Elaine Crowley: 'I want to pose in the nip for a nice tasteful shoot before I'm 40 this year'
Elaine Crowley has revealed she is trying to embrace turning 40 later this year - and has posing in the nude down on her bucket list.
The TV3 presenter admitted she had a "meltdown" when she turned 30, but she's trying to be more positive about her next milestone birthday.
"I'm trying to bucket list as much as I can. I'm 40 in August and there's loads of things I want to do. I'm trying to embrace it," she said.
"It's a scary number. It feels like yesterday I was 30 and I had a massive meltdown then.
"I want to get a tattoo and a piercing and I want to pose in the nip for a nice tasteful shoot. There's all these things you should be when you're a grown-up. Whatever about being a grown-up when you're 30, you have to be one at 40."
Elaine made a promise to a friend that she would brave the pain and get inked.
"Emma Hannigan, the author, has cancer. When she's done her chemo, herself and myself are getting tattoos because I promised her I would," she said.
"I'm possibly going to get a tattoo of a unicorn or an elephant.
"I want a small one, but it might end up covering half my a*se, like Cheryl's."
The Cork native competed on Celebrity Operation Transformation last year and lost an impressive 22 pounds.
She has since kept up her fitness regime and attended a military-style bootcamp in the UK with former Army members who had trained Prince William and Prince Harry.
"I went to No.1 Bootcamp to clear my head. It was pretty tough," said Elaine.
"You're getting up at six in the morning to exercise and you finish at six o'clock in the evening.
"Being able to exercise and get away from the day-to-day stresses of life is a good thing."
However, Elaine has sworn against the weighing scales, preferring to go by how well her clothes fit.
"I'm trying to stick to it. I'd like to be a bit fit. When I feel unhealthy is when I get fed up with everything," she said. "I don't weigh myself," she told the Diary.
The TV host is busier than ever since her self-titled chat show replaced Midday this year after a major shake-up to the station's schedule.
Serving as both producer and presenter has meant her hands are full, but another of Elaine's birthday wishes is to learn to take a breather.
"It's all melted into one. Nobody has just one job any more with the way the media industry has gone," she said.
"I do love it. Sometimes it would be nice to kick back. I'm trying to be less of a control freak."