Holly Willoughby says things change rapidly in the body after 40

This Morning ’s Holly Willoughby has discussed how her body has changed over the years, explaining that as she gets older, she wants to set a good example for her 10 year old daughter, Belle.

Holly, who’s also mother to Harry, 12, and Chester, seven, opened up on Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place podcast about wanting to be positive as here body changes, and how she wants to look up, rather than down.

She said: “Particularly as you're getting older, and I think when you hit your forties things change quite rapidly actually – we're heading towards that kind of menopausal time, skin is changing, hair is changing, body's changing, even having had a baby – your shape of your body completely changes.

"I think that it's really important in those moments to kind of, rather than look down and go 'oh, my god, look at everything that's changing, I'm getting older, I'm getting more wrinkles, my t**s are around my knees', instead of looking down, you've sort of got to look up with it and go 'god, my body was able to carry a baby and my boobs breastfed three children, and they were fine'.

"Well two and a half Chester was useless, I was useless, [I] couldn't quite do it and then you've got to kind of go 'you know, yes, my face is starting to sag, and my eyes are bloodshot, and the rest of it, but you know, I'm healthy and I'm OK and getting older is like a privilege because not everybody else gets to be here'.

"Having a daughter, I'm very aware of the example I set now in this stage because Belle's ten, so she's old enough now to be watching me, and I want to conduct myself in a way that when she gets to this stage, it's like I'm clearing the pathway for her.”

“That's how I feel about many things, not just about outward image. I feel like I have a responsibility there, to do this in a way that is a positive experience for all of us,” she added.

Holly,who recently stunned at the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards, also addressed having unrealistic expectations, and branded social media as a “one-stop shop of beauty”.

She said: “No-one's going to get through this life unscathed. But there's no point dragging stuff like that behind you because you're going to limit where you're going.

"When it comes to outer beauty, certain things that you thought were important before are less important now.

"Because on social media there seems to be a one-stop shop of beauty, a certain way of looking which everything feeds into, everybody buys into, it's kind of dominated by youth I guess, which yes is beautiful in its innocence. And it is wonderful and to be celebrated, but it's not my only version of beauty.

"For me there are many, many different things in being beautiful."

Holly went on to encourage people to “celebrate all the individuality and different quirks of anyone around” and to accept your own features.

“If you can't love your wonky teeth, if you can't love your nose that may not be a perfect kind of little tiny button nose that someone's had surgically reduced, if you can't embrace your individuality and those bits of you, then how can you embrace that in other people,” she said.

"All you're going to do is feed into this monstrous kind of creation of this kind of paper doll society of everybody coming out looking the same way."

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