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Fashion blogger Stefan will be appearing on Blind Date on Sunday.

By Rachel Armitage

A FASHION writer with a gender-fluid approach has described his experiences of appearing on Channel 5's Blind Date.

Stefan Howarth, from Newark, will be appearing on the revamped Blind Date, made famous by Cilla Black and now hosted by Paul O'Grady, as one of the three contestants hoping to be chosen to go on a blind date.

The episode was filmed back in November, and Stefan was put forward for the show after the producers approached a friend of his, who was married, so suggested Stefan instead.

"It all seemed to happen really fast, the producers liked my Instagram page and I had phone interview and then a video casting, and then they asked me to appear on the show.

"I loved the other contestants, we still speak to this day and we've become a really supportive group of friends.

"It was a nerve-wracking experience, but Blind Date is much more diverse these days, there has been bisexual and gay couples on recently."

An NHS admin assistant in Kirkby in Ashfield by day to pay the bills and a fashion writer by night, Stefan started his own fashion blog, entitled HOWSTE, back in 2014 and describes himself as having a "gender fluid" approach to fashion.

"I wanted to be able to express myself, I love fashion and started my website to get into the industry and make friends," he said.

"Fashion gives me confidence and I want to be able to push boundaries, and as a gay man, to champion equality.If you put your mind to it, and be true to yourself, then you can achieve great things."

To find out if Stefan finds love on Blind Date, tune in to Channel 5 on Sunday at 8pm.

You can read Stefan's blog at www.howste.co.uk


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