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Super Models – Susan Boyle, dreamed a Dream

Updated on September 21, 2010

Susan Boyle

Thanks for following the series: Super Models, yet another article on my women of Inspiration. The title is Super models, but I am not referring to the Naomi Campbell’s or Claudia Schiffer’s of this world (who are super gorgeous). I like to look beyond beauty.

I look at these women from an inspirational point of view. The last two I wrote about, were Cheryl Cole – who has risen far from the Girl Band she is in. She became an XFactor Judge, recorded her own album, then became the latest face of L’Oreal Ads, all in a space of a few years. What an accomplishment for a girl in her 20s.

Pam Warren – burnt alive in a train in London, faced her fears by going on the train again for the fist time in 10 years. Due to the tragedy, she had to wear a face mask for over a year, she lost her business and was divorced by her hubby, but she is moving on strong.

The lovely lady I am writing about today is Susan Boyle, 48. She appeared on Britain’s Got Talent in April 2009.

Susan at Audition in April 09

Never judge a book by it’s cover

I’m glad I watched it. When Susan Boyle stood before the Judges – Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan, they rolled their eyes back, as if to say “here we go” the camera even took a few shot s from the audience and yould see the look on their faces, they didn’t take to her and didn’t expect any Talent from her.

Simon Cowell asked whom she would like to emulate. She replied “Elaine Paige” . From the look on their faces, they were probably thinking “In your dreams”! A few people in the audience also laughed at her comment.

She was old, she wasn’t slim, attractive? You could read it on their faces. Infact, the Daily Mail put it like this:

Middle-aged, dowdy, with thick eyebrows and an unfortunate gait, she couldn’t have looked less like a star. But Susan Boyle may be the surprise winner of Britain’s Got Talent after she stunned Simon Cowell with her remarkable voice. Unemployed and single, the 48-year-old has thick unkept hair, bushy eyebrows and downy fuzz is noticeable across parts of her face.” 10 April 2009.


Well…. When she started singing, even I had goose pimples. You should have seen the look on Simon Cowell’s face and the other judges. They were stunned. People in the audience had their mouths wide open. What a voice. She sang “I dreamed a dream” from Les Miserables. At the end, there was a standing ovation, the audience and judges could not believe what they had seen or heard. The judges have since apologised for looking down on her. Their Apology.

Now, she has captured the hearts of many and is a symbol of hope to those, who for years are still pursuing their dream. She came second in the competition but right now it looks like she came first. Oh! and last weekend, she sang a duet live on TV with Elaine Paige. she has also recorded a duet with Elaine Paige.

Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden

She dreamed a Dream

Susan Boyle, (also a Church worker), released her debut album called, I dreamed a dream in November 2009. In Britain, it was recognised as the fastest selling UK debut album of all time selling about 411,820. In the U.S., the album sold about 701,000 copies in its first week, the best opening week for a debut artist in over a decade.

I am writing/publishing this article on 19 Dec 09. A year ago not a lot of people knew Susan Boyle. Her audition on Britain’s got Talent was in April 2009, but now her fame has spread over the world in less than a year. It makes one ponder about life....

She reminds us never to look down on people, no matter how they look and to hold on to our Dreams. 

"Modern society is too quick to judge people on their appearances. [...] There is not much you can do about it; it is the way they think; it is the way they are. But maybe this could teach them a lesson, or set an example. "Susan Boyle, The Washington Post


What’s your dream for the New Year? Hold on to it. It can come true

Well-done Susan.


Update September 2010

Susan Boye will be singing for Pope Benedict XVI when he arrives in London - September. I will update this further with the photo's.

Good Luck, Susan!


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    • Lady_E profile image

      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      ** Hello Matt

      I've read your comments - you've only just joined us here. It's a pity you have to leave. I will definitely follow your Blog but please note you don't have to shut down your Profile here. People will benefit from them. Hope you change your mind and continue to write.

      Happy New Year. :)

      ** MPurcell, Hello - I think everyone in the UK has had a conversation about Susan. Isn't life funny - to think this time last year, none of us knew her.

      Happy New Year. :)

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      mpurcell10 8 years ago from Arkansas

      Funny I was having this conversation last night with a customer. Great hub.

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      matt6v33 8 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      hello young lady, for once again i find my thoughts trvelling to you.. i'll be departing this site soon, but wanted to give u my current info, in the event u would like it.

      its my prayer that u will take the time to visit me.. thanks again, for being Just U!


