Showcasing her famous curves and perfect pins in sunshine-yellow shorts and a matching jacket, model, actress and radio presenter Kelly Brook beams as she takes a batch of freshly baked fairy cakes from the oven.
“I always bake in flat shoes at home,” she laughs, having demonstrated her culinary skills in a pair of lemon heels for the purposes of HELLO!’s glamorous photoshoot. “It’s much easier.”
If her hourglass figure is anything to go by, the vivacious Heart Radio DJ is living proof that you really can have your cake and eat it – she has lost two stone and dropped two dress sizes in a year.
“I’ve always loved cooking,” says Kelly, who will be appearing alongside fellow celebrity contestants Carol Vorderman, barrister Rob Rinder and comedian Mo Gilligan in this year’s The Great Celebrity Bake Off in support of Stand Up To Cancer.
“My favourite dish is Sunday roast followed by tiramisu. Being Italian, my boyfriend Jeremy [Parisi] loves pasta, so I make him dishes like spag bol and creamy veggie lasagne. “I’m a firm believer that cooking is good for your mental health – put down the phone, give social media a break and bake with your partner. Jeremy loves eating cake in the morning so he makes loads of them. His ricotta, chocolate and lemon cake is amazing.”
As the new face of weight-loss company SlimFast, Kelly credits its plan with helping her achieve her “size sexy”. The 40-year-old is now a svelte size 12.
“Losing weight is like landing a plane. Slowly but surely you bring it down. Now I feel like my old self again.”
It’s hard to imagine that Kelly, whose success in modelling led to her creating her own lingerie and swimwear ranges, could ever have felt the need to change how she looks. However, she recalls the precise moment when she was made to feel uncomfortable about her size.
“I was at a film premiere in London, and as I posed on the red carpet in a beautiful black sequinned dress, the photographers called out: ‘Breathe in Kelly!’ I knew what they meant, and it was so rude. They were so used to seeing me as a twig with boobs that they were shocked when I’d filled out a bit.”
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