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'Apprentice' Uzma Yakoob interview: 'I think Lord Sugar uses make-up'

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"There's no smoke without fire," claimed Lord Sugar, who decided that it was third time unlucky for boardroom regular Uzma Yakoob on last night's Apprentice.

Digital Spy spoke with the make-up entrepreneur to get the lowdown on her time on the show, her feelings about Neil and her verdict on Lord Sugar's grooming regime.

Uzma Yakoob in the boardroom

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Uzma Yakoob gets fired



We saw you three times in the boardroom. Did we see the best of you?
"I thought you saw a lot of me on the show! But the best of me was yet to come to be honest. I don't think the edit always favoured me. Especially on the third task which was quite, well, heart-breaking."

Do you think it was bad luck or your mistakes that kept sending you back to the boardroom?
"No, there was more than bad luck. I think a lot of the time it was quite calculated. Not everyone comes in with the same intelligence or the same clear conscience. The first task, I shouldn't have been there, then the second time, yes I should have been. I was part of the design team and that was at fault.

"The third time, where I've been fired, I don't think I should have been there. That was a calculated decision, but moving on..."

What was edited out?
"Firstly, I was the second-highest seller. No-one got to hear about that. I also made the suggestion that we got those bloody smoothies or shakes or whatever they were out to the public and was shut down.

"Also, I brought in high-luxury produce, which made the most amount of money and no-one got to see that side. I even bartered with all the produce to get lower prices.

"All you got to see me do was dressing bloody corn on the cob. It was a little bit annoying because I did so much for that task. And I was working with guys who just think they are right all the time.

"Neil obviously had calculated the position he would take. He had a game plan, He said that he was going to lie, cheat and manipulate to get through the process. I think that's what he did."

The Apprentice 2013: Neil Clough

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The Apprentice 2013: Neil Clough



Is Neil just a bulls**ter?
"I don't actually know what Neil can do. In terms of business, I'll be very honest about him. He doesn't have a business of his own. He's got an idea. Now anyone who has a business knows how hard it is. You've got to take risks. There are so many skills involved in running a successful business. And with Neil he doesn't understand that.

"I think that maybe for him being among a lot of entrepreneurs is putting him under pressure. He's under that pressure and he needs to shine. What he doesn't understand is that there are credible people there who you should learn from. That's how you're gonna win a task."

The girls were ripping each other apart in the early weeks. Why couldn't you all get along?
"I'm in a female-dominated industry. I know that with strong women you get conflicts and opinions. A problem with women is they all want to shine. If someone sold something the other one wants to sell more. It can all get very emotional and everyone starts to think everyone is attacking you personally.

"But I'm quite a direct person and it's always business-related, not personal. Some of the women in there did take things personally and they need to realise that they're in a process and that they need to take the blame if they are to blame."

The Apprentice 2013: Uzma Yakoob

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The Apprentice 2013: Uzma Yakoob



Was there any sexual tension between this year's candidates?
"I have no idea and to be quite honest. I didn't really give two s**ts. I didn't really care. I was in there because of the opportunity. For me it was a business process.

"I didn't make a special effort with my appearance or do anything different. Whether or not the other girls did or not I don't know, I can't speak on their behalf. Whether or not there were sexual tensions, you know what, I've got better things to do."

Do you think there are people in the show who just want to be on TV?
"Absolutely absolutely. But I'm not going to make a comment on that because I think that the public will be able to figure that out by themselves."

What's your opinion of Luisa?
"Luisa I think riled everyone up the wrong way in the process. But one thing I recognised in Luisa very early on, she does have business knowledge.

The Apprentice 2013: Luisa Zissman

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The Apprentice 2013: Luisa Zissman



"She's got a big mouth. She shoots herself in the foot with the way she is and her personality. But she's there for a reason. She's credible and I hope a few people will see that in her. Whether or not she's there for the right reasons... I think it'll come out in the end. As a businesswoman her style is definitely different, but sometimes that works for people."

You're in the make-up business. Did you rate Lord Sugar's grooming regime?
"I think he does use a little bit of make-up. A little bit of powder maybe. I think it looks good on him. The natural look.

"I don't actually support guys wearing make-up, all the man-scara and bronzer on guys. It's not a good look. I think possibly a few of the Apprentice guys have tried that."

The Apprentice continues next Tuesday, May 28 at 9pm on BBC One.

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