Photographer by Karolina Turek
First of all, thank you so much for daring to go bare in front of the camera! As a TV host most of us see you fully done up with make-up, amazing hair and a killer wardrobe. Why did you decide to strip it all of (the make-up that is!) for RAW?
I’m a girlie girl and I love to wear make up but if you ever meet me on a day off or when I’m walking my dog, I prefer the bare minimum – maybe a bit of mascara and that’s it. Ironically I was at the dog park (with no make up on) when I ran into one of my favorite photographers Karolina Turek and she asked me if I would do the RAW shoot with her behind the lense. I agreed in a heartbeat. As much as I love getting glammed up for work or for a fun photoshoot, how you see me in my RAW shoot is who I am when I’m not on TV and I have no problem with that!
What surprised you most about the experience?
The photo shoot itself was a blast but I was surprised how nervous I am to see the pictures!!
The billion dollar beauty industry has a pretty clear definition of beauty. What is your definition of beautiful?
Feeling confident with who you are. And a good hair day.
Most of us have moments when we don’t feel our best. Have you ever felt like you weren’t beautiful?
I have those days all the time. Being on TV everyday can be a little tough on the ego. There are some days when I think we all feel like we don’t look our best, feel fat or just not pretty and just want to stay home in our sweatpants. It’s tough to go in front of the camera when you don’t feel like you look your best…that’s what make-up is for!
There are definitely days when we are all thankful for a bit of make-up. You’re gorgeous, have your dream job and are really damn good at it. It’s hard to believe you would have any insecurities but it sounds like you do now and again. What do you get insecure about?
I was anorexic off and on when I was a teenager and am still insecure about my body and my weight…always have been.
Has your appearance ever held you back in life or conversely helped you?
I once had a female television executive look right at me and then back at another female television producer and say “When mine get over 100 pounds I put them on a diet.” And yes, at that particular job my weight and appearance was an issue. They wanted to change everything about how I looked which made me realize it just wasn’t the right job for me. It was a tough time in my career, but it never held me back – as a matter of fact, it made me stronger and more determined to succeed.
When do you feel most beautiful?
When I’m surrounded by the people I love.
What part of aging scares you the most?
I’m actually happier with the way I look now than I was when I was younger. The part of aging that scares me is not being able to do what I want physically or not being healthy.
On average how much do you spend each month on cosmetic items such as make-up, hair cuts/colouring, waxing, clothing, nails, tanning, creams etc.?
I’m scared to add it up…manicures and pedicures are definitely my indulgence! Now that I know what I like when it comes to make up, I only buy my tried, tested and true favorites so I actually spend a lot less than I did when I was younger. Clothing – that’s another story…definitely my weakness!
Let’s talk plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments for a second. What are your thoughts on going under the knife or physically altering ourselves for beauty?
Despite having braces, headgear and the whole nine yards when I was a kid my front teeth were always a bit crooked. About ten years ago,I decided to get veneers on my front teeth to try and get that perfect smile. It turned out to be an absolute nightmare – I had to get the veneers redone over and over again as the dentist I went to kept on doing a terrible job. I looked like Bugs Bunny with two giant front teeth to having a huge gap between them to various mis-matched colors before I finally got them redone by someone else. It was the worst experience and I still shudder when I think about it. Lesson learned – do your research before you change anything about your looks! It can be a scary and expensive experience!
If you could give a 16-year old girl a piece of advice in regards to beauty, confidence or self love what would you say?
Don’t aspire to be a woman you see in a magazine. Aspire to be you.
Who is the most beautiful woman in the world to you and why?
My Mom. She has always been so glamorous and elegant – not just in her appearance but just by being her. She is one of a kind.
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