Poker Totty Anne is a former teacher who is now living her dream as a model, motor bike enthusiast and charity worker. She may not be that enthusiastic to be a poker player, but, we feel she would be great as a poker player, hence the interview. Welcome Poker Totty Anne!
Do you play Texas Hold ‘Em or Omaha?
I don’t play either Texas Hold’Em or Omaha. The most exciting card games are when I play family games with my elderly father!
What is your daytime job?
I no longer have a daytime job as I retired from teaching in a primary school last July, having become rather fed up with the ever changing demands of an indecisive government.
I am currently studying to be a personal trainer and am a qualified gym trainer.
Do you have a funny story of your time as a teacher?
Teachings days -there are numerous stories as I taught in a primary school. Children can be so funny and I used to enjoy training them to appreciate my rather bad jokes! One year, with a year 3 class, I caught out the whole of my class with an excellent April Fools joke. I taped a small camera up in a corner of the classroom and told them that the head had installed cameras in all the classrooms so he could keep an eye on behaviour.
They believed me so they were all quite careful to work hard and concentrate on what they were supposed to be doing. It was a lovely morning and I was tempted to keep up the pretense all day. When I told them they were all April fools, they weren’t impressed!! Well, I thought it was funny and so did everyone in the staff room.
Another story (this one’s not funny, just ‘unusual’) – A few years ago I had decided to ride my motorbike round Britain in 6 days for a charity (Rainbow Trust Childrens charity) and I hoped that the parents would help me out with sponsorship. I asked the head if I could do a special assembly in both the infants and the juniors department and he allowed me to take my motorbike, a Kawasaki ZR7, into each assembly hall to illustrate what I was going to be doing. (I also had a large white teddy bear on the bike – he road round the country in a plastic bag as it rained the whole way round). The kids absolutely loved the assembly and I gained a whole heap of street cred too. I collected about £250 of sponsorship from parents as a result!
How would you describe yourself physically?
Physically, I keep myself fairly fit and will be taking part in a 10K obstacle event called the Wolfrun in Leamington in April. I work out regularly in the gym and have been toying with the idea of training for bikini competitions for older women.
Which designer do you admire?
I enjoy wearing Phase Eight dresses and have a few Apricot items in my wardrobe. My style is feminine with an edge, and I do rather enjoy being looked at by women as well as men when I’m out and about.
When did you decide that modelling maybe a career for you?
I began modelling about 3 years ago, when there was a plethora of advertising featuring older women. I thought ‘I could do that!’ so started off with a photo shoot with a company called La Mode before setting up a portfolio or two with sites such as Purpleport and Madcow models. Since I retired from teaching, I have been able to become involved in more adventurous projects and my modelling career has taken on new life.
Who are your favourite models?
I admire models who don’t just want to churn out the sort of plastic poses that publications want to see. I wouldn’t say I have a favourite model but certainly have time for characters such as Twiggy who combine good business sense with a sense of humour and a healthy attitude to their looks.