The Apprentice’s Brittany Carter and Stephanie Affleck hit back at ‘judgement’
The Apprentice’s Brittany Carter and Stephanie Affleck have hit back at judgemental comments they received for sharing bikini-clad snaps to social media.
The businesswomen, who both made it to the final four on last year’s contest, said they were criticised for sharing swimsuit pictures to social media before the show.
They admitted they were ‘judged’ by the public for their looks and their social media content before they even had the chance to show their business skills.
Judgement: The Apprentice’s Brittany Carter and Stephanie Affleck have hit back at judgemental comments they received for sharing bikini-clad snaps to social media
Stephanie, who owns a designer children’s clothes shop, told The Sun: ‘I find that a weird concept because I don’t think the two things have to be separate, why does someone in business not have to be good looking.’
While Brittany, 25, who set up OOMPH! Clean Energy, added: ‘It’s a shame that people used to judge them by their looks without really getting to know their business acumen.’
Stephanie, 28, insisted that Lord Alan Sugar doesn’t care what The Apprentice contestants look like, saying he will only judge them on their business savvy.
She went on to say that they had to work hard to be seen for more than their Instagram posts and were compared to Love Island stars before impressing their way to the final.
Bikinis: Brittany (left) and Stephanie (right) said they were criticised for sharing swimsuit pictures to social media before the show
Brittany said everyone on the popular BBC show is ‘the best of the best’ and admitted she wishes it was like The Voice, where people can’t see them beforehand.
The business owner also said she finds it shocking that people are surprised when she jets off on holiday and posts bikini-clad snaps, saying she works so that she can travel.
Hitting back at the criticism, they added: ‘You can be in business and be attractive the two aren’t separate things, power is sexy.’
The pair both made it to the final on last year’s The Apprentice alongside Kathryn Burn and Harpreet Kaur, but it was dessert shop co-owner Harpreet who came in first place.
Final: The pair both made it to the final on last year’s The Apprentice alongside Kathryn Burn and Harpreet Kaur, but it was dessert shop co-owner Harpreet who came in first place
Their comments come after the latest series of The Apprentice got underway last month, with Shannon Martin quitting the show in Thursday’s tense episode.
Following her exit, Shannon revealed the real reason she quit after a disastrous bao buns challenge.
The TV personality said that during the task, she questioned why she was in a kitchen cooking the Chinese dish and why she was on the show in the first place.
It comes after celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay said he had no idea how cooking bao buns has anything to do with ‘running an office’.
Success: Stephanie, 28, insisted that Lord Alan Sugar doesn’t care what The Apprentice contestants look like, saying he will only judge them on their business savvy
Talented: Brittany said everyone on the popular BBC show is ‘the best of the best’ and admitted they wish it was like The Voice, where people couldn’t see them beforehand
‘During the bao bun task, I was there in the kitchen thinking ”Why am I here? What am I doing here making bao buns in a kitchen when I can’t cook as it is?” she said.
‘I just really felt like I couldn’t focus on the tasks because I was constantly thinking about what was going on at home. What’s happening with the business? Is everything okay? I knew in the back of my mind that of course everything would be okay, the team are amazing.
‘But I’m a perfectionist, I need to know what’s going on all the time and not being able to know how things were going on at home or what was happening at work was really hard for me.
Exit: Their comments come after the latest series of The Apprentice got underway last month, with Shannon Martin quitting the show in Thursday’s tense episode
‘The unknown is definitely not something I’m good at. The more I thought about it, the more I thought, ”Am I in here for the right reasons? Do I really want a business partner? Is this what I want? Do I want my life to change?” and it really made me realise I love my life; I love the team and I love everything about my life.
‘I knew that I could potentially win the show, and did I really want to win and have my life completely changed? No, I didn’t. I wasn’t in there for the right reasons.
‘The other candidates are just amazing and there’s so many amazing businesses there that I felt that they deserve to win. I’ve already got a very successful business. I just felt that there were more deserving people there than me and it was not right for me to stay in the process.
‘The experience has given me the confidence to know that I can do it on my own, and since leaving the process I’ve set up Nori Ivy and I am now designing and manufacturing bridal gowns in the UK.’
Awkward: It comes after celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay said he had no idea how cooking bao buns has anything to do with ‘running an office’
Despite quitting the series, Shannon admitted that taking part in The Apprentice was a ‘lifelong goal’ for her, explaining: ‘I applied about 10 years ago when I first came up with my business plan idea.
‘I went to the interviews and spoke to a lovely lady who said, ”you’ve got a really good business idea, but you’re not right for us at this time, but you should come back.”
Shannon decided to leave the show before the results of the latest challenge.
The bridal boutique owner revealed that she opted to quit the show after deciding she ‘loved’ her business and ‘doesn’t need a partner,’ despite the girls team winning this week’s challenge.
Following her exit Kevin D’Arcy became the second candidate of the series to be fired by Lord Sugar, after being told that was ‘more focused on revenue than profit’ during the disastrous Bao Buns challenge.
Quitting: The TV personality said that during the task, she questioned why she was in a kitchen cooking the Chinese dish and why she was on the show in the first place
Disaster: Pictured are some of the buns made by the boys during the challenge
Earlier this week, Gordon Ramsay told MailOnline he doesn’t understand why Alan included a food task on The Apprentice, when the show is about how to run an office.
Gordon, 56, suggested that Lord Sugar took inspiration from HIM, saying: ‘What have bao buns got to do with running an office?’
