Stacey Dooley hits back after being branded ‘a sell out’ following Strictly win


Stacey Dooley has hit back at critics who have accused her of ‘selling out’ and opting for ‘trivial work’ after her Strictly Come Dancing win in December last year.

The documentary maker, 31, announced that she is the new host of BBC reality show Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-up Star, cementing her status as the broadcaster’s new darling.

Stacey’s new role will see her host a show where ten eager contestants compete to win a contract assisting top make-up artists, judged by L’Oreal’s Val Garland and Mac’s Dominic Skinner. 

Glam: Stacey Dooley has hit back at critics who have accused her of opting for 'trivial work' after her Strictly Come Dancing win in December last year

Glam: Stacey Dooley has hit back at critics who have accused her of opting for 'trivial work' after her Strictly Come Dancing win in December last year

Glam: Stacey Dooley has hit back at critics who have accused her of opting for ‘trivial work’ after her Strictly Come Dancing win in December last year

Critics: Stacey's news was met by backlash from some of her followers, who suggested that she had forgotten her 'journalism roots', because 'Strictly turns people in reality TV stars'

Critics: Stacey's news was met by backlash from some of her followers, who suggested that she had forgotten her 'journalism roots', because 'Strictly turns people in reality TV stars'

Critics: Stacey’s news was met by backlash from some of her followers, who suggested that she had forgotten her ‘journalism roots’, because ‘Strictly turns people in reality TV stars’

However Stacey’s news was met by backlash from some of her followers, who suggested that she had forgotten her ‘journalism roots’, because ‘Strictly turns people in reality TV stars’. 

Other sceptical social media users also commented on Stacey’s career move, with one adding: ‘From documentary maker to this! Wow!’

While another wrote: ‘Make up, why?’

Following the negative feedback from the minority of Stacey’s fans, she took to Twitter to defend her decision to join the new make-up show. 

New show: The documentary maker, 31, announced that she is the new host of BBC reality show Glow Up: Britain's Next Make-up Star, cementing her status as the broadcaster's new darling

New show: The documentary maker, 31, announced that she is the new host of BBC reality show Glow Up: Britain's Next Make-up Star, cementing her status as the broadcaster's new darling

New show: The documentary maker, 31, announced that she is the new host of BBC reality show Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-up Star, cementing her status as the broadcaster’s new darling

Reaction: Other sceptical social media users also commented on Stacey's career move, with one adding: 'From documentary maker to this! Wow!'

Reaction: Other sceptical social media users also commented on Stacey's career move, with one adding: 'From documentary maker to this! Wow!'

Reaction: Other sceptical social media users also commented on Stacey’s career move, with one adding: ‘From documentary maker to this! Wow!’

Replying directly to her commentator, Stacey wrote: ‘This is such a Stone Age assumption. You can care about human issues, the planet and also be into fashion. You can also take time out to look after yourself mentally’. 

She later tweeted: ‘For those telling me you’re suddenly doing ‘trivial’ work… I’ve been filming stories covering rape, incest drugs, murder and war for a decade.

‘It’s a privilege to cover these issues, but I also need to take time out to enjoy the lighter side of life.’

Stacey went on to pay credit to the ‘incredibly talented’ dancers and make-up artists she has worked alongside, while slamming the idea that talent is ‘exclusively measured on how intellectual you are’. 

Hitting back: Following the negative feedback from the minority of Stacey's fans, she took to Twitter to defend her decision to join the new make-up show

Hitting back: Following the negative feedback from the minority of Stacey's fans, she took to Twitter to defend her decision to join the new make-up show

Hitting back: Following the negative feedback from the minority of Stacey’s fans, she took to Twitter to defend her decision to join the new make-up show

She added: ‘Also. Dancers and make-up artists are incredibly talented. I’m lucky to work alongside them.

‘The idea that talent is exclusively measured on how academic or intellectual you are is SO ridiculous. Snobbery and judgement not really my thing.

‘Anyway. Off to nail my routine.’

The Strictly champion’s fans were quick to offer their support after she posted the response on the social media platform.

Supportive: The Strictly champion's fans were quick to offer their support after she posted the response on the social media platform

Supportive: The Strictly champion's fans were quick to offer their support after she posted the response on the social media platform

Supportive: The Strictly champion’s fans were quick to offer their support after she posted the response on the social media platform

One Twitter user offered some reassurance to the broadcaster, writing: ‘Appearing in something that appeals to a typically wider ‘prime-time audience’ may also encourage people to revisit your earlier work as well, who hadn’t previously seen any of it.’

While another said: ‘Whatever you do Stacey I love it. Keep being you.’

A third wrote: ‘You don’t have to justify your career choices to anyone. Maybe some people are worried they’ll miss the docs you make which they so love but in time they’ll see you’re still you & awesome to watch.’

Stacey’s other new role’s include a contributing editor role at Grazia magazine, and there’s a signing tour in the offing for the paperback version of her book.

That’s in addition to her appearance in the Strictly Come Dancing UK Tour that starts its 29-show later this month, with her upcoming projects predicted to net her £1.2M.

‘It looks set to be a bumper year for Stacey whose bubbly, girl next door personality has been likened to Holly Willoughby – now one of the highest paid women on TV,’ PR agent Claire Shiels told Femail.

‘She’s in demand and understandably taking advantage of her popularity which will enable her to command higher fees,’ commented Claire. 

Making moves: Stacey's other new role's include a contributing editor role at Grazia magazine, and there's a signing tour in the offing for the paperback version of her book

Making moves: Stacey's other new role's include a contributing editor role at Grazia magazine, and there's a signing tour in the offing for the paperback version of her book

Making moves: Stacey’s other new role’s include a contributing editor role at Grazia magazine, and there’s a signing tour in the offing for the paperback version of her book



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