She’s been branded ‘eye candy’ by her fellow contestants - but after making it through to the final of the BBC One series The Apprentice on Wednesday night, Derry doctor Leah Totton proved she has both beauty and brains
She’s been branded ‘eye candy’ by her fellow contestants - but after making it through to the final of the BBC One series The Apprentice on Wednesday night, Derry doctor Leah Totton proved she has both beauty and brains.
Leah battled her way through the tough interview stage and will find out next week whether she’ll become Lord Sugar’s new business partner and scoop a whopping £250,000 investment.
She’d already told Lord Sugar she was a “sensible person” and the sort of person you could “give a quarter of a million pounds to and know I’m not going to do something silly with it.”
The only woman now standing in her way is 25-year-old cake shop owner, Luisa Zissman who will take Leah on in an all girl final next Wednesday night.
Zissman is proposing a branded baking ingredients website, while Totton - who currently works in A&E in a hospital in London - wants to launch her own non-surgical cosmetic treatments clinic, offering lunchtime injections of Botox and facial fillers.
On Wednesday night the nerves showed as Leah tentatively waited for her turn to face Alan Sugar’s closest aides in the penultimate episode of the reality show.
But once inside the offices Leah came into her own as she defended her business plan.
Claudine Collins quizzed the 24-year-old on her business proposal.
She said: “Your whole business is about people being judged on their looks. You are potentially going to make money out of young girls, maybe not feeling good about themselves, so coming in thinking they don’t look good as they are, and want to look like all the celebrities out there.”
Leah responded: “I’m an extremely moral person. I’m very ethically aware, and I would totally challenge that point. If you want to tar me with an unethical brush you’ll have to do the same to every comestic surgeon in the UK.”
The doctor also fought back when her business plan was scrutinised by Claude Littner. Her speech accelerated as she told him of her plans, she even offered to clean the clinic herself for the first year to allow the business to get off the ground.
She also jokingly confessed that the worst lie she had ever told was claiming she was a dress size 6.
Karren Brady said: ‘A good entrepreneur spots a gap in the market - that’s Leah - or spots an emerging market and that’s Leah.’
The Apprentice final will be aired next Wednesday on BBC One at 8 p.m. followed by a special ‘You’re Hired.’