Wednesday 22 May 2019

Xpose's Ruth O'Neill: 'Slim down if you want to look your best on TV'

Ruth O'Neill
Ruth O'Neill
Karen Koster and Ruth O'Neill on Xpose.
(L to R) Ruth O'Neill, Karen Koster, Glenda Gilson and Cassie Stokes at TV3's New Season AW16 launch at The National Concert Hall, Dublin

Sean O'Grady

TV is not a forgiving place when it comes to your weight, says Ruth O'Neill, who reckons people on the small screen look better "when they're a little bit slimmer".

The Xpose presenter (28) regularly rubs shoulders with some of the most beautiful celebrities in the world and recently attended the Paris fashion show of lingerie retailer Victoria's Secret.

With so much emphasis on looks, Ruth is a believer in the old saying that "the camera adds 10 pounds".

"When you meet people in real life, they're always so much slimmer than they are on TV. It's just not forgiving if you're having a bad hair day or if you've had make-up on since early in the morning," she said.

Karen Koster and Ruth O'Neill on Xpose.
Karen Koster and Ruth O'Neill on Xpose.

"People are so critical, and that includes me. People do look better on TV when they're a little bit slimmer.

"Anyone who's on TV knows it's weird looking at yourself. The camera isn't forgiving. That's the industry we're in - it's very judgmental and critical.

"I'm working out less than I ever have. I don't have as much time to work out because we're running around so much. The weight falls off you in this job as well, it's crazy."

Xpose had never before been given access to the famed Victoria's Secret fashion show, but Ruth, who used to work for E! Entertainment and ABC News when she lived in the US, called on her contacts in New York.

(L to R) Ruth O'Neill, Karen Koster, Glenda Gilson and Cassie Stokes at TV3's New Season AW16 launch at The National Concert Hall, Dublin
(L to R) Ruth O'Neill, Karen Koster, Glenda Gilson and Cassie Stokes at TV3's New Season AW16 launch at The National Concert Hall, Dublin

"I got us all the access through contacts," she said.

"Xpose has never covered Victoria's Secret. When I joined Xpose that was my goal.

"It was absolute madness. We got to speak to some of the new angels like Stella Maxwell and Taylor Hill.

"You only get allocated 20 minutes backstage. A PR escort brings you around and each model has a PR person too.

"They were all really nice, the Angels, they were lovely. I'm obsessed with them. Their skin and their hair, everything is so perfect."

Ruth's parents are proud of their daughter's achievements, and she revealed that they're the first ones she goes to when she wants advice on her presenting skills.

"I watch Xpose because I want to get better and I want to improve," she said. "It's the only way to learn from your mistakes. I'm probably my own toughest critic. My parents are very supportive and positive.

"I always ask them if they think an interview was good or did they think I was too energetic there, that kind of thing."

The Castleknock woman is looking ahead to the new year and has some destinations in mind.

"I want to start doing my yoga and I want to get on my travel bucket list, Tokyo, Rome and Mexico. I also need to read more," she said.

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