Claudia Winkleman said she “couldn’t wait” to turn 50 as she counts down the months to reach the anniversary milestone.
The Strictly Come Dancing co-host, 49, plans to greet the big day with aplomb when it arrives in January, especially since she is certain it will be alike.
Speaking during an appearance on the Women’s Health Going for Goal podcast, the TV personality also showed his dry wit by joking that rockers Gene Simmons, 71, and Alice Cooper, 73, are her sources of inspiration.
Fabulous at 50: Claudia Winkleman said she “couldn’t wait” to turn 50 as she counts down the months to reach the anniversary milestone. Photographed in 2019
She said: “I love growing old… I can’t wait to be fifty. It’s not that I want time to go fast, but it suits me just fine, and I’ll always look the same. I want to look like Gene Simmons or Alice Cooper, so it’s not like I want to look young, bouncy, and fresh.
While rock stars were well known for layering heavy makeup at the peak of their music careers, Claudia admitted her “love affair” was with a fake tan.
Explaining how it all started, the mother of three said, “There was a product called Ultra Glow and it was just a brown pat just like a solid piece of something that could make you teak.
“My mother used it and I’ve always been in love with, I think it’s Guerlain, it’s called Terracotta, it’s an incredible product, the powder.
Image inspiration: The TV personality showed off her dry wit by joking that rockers (LR) Alice Cooper, 73, and Gene Simmons, 71, are her image inspirations
“I just put it on my face and suddenly felt – that’s a big word but I’ll say it – alive. That was it, that was my love story.
Claudia was born to author and journalist Eve Pollard and publisher Barry Winkleman. After her parents divorced at the age of four, Eve married newspaper editor and broadcaster Sir Nicholas Lloyd when Claudia was seven.
Discussing how her upbringing shaped her relationship with the image, she said, “I was brought up in a house without mirrors, so my mother is a great believer – and my father – in the shell is that …
“How I look, how I made my eyeliner – it’s not the shiz, the stuff is the inside, the chatter, the brains, the laughs, the loyalty, the cuteness, the baking an extraordinary roast chicken.
“What you look like is the least interesting thing about you, it must be, because everything is going to fall apart, and I hope I passed that on to my kids too. “
Love and Marriage: Claudia shares three children with her 21-year-old film producer husband, Kris Thykier. Photographed together in 2018
And her mother’s influence didn’t stop there: ‘It wasn’t like’ look, you have to choose ‘ [between being a mum and advancing her career].
“She wrote a Sunday newspaper, and she would always come home on a Saturday night, put me to bed and then go back… She taught me that family comes first, and she taught me that eating together is important. and be respectful. ‘
However, Claudia – who shares three children with her 21-year-old film producer husband Kris Thykier – is also certain to take time to rest.
“Sleep is my greatest gift to me,” she says. “Even though I slept well, I’ll take a nap. Even when I was working in an office, I just closed my eyes for twenty minutes …
“No one is in the office all day, so have a bogus meeting, lie down, don’t get completely under the covers, don’t close the curtains, but lie down, close your eyes, that’s my thing prefer. “
Huge success: Claudia rose to huge fame as co-host of Strictly Come Dancing, alongside Tess Daly, pictured together in 2020
That said, her schedule is busier than ever, having picked up Graham Norton’s animated gig on her hugely popular show on Radio 2 – and she admits she feels constantly nervous about it, a feeling that ‘she kisses.
She explained, “After Graham, who I love more than life itself, I felt really nervous, but I loved… they take care of me and so far it’s been fine, but will be. I’m nervous for the next year?
“Yeah, I think it’s gonna take that long… Anytime I’ve done something and I’m not nervous I’m really useless, so I think I really need it.”
“I loved the exams at school, I loved my finals, I loved my A-level. I like to be tested; I like to be put on the spot. “
Listen to Claudia Winkleman’s full interview on Tuesday’s Women’s Health Going for Goal podcast.