When you tell people you are interviewing Rebecca Judd, they all want to know one thing. Well, two things.
How thin is she? And, does she eat?
I can’t imagine how it feels to have the circumference of your waist be the most talked-about topic in your life. But when you are Bec Judd, it’s just the kind of thing you just get used to.
Because, with 440,000 followers on Instagram, a Lifestyle blog, four beauty schools and two TV gigs, Bec Judd is no longer a model, she is a brand. And she certainly doesn’t have time to be worrying about what you think about her weight.
She’s too busy dealing with two little kids. Here she talks about the moment she got back on the catwalk after birth of her first child, Oscar.
But back to business. Recording this podcast with Bec about how she manages her life was the second time I have interviewed her and I can report that she is excellent company, and talking through her “average day” – which starts with a home-made brew that would please the most irritating coffee snob, and ends with two very famous people sitting on their lounges watching football with their latops on their knees – is a strangely familiar experience.
She's a woman who knows exactly what she thinks about things. It's not an accident that the time Bec Judd's blog crashed under the weight of obsessive users was when she wrote a piece the pressure mums are under to be thin but not too thin, curvy but not too curvy, get back in shape but not too fast.
"Thin used to be a body type, now it's an illness," she tells me about the critics of her own size. "I have always been thin. My mum is thin. She used to get teased for being thin so we knew we would do, too."
But she has also weighed in with guest posts from her own midwife about birth and babies, and tells me that she makes no apologies for being a strict mum.
"I never give empty threats," she tells me. "I say that if you do that again, you will go to your room. So if Billie's banging a book on Oscar's head, and I tell her if you do that again the book's going, it goes... And she'll kick and scream and carry on like she's being stabbed. But what do you know, she never does it again."