I’m a fashion expert with Amanda Holden and Kate Middleton fans of my brand but I live in tracksuits, says Seema Malhotra

SHE may be a real millionaire housewife with her own global fashion empire, but Seema Malhotra prefers to relax in her tracksuits after a hard day’s work.

The 50-year-old mother-of-two, who has starred in ITVBe’s Real Housewives Of Cheshire since 2016, launched high street brand Forever Unique in 2008 with husband Sandeep, 52.

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Seema Malhotra reveals she prefers to relax in her tracksuits after a hard day’s work
The Real Housewife of Cheshire star has a global fashion empire and has dressed many celebrities, photo: Amanda Holden

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The Real Housewife of Cheshire star has a global fashion empire and has dressed many celebrities, photo: Amanda HoldenCredit: BackGrid
The 50-year-old mum dressed Kate Middleton

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The 50-year-old mum dressed Kate MiddletonCredit: Getty

Over the past decade, he’s garnered celebrity fans including Paris Hilton, Kate Middleton, Amanda Holden and Holly Willoughby.

But it hasn’t been easy for Seema. Her traditional Indian parents had high hopes that she would become a doctor or a lawyer and arranged her marriage to Sandeep 28 years ago.

“I wanted women to look sexy and glamorous”

She says, “We have our customs and our religion that we follow, but it’s so important to do what you want and follow your passions.

“I think we all have to follow our dreams.”

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She says, “We have our customs and our religion that we follow, but it’s so important to do what you want and follow your passions.

Seema and Sandeep live in Cheshire with their sons Neil, 26, and Aaron, 23. Inspired by her father, who grew his business from a knitwear stall to one of the UK’s largest menswear manufacturers, Seema studied fashion at the University of Salford.

This led to her landing a place at Central Saint Martins art school in London – but her protective father wouldn’t let her go.

She says: “He thought Asian women should get married and stay home, but our generation is different.

At 22, she was introduced to Sandeep by her parents and fell in love with him instantly.

She says, “My parents asked me, ‘Is that him?’, and I knew I wanted to be with him forever. We got married nine months later.

Sandeep’s parents were also in the fashion business and owned five clothing stores. Seema says, “Sandeep and I wanted to get involved. I started buying with him, and then we were like, ‘Why don’t we start doing it ourselves?’ »

The savvy couple started their own fashion business and started selling to department stores.

Seema designed a ten-piece collection, which they sold to independent boutiques under the Forever Unique brand.

And when Forever Unique employee Lucy Mecklenburgh joined Towie in 2010, the brand was catapulted into the spotlight.

“I want women to feel powerful”

Within weeks, the rest of the Essex crowd were seen in Forever Unique’s skin-tight mini-dresses in every episode. Viewers began to grab Seema’s creations.

A decade later, his line now has over 500 pieces.

Seema says, “I was obsessed with models from the early 90s. Growing up, they were everything to me. I just wanted women to look sexy and glamorous like them.

“That’s why Forever Unique is quite bold and stands out. And that’s how I want women to feel powerful.

But it’s not a look Seema is opting for at home, where she trades heels for sneakers and skin-tights for baggy clothes.

She says, “I’m surrounded by men, so I’m really like one of the guys. I’m not really a girly girl but I love dressing up for an occasion.

I’m around men, so I’m really like one of the guys. I’m not really a girly girl but I love dressing up for an occasion.

Seema Malhotra

“I live in my tracksuit – I love my tracksuits. I’ll be wearing bike shorts and a big tank top but I’ve got pink trainers and a really funky jacket. I just think adding a pop of color makes you feel alive.

This month, Seema and her Real Housewives co-stars took part in a special two-part social media campaign called #HotMess on Menopause.

Seema was surgically induced into her menopause five years ago after suffering heavy bleeding in her belly. And in 2020, she ended up in hospital with a ruptured ovarian cyst.

She says, “It was the most horrible pain. I thought I was dying. The star had her ovaries removed and is now going through menopause.

She adds, “It affects you from the top of your head down to your toes. I lost my hair, my skin lost its elasticity, I can’t sleep and my wrists and knees hurt.

Seema’s experience with menopause inspired her to create a collection that will keep women comfortable, stylish and confident as they go through change.

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She says, “We look for breathable fabrics so women can wear them while still looking stylish.”

  • The Real Housewives of Cheshire returns to ITVBe at 9pm on Monday and will be available on the ITV Hub.
Her brand has attracted other fans including Holly Willoughby

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Her brand has attracted other fans including Holly Willoughby
Seema reveals

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Seema reveals “I live in my tracksuit – I love my tracksuits”

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