Holly Willoughby urges fans to celebrate 'wonderful women in your life' in IWD video

Holly Willoughby at An Evening With Holly Willoughby for her book 'Reflections' at Barbican Theatre on November 02, 2021 in London, England. (Getty Images)
Holly Willoughby urges fans to celebrate 'extraordinary' and 'wonderul' women this IWD day. (Getty Images)

Holly Willoughby has shared a heartfelt video to celebrate 'how wonderful women are' and encourage people to 'pick up the phone or send a text to that woman in your life'.

The television presenter spoke to her fans while on a walk in the sunshine about why International Women's Day is such a great day and how she'll be spending it, posting the clip to her lifestyle brand Wylde Moon's Instagram.

Fresh-faced and wrapped up warm in the park, the 41-year-old said, "Hello everyone, just off and about for a beautiful walk in the sunshine and just wanted to say happy International Women's Day.

"This is a great day. And do you know why, because we get to celebrate how wonderful women are. We know it already. But if you ever need an excuse just to call that woman in your life, text them, be it your mother, your sister, your auntie, your partner, your lover, your daughter – do it today."

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Willoughby also shared what the day means to her, adding, "Today I'm thinking about my own daughter and the next generation of Willoughby women. My niece, my sister, and my mother – the original Willoughby woman, the original inspiration."

The This Morning and Dancing on Ice presenter shares three children with her husband Dan Baldwin, Harry, 12, Belle, 10, and Chester, seven. She recently made a very sweet comparison between her and her daughter, describing herself as a natural empath, something that Belle shares.

Willoughby told Grazia magazine, "Empathy is a lovely thing. My daughter has it. She’s amazing. You can put her in any situation."

Holly Willoughby and mother Lynne Willoughby attend the Pride Of Britain Awards 2021 at The Grosvenor House Hotel on October 30, 2021 in London, England. (Getty Images)
Holly Willoughby and mother Lynne Willoughby at the Pride Of Britain Awards October, 2021 in London. (Getty Images)

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Fans have previously said that her mother, Lynne Willoughby, who she describes as 'the original Willoughby woman', looks just like her, both with their signature blonde bobs. Willoughby posted a photo of the pair late last year posing together as they celebrated the Pride of Britain awards, with the caption, "On a night where we celebrate heroes… I’m out with mine…"

Her older sister, Kelly Willoughby, is also the managing director of Wylde Moon. She recently shared a touching throwback of the pair for Willoughby's birthday last month, revealing the presenter didn't always have the blonde hair we're used to, with them both pictured as children with brunette bunches.

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In Willoughby's International Women's Day post, she also spoke about the "inspirational" interviews they have on the Wylde Moon website, with women who have done "extraordinary things, that have just out-reached, out-performed and changed so many lives with the work they do".

These include Kim Frankiewicz from the music industry, Dr Funke Abimbola MBE, a law and diversity advocate, Marcia Kilgore, a consumer brand entrepreneur, Georgiana Huddart, who launched fashion brand Hunza G, and Elizabeth Hutton, the CEO of stillbirth support charity Kicks Count.

Willoughby added, "But whatever you're doing today, have a wonderful day. Lots of love. Happy International Women's Day."

Her lifestyle brand also shared a couple inspirational quotes, with one by the presenter herself that reads, "In the past, women have been dismissed as being complex or difficult or complicated, but I think we are so multi-layered and multi-functioning, there are so many different aspects to what makes us, us.

"I love being female. I love that there's a knowingness between two women when they meet that they are in the same fight."

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