Claudia Winkleman on turning 50: 'I look like Meat Loaf naked'

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 06: Claudia Winkleman attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2021 at Television Centre on June 06, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Claudia Winkleman has compared her naked body to that of ageing rocker Meat Loaf. (Getty Images)

Claudia Winkleman has claimed she looks like Meat Loaf when she has no clothes on - and she's happy about it.

The Strictly Come Dancing star - who will turn 50 next January - has said she is embracing her maturity and is content to have a body she compares to that of the 73-year-old Bat Out Of Hell rocker.

Winkleman told Woman & Home magazine: "I can't wait to be 50. I wanted a crochet set for my 21st. I can't wait to get old!

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"I didn't like my 20s, I'd be the one in a nightclub going, 'Guys, I'm not sure this is safe.' I like bridge, I like a heavy-tog duvet, I love a roast and reading books. This is my time.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 20: Meat Loaf visits the cast of the musical
Claudia Winkleman is happy to look like Meat Loaf with no clothes on. (Getty Images)

"My body is falling apart, I look like Meat Loaf naked and I'm alright with that!'

And it seems aging rockers are very much the style inspiration for the TV presenter - who is famous for her 'Panda eye' signature thick dark make-up.

Winkleman told Women's Health magazine's Going For Goal podcast that she aspires to look like 71-year-old Kiss frontman Gene Simmons and 73-year-old glam rocker Alice Cooper, 73.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 14:  Alice Cooper and Gene Simmons attend the 2016 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Irving Azoff at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Alice Cooper and Gene Simmons are Claudia Winkleman's style icons. (Getty Images)

She said: "I want to look like Gene Simmons or Alice Cooper, so it's not like I want to look young and bouncy and fresh."

And though the former Great British Sewing Bee host has been trolled on social media for her heavy use of fake tan - she insisted that she aspires to look like a "solid piece" of terracotta.

Winkleman - whose mother is the journalist and writer Eve Pollard - confided: "There was a product called Ultra Glow and it was a pat of just brown, just like a solid piece of something that could make you teak.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 13:   Claudia Winkleman joins Patron of Centrepoint, HRH The Duke of Cambridge, young people supported by Centrepoint, and the charity's staff, ambassadors and supporters to mark the charity's 50 years of tackling youth homelessness, at The Roundhouse on November 13, 2019 in London, England. Duran Duran, Rita Ora and Hussain Manawer all performed at the gala.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Centrepoint)
Claudia Winkleman turns 50 nest year. (Getty Images for Centrepoint)

"My mum used it and I've always forever been in love with, I think it's Guerlain, it's called Terracotta, it's an unbelievable product, the powder.

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"I just put some on my face and suddenly felt – it's a big word but I'm going to say it – alive. That was it, that was my love affair."

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