Elaine Crowley: 'Maybe a schoolgirl looks at me and sees you don't have to be skinny to successful'
TV star Elaine Crowley has candidly opened up about body image.
The Midday presenter (38) revealed she is feeling better than ever now and more comfortable in her own skin. And she takes her responsibility within the media seriously, especially when it comes to influencing younger women.
"I'm healthy and most importantly, I'm fit. Body image is how you are mentally," she told the Irish Daily Mail's You Magazine.
"I've a nice shape. I can run 5km now. I can dance in front of a room of people so feck it. The crazy thing is I was on crash diets when I was three or four stone lighter than i am now.
"I thought I was huge but I was gorgeous. Any woman of my generation is the same - it's the way we were brought up.
"I'm delighted I'm not a size 8-10, the size I wanted to be,as out there, somewhere, maybe a schoolgirl who is size 14 or 16 and feeling shit about herself and looking at me and thinking, 'She's on the telly and you don't have to be skinny to be successful'.
"We've a huge responsibility in the media now to be so aware, especially with social media, there's 20 times more pressure with the likes of Instagram."
Elaine also discussed the difference in the way men and women are depicted in the media, citing TV3 News anchor and Newstalk broadcaster Colette Fitzpatrick as an example.
"The stuff women have to deal with...look at Colette Fitzpatrick for example, so beautiful, accomlished, a fantastic broadcaster and super intelligent and she's described in interviews as a 'brunette mother-of-two'.
"But look at Ivan Yates, he's never a brunette father-of-whatever. It's disgusting and horrible but it still happens, no matter how far you go."
Crowley is preparing to take to the stage of Dublin's Convention Centre to perform a salsa for Strictly Against Breast Cancer and she treats the idea in typical fashion: "If me dressing up in a sparkly dress and make a fool and ass of myself will help in any way for a cause, then bring it on."