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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      ** Cheers Hypnodude. Glad you enjoyed reading it.

      Best Wishes.

      ** Hello Duchess, She certainly is a beautiful Lady. Thanks.

      Kind Regards.

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      Duchess OBlunt 8 years ago

      Nicely done Lady_E. I appreciate the hub for the writing and I especially appreciate the thoughtfulness of the sentiments behind the reason for the hub. Susan certainly deserves the accolades, she is indeed a beautiful lady.

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      Andrea 8 years ago from Italy

      Very well done hub. I've heard the story and it's great. An example of the rule about don't judge a book by its cover. Great reading.

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      ** Thanks Matt. Happy Xmas. :)

      ** Hi Pretty, thanks and Happy Xmas. Loved your First Snow Hub. :)

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      prettydarkhorse 8 years ago from US

      nice one, like darkhorse she is, LOL< newsmaker of the year too,

      Hey Lady, I came by to greet you happy holidays, more for you next year, Maita

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      matt6v33 8 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      stopped by to let u know that u r in my thoughts and prayers this day, and to wish you a merry christmas.

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      ** Cheers TattoGuy, nice to read from you. Have a Merry Xmas too. :)

      ** Hi Nancy, true - she has an awesome voice. I'd love to hear her sing some Xmas carols. Have a lovely Xmas and Happy New year. :)

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      Nancy's Niche 8 years ago

      She is amazing with the voice of an angel...Have a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!Have a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

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      TattoGuy 8 years ago

      Great hub moi friend and a nice sentiment, have a Merry Christmas x

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      ** Hi Europewalker, yes, she is talented. Thanks for stopping. :)

      ** Hello Fastfreta, I'm glad you saw it too. lol. Lovely to read from you. :)

      ** True, Philipo. Lets hope we all get lucky too. Regards. :)

      ** Hi Brian, I'm happy for her that her talent has been recognised. Thanks for stopping. :)

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      Brian Stephens 8 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      Well she didn't win Britain has got talent in the end, but the album she has made since is really very good and selling in the millions. She is the sort of lady that inspires because she really is so ordinary and nice but with an amazing talent.

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      Philipo 8 years ago from Nigeria

      Wao. Lady_E this is a clear fact that the impossible is possible. Thanks for sharing.

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      Alfreta Sailor 8 years ago from Southern California

      Lady_E, what a wonderful tribute to a beautiful lady. I still find myself looking at the YouTube video of her and getting goose bumps when I watch. You did her proud as you always do.

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      europewalker 8 years ago

      Great hub. Susan is a very talented lady.

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      ** Cheers Tom. She is lovely, thanks for your comments. :)

      ** Hello Jdove, I'm glad you got to watch it. It's hard to put into words - better seen. Lovely to hear from you again. :)

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      jdove-miller 8 years ago

      I was appalled by the looks of the faces of the audience and the judges when Susan came on stage. Thanks for reminding us how quick we are to judge others.

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      Tom Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      Wonderful hub for a wonderful talent. When I first heard Susan Boyle sing "Wild Horses" from her was the first WOW I had felt in listening to music for years. She is truly amazing! :)

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      ** Hello Kate, thanks for you comments which are so true. Wishing you the best. Regards.

      ** Hi Andromida, very true. I learn a lot from Hubbers here. My computer has been running slow and yesterday I came on line to search for one of your Hubs that I read on Improving the speed of Windows/Vista. Thanks. Best Wishes. :)

      ** Hi World of wise, I'm glad you like it. Hope you and your family are fine. Regards. :)

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      world of the wise 8 years ago from World of the wise

      you never stop witting what i like. Thank for those series

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      syras mamun 8 years ago

      This is very inspirational hub, Lady_E. I also believe that everyone has potential to do anything.Here in hubpages I observe that there are many talented hubbers make very very thought provoking comments and hubs. Lets dream a dream of much better and peaceful 2010.thanks.

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      kateperez 8 years ago from pasadena, tx

      Nice article, my Lady.

      I did not have the opportunity to watch the original audition but I did watch the YouTube rendition and I also had goosebumps.

      I'm not sure about "Brittain's got talent" but on American Idol part of what Simon, Randy and the women looked at was appearance. How sad it is that a regular woman or man is underestimated because she/he looks like a normal person instead of one of the presumed "beautiful people."

      I pay homage to those regular people who show the bravery and skill to go beyond impressions to impress. I aspire to be one myself.

