"I'm totally aware of how to market myself, totally aware of the effect of the way I look. And personally I'd rather see an attractive man playing Romeo than a big fat old man. Why can't opera singers look good? I don't get it. My aim was to make classical music popular. I get intimidated going to the opera and it makes me angry because it shouldn't be like that. But I'm doing my thing and I don't care what the critics think. I'd never let them get in my way."
As a blond haired, blue-eyed, middle-class white girl in a pretty dress, I've always faced prejudice. Hallelujah, time to take it to the streets. Life can't be that bad if you can wake up every morning, hop into your Audi, drop a few thousand sterling at Harrods on clothes and furniture for your multiple houses, and still get people to pity you.