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How To Impress Me: Layla Anna-Lee

The World Cup presenter shares her tips on dressing well, picking the right date and getting the love of your life interested in football

How To Impress Me: Layla Anna-Lee

Layla Anna-Lee is not like most women. 

Not only is she gorgeous, in an exotic-meets-girl-next door-way (courtesy of a Brazilian mum and an Irish/Scottish dad), but the 31 year old TV presenter is off to the World Cup, where she'll be hosting a series of live shows for Adidas. 

She put her impressive multi-lingual talents (French, Spanish and Portuguese, as well as her native English) to good use as the chirpy voice of the 2012 London Olympic opening ceremony – though we can't help but feel that Danny Boyle missed a trick by not putting her in front of the camera. 

She's also partial to mid-morning carrot cake, dispenses with uptight introductions in favour of hugs and fancies nothing more than an adventure holiday to India. 

Tragically, she's already attached.

But in case there's another rarity like her out there, here's how you can make sure you impress. 

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One of the most important qualities in a man is decisiveness. Someone who always says "I don't mind where we go for dinner" would annoy me. Be honest about what you like and what you don’t like.

But: you still need to know that your opinion isn’t the be all and end all.  Let someone else have a say. 

My ideal date? Recently, a guy asked me he could walk my dog with me in Richmond Park. I thought: a walk around the park would be an awesome date. You can really get to know someone – it's much better than going somewhere noisy, or the cinema. 

It’s imperative a man likes my dog, and that my dog likes him. He’s an Arctic fox breed called Mojo. 

Worst male style mistake? A lot of my guy friends are doing feathered earrings right now, and they look cool on kooky, trendy, long-haired guys. But you have to be able to carry them off. Some try and copy a trend just to be cool, and it just doesn't work. 

No man should wear a slogan t-shirt, or two diamond earrings.

I think baggy, comfy, knitted jumpers look good on all men. I love anything I can steal. 

Could a man approach me in a coffee shop? It would depend what kind of day I’m having! But generally: yes, absolutely. I don’t think there’s many places I’d object to it.

There's a few things British men could learn from Brazilian men. They’re very into complimenting a woman, telling her she's beautiful. Plus, they're generous with their emotions: they'll cry, they'll pray, they'll declare it if they're happy. 

Having said that, they can be very jealous and over-protective: that's where I'd prefer a guy from here. 

It's important that a guy says when something's bothering him – I hate a man huffing.

I get so annoyed with men who strop because their team is losing. I think leaving a match early is terrible manners. You should still support your team with passion.

Beards are good. I was in Iceland over Christmas and all these Viking looking, big, strong guys looked great. 

Even though it's hot, I don't think a man should wear short shorts – unless you’re running or in the pool. Find something fitted and just above the knee. Faded colours and small patterns can be nice. 

Sunglasses wise, I like classic Ray Bans – I don’t want to see designer labels. As long as there’s no fat gold plates, and diamante detailing, I’m happy.

This summer, I’d love a man to take me to India for an adventure. I've got a very short attention span so I need lots of activities. 

I like a man who’s into health. I’m a sucker for sweet stuff so I need someone to help me balance it.

My advice to a guy who's struggling to find romance? Give up trying so hard. It doesn’t happen when you’re really looking. Girls can spot it, and it looks desperate. Focus on what you love – your hobby or your work, and it’ll happen.

If you want your girlfriend to give the World Cup a chance, look at what she likes. Does she like entertaining? Then see if you can have a World Cup party at home. Is she competitive? Then do a pool and get her to bet on it. And don't drink the entire bar so you end up a mess. 

Layla will be presenting a series of live World Cup shows from Brasil for Adidas youtube.com/adidasfootballtv & will be documenting her journey on KICK TV youtube.com/Kicktv 

Photographer: Tom Leishman

 

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