#3 - Snapshot of a #MumBoss
Name: Jessica Cunningham
Job: Contestant on the 2016 series of BBC1's The Apprentice, Owner of women's fashion brand Prodigal Fox and Operations Director of Sweetheart Marketing Agency
Jessica was one of 18 contestants to take part in the 2016 series of The Apprentice.
We are beyond excited to welcome Jessica Cunningham in to our #MumBoss club!
Jessica undoubtedly stole the show on the most recent series of Lord Sugar's Apprentice. Her upbeat, bubbly personality is infectious! We're pretty sure she could sell sand to the Arabs.....AND she's drop dead gorgeous. Have you seen those shots of her in that Kendal Jenner inspired shoot?! Wowsers! Oh, and did we mention she's a single Mother with three little Queens - Poppy, Olive and Hattie!
With her fashion brand Prodigal Fox going from strength to strength and a potential TV career on the horizon (we need more of that comedic genius in our lives please!), Jessica is smashing society's stereotype of a 'Mum' out of the park. We're pretty sure her future has lots more exciting things in store!
Jessica looking gorgeous on a Kendal Jenner inspired photo shoot.
Firstly, congratulations on doing so well in The Apprentice. We’ve absolutely loved watching you! You’re an incredibly busy Mama, with two successful businesses and three young children to attend to. With that in mind, why did you decide to apply for the show?
I honestly believed I could win it, and I was looking for investment, so having £250,000 and Lord Sugar as a business partner was a no brainer. There is no other platform out there that gives you that opportunity.....plus I am a huge fan of Claude.
How did you find the whole experience? Is it as tough as it looks?
It was incredible, the toughest part was working with such strong characters.
How did you cope with spending time away from your kids? Were you allowed to seem them / talk to them often whilst filming?
It was tough, but it was short term pain for a long term gain and I had mentally prepared myself for time away from them. On the plus side, having three children prepped me for the long hours, and all I had to focus on was each task.
Jessica with her three children, Poppy, Hattie and Olive.
What advice would you give to Mama’s that are thinking of starting their own business?
Believe in yourself. People will always be negative and make you question yourself. Ignore them and do it anyway.
You’ve referred to yourself in the media as a ‘dreamer’. What key attributes do you think women need to have in order to get ahead and achieve their dreams?
The thing with being a dreamer is it allows you to aim high and get excited about your ideas, regardless of how far away they are. You need to have self-belief, grit and not be afraid of failing. The path to success is never straight forward and there are always going to be things that knock you off course. But keep moving forward.
You’re obviously a very ambitious and successful woman. What does success mean to you personally?
I just want to be happy and make my children proud.....oh and filthy rich!
In general, have you found that other women have been supportive of your success or negative? Have you had to deal with any haters, if so how?
I have had a really good response from the public. You're always going to have people who love you, people who like you, people who are unsure of you and people who hate you. For me, I have realised that I must be comfortable in my own skin and like myself as a person as when I read negative comments, they don't affect me. I know who I am and how those who don't 'get me' may perceive me.
Now that The Apprentice has finished, what’s next for Jessica Cunningham? Do you have a list of goals that you would like to achieve?
I want to focus on building "the empire" and have fun on the way. No one knows what the future brings, but I am definitely going to grasp all the opportunities that pop up on my path!
Thanks so much for agreeing to chat with us. It's been an absolute pleasure! We can't wait to see what's next for you too!
Jessica stuns in one of her own Prodigal Fox creations.