      Your true fan,


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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      ** Hello HP Roy, Thanks for your comments. Nice to read from you again. :)

      ** Hi Create a Page - can't remember if you are in the UK. If you are, last weekend 13 Dec, was a big TV nite on ITV1. It was the final of the XFactor and immediately after, there was a Susan Boyle special Program. (about 1hr). She sang some songs, was interviewed by Piers Morgan and then sang with Elaine Paige. Thanks for stopping. :)

      ** Cheers Swiftly, thanks for your comments. Nice to read from you. :)

      ** Hello Floating mind - Glad you enjoyed reading it. Now when she tells people "jump". They'll respond "how high?". lol. Thanks for stopping. :)

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      floating mind 8 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      Wow LadyE!

      What a GREAT hub! Susan Boyle is living proof that one should never judge a book by its cover! You brought the information about Susan Boyle to a wonderful point about prejudging others. Great job!

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      SwiftlyClean 8 years ago from Texas

      You could'nt have picked the best person for this writing.Well done. LadyE

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      create a page 8 years ago from Maryland, USA

      Thanks for sharing more information on Susan Boyle. Like you I got goose bumps when she sang, and I played the video over and over again since I was apparently in a trance. I did not know she sang a duet with Elaine Paige on television and recorded a duet with her also. Her dream did in fact come through. She is indeed a wonderful woman who got the recognition she deserved for her god-given talent.

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      H P Roychoudhury 8 years ago from Guwahati, India

      The hub has given a worthy compliment “never judge a book on looking the cover”.

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      ** Cheers Dohn, I hope she stays around for a very long time too. Best wishes.

      ** Thanks Deborrah, I agree with you that her story is a Miracle. Looking deeply - she sacrificed her life to look after her mum til she died. She didn't even get married. So, I guess life is paying her back for that kindness and sacrifice she made. She also worked in the church. The Angels were probably thinking we have to do something to help this woman achieve her dream. (my imagination running wild again). lol Lovely to read from you.

      ** Hello Jessica, she is truly gifted with her voice. Thanks for your comments.

      ** Hi Quietness, I agree with you. Infact, they are lucky she didn't sue them for maybe "ridiculing her". She would have actually got some compensation - but as we can see she got the best "compensation" ever . Thanks for stopping.

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      quietnessandtrust 8 years ago

      When judges are that shallow...they should be judged for it.

      She is FANTASTIC!!!

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      jessicab 8 years ago

      I love Susan she has a beautiful voice and when she sings your mind and soul moves with her. Great hub.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      Lady E, Beautiful Post! Wonderful canidate for your Super Models! This is another great article! Susan Boyle is definitely a great Model!

      It is truly a miracle! Her story is heartwarming! I pray that the right people are placed around her to help her... I am sure that she is overwhelmed by it all. No doubt that she is talented and gifted with a beautiful voice that comes from her internal beauty that is now beginning to shine through the outside! As you say; "She is capturing the hearts of many" She is inspirational and brings a Message of Hope! Great choice!

      Thank You for sharing, as always it is a pleasure! Much Love & Blessings!

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Great job on writing this hub, Lady_E. There's no doubt of her talent. I think that we're going to continue to hear about her for some time. What a great success story!

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      ** Hi Lisa, thanks for your comments. Really wishing you Good luck for Grad School. Best Wishes. :)

      ** Cheers Tamcor, I'm sure you are enjoying it too. I like the way you put it. "A cinderalla story" indeed. Regards.

      ** ProHubbing, totally agree with your comments. Cheers.

      ** Hello Pete, "dowdy"? The media can be cruel sometimes. You are right - She is a great talent. Regards.


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      Pete Maida 8 years ago

      She is a great talent. I actually don't believe that she is that dowdy. Maybe it's because I grew up in coal mining town in PA.

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      ProHubbing 8 years ago from USA

      It is talent that matters but more so than that is heart. Anyone with the right heart and mindset/motivation can achieve any goal I believe. Great hub.

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      Tammy Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      How husband and I are sitting here listening to Susan's CD that we'd just bought, and I find your hub on her!

      Beautiful lady, beautiful voice, and inspiration to everyone! Thank you so much for the hub about her--it is a wonderful way to honor Susan's "Cinderella Story"...

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      Lisa  8 years ago

      Merry Christmas Lady E again you have posted a well written hub. I have been busy with preparing myself for Grad school so I have been out of the loop. But plan to return and ready to share my writings in the coming New Year.

      God Bless