MM: Most people celebrate turning 50 by going on a holiday or buying a convertible. You celebrated earlier this year by appearing on the cover of the Australian’s Women Weekly wearing nothing. What made you want to do that cover shoot?
I really had to give serious consideration, as to ‘why’ I would agree to do the shoot, but it was more than just a cover, it was the Body Issue for the January issue of the AWW which always focuses on enforcing positive body image. After suffering for most of my life with huge insecurities about my own body and finally reaching the point of acceptance, I wanted to talk about that, to share that story and celebrate the fact I’m still here with all my wobbly bits…and that’s OK.
MM: The cover was celebrated – but it there was also some loud criticism about the amount of air brushing used in the shoot. Where do you stand on the digital alternation of photos for magazines?
I just want to go on the record for the final time that the cover was minimally photo-shopped. I was adamant that my body shape, lines on my face remain the same and that I had a few blemishes and sun spots removed round my neck and chest. At the end of the day it was a cover for the top selling women’s magazine in this country…I would question that any woman wouldn’t do the same given the opportunity. If you go on my Balance website, I am pretty much warts and all, as you see me in the flesh, videos untouched, candid snapshots…its raw footage and at 50 I’m very comfortable with who I am and how I look.