Davina McCall on being empowered by ageing: ‘It doesn’t all end at a certain age!’

Davina McCall opened up to Good Housekeeping about feeling empowered at any age. 

Davina McCall

The presenter, who is approaching fifty, spoke candidly to the magazine about taking more risks, the older she gets.

She explained: “There are lots of things that I am beginning to enjoy and realise are okay. I genuinely care a lot less about what people think of me”

“As you grow older, I think you’ve earned the right to wear something that might divide people.

“I want to take risks! When I was younger I would be upset about it [being criticised in the media]. Now I couldn’t give two hoots. I’m wearing what I’m wearing. Get over it!”

McCall referenced Dame Judi Dench as an inspiration, explaining that despite her being 82, she is making the most of her life.

“It’s so important for women to be out there showing other women that it doesn’t all end at a certain age. It keeps going on as long as we keep going on.”

The Long Lost Family presenter expressed that self belief is the reason behind her confidence.

“When you’re not feeling very sure of yourself, the temptation is to shy away and not be seen or heard. But you shouldn’t be embarrassed to put yourself forward for things,” she said.

“I am annoyingly enthusiastic and a bit like Marmite – you either love me or hate me. So it’s about putting yourself out there. That’s frightening, as you may think you’ll get rejected or laughed at. But if you are, you’ve got to brush it off.”

McCall went on to discuss motherhood, and why her approach is very different from her own mothers.

“My daughters borrow my clothes and look miles better than me, which is exactly as it should be,” she said.

“My mum used to borrow my clothes and look better than me. I remember thinking to myself: ‘When I have children, I am not going to do this. I am going to let my children shine.’

“I feel no hint of jealousy towards my children. I have lived a very colourful life and I don’t need to do that any more. I will bask in their glow.”

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