- Presenter Anita Rani. 43, is on the cover of the November issue of Good Housekeeping
- She said that women over the age of 20 are no longer attractive, it’s ‘superficial’
- Said- Aging gives ‘intellect, strength and deep understanding of oneself’
Anita Rani has said that the idea of women becoming ‘less desirable and beautiful’ with age is ‘nonsense’ – emphasizing that ‘getting old gives you wisdom, power and a deeper sense of yourself’.
The 43-year-old presenter of Bradford’s The Woman’s Hour said she prefers to live into her 40s and maintain her vitality rather than her looks while starring on the cover of the November issue of Good Housekeeping.
Anita, whose recent book The Right Sort of Girl looks at her Punjabi upbringing in Yorkshire, also admitted that she grew up experiencing racism, which made her feel ‘different’ from her friends.
Bradford native and Women’s Hour presenter Anita Rani, picture 43, stars on the cover of the November issue of Good Housekeeping
The Women’s Hour presenter said she doesn’t regret her 20s and added: ‘My 40’s rock! I think old rocks are being found.’
‘We’ve been sold the lie that it’s about being young, that once you leave your 20s, you are no more beautiful or desirable as a woman.
‘It’s so superficial and such nonsense. I am in search of vitality, but not to stay young forever, because there is no point. Growing up gives you wisdom, power, and a deeper understanding of yourself.”
Anita, whose parents immigrated to the UK hoping to find a better life, said she experienced racism growing up in Bradford.
Pictured, Anita says that she doesn’t see the point of being young forever and that growing up brings wisdom and power.
‘From spray-painting the National Front logo at your local bus stop to shouting the word “P” on the street, it was always around,’ she said. ‘You always knew you were different.’
This level of adversity did not prevent Anita from enjoying a very successful career in broadcasting, which culminated in January as the host of Woman’s Hour on Radio 4.
But Anita admitted that she didn’t think the cult show, which first debuted in 1946, was where she was before.
‘I’ve spent my life listening to Woman’s Hour – even my dad was a big fan of it. But I didn’t think I belonged there, so the job was not on my radar,’ she explained.
The Women’s Hour presenter, pictured, admitted that Covid-19 forced her to open up to her friends about her mental health
Pictured Anita said the coronavirus pandemic has allowed people to say when they are not well
‘It was my agent who encouraged me to go for it. There was an application process, and I wrote something about sitting in Ubers and always asking them to turn on Radio 4,’ she revealed, ‘I even mentioned vaginas.’
‘But because I didn’t think I’d get it, it gave me more comfort; There was no weight of expectation,’ she said.
The broadcaster has appeared in several BBC TV and radio programmes, including Watchdog, BBC Young Dancer, Who Do You Think You Are? and has been a co-presenter on the BBC’s Countryfile since 2015.
Working on a major radio show and her book was a challenge for Anita, who said the combined experience has been “extremely expansive”.
The November issue of Good Housekeeping is available starting today
‘The book is the biggest achievement for me, at least on a personal level. It has really moved me to a different area. Writing this has changed me,’ she said.
To cope with the demands of her different gigs, the presenter said she relies on interactions with friends to look after her mental health as Covid-19 has forced her to open up.
She said, “Traditionally, I have not been very good at talking openly with girlfriends, I have kept my feelings to myself. ‘But the pandemic has allowed us all to say, “I’m not well”.
‘Before, we were all on autopilot; Even if we had the worst day, we would say things were great because we bought into the idea that it was all about productivity,’ she said.
‘While now we are all having a really honest conversation; When we are under stress or worry about our parents, we are able to share,’ she said.
Read the full interview with Anita Rani in the November issue good Housekeeping, on sale September 29th.
It is available in all supermarkets and online on MagsDirect. Right Sort of Girl by Anita Rani (Blink Publishing) is out now