Talking to Hello! magazine she said that she tries to never moan in front of her daughters about any body issues she has. The 44-year old Strictly judge has 2 daughters aged 9 and 12 and she is keen to encourage a home environment that focuses on health and fitness rather than body image.
She said this means she has to be careful about comments she makes with regard to her own body: ‘It means I can never whinge in front of them. If I don’t say things like, ‘Ooh, I can’t do up my skirt, my waist is going,’ or, ‘I’ve got to keep my tummy in,’ they won’t worry about those things. It’s an instinct with any girl to want to look good, and my eldest loves fashion and clothes, but I just tell them, ‘You’ve got to be healthy, you’ve got to have a proper breakfast.’
Darcey is now in her second year as a Strictly Come Dancing judge and she seems so much more relaxed this year than she did last year when she first joined the panel in place of Alesha Dixon. She looks very relaxed and seems to thoroughly enjoy her Saturday nights on the judges’ bench with Craig, Bruno and Len. She said recently of her new job: ‘I am slightly spoiled in my job as we are entertained constantly. I’m a happy-go-lucky person and it’s hard not to get a grin out of me.’
She also looks in great shape and you certainly wouldn’t guess that she is 44-years old from some of the dancing demonstrations she has put on when she has appeared on Strictly It Takes Two with Zoe Ball. She still has an amazing pair of legs and looks very slim and fit. All those hard years of ballet training have obviously paid off.
These days she no longer has to push herself as hard as she did when she was still with the Royal Ballet but she still goes swimming every week and also does a regular Zumba class to ensure she keeps fit.
Dancing is still a huge part of Darcey’s life and as well as all her work with the Strictly team she is also the current President of the Royal Academy of Dance, where one of her roles is to make sure that dance is promoted not just as a leisure pastime and an art form but also as a career.
We are not sure which celebrity Darcey thinks will win this year’s Strictly final this weekend but she is on record as saying that she would love to see Wimbledon champion and new BBC Sports Personality of the Year, Andy Murray on a future series.
Darcey is clearly delighted about the effect that Strictly Come Dancing is having here in the UK and how it has led to a resurgence in people taking up dancing at their local dance schools. ‘All I’ve wanted to do all my life is show people how fabulous dancing is and how uplifting it can be. Now dance classes are packed, which is wonderful.’