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Nadiya Hussain: I almost ditched GBBO

Nadiya Hussain has spoken about the massive impact winning The Great British Bake Off has had on her confidence.

Nadiya Hussain almost didn't take part in The Great British Bake Off because she feared she wasn't prepared enough.

The 30-year-old amateur cook was victorious on the 2015 edition of the show and gave a touching speech when she won. Nadiya spoke about how much the experience had affected her, revealing that she now feels anything is possible and she'll never again tell herself she can't do something.

"Before I did Bake Off I did wonder if, after 10 years of being at home, I was work ready," she told Britain's Hello! magazine. "When I was called for the final 12 I nearly rang to tell them I couldn't do it.

"My speech when I won came from somewhere deep. It was all about the boundaries I put on myself. But with each week of Bake Off another boundary fell away until I felt completely open and free to run as far as I wanted. I feel there's nothing I can't do."

Nadiya isn't the only member of her family to have done well out of the show. Her husband Abdal appeared on the final episode to support her and social media sites were instantly flooded with gushing messages from women about his looks.

"I believe he's what you'd call a dreamboat, that's what it says in the papers," she laughed. "Or 'The Hottie with the Cappuccino Skin!' That's what I call him now. It's not all that surprising though because he is lovely and quite handsome."

Nadiya has become something of a role model thanks to her storming speech and she's more than happy to accept the title. The mother-of-three is proud to have people looking up to her, not least because she appeals to such a broad range of people. Most important to her is that she continues having fun, with the baker admitting writing a book would be a dream come true.

"From everyone's responses it seems I'm representing Muslims, Bangladeshis, Luton, Leeds, stay-at-home mums, wives, mothers, the list seems to get bigger," she said. "But it's actually a fantastic thing that so many people on so many levels can relate to me. That feels like quite a privilege."

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