Ferguson has a feminine elegance about her, noting that she’s “quite a fan of Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe.” And, as Liverpudlian girls are wont to do, she prefers to wear a full face of makeup and heels, even to the supermarket.
“Before, I’d never wear those,” she says at the photo shoot in Bristol, pointing to a pair of Uggs. “Ever. EVAH. But lately, Hannah, me assistant, is like, ‘Becky, put the Uggs on! Your feet are hurting.’ Only in the past couple of months have I worn flats, even if my feet hurt. I wore heels even when I was little.”
Ferguson admits she didn’t have the easiest childhood, and her triumphant story endeared her to many X Factor fans. “Me mum never had nothing, and we were poor as kids. I’m not ashamed of it. Me auntie’s worked all her life; me mom’s worked all her life, she didn’t have a job like mine,” says Ferguson. “She’d get in from work and then a couple of hours later, she’d have to get dressed to be going out to another job. And so it wasn’t easy, but my mom was always trying.”
Despite the hard knocks, Ferguson she said she was always singing as a child (a family friend gave her Cher and Whitney Houston tapes). The lone girl in a house full of boys, she channeled her energy into poetry, and by age 11, she had moved on to songwriting. She was forging her way musically until a pregnancy at age 17. Ferguson’s two children, Lillie May, 7, and Karl, 6, were born less than a year apart. She missed them so much during X Factor that the producers allowed her a paid trip home twice a month. “I’m firm with the label and with my management when it comes to days off ,” she says of her commitment to her family. “If I haven’t seen my kids in [some time], I’m quite vocal, because you have to balance it.”
Dress by Nicole Farhi, shoes by Christian Louboutin.