We caught up with Victoria Featherstone Pearce, former model, CEO and co-founder of K-9 Angels dog charity, radio presenter, ethical writer, and animal rights campaigner.
My car of choice
I currently drive a Range Rover Sport which is our family car, it’s great as I live rurally, can fit many of my dogs in it and I feel safe driving it in all terrains. Such a lovely car to drive and looks good too. I am looking forward to Range Rover’s move to eco sustainable fuel.
My car for my eight dogs is a Land Rover Defender. This is great for taking them out to the beach in, and it doesn’t matter if it gets a little dirty. I just love my Landrover and I feel like GI Jane driving it.
I’d say that my dream car would be a Vintage 1973 Mercedes-Benz SL. I just love the look of vintage cars, so stylish.
My favourite holiday destination
Over the years, I’ve visited many incredible destinations and the Maldives will always have a special place in my heart. I particularly loved the Gili Lankanfushi eco resort. Nothing but white sand, crystal blue sea and stunning water villas in the Indian Ocean. A week of no make up and no shoes is pure heaven.
I was also really blown away by how stunningly beautiful Venice was. I felt like I was on a film set. Just the most incredible buildings and a feel of romance in every corner of the city.
My gadget I can’t live without
I’m the least techie person in the world so it would have to be my Apple iPhone 6. I literally do everything from my phone!
Apart from storing nearly 20,000 pictures on my phone (mainly of my dogs), I also write articles (Vegan Life Magazine) and blogs (Victoria’s Vegan Diaries) on my phone too. I also work on fundraising for my charity K-9 Angels too from my phone. It’s such a great gadget that I’ve become very dependable on.
My go to fashion brand
I’ve worn many brands, including Vivienne Westwood, Missoni and Chanel, but I also like to mix high end with high street brands such as Top shop, Zara and Karen Millen. I also like to support smaller ethical brands such as Beyond Skin and Blanlac and De Visi who make the most incredible vegan shoes and handbags.
My airline of choice
I’ve always found BA to be consistently good and I’m now very happy to see the vegan meals are improving also. For business trips I really like Emirates. Such cute little booths with everything you could need for a comfortable flight.
My favourite watch brand
The stunning Ladies’ Cartier Tank Solo Watch. This impeccably crafted Cartier timepiece is perfect for every occasion. I also like the look of Hurtig Lane’s sustainable ethical watches with vegan leather straps.
My favourite restaurant
I’m a huge foodie and London has so so many incredible restaurants that it’s hard to have just one favourite. For incredible pasta and a lively atmosphere I’d have to say Signor Sassi in Knightsbridge. And my favourite vegan restaurant is Mildreds in Soho. The food at Mildreds is to die for, I highly recommend visiting.
My guilty pleasure
My guilty pleasure would have to be crisps. I’m quite dangerous around crisps. If I open a large packet I won’t stop until I’ve finished it all. Then again I love potatoes in every shape or form – from mash to roasted and Dauphinoise to chips, they are simply delicious when cooked right.
My favourite way to give back
I’m the co founder of K-9 Angels dog rescue charity which was launched just over eight years ago. We are a passionate tiny team who have now re-homed more than 850 dogs, sterilised 2,000 dogs which prevents mass suffering, funded a shelter build and raised close to half a million pounds. My charity is my passion and I’m so proud that everything we do is because of the love of dogs. All funds we raise goes to help dogs in desperate need as we are a small team of volunteers.
Image at the very top of the article shows Victoria with former tennis professional Sue Barker OBE – who is now a patron for K-9 Angels dog charity. Image credit: Kevin Smith Photography