That people feel the need to out there with a filter on"
Chat all things body confidence as we enter the new year...
actually get out to a class, as you can do it at home. I always say, don’t ever go on a diet – just eat healthily. The minute you say you’re on a diet, you’re restricting yourself and making yourself feel stressed about it.
Some women can feel pressured to look good or look a certain way – what advice can you give them to help them overcome this? I have to say, I’m glad I wasn’t growing up now. I just think it’s so sad that people feel the need to put a selfie out there with a million different filters on it or that they see these images of women on TV – it’s absolutely nuts that people feel they have to look like that. I just think, be yourself and be who you are. Never feel under pressure to look a certain way because let me assure you, when you see those images of Kim Kardashian – she doesn’t look like that! She’s been airbrushed within an inch of her life, I’m naming her but there are lots of celebrities out there who do it. I don’t believe in it and I haven’t had it done. Don’t compare yourself to an airbrushed image.
How does it feel to be one of the most successful TV presenters in Britain? Oh gosh, I don’t think I am! I just feel very lucky and I’m doing a job that I love. It just happens to be a job that’s on the telly. I left school and then worked for local newspaper and after that I got incredibly lucky that I found my niche. I found a type of television that really suited me. Doing a show like mine, a magazine show, where you’re covering lots of topics – I really like that variety.
What do you think has been the key to your success? I would say I looked for the right time and I found a job that really suited me. But you have to put the graft in. You really do have to work hard – even to this day I always do my homework. You might only be talking to someone for five minutes but in that five minutes you can really slip up, so I’ll spend the night before swotting up on that person. Preparation is a huge key in my role. I also never ever take my job for granted – if you don’t put the work in then you’ll get found out.
How do you deal with any criticism you face? I’m lucky in the sense that I don’t actually face much of that and if I have it’s maybe something that’s been out with my control. I’m a firm believer that if you make a mistake, you should just own up to it and move on. It’s a shame that out of all the nice comments you see, you can see one horrible thing and that’s the one you’ll remember. To be honest, it’s part of the parcel that you’ll face some negativity. If you ever face any nastiness online just mute them and then that person is ranting in an empty room.
What’s your top tip for confident dressing? I honestly think now, women can wear whatever they like because things have changed quite dramatically from what they used to be. Someone in their 50s no longer needs to wear a huge coat and comfy shoes. Nowadays we’re living longer and we’re looking better so lets show it off! Confidence really comes from the inside – so take care of yourself. Live a healthy lifestyle but don’t deny yourself of anything that makes you happy.
What would you say has been your biggest fashion faux pas? Oh, how long have you got?! I would say the whole of the 80s would probably be a fashion faux pas for me – those years were bad. Do you like experimenting with your look? I think when I’m on air I’m reasonably safe. Recently I’ve been wearing dresses without sleeves, which is remarkable for me because I would never have done that in my 20s, 30s or 40s. If I didn’t do the job that I do then I wouldn’t wear the clothes I do because I just like to be comfy. But nowadays high street stores accommodate everyone, which is amazing – I shop in stores like Mango or Topshop.
What do you have coming up in 2017 for us to look forward to? I’m just going to continue enjoying what I do because that’s really worked out for me recently!
Lorraine says she feels more body confident than ever before.