Beach babe Liz turns back sands of time with bikini boutique launch
MODELLING bikinis at 44, former actress turned fashion and food entrepreneur Elizabeth Hurley doesn't believe in ageism or sizeism in fashion.
"You don't have to be skinny to look good -- curvy women can also look great in bikinis," she says.
The star launches the Elizabeth Hurley Beach Boutique -- her first Irish store -- at the Kildare Village Outlet Mall tomorrow and will be meeting customers from noon until 2pm.
Hurley explained: "I decided to venture into beachwear not only because I've always been obsessed with holiday clothes, but also because it's an area where women -- regardless of shape or size -- can either look amazing or really get it wrong.
"I wanted to come up with styles that make people look great and develop a resort collection which would make a woman feel fabulously sexy at any age.
"Most women dread the bikini season but there are a few things you can do to make it less painful.
"I always feel better if I'm tanned, so buy a big bottle of self-action tanner and anoint yourself for a week or two before you brave the beach."
Hurley, who dated Hugh Grant for 13 years and is best known for her acting roles in the 'Austin Powers' movies, recently started tweeting, all thanks to her seven-year-old son Damian.
"He came home from school, saying I had to start tweeting. He stands over me every day until I tweet!"
She celebrated her third wedding anniversary with Indian textile heir Arun Nayar last week and hasn't ruled out having another child, even though her son wants to remain the golden prince.
"He claims to want Mummy and Daddy all to himself," she said, "and says he'll attack any babies that come into our house.
"However, last month he wanted me to have twins called Daphne and Fred, so we'll see. He's very grown-up now, nearly eight, and obsessed with Lady Gaga and computers."
As for the famous Versace safety-pin dress which she wore to the premier of 'Four Weddings And A Funeral' -- voted the best red-carpet dress ever -- Liz said that frock "is in a museum somewhere".
"In 1994, people dressed up way less, which I'm sure is why it got so much attention.
"I don't think you'd notice it today so much, as all actresses dress up a lot."
Acknowledged as an astute businesswoman, Liz has gone into producing organic meat on her farm in Gloucestershire. She eats mostly organic food and is passionate about eating locally produced food in season.
It has certainly yielded results, as she explained: "For years, I've had to watch my weight for my job and, for better or worse, I'm still modelling bikinis at 44."