Kathryn Thomas: 'Don't judge me on my looks'
Two of Ireland’s top broadcasters, Colette Fitzpatrick and Kathryn Thomas, have hit out at female presenters being judged for their appearance.
The TV3 news host and the Operation Transformation star are well used to their appearance being under the microscope after years fronting some of the country’s top television programmes.
Tipperary woman Colette said that being judged for your appearance is something women in all sorts of careers are faced with.
“It’s something women in all walks of life have to deal with. We are judged and we judge other women, unfortunately, on what they look like,” she told the Herald.
The mum-of-two admitted she dreads being asked the famous red carpet question ‘who are you wearing?’
“It’s never been a big issue for me. It’s just a fact of life. People ask me what I wear all the time and I just go, ‘God, please ask me something else’. You have to look groomed going on television, but people have to look groomed if you’re working in a bank.
“No one tells me I have to look a certain way, I just know I have to look not distracting,” she said.
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Prime Time host Miriam O’Callaghan was a talking point on a recent episode of Gogglebox Ireland where many of the households discussed her appearance, along with fellow RTE host Sharon Ni Bheolain.
Miriam said she thought most people discuss the way female TV stars look in their first few minutes on screen and Kathryn Thomas agrees.
“I think that’s a fair point. I think as women, we take pride in what we look like, not saying that guys don’t.
“It was very obvious watching Gogglebox about Sharon Ni Bheolain’s hair.
“We put effort into our hair, make-up and outfits. You look at the likes of Angela Merkel, she chooses her outfits to not distract from what she’s there to do,” she said.
However, Kathryn pointed out that the work a woman does will always be more important than her appearance.
“That’s only going to get you so far, you have to prove your worth. You have to do what you do and if you do what you do well, it’s not about looks,” she said.
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The Carlow native was speaking at the launch of the search for leaders for the tenth series of Operation Transformation.
With the celebrity edition of the weight-loss show just behind her and The Voice of Ireland wrapped, the 37-year-old is looking forward to a more relaxed few months.
“We would be just getting into The Voice now, so I’m looking forward to a bit of down time,” she said.
“I might go to the States to see my sister, and I have some development work with RTE as well, which is exciting. It’s nice to now have a couple of weeks where I now have a bit of down time.”
Kathryn recently wrapped another of her fitness bootcamps – a business which she admitted has taken its toll on her energy.