Dr Leah Totton and Mark Wright go public with their romance
The Apprentice star Dr Leah Totton has used the opening of her new cosmetic surgery clinic to take her romance with Mark Wright public for the first time.
The Londonderry entrepreneur confirmed her relationship with the former Apprentice contestant when she shared an Instagram snap showing them enjoying a romantic dinner together in Mexico as well as enjoying some quality time on Valentine's Day.
She claimed the Apprentice crown in 2013 with a plan to launch a 'Botox empire' of cosmetic clinics. Dr Totton's win resulted in Lord Alan Sugar parting with £250,000 to invest in the business.
The new couple made their debut appearance on the red carpet for Dr Leah's Cosmetic Skin Clinic event in Essex. Australian-born Mark, who won The Apprentice in 2014, was there to support his girlfriend and afterwards spoke of how proud he was of her.
The glamorous event was also attended by reality TV stars Chloe Lewis, Kate Wright, Amy Childs and Frankie Essex as well as business partner Lord Sugar. Now opening her second clinic in Essex, Dr Leah spoke about the impact celebrities have on people's image. "The access to celebrities and the increased influence of social media puts a lot of focus on appearance," she told the Daily Star Online.
"In the 90s it was all about being very thin. Victoria Beckham was a real trend leader then, but now in consultation after consultation I'm shown photos of the Kardashians."
As an industry leader of medical regulation and thorough consultation, Dr Leah said ensuring client expectations are met and carried out safely are at the forefront of her business model.
She conceded that the rise of celebrity culture can create unrealistic beauty standards and even lead to cosmetic surgery addiction. "When you're looking towards celebrities it's important to remember they typify the top 5% of the population looks-wise.
"They tend to be from model and acting backgrounds and that can be unrealistic at times."
Dr Leah joked that she's known as 'Dr No' on the cosmetic circuit because of her reluctance to work with prospective patients who might be turning to procedures for the wrong reasons, but stressed that this was something she was proud of.