when I go on tour I'm
incredibly strict with myself. Much as I love
clothes, I never take more than seven outfits. If
I let myself take half as much as I'd like to,
the whole operation would disintegrate into
I'm really much too busy to let that happen!
1 Annual, 1986