You ask the questions (Such as: Tamara Beckwith, what exactly do you do?)

Tamara Beckwith, 28, was brought up in Richmond, Surrey. Her father, Peter Beckwith, is a property magnate and Tamara is the sole heiress of his fortune, estimated at pounds 40m. She was expelled from Cheltenham Ladies' College at 16, after falling pregnant with her daughter Anouska, now 12.

Tamara, often referred to as an "It girl", won a small part in the film An Ideal Husband, and is a presenter on Liberty Radio. She is currently dating Todd Taylor, a musician, and has a house in Los Angeles.

What are your views on your "It girl" tag?

Teresa Barken, St Albans

The It girl tag is so over its sell-by date, it almost deserves a government health warning. I never wanted it, never asked for it, can't seem to shake it.

What exactly do you do?

Paul Berry, Chislehurst, Kent

I like to think of myself as a jack of all trades. I love the fact that every day holds new challenges. I present on Liberty Radio with a fabulous girl called Clare Ashford. I write a couple of pieces a month on a freelance basis. Combine that with frequent bouts of modelling, TV presenting, and my secret love of acting, and I think I'm pretty damn lucky.

Why does your daughter live with your parents?

Su Lawrence, Hertfordshire

To set the record straight, Anouska does not live with my parents. Anouska and I spend a great deal of time with her grandparents because they have been instrumental in her upbringing and we are an unusually tight clan.

I was very young when I had Anouska and therefore my family have been our backbone. Anouska and I have our own home but we spend good quality time at my parents'.

Who is your ideal man?

Helen Garner, Tenby, S Wales

My ideal man would never exist - since he would have to be a chameleon, forever changing to suit my every whim. However, loyalty, a huge sense of humour, sensitivity, a macho streak and being interested in sports would be quite helpful. My man must also be able to hold my interest, so being aware of what goes on in the world is vital.

What is your beauty routine?

C Graves, London WC2

My make-up kit has not really evolved since my late teens - just less slap on! I'm truly now of the "less is more" school of thought. Bubble bath and moisturisers are my main drain. I prefer to do my beauty stuff at night - all the redness can then die down during slumber time. I'm pretty much out of the bath to out of the house in 20 minutes.

Have you ever turned up to a party wearing the same dress as someone else?

Lisa Holme, Harlow, Essex

I went to a party in Cannes for Elizabeth Taylor and wore a wacky leopard- print Dolce and Gabbana trouser suit. Turning around I spied a friend, Mrs Graff, in a matching outfit, only the kaftan version. We both had a good laugh about it.

What would you do if you discovered that your daughter was taking drugs?

Melissa Ashcroft, Salford

I hope that Anouska and I will have an open enough relationship where she will talk to me about anything. Drugs are everywhere - they have a huge knock-on effect. Education is the only real hope. Luckily, owing to our closeness in age I think I would be able to detect any early problems. Also she has seen a few situations that were caused as a direct result of drugs. Whatever the scenario, I'd stand by her.

Your most expensive item of clothing?

L Durak, Nottingham

Thankfully, I get to borrow many wonderful and exciting frocks. Also, I'm not addicted to Bond Street and Sloane Street. I am much more comfortable in jeans and T-shirts. However, I suppose it would have to be my special Anthony Price marabou dress and jacket, which was about pounds 2,500 - and that was "mates' rates".

How many pairs of shoes do you own?

Andrea Bateman, Suffolk

Shoes are a huge weakness. I haven't thrown a pair out since I was 18. I even possess a pair of pink biker boots. The last count was in excess of 150.

What is the most influential book you have ever read?

J Port, Halifax, West Yorkshire

I read voraciously but I prefer to read for pleasure than for sheer education. I try to read two good books, then one trashy one - my reward.

A book that enlightened me of late was Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden - truly remarkable, and beautifully written. At the moment I am reading Lady Chatterley's Lover by DH Lawrence - quite challenging, but a true piece of history.

Don't you think that at the age of 12, your daughter is too young to go to beauty salons?

EF Scales, Knaresborough

My daughter is 12 and very girly. She had mastered the art of manicure, pedicure and creative hairstyles by about seven, so she doesn't need a salon. However, as a special treat in her holidays she comes with me to my beauty salon and has her hands and feet done while I have my nails done. Other treatments are not an option.

Sun tan - good or bad?

