She’s been in the showbiz industry for over 20 years, after being scouted at the age of 18, and Tess Daly has reflected on the difference in her career at the age of 49 to when she started out as a young, fresh-faced model.
Speaking in a recent interview with Health and Fitness Magazine, the Strictly Come Dancing host – who is mum to Phoebe, 13, and Amber, nine, with her husband Vernon Kay – hit out at the way female television presenters over the age of 40 are treated, with hope the attitude changes when her daughters grow up.
“As soon as you hit 40, you have to defend your right to be that ‘great age’, and still working in the media. But why should I defend my great age?” She said.
“You only notice [the age question] when you keep being asked about it. It just seems sexist and limiting. I hope it changes for our daughters.”
The mum-of-two went on to compare the life of a female TV presenter to that of a model, whose career has a huge focus on shape and size.
Reflecting on her past as a model, she said: “All my adult life, I’ve worked in media that demand you maintain your shape.
“For example, when you’re in the fashion industry, if you don’t fit the sample sizes, you’re not going to get booked for jobs. So I’ve always looked after myself to a degree.”
But while she insists the perspective of ageing and beauty in the industry needs to change, Tess admitted she does worry about the signs of ageing increasing over time.
“I mean, I’ve got wrinkles and it’s inevitable they’ll get worse,” she confessed.
So does Tess have plans to go under the knife to reverse the signs?
“I’m not ready to go down that line’ and instead ’embraces’ her wrinkles,” she insisted.
“You can see in the flesh I haven’t had any work done because there are wrinkles. But you know what? I embrace it. I’m happy. Life’s a journey, right?” she added.
But while she hasn’t shut down the idea of having work done in the future, Tess – who previously admitted she’d be ‘scared’ to alter her face – shunned the idea of having plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures like Botox and fillers, as she believes they’re ‘unhealthy’.
She continued: “Despite being in a business that tends to obsess over looks, I try not to as I think it’s really unhealthy.
“Like everyone else, I have good days and bad days, but I tend not to beat myself up about that. I’m all about the big picture.”
Well we think you look great, Tess!