Admittedly, former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips might look like she’s had more than a little help from her cosmetic surgeon, but most people would still be surprised to learn that the mother of two is approaching her seventies. Speaking to the Daily Mail about her career and family life, Arlene also discussed how she keeps looking young.
‘I’ve had Botox in the past,’ she admits, ‘I’ve had Botox and I’ve had fillers of some sort, but I’m not very good with needles. I have to have pain-free treatment.’ Arlene goes on to describe her latest anti-aging technique, called Indiba, which she describes as ‘a type of electrode treatment. It’s fantastic – when you’ve had it done you can really see a difference. But in terms of how long it lasts, I wasn’t really sure.’
Arlene’s fuller cheeks and impossibly smooth complexion were the subject of much controversy following her dismissal from the judging panel on Strictly, during which time the weight dropped off her. Now she’s feeling more confident with her size and puts the changes down to weight gain, not cosmetic enhancement. ‘When I left Strictly, I lost a lot of weight. My long-term manager, who I was very close to, died around that time and I was grieving. I’ve recently put on well over a stone; my face is definitely much fuller. The weight always goes to my face and to my hips. I’m back to a size 12 to 14, which is quite a lot for my height – 5ft 3in. A few years ago I was a size 8 to 10.’