‘I Do Feel Un­der Pres­sure To Look Good’

For­get the la­bels, Lucy Meck is a woman on a mis­sion – as Look’s Gabrielle Dyer finds out

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‘ TOWIE Girl. Tan­ning ad­dict. Se­rial boyfrien­der. Think Lucy Meck­len­burgh and you could be for­given for pi­geon­hol­ing her. I know I have. But when we meet at The Soho Ho­tel in Lon­don, I’m sur­prised how dif­fer­ent she seems and looks com­pared to when I last met her. Gone is the heavy foun­da­tion and thick bronzer, and in­stead Lucy looks fresh­faced and – dare I say it – nat­u­ral.

“When I was on TOWIE, it was fash­ion­able to be re­ally brown, or, should I say, or­ange,” Lucy tells us, laugh­ing. “I think you grow up and start re­mem­ber­ing what your mum said about less be­ing more – now I get it! I eat bet­ter, I use bet­ter skin­care than I used to, so I look bet­ter.”

In fact, Lucy’s here to talk about skin­care. She’s been work­ing with Botan­ics for two years and swears by the Rose­wa­ter Ton­ing Spritz and Hot Cloth Cleans­ing Balm to keep her skin blem­ish­free. She prom­ises it’s a sim­ple rou­tine: “It might sur­prise peo­ple but I’m not high-main­te­nance.”

Days for the for­mer TOWIE star are very dif­fer­ent now. Af­ter a run of re­al­ity shows, in­clud­ing The Is­land with Bear Grylls (where she met cur­rent beau Ryan Thomas) and BBC1’S short-lived celeb gymnastics show Tum­ble, she launched her fit­ness em­pire Re­sults With Lucy and has be­come a guru to over half a mil­lion women – even while bat­tling her own anx­i­ety.

“I try and write ev­ery­thing down now,” she tells us. “Then I read through it and I think this isn’t ac­tu­ally that bad, I can deal with it to­mor­row.

“Prob­a­bly the big­gest myth is when peo­ple say I must not eat a lot. No! I eat mas­sive por­tions, I love food, I eat loads. When I’m try­ing to get lean, be­fore a shoot or go­ing away, I eat as much green vegeta­bles and pro­tein as I want, but I do have to look af­ter my­self, I am un­der pres­sure but it’s a good thing to be driven by.”

With the rise of fit­ness influencers, though, there must be some se­ri­ous com­pe­ti­tion? “I get com­pared a lot, but some of the time these peo­ple have been sur­gi­cally en­hanced and peo­ple think, ‘I can have a 22-inch waist, a huge bum and mas­sive boobs’ – but this per­fectly curvy and toned In­sta­gram im­age is un­achiev­able. I mean I’d love longer legs. It’s the one thing I re­ally want and I know I can’t have them!” So what next for the star, more TV? “Ev­ery­thing I’ve done so far since TOWIE has been a chal­lenge, I like things that are a bit chal­leng­ing.” We have no doubt that Lucy Meck can take on what­ever is thrown at her.’ Lucy is the face of Botan­ics skin­care, avail­able at Boots

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