X Factor judge is presented with her award by Dan Wootton

Even in her wildest dreams, just a year ago Tulisa Contostavlos couldn’t imagine receiving any award, let alone being named Now’s Woman Of The Year.

Dan Wootton presented the N-Dubz star, 23, with her prize in her dressing room at Wembley Arena the day before the X Factor final.

I can’t believe this – never in a million years,’ she gasped.

A year ago the only time I would get in Now was when I looked chav-tastic in a tracksuit.

‘This means so much.

‘It’s going straight on my mantelpiece.’

Tulisa feels she’s been on quite a journey since she took her place on The X Factor panel.

‘I’ve become my own woman, not “the N-Dubz bird”,’ she told Dan.

‘Getting away from the band and finding out what I want to do has given me confidence.

‘You know how I used to spend so much time stressing?

‘Now I can enjoy life.’

Read Dan Wootton‘s full interview with Tulisa Contostavlos in Now magazine dated 26 December – out now!

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