She's the hard- working mum, the darling of the fashion pages, and now, the odds on favourite to scoop the Mum of the Year Award (an accolade previously bestowed upon Kerry Katona and Katie Price).
But has Samantha Cameron really won over the Great British public in a way that her conservative (small and big c) predecessors never quite managed to do – or are we all falling for a big PR stunt? Is Samantha Cameron really 'one of us'?
I canvassed opinion in a totally undemocratic survey of working mums, stay-at-home mums, and child-free working women. The results were divided – an early swing in SC's favour was lost when the thorny subject of 'the aristocracy' raised its head, whilst a fist fight nearly ensued when a colleague sniffily claimed that the tragic death of Samantha's son Ivan, and then the birth of new baby Florence had done her 'no harm whatsoever in the popularity stakes'. Ouch.
'Me too' agreed Elaine, who is child-free and runs her own business from home, 'Simply because she can – and does - juggle a career, a young family and not hide behind her husband's job. Plus she's much easier on the eye than the Labour wives...'
'She has grace,' says Heather, mum to twin boys, 'She seems very dignified but not in a detached way - I guess that's her posh background though.'
Ah yes. Her background. Samantha's father is a descendant of Charles II whilst her mother is now Vicountess Astor, having remarried. Sam grew up on the 300-acre Normanby Hall estate in Lincolnshire and her family also owned a country house in Yorkshire, Sutton Park. She was privately educated in Oxfordshire before taking her A levels at Marlborough and her degree in Fine Art at Bristol Polytechnic. Not exactly the kind of background that was ever going to find her fitting in part time checkout work in Asda around childcare or queuing at 4am for bargains in the Next end-of-season sale. She was, quite simply, always destined to be a Nice Gel.
Is it all just smoke and mirrors then? Is Sam Cam really any different to any other posh totty who can afford to have it all? Is her appeal really the fact she is nothing like us at all? Or is it because she is completely non-threatening? The kind of attractive, but not devastatingly beautiful woman who you want to be friends with, whose lifestyle you envy, but who you don't feel inferior to in the least?
Do you agree? What do you think of Samantha Cameron? Spoiled little rich girl or hard working yummy mummy?
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