Strictly winner Stacey Dooley hits back after critics brand her a ‘sell out’

Stacey Dooley has furiously hit back at critics who dubbed her a ‘sell out’ thanks to her new job.

The documentary maker has been accused of forgetting her roots in journalism following her victory on Strictly Come Dancing last year.

The criticism came after the 31-year-old announced she’d be the new host of BBC Three reality show Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-up Star.

She’ll oversee the proceedings as 10 eager contestants battle it out to win a contract assisting top make-up artists in a competition judged by L’Oreal’s Val Garland and Mac’s Dominic Skinner.

But while many were excited for Stacey, some branded her a "sell out".


One told her: "Ahhh stace no, don’t sell out like this!!! Don’t forget your roots of investigative journalism"

They added: "strictly always changes people and turns them into reality TV stars"

Another commented: "From documentary maker to this! Wow!"

And another posted: "Make up, why?"

However, Stacey was actually signed up to host the show before she appeared on Strictly.

And she took to Twitter to hit back at the claims she’d sold out.


She said: "This is such a Stone Age assumption. You can care about human issues, the planet and also be into fashion. You can also take time out to look after yourself mentally. "

She added: "For those telling me you’re suddenly doing ‘trivial’ work… I’ve been filming stories covering rape, incest drugs, murder and war for a decade.

"It’s a privilege to cover these issues, but I also need to take time out to enjoy the lighter side of life."

She also praised the "incredibly talented" dancers and make-up artists she worked with on Strictly and hit out at the idea that talent is "exclusively measured on how intellectual you are".


She said: "Also. Dancers and make-up artists are incredibly talented. I’m lucky to work alongside them.

"The idea that talent is exclusively measured on how academic or intellectual you are is SO ridiculous. Snobbery and judgement not really my thing.

"Anyway. Off to nail my routine."

It’ believed Stacey has more documentaries in the pipeline.

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