Nigella is an English foodwriter. She has already dropped several dress sizes under her strict new diet regime.
At 52, the TV cook who is back with a new BBC2 series Nigellissima, is often complimented on her youthful appearance, but she appears to be at least 20 years younger in the photoshoot.
Gone are any frown lines associated with middle age, her jawline appears tighter, she has no fine lines or bags under her eyes and her complexion is startlingly smooth.
In the interview, Miss Lawson describes herself as going through a slim phase attributing her weight loss to discovering exercise and reducing her wine intake to Friday nights.
However, although the results of her diet have no doubt led to praise from those around her, for Miss Lawson the issue is a sensitive one that haunts her.
Having lost her ex-husband John Diamond to throat cancer and two other family members: her younger sister Thomasina died of breast cancer in 1993 and her mother Vanessa Salmon died from liver cancer, Miss Lawson said: ‘I don’t equate thinness with healthiness, as other people do, because I’ve only ever seen people get thin and then die. ‘
Miss Lawson, who married art collector Charles Saatchi in 2003 found herself styled as a domestic goddess after she published How To Be A Domestic Goddess in 2000, but said she did not think the title suited her.
‘I am messy… Charles says to me that I turn everything into a student doss house. But you can’t have two messy people living together.’
Miss Lawson who has two children, Cosima, now 18, and Bruno, 16, from her first marriage, told the magazine that she suffered from anxieties about her role as a mother.
Looking slim: Nigella looking svelte filming last month
‘People who don’t have children imagine that their whole lives would be all right if they had children but they don’t realise that having children gives you lots of problems; one is constantly worried,’ she said.
‘Also I think it’s impossible to be a mother without a huge sense of failure. Not that I think of my children as failures. I think they’re wonderful, but one is always aware of what one isn’t doing right.
‘I was really helped by a friend recently because I was thinking, ‘Oh God, I’m not strict enough’, and also it’s quite difficult… John having died, obviously I overcompensate.’
She said: ‘What I feel with all of them – because I’ve got three, really, with Phoebe, my stepdaughter (by Saatchi’s ex-wife, Kay), so it’s 16, 17 and 18 – is that although I’m pretty easygoing about most things, I do think manners are important and being kind.
‘And they make me laugh – and that’s quite important. So I like the people they are.’
Radio Times have denied heavily airbrushing Nigella in the photos.
The full interview in the Radio Times now.
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