'I am more body confident because I don't give a damn anymore' - Elaine Crowley on self acceptance
TV presenter Elaine Crowley has revealed she's finally come out the other end of her struggles with body confidence.
The TV3 star, who hosts her own eponymous show in the afternoon, has been vocal about her experience with body image and weight struggles, but said turning 40 has been a liberating experience for her
"I am more body confident because I don't give a damn anymore. I remember having a full-on meltdown on my 30th birthday thinking, 'Is this as good as it gets' while looking in the mirror in my size 12 jeans. Yes, 30 was as good as it got," she told RSVP Magazine.
"We are getting older every day, but it is a privilege to get older, not a trial. I don't look anything like I did when I was 30, but if I am not going to get into a bikini now, I never will. My mindset is that if you have a body and you want to put a bikini on it, you have a bikini body - end of story."
After 18 years on air, Crowley considers herself a "veteran" at Ballymount, but isn't looking to take her foot off the gas anytime soon, although she's envious some presenters on RTE who have more flexible schedules because of their show formats.
"When I say I would like to pack it all in, I mean that I would like to be really, really rich and live in Thailand for a few months of the year. A lot of the shows and presenters in RTE take a sabbatical so they can recharge the batteries," she added.
"We do six topics a day, five days a week and the only time the show doesn't air is on Christmas week. I am never really 'off' which is bad for the mind. Over the next couple of years though I plan to travel more and go on holiadys. I've ticket most continents off my bucket list, but I'd like to go to all the places I've been wanting to visit. And to stop me having a nervous breakdown of course."
While she is aware of her profile, the Cork native said she feels it's "unfair" to be labelled as a role model, and while she does her best not to offend anyone, she can only ever be herself.
"It is a bit unfair to put that mantle on anybody. I have never looked to be a role model to anybody. I am doing my job, like anybody else does theirs to the best of my ability," she said.
"I am conscious of what I say, but it is not PC all of the time and I am not there preaching to people. We are just normal people who say what we think."