For goodness sake relax about weight and don’t make being thin a full-time job – Karren Brady
WOMEN should be more relaxed about their weight and eat canapés at parties rather then put up with the "pain and dedication" of being thin, according to businesswoman Karren Brady.
Ms Brady, who is vice-chairman of West Ham United and one of Lord Sugar’s sidekicks on The Apprentice, said that people who turn down drinks and nibbles at parties have “pinched, pained expressions” on their faces and are less likely to have fun.
The 43-year-old businesswoman said: “I’ve been to some very glamorous parties where there are some very beautiful – and very thin – people. Then along come the canapés. I love all that – I’ll have as many as I like. But they don’t touch a canapé or have a drink. And they have that pinched, pained expression.
“Obviously I don’t want to be huge – I’m a good size 12 and I accept that. But the pain and dedication and the willpower; the constant thought it must take to be thin would be a full-time job in itself.”
Ms Brady, who was speaking to Women & Home magazine, said that when she was younger she spent her “whole life” wanting to be “tall and skinny”.
“And because I wasn’t, I was disappointed. The great thing about getting older is that I’ve come to accept my shape – and embrace it. The other great thing is I’ve stopped making the fatal mistake of following fashion – I now try to follow what suits me,” she said.
She added: “Being happy about your shape comes from accepting what you have rather than what you don’t.”
The businesswoman also said that there need to be more females on companies’ boards.
“If I were Prime Minister for a day, I’d make businesses explain why they don’t have women on their boards,” she said.