Lord Sugar accused Gordon of ‘ripping off’ The Apprentice with his TV show,utureood Stars, in an interview last week.
Tycoon Alan, 75, previously said that Gordon should ‘stick to his day job’ after he launched the new series ofutureood Stars last year.
It sees 12 entrepreneurs compete for a £150,000 investment of the restaurateur’s own money to start a food business.
He insists the format of Gordon’s show is a ‘virtual rip-off’ of The Apprentice and says he doesn’t understand how lawyers allowed it to go ahead.
But speaking highly of Lord Sugar, Gordon said: ‘I love that guy.’
‘The Apprentice is an amazing format.’
‘And when the BBC approached us three years ago and asked if they could entice us to develop an exciting food hero sort of entrepreneur programme, I got so excited.
Swipe: Lord Sugar previously accused Gordon of ‘ripping off’ The Apprentice with his TV show,utureood Stars
‘We started to unearth all this talent. Since then, we’ve gone off to the US and next month, we’re off to Australia.’
Contemplating further, he said: ‘Yeah, Lord Sugar, bless him in his 70s… I don’t think that my level of competition and excitement is anywhere near his at that age.
‘But I was fascinated with the bao bun challenge they had on The Apprentice. What’s that got to do with running an office?’
When asked if Lord Sugar could have been inspired by him, Gordon replied: ‘Who knows? But I love that guy.’
THE APPRENTICE 2023: MEET THE CANDIDATES
Occupation: City banker
Key info: Youngest candidate and believes that Lord Sugar’s investment will get him out of the “rat race” of city banking
He says: ‘Some say I’m delusional, I prefer the term optimistic.’
Occupation: Hair salon owner
Key info: Believes she deserves to win the programme because her business fills a ‘huge gap’ in the market, saying: ‘It baffles me that no one has done it yet!’
She says: ‘I think I’m a different kind of business owner, someone who is a lot more relatable to people.’
Occupation: Senior account executive
Location: County Kildare
Key info: Laser focused on making her unique business idea a resounding success
She says: ‘I am disgustingly competitive. I will go to any lengths to win this investment.’
Occupation: Safari Guide
Key info: The “James Bond of the business world” with a degree in Zoology
He says: ‘If Lord Sugar wants to invest in a business to help save the ocean, one lip balm at a time, then I’m his guy.’
Occupation: Pest control company owner
Key info: A former soldier who says he can ‘sell to anyone’ with the gift of the gab
He says: ‘If Lord Sugar doesn’t pick me, then he’s missing a trick.’
Occupation: Sweet shop and café owner
Location: East Yorkshire
Key info: She says her business fills a gap in the market and has the potential to be nationally recognised.
She says: ‘I think that no matter what situation I am thrown into, I will always give one hundred percent truth, even if it’s hard to hear.’
Occupation: Hair salon and academy owner
Key info: Describes herself as ‘tenacious, fierce and determined’ and says together with Lord Sugar they would be ‘an absolute force to be reckoned with.’
She says: ‘I’m always being compared to the Kim Kardashian of the business world because I’m doing business with a hint of glam.’
Occupation: Technology recruiter
Key info: Wants to champion a varied representation of diverse women in the world of business
She says: ‘I don’t need any friends in business. I am here to win this.’
Occupation: Martial arts school owner
Key info: Raised in a council house and worked hard to create business and warns other candidates to be ‘wary’
He says: ‘I am calm and collected, but if they do come at me? I will bite and I will sting, and I will leave my mark.’
Occupation: Director of construction company
Location: North Yorkshire
Key info: Self-made business that turns over half-a-million after being made redundant just four years ago
He says: ‘I have a business plan that will see us turn over seven figures after year three and who knows where else that could take us.’
DENISHA KAUR BHARJ
Key info: Says she wants the investment opportunity because she wants to ‘be mentored by the best to be the best’
She says: ‘There’s only one Denisha Kaur.’
Occupation: Owner of an online antiques marketplace
Key info: Previously worked as a professional cannon-firer in Malta
He says: ‘I would say, a willingness to try different things and not being afraid to be slightly different is one of my biggest strengths.’
Key info: Started his water sports equipment business during lockdown, whilst working in his job in the financial services
He says: ‘With Lord Sugar as my business partner, I know we can ride that wave into the UK and beyond…’
Occupation: Court advocate
Key info: A gold medal-winning boxer and imaginative businesswoman
She says: ‘I deserve Lord Sugar’s investment because I have given my blood, sweat and tears to my business.’
Occupation: Theatre school owner
Key info: Is determined to become the first Scottish candidate to secure Lord Sugar’s investment and claims to be the youngest CEO of a further education college in the UK
He says: ‘I’m here to prove that Scotland is filled with forward-thinking entrepreneurs and that we are not in fact a haggis-eating, kilt-wearing nation.’
Occupation: Bridal boutique owner
Location: West Yorkshire
Key info: Is hoping to be the first business partner to bring Lord Sugar into the lucrative bridal industry.
She says: ‘Lord Sugar needs to be my next business partner, so I can make him millions.’
Occupation: Senior sales representative
Key info: Is a self-confessed ‘perfectionist’ who says his business will improve the quality of people’s lives
He says: ‘If people can’t buy into you, they’ll never buy anything from you.’
Occupation: Owner of online sweet business
Key info:ormer flight attendant who started business in lockdown which grew into social media success
She says: ‘I’ve travelled all over the world and am not afraid to take on a challenge.’