Ferguson has a feminine elegance about her, noting that sheâ€™s â€œquite a fan of Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe.â€ And, as Liverpudlian girls are wont to do, she prefers to wear a full face of makeup and heels, even to the supermarket.
â€œBefore, Iâ€™d never wear those,â€ she says at the photo shoot in Bristol, pointing to a pair of Uggs. â€œEver. EVAH. But lately, Hannah, me assistant, is like, â€˜Becky, put the Uggs on! Your feet are hurting.â€™ Only in the past couple of months have I worn flats, even if my feet hurt. I wore heels even when I was little.â€
Ferguson admits she didnâ€™t have the easiest childhood, and her triumphant story endeared her to many X Factor fans. â€œMe mum never had nothing, and we were poor as kids. Iâ€™m not ashamed of it. Me auntieâ€™s worked all her life; me momâ€™s worked all her life, she didnâ€™t have a job like mine,â€ says Ferguson. â€œSheâ€™d get in from work and then a couple of hours later, sheâ€™d have to get dressed to be going out to another job. And so it wasnâ€™t easy, but my mom was always trying.â€
Despite the hard knocks, Ferguson she said she was always singing as a child (a family friend gave her Cher and Whitney Houston tapes). The lone girl in a house full of boys, she channeled her energy into poetry, and by age 11, she had moved on to songwriting. She was forging her way musically until a pregnancy at age 17. Fergusonâ€™s two children, Lillie May, 7, and Karl, 6, were born less than a year apart. She missed them so much during X Factor that the producers allowed her a paid trip home twice a month. â€œIâ€™m firm with the label and with my management when it comes to days off ,â€ she says of her commitment to her family. â€œIf I havenâ€™t seen my kids in [some time], Iâ€™m quite vocal, because you have to balance it.â€
Dress by Nicole Farhi, shoes by Christian Louboutin.