Mrs R Lloyd, Gloucestershire

The sun acts as a great healer for both the body and the soul. Everything in moderation is just fine. After all, what are we saving it all for? Most people look a zillion times better with a golden sprinkle.

Next Week

the comedian Johnny Vegas, followed by the film director and novelist Ken Russell

SEND YOUR questions to: You Ask the Questions, Features, The Independent, 1 Canada Square, London E14 5DL (fax: 0171-293 2182, e-mail: yourquestions@ independent.co.uk), by noon Friday. The question we like best will win the sender a bottle of champagne

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment

ebooksNow available in paperback
Arts and Entertainment

ebooks
Arts and Entertainment
Anthony Hopkins in Westworld

TV
Arts and Entertainment

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Rock and role: Jamie Bell's character Benjamin Grimm is transformed into 'Thing' in the film adaptation of Marvel Comics' 'Fantastic Four'
film review
Arts and Entertainment
Katie Hopkins veered between sycophancy and insult in her new chat show
TV review
Arts and Entertainment

books
Arts and Entertainment
In his role as Hamlet, Benedict Cumberbatch will have to learn, and repeat night after night, around 1,480 lines

Theatre
Arts and Entertainment
Belgian sexologist Goedele Liekens with pupils at Hollins Technology College in Accrington
TV review
Arts and Entertainment

music
Arts and Entertainment
Judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry

TV
Arts and Entertainment

TV
Arts and Entertainment
The rapper Drake

music
Arts and Entertainment
The gaffer: Prince Philip and the future Queen in 1947
TV review
Arts and Entertainment
Style icons: The Beatles on set in Austria
film
Arts and Entertainment
By Seuss! ‘What Pet Shall I Get?’ hits the bookshops this week
Books
Arts and Entertainment
The mushroom cloud over Hiroshima after Enola Gray and her crew dropped the bomb
TV review
Arts and Entertainment
Elliott outside his stationery store that houses a Post Office
TV review
Arts and Entertainment
Rebecca Ferguson, Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible Rogue Nation

Film review Tom Cruise, 50, is still like a puppy in this relentless action soap opera

Arts and Entertainment
Rachel McAdams in True Detective season 2

TV review
Arts and Entertainment
Off the wall: the cast of ‘Life in Squares’

TV
Arts and Entertainment

Books And it is whizzpopping!

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
SPONSORED FEATURES

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    The Silk Roads that trace civilisation: Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places

    The Silk Roads that trace civilisation

    Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places
    House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

    The honours that shame Britain

    Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
    When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

    'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

    Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
    International Tap Festival: Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic

    International Tap Festival comes to the UK

    Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
    War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

    Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

    Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border
    Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

    'A subversive brothel keeper and Communist'

    Acclaimed novelist Doris Lessing was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show
    Big Blue Live: BBC's Springwatch offshoot swaps back gardens for California's Monterey Bay

    BBC heads to the Californian coast

    The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
    Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

    Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England

    Conman Austin Bidwell. was a heartless cad who carried out the most daring forgery the world had known
    Car hacking scandal: Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked

    Car hacking scandal

    Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked
    10 best placemats

    Take your seat: 10 best placemats

    Protect your table and dine in style with a bold new accessory
    Ashes 2015: Alastair Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

    Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

    Aussie skipper Michael Clarke was lured into believing that what we witnessed at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge would continue in London, says Kevin Garside
    Can Rafael Benitez get the best out of Gareth Bale at Real Madrid?

    Can Benitez get the best out of Bale?

    Back at the club he watched as a boy, the pressure is on Benitez to find a winning blend from Real's multiple talents. As La Liga begins, Pete Jenson asks if it will be enough to stop Barcelona
    Athletics World Championships 2015: Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson heptathlon rivalry

    Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jess and Kat rivalry

    The last time the two British heptathletes competed, Ennis-Hill was on the way to Olympic gold and Johnson-Thompson was just a promising teenager. But a lot has happened in the following three years
    Jeremy Corbyn: Joining a shrewd operator desperate for power as he visits the North East

    Jeremy Corbyn interview: A shrewd operator desperate for power

    His radical anti-austerity agenda has caught the imagination of the left and politically disaffected and set a staid Labour leadership election alight
    Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief: Defender of ancient city's past was killed for protecting its future

    Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief

    Robert Fisk on the defender of the ancient city's past who was killed for protecting its future