Kelly Brook talks body confidence and why clothes should be tighter the curvier you are

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British model and Heart radio presenter Kelly Brook turned 40 last year and there is no doubt she’s found a sense of inner confidence. This summer we saw her showing off her post-lockdown curves in a series of un-airbrushed photos for a Tesco F&F swimwear campaign.

The brunette bombshell looked sensational as she modelled the gold bikini and leafy print kimono outside her home.

Kelly knows how to dress for her famed hourglass curves and makes confident style choices, happily admitting she is “less experimental” than she was in her younger years as she “now knows what suits her”.

We joined Kelly and F&F as she exclusively models its latest denim collection for us. From the on-trend mom jeans to the bum-shaping, best-selling contour jeans, not only is there a style to suit all shapes but every budget, too.

She talks us through the fabulously flattering range and tells us how she felt putting on her jeans for the first time post-lockdown, yes, we can all relate…

  • Kelly Brook looks sensational as she arrives at work showing off her slender waist in stylish outfit

  • Kelly Brook looks sensational as she cuts a casual figure in skinny jeans while leaving work

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How did you cope during lockdown?

How did I cope? I pretty much spent most of my time cooking and cleaning. I felt like the more active I was, the more I kept myself occupied, the more still my mind was – so that was the best thing for me; to keep myself busy at home.

We love the new F&F denim range. Do you have a favourite style?

I love all the jeans. They are great because they’re sustainable denim, which is fantastic, and super comfortable. They have loads of stretch, which is what all us girls are looking for post-lockdown. Some of us may have put on a few extra pounds. I love all the different styles, but especially the mom jeans.

Are you a fan of supermarket fashion?

I am a huge fan of F&F’s fashion – I’ve always been a fan! It’s affordable, it’s always very on trend and when I say I’m wearing F&F people can’t believe it, they think it’s a high-end brand or something. The quality is just fantastic.

How do you like to style your denim? What are your go-to pieces?

I