Liverpool Echo

Date : 19 May 2001

 What makes Louise so sexy?

 There’s something about Louise.she’s gorgeous, rich, talented, with a fantastic figure, happily married and a glittering A-list celebrity. Yet, so are a whole host of others, so what is it about Mrs Redknapp that causes grown men to swoon and women to admit she’s lovely. The fact that "fresh", "girl next door" and "down to earth" are phrases which sit just as comfortably with the title of the World’s sexiest women that may be a clue. The men’s magazine FHM yesterday rated Louise as 14th in the World’s top 100 sexiest women. Yet this is nothing new. In 1997 just days after Liverpool skipper Jamie Redknapp proposed to the former Eternal singer, the readers of Sky magazine voted her the World’s sexiest woman. Louise shot to fame as a teenager after joining the girl band Eternal but left to build a successful solo career. Louise now 26 moved to Merseyside after meeting Jamie, the man she describes as "the man of my dreams" in 1996.

 The couple settled down in an Albert Dock flat were regularly spotted together in and around the city eating out at their favorite Albert Dock restaurants or shopping in Wade Smith. Loraine McCulloch, fashion advisor at Wade Smith says:, "One of the things that strikes me about Louise is that she is more gorgeous in the flesh than in photographs. The first time I met her I was taken aback at how lovely she is, very petite and pretty with perfect skin and a wonderful personality to match."When you think about the type of lifestyle she has you can see how easy it would be to have a big opinion of yourself, but not Louise. Louise also has a rare mixture of appeal to men and women. Men think she is gorgeous but women like her too."

 Christian Solito is a junior manager at the Blue Bar and Grill. He says: "I first met Louise before she got married to Jamie. I worked at an Italian restaurant which was always full of celebrities but she just shone from all the rest because she was so pleasant."Her looks are mesmerizing and she has a glittering presence. All the success she has had in her public and private life could have spoiled her but it hasn’t."

 Despite the Golden couple’s setback in 1998 when Jamie was forced to sit out the World Cup because of injury they made the most of their time together getting married on a 130-ft yacht Lady Tamara anchored off the Caribbean island of Bermuda. Last year, the Redknapp’s moved to a quieter life in Gayton, Wirral.

 Verdict of City men

 Stephen Lloyd, 22:

  "I think that Louise is just lovely. It is hard to what is appealing about her but she is good looking and it always seems that she is a nice person as well."

 Steven Gill, 26:

  "I think Louise’s naturalness makes her stick out from the crowd. Despite her great looks and mad life as a singer and footballers wife she doesn't come across as a showbizzy. Just a down-to-earth beauty."

 John Garner, 39:

  "I worked as a plumber at Louise’s house for three months and what you see is what you get. Louise is one of those rare women who doesn't’t need any make-up to look good ad she has a great personality to match."

 Adrian Cork, 38:

  "I stood near Louise at a football match and she just oozes "it". As well as being married to Jamie Redknapp she is talented in her own right. All that could have gone to her head but it doesn't’t appear to have done."

 Neil Cheng, 21:

  "I have never met Louise, but when I have seen pictures of her or heard her interviewed she comes across so well. She is not sexy in an obviously, leggy, blond way just appealing in her ordinariness."