The Luxe Lowdown: Tilly Lockey

Tilly Lockey was born to educate and inspire. The 14-year-old bionic model and motivational speaker from Consett is an ambassador for Open Bionics and has shared the same stages as Hilary Clinton and Dalai Lama. We catch up to find out her luxe things in life...
The Luxe Lowdown: Tilly Lockey



Tilly Lockey


Motivational speaker, bionic model, presenter and influencer

Where is home?


Three reasons you love where you live?

I have grown up here with my family and friends, and no matter how much travelling I do and how extraordinary the experience is, I always land in Newcastle airport with a smile on my face because this is home – and always will be.


What do you do for a living?

I am a motivational speaker and social media influencer. I travel the world sharing my personal story of overcoming and self-love.

I speak at various events, taking to the stage to deliver a presentation in the hope of fulfilling and inspiring people to realise their greatness, embrace their differences and love who they are.

I usually take part in events surrounding technology and its advances, primarily in prosthetics and bionic limbs, whilst showcasing and wearing my very own pair of bionic, hero-arms made by Open Bionics.

A day in the life of you?

To be able to pursue a career in motivational speaking, I have had to change my path in education, moving to home schooling. I am now able to focus on multiple things. I usually attend around two to three speaking gigs every month in different countries, so being able to take my school work with me is great.

Any recent, ongoing or upcoming projects or achievements we should know about?

I always have exciting projects around the corner. I am an ambassador for Open Bionics, the company that makes my bionic arms, so I am always giving feedback to help with progression.

I am also starting a new chapter in my life; I am trying my hand at presenting, reporting on Sky as an FYI presenter where we talk and educate kids on important topics such as racism, equality, climate change and so on.

What does downtime mean to you?

Downtime is putting my phone down, forgetting about notifications, getting into my comfies with a good face mask and a movie and just trying to be present in the moment.

I know my limits and I know how important it is to step back for a while and remember how grateful and lucky I am to have had all of these amazing opportunities and experiences. I’m still only 14!


What did you want to be when you were growing up?

I had always been aware of prosthetics since I used them at a young age. I have no memory of ever having hands so I have adapted really well, but I was always worried for the kids who had lost their limbs in the blink of an eye.

I really wanted to do something to help young people going through this process, so I set out on a mission to help promote better prosthetics. I just want to help make a change, and hopefully people can see that I am doing that.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

To never give up. I have gone my whole life proving people wrong. When I got ill I was told I was going to die. I’m still here! When they found out I was going to live I was told I wouldn’t be able to walk, run or play the piano. But here I am, doing all of those things!

What is your greatest fear?

My greatest fear is leaving this world without making my mark on it. It doesn’t have to be a huge mark. If I can help one person, then everything has been so worth it.

With the fearlessness of the generation I am very proud to be a part of, I am pleased to say that I am certain the world will be a better place and it’s not all because of one person, it’s because a large community of strong individuals have come together to speak their truth and put their passions into action.

Which living person do you most admire and why?

There’s not really one person that I think of as my inspiration, it’s more just people who see what is wrong in the world and take action to help fix it.


What is top of your bucket list?

To see bionic limbs and cool differences being admired in a way that they’ve never been seen before. My ultimate goal is to see bionic limbs on the biggest catwalks, in the Fashion Week events and on the front of all the biggest fashion magazines.

What is your most treasured possession?

My most treasured possession is most definitely my scrapbook. I’ve been building it up since I was 10 and it holds so many exciting memories and important milestones in my life.

What does the weekend mean to you?

Catching up with friends, relaxing and just chilling out.

A memorable holiday?

A trip to Alcudia when I was young – quality family time and plenty of adventure sports on the water.

Best dress?

A rose gold metallic dress with plenty of glitz, glam and sparkly details – plus, it goes great with metallic bionic arms.

Who would be your top-three dinner guests?

Probably three of the One Direction boys, if I’m being honest. I’m not going to say which ones though, wouldn’t want anyone getting upset that they aren’t invited to Tilly’s dinner party.

The last place you ate?

The South Causey to celebrate my older sister’s GCSE results. A fantastic Sunday roast.

The last book you read?

The Secret by Rhona Byrne.

The last thing you listened to?

One Direction is always on shuffle.

The last thing you watched?

Frozen 2.

Your three luxe things in life?

Lip gloss, bold style and a rag doll cat.


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