‘I don’t have to wear the gear to prove my knowledge’: Our Yorkshire Farm mother-of-nine Amanda Owens reveals she puts on makeup ‘every day’ and calls being stereotyped as traditional shepherd ‘so contrived’
- Our Yorkshire Farm star Amanda Owens, 45, appeared on Lorraine earlier today
- Said she hates stereotypes and enjoys ‘dressing up and putting makeup on’
- Mother-of-nine called requests to dress up like a shepherd ‘so contrived’
Our Yorkshire Farm star Amanda Owens has revealed she wears makeup ‘every day’ and called stereotypes about being a shepherd ‘so contrived.’
The mother-of-nine, 45, who runs the 2,000-acre tenant farm in Upper Swaledale with her husband Clive, 65, appeared on Lorraine today where she spoke about the challenges of being stereotyped.
After the presenter asked if she ‘owned a posh frock and a pair of heels’, Amanda said dressing up was ‘a part’ of her lifestyle, adding: ‘Anyone who says, “Oh would you come into the studio, will you bring your sheep dogs and your shepherds crook?” It’s really contrived.
‘I know everything there is to know about this farm and shepherding, I don’t have to wear the gear to prove it.’
Our Yorkshire Farm star Amanda Owens, 45, who lives in the Yorkshire Dales, has revealed she wears makeup ‘every day’ and called stereotypes about being a shepherd ‘so contrived’
The mother-of-nine, who runs the 2,000-acre tenant farm in Upper Swaledale with her husband Clive, 65, told Lorraine she ‘absolutely’ owns ‘posh frocks and heels’
Amanda revealed: ‘Every morning, I get up and put my makeup on, I put my face on. The fact that I’m pretty much staring at the backside of a cow…I’m still putting it on. I look forward to going out, of course I dress up.
‘Who likes to be stereotyped and assumptions to be made about who you are and what you can do?’
Meanwhile she encouraged viewers who might have been inspired to move to the countryside during lockdown to ‘chase their dreams’.
She said: ‘You know, it is hard work. I mean basically I work with all the things they tell you not to work with, children and animals, and if you couple that with being outside and in the elements…’
Amanda’s Channel 5 show was an unlikely lockdown hit, proving to be the most-watched programme in a 9pm slot for two weeks in a row in August
‘But its exhilarating and exciting, no two days are the same. I encourage people to go and chase the dream.
‘Me and my husband aren’t from the countryside, we both set out to make this life of ourselves and I would say to people – if that’s the dream, go for it.’
The mother-of-nine also said she had felt ‘guilty’ about speaking about how upset her family were about the death of one of their dogs, Bill.
The farmer insisted she ‘doesn’t have to wear the gear’ to prove her shepherding knowledge during the interview
She explained: ‘In these current times, you feel like there are bigger things going on…but for us, we cried buckets.’
Yet Lorraine comforted the farmer, saying: ‘Of course you did, he was part of the family!’
Amanda’s Channel 5 show was an unlikely lockdown hit, proving to be the most-watched programme in a 9pm slot for two weeks in a row in August.
Meanwhile Amanda also encouraged viewers who might have been inspired to move to the countryside during lockdown to ‘chase their dreams’
The couple run the 2,000-acre tenant farm in Upper Swaledale where they manage their flock of around 1,000 sheep and run a B&B while raising their ‘free-range’ children – whose ages range from 19 to three.
The family shot the final episodes of their show in March, when lockdown meant they had to film scenes themselves because of social distancing rules.
At the time, viewers said the show was the best TV series they had seen in years, with many saying they couldn’t wait for the next series.