Growing up with a strict Greek Dad was g-r-e-a-t fun in my house. For one I wasn't allowed to wax, shave or pluck (the irony), the mere schnifter of a boyfriend and I'd have been shipped off to my relatives in the mountains, and then there was my clothes...
For an easy life, I wore mostly baggy boys clothes for the first 18 years of my life. No flesh to be seen anywhere. It was just easier to be compliant than face the roth of my Father, convinced that if I wore a skirt, I'd be pregnant within hours.
So, when I saw 18-year old Matilde Mourinho on the red carpet at The GQ Men of the Year Awards this week, I had mixed feelings at her attire, as she stepped out with none other than... her 52 year old Dad.
In case you missed the Awards, it wasn't Lionel Richie (awarded icon of the year), a slender Sam Smith (who is doing the bond theme tune) or even a pin-up blonde Lewis Hamilton that got everyone's attention.
It was in fact, a little know Matilde Mourinho, teenage daughter of 'the special one', football manager Jose Mourinho
Wearing a £2,146 tuxedo dress from Balmain she stunned the world - it's one of Kim Kardashian's favourite designers, so you get the picture. It was the right side of elegant, but the wrong side of CLEAVAGE when you're hanging out (quite literally) with your Father.
I can only imagine the conversations in their house the night before.
On This Morning, presenter Philip Schofield, suggested it might have gone like this if it was his daughter (below is paraphrased);
Dad: "Woah. You're going out like that"
Dad: "Are you really sure."
Dad: "Are you fully prepared that you will be on every front page of the national newspapers the next day, and everything that comes with that."
Dad: "Ok then..."
Perhaps Jose was too distressed to address the dress? Perhaps he's a chilled dude like Philip Schofield and didn't mind, or maybe he did, but she still wore it anyway. I suspect the later from the look on his face that night.
While I'm sure the world has mixed opinions on 'that dress', you can't deny she looked great. The quandary for me was going out like 'that' with your Dad.
I mean, it's a bit like going out on the pull with your Dad, right? It's just a bit on the cringe side to know that everyone is leering at you 'that way' when your Dad is attached to your arm.
But how can we be surprised when we live in a world where Kim Kardashian and Miley Cyrus are held up as icons to girls. All I can say is thank God for Taylor Swift!
But back to Matilde and Jose. I applaud her for being brave enough to take the plunge, so to speak. But really, my respect is with Jose, because he was brave, confident and secure enough to step out with his daughter, knowing the wave of publicity that would come his way, in the papers and on the terraces.
I wonder what my Dad would say if I showed him the picture. Most probably 'No Way Jose'!