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TV WEEK GOES POOLSIDE WITH KELLY BROOK
F ew people linger as long as Kelly Brook when getting out of a swimming pool, but then even fewer look as great in a bikini. Which is why Ms Brook’s swimwear range for New Look is now in its seventh season, and why the paparazzi follow her every linger. At 33, Kelly still sells and — as she told us poolside at the trendy Delano Hotel in Miami Beach — she is embracing both getting older and her covetable curves.
Bikini shoot or not, Kelly is a girl on a mission to have fun, drinking rosé with lunch, ordering burger and fries for dinner and flirting with Leonardo DiCaprio, who just happens to be hanging at the same pool. Kelly spends a lot of time on our photo shoot extolling the virtues of her single life, though her Instagram feed tells a different story, suggesting that she may be currently rekindling her relationship with rugby player Danny Cipriani. Her publicist refused to confirm her relationship status but, whatever the real story, Kelly Brook is a woman in control… Over the past few years I have been very focused on my relationships and being homely, but now I am ready to get out there again. I want to be more selfish. I think I just got a little bit stagnant and now I feel as though I need to go to that next level and grow a bit more in all areas of my life. I feel more confident in my 30s than I ever have before. These years right now are special and I must be careful how I utilise this time in my life. From now on I’ll no longer be held back in any way and I feel the most complete I’ve ever felt. And I’m single! Not having to jump into anything or hang out with anyone feels great. I don’t need to be around people; I’m very happy to be on my own. At times I might be followed by up to 20 paparazzi who will take photos that will tell a story that isn’t true. I just find the whole thing weird. Here in Miami I was on my own for a day last week, and I know the paps were thinking, ‘Is she okay?’ They had headlines in their eyes. And I was thinking, ‘I am all right — are you all right?’ People think there must be something wrong if I’m on my own. It’s either that or, when I am with someone, they assume we’re dating — I can’t win. There is nothing sad and alone about me. I am having a great time. I do sometimes worry about getting older and the fact that I am not going to be a model for ever, but then I look at amazing women like Lauren Hutton and Yasmin Le Bon. Monica Bellucci is a big inspiration; she is so curvaceous and fabulous, she models,
she actsacts... she does it all! When I think about those women I instantly stop worrying. Anyway, hopefully by the time I get to that point I will be married with children and I’ll be happy and I won’t care any more. The fact that Helen Mirren can look so great in swimwear is an amazing boost for all
women. Most women can carry off a bikini; the problem is they don’t think that they can and don’t have the confidence to try. As long as you’re in good shape, who can say you’re too old to wear anything? It’s bound to be more difficult after you have children, or if you’ve not been to the gym for a while, or even if you’ve just eaten a lot because you’re on holiday… I mean, we’ve all been there! But that’s when the onepiece comes into its own. If you’re in a onepiece, no one is going to look at you and think, ‘God, she’s put on weight’ — instead
they will just think how chic you look in that very fashionable swimsuit.
Bikini confidence is a state of mind. Firstly, you have to accept who you are — if you’re larger on the bust, then get some support rather than going for a stringy bikini top. And look after yourself — exfoliate your skin, get a spray tan, treat yourself to a pedicure — it will help to make you feel more beach confident. As a teenager I could never find any swimwear that fitted me. That’s why I came up with the concept for the New Look collection. Every season we stay with the 1950s theme because that’s very much me; I’m never likely to have a drastic change in style because I wear what suits me and stick to it. I’ve never had one of those amazing yoga bodies. My body is what it is. I am sure if I went on a crash diet, lost two stone and toned up, I could make loads of money by making fitness videos and selling my story to the
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tabloids.bl id BBut I ddon’t’ want to encourage women to be anything other than what they are. That’s very important to me. I’m very much, ‘When in Rome… have tiramisu.’ I love a cheeseburger when I am in the US, I love a gin and tonic at night, I love a glass of wine with my lunch. I’m very much wanting to enjoy the moment, and when I travel that means trying great food.
The gym is not for me. I think as soon as you have to force yourself to go to a gym and it’s like, ‘I’ve got to go and work off that Mars bar’, then you’re not in a good headspace. Instead I do Pilates, I go for nice long walks and I swim. I also love to dance in my house — I will put on MTV and prance about. I truly believe that beauty comes from
within. If you’re happy then not only will you look better, you’ll be a good partner and a good friend, too. I’m careful with the message I give out. I am natural — I don’t have hair extensions or anything like that. I’m not the person who says, ‘I’ve had 20 boob jobs,’ or ‘I have Botox every two months and look at me, aren’t I great?’ I think those girls are actually really sad and are not very happy in themselves. I know I’ll take a lot of abuse from Keith Lemon in my new role on Celebrity Juice [she’s doing maternity cover on the ITV2 panel show for regular team leader Fearne Cotton]. Keith and I are friends, but I was once a guest on Celebrity Juice and he was very mean to me — I’m an easy target!
Life should be a mixture of experiences. I wouldn’t be happy if I was travelling all the time, but neither would I be happy to always be at home. I love getting to know different cultures and having new experiences: hanging with Leonardo DiCaprio at the Delano Hotel! But then I do love getting home and running around in my tracksuit bottoms and watching trashy TV and eating beans on toast. I enjoy working hard but I also like to party. My ex [ Danny Cipriani] and I have joint custody of our dog Rocky. Dogs are like babies in that way. I don’t get to see Rocky all the time, but walking him while staying at my cottage — my sanctuary — in Kent is my ultimate way to relax. I’ll get the fire on and a roast going and invite my family round... perfect. The latest Kelly Brook for New Look swimwear collection is available in sizes 34B-36G and 6-16, and is in stores nationwide and at newlook.com now
Body booty-ful Above and main picture: Kelly models a selection of bikinis from the Next range (tops are €21.99; bottoms, €13.99). Far right: Kelly with Holly Willoughby and Keith Lemon on the ITV2 panel show Celebrity Juice