Susanna Reid has said she wanted to have a "masculine air" about her when she started out in her television career 20 years ago.
The Good Morning Britain favourite has revealed she really focused on damning her femininity when she first began presenting news bulletins.
The 49-year-old morning telly favourite confessed she was not very comfortable with herself during her early TV career, and wished she could look like Patsy Kensit , her "absolute idol".
In a candid interview with Fabulous magazine, Susanna admitted: “One of the things I really noticed about looking back at myself on TV 20 years ago, is that I wasn't very comfortable with me.”
"Finally, approaching 50, I've realised I'm never going to look like Patsy Kensit!" she said.
Reflecting on her first BBC news bulletin from two decades years ago, which she recently shared on Twitter , she said: "I sound incredibly posh because I must have thought putting on a posh accent would make me sound more authoritative.
"And I have this, what I describe as Lego hair, my Playmobil hair, this kind of news wig where I thought if I had a crop and I didn't look in the least bit glamorous, I'd look exceptionally serious.
"That's kind of what you had to do."
Susanna revealed that’s the style she felt she had to go for, as she donned masculine jackets from Marks & Spencer and toned down her feminine looks.
Since then, Susanna has gone on to win fans after hosting BBC Breakfast, waltzing across the ballroom on Strictly Come Dancing , and then holding her own against Piers Morgan on ITV’s GMB.
She is now famed for her “foxy” chic appearance and is a source of fashion inspiration for millions of women when she graces telly screens first thing in the morning.
Her outfits regularly lead to items selling out online, just minutes after she’s worn them.
Susanna previously appeared on BBC News 24 until joining the BBC Breakfast hosting team in 2003, where she remained until 2014 when she joined ITV's Good Morning Britain.
The telly anchor, who said it is "wonderful" that women do not feel they have to dress or look a certain way now, reflecting on her changing style from the start of her career.
Susanna is due to turn 50 in December, but the energised mum-of-three isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.
She said ”age is totally irrelevant" and that she has always believed that "ageing is a blessing".
Looking ahead to her forthcoming milestone birthday, she said: "50 is energetic – it's not the cut-off point any more.
"It's absolutely powering through. I definitely feel more comfortable with myself,” she confessed, referencing other inspirational women like J-Lo and Jennifer Anniston she’ll be joining in the 50 Club.
She also admitted she’s flattered to be considered a sex symbol by many as she approaches her half-century milestone.
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