"I used to cover my legs, now I love them," says Laura
Published 18/07/2013 | 10:05
The MTV presenter opens up about body image.
SHE'S got legs that go on for days and is rarely seen out of a micro-mini dress.
But MTV star Laura Whitmore says she wasn't always so proud of her pins. In fact, the Bray native used to hide them under parachute pants and baggy jeans.
"When I was younger, I would never show my legs and I would always wear baggy pants," she told Grazia magazine.
"I feel a bit more confident in my body and my style now."
This may come as a bit of a surprise, given the countless thigh-grazing skirts, shorts and dresses the 28-year-old is frequently spotted out in.
The presenter described her sense of style as "eclectic" and cited Rihanna as her ultimate fashion crush.
She attended the pop star's River Island fashion show earlier in the year.
"I had an unhealthy obsession with the Olsen twins for a while -- I love them. But Rihanna is my girl crush," Laura said. "I like to mix and match. I'm a big fan of Australian designers like Finders Keepers, and Topshop."
The bubbly blonde, who used to date Coronas frontman Danny O'Reilly, has recently started an extreme vegan diet and says eating clean is the secret to looking good.
But Laura admits there are some downsides. "I couldn't eat my own birthday cake because it had eggs in it," she complained.
"The first two weeks were really hard because I was still getting my head around what I could eat, but by the end I felt great."
Her celebrity pal Meg Matthews persuaded her to go on a 30-day pledge-to-go-vegan diet.
"It's very extreme because you need to decide how far you're going to go. I may not eat meat, but I do wear leather shoes," Laura confessed to Grazia.
The star is a regular on the London red-carpet scene and hangs out with a host of celebrities, from Danny O'Donoghue to One Direction's Niall Horan.
Laura recently said she wants to be a positive role model for young girls and works hard at her a clean-cut image.
"I never want to be seen falling out of a club drunk, as my mother would kill me and I'm also meant to be a role model," she explained.
"But I'm still a girl in my 20s so I have to live a normal life, too. If I want a good time, I will go to my local pub where there's no cameras, and have a laugh."