Danni Menzies first got into the presentation scene by appearing on a show about supercars. However, the A Place in the Sun presenter is adamant that more needs to be done to discourage sexism in motorsport and to attract more women to the race track.
The supercar fanatic, who was on location in Sweden just before our chat to film an X Factor-style show about female drivers, has a huge appetite for high-speed driving.
Still, she revealed: “I think there was [a lot of sexism surrounding the sport].
“Now everyone is trying to balance things out and give women the same opportunities as men.”
Danni once appeared in an event where she beat 30 male competitors to win – but she doesn’t think female contributions are always recognized or given the credit they deserve.
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“It was time for this to happen in motorsport. Let’s hope change happens,” she reflected.
However, the 33-year-old warned: “I think there’s a long way to go.”
Her next show will be “like the X Factor for female racing drivers” – and the project, started after she announced her departure from A Place in the Sun, is right up her alley.
“I love it. I started driving very young,” she enthuses.
Enthused that it’s an adrenaline sport that everyone should try, she urged Express.co.uk readers to consider trying Formula 1.
“I think obviously a lot of girls were told they couldn’t do that. [because] it’s a boy thing,” she sympathized.
“[However] I think now, with opportunities like this, if they’ve ever thought about doing it, they should definitely go for it.”
Meanwhile, she lamented: “[We’re judged for] our behavior very different from that of men.”
Danni is also passionate about working with animals.
A previous job, which developed after a period of agoraphobia confined her to her Perthshire home, was rescuing sick racehorses.
Animals that would have been destined for slaughter due to previous neglect transformed under his watchful eye and even became riders.
The star has now revealed that she would like one of her future TV projects to include animals, although she’s not sure what the future holds, which is “what makes [life] so exciting.”