Billie Faiers named top celeb mum
Reality TV star Billie Faiers has scooped a Celebrity Mum of the Year accolade.
The 25-year-old, who appears in ITV2's The Only Way Is Essex, beat fellow mothers Katie Price, Frankie Bridge and Kimberley Walsh to receive the top prize in the poll by Icelolly.com.
Faiers, who welcomed daughter Nelly Elizabeth on July 9 with fiance Greg Shepherd, joins former Liberty X singer Michelle Heaton, Emma Bunton, Holly Willoughby and Stacey Solomon, who won the prize in previous years.
"It's amazing. To be nominated for Icelolly.com's Mum of the Year was a shock to me, because I've only been a mum for eight months so I feel really happy and honoured to win the award," she said.
The award, which Katie Hopkins was also up for, was voted for by the public, and Faiers said her stint in the public eye may have given her and Nelly the boost over the other celebrities.
"I didn't expect it at all so I do feel really happy that they've chosen me to win," she said. " Maybe it's because they followed my journey with Nelly.
"I'm always Instagramming and tweeting, and she has little bits on the show so they know what's she's up to, so maybe that's helped me to win."
Motherhood has been a learning experience for Faiers.
"Since becoming a mum, one of the biggest things is you never stop worrying. I wanted a second opinion on everything but now it's all falling into place. It's a lot calmer and I'm enjoying it," she said.
As well as appearing on Towie, Faiers has developed a series of successful business ventures such as her own pram line and a clothing range, Jam Kidswear.
"It's been a really busy past couple of years with Towie, my other projects such as Jam Kidswear and my signature range products, and of course the birth of my beautiful daughter Nelly last summer," she explained.
"It's very much been a juggling act, with me trying to find the right balance between my career and family life, something I know all the real mums out there face and deserve huge credit for too - but I wouldn't change anything for the world!"
Faiers, who has younger sister Sam, gave credit to her own mother Suzanne.
"My mum's been so important because she's the person I turn to for advice. She's had two children so she's got good experience. She's just been great. I don't know how I would have done it without her," she said.
She also praised Price for being a "good role model" as she balances her career with being a parent.
" She's such a role model in a sense in that everything she does, she's always got her kids with her," Faiers said.
"She's a great person who works and juggles family life and that's how I aim to be as well. I love my career and working, but I also love family life, and I think she does a really good job of juggling both."
Faiers has yet to make plans for her first Mother's Day on Sunday.
"We haven't really organised anything as such because with Towie filming it's been quite hard," she admitted.
"I think we're going to be having a nice big family meal - I might be doing it at mine as it's my first Mother's Day. We like to spend it all together and I like to spoil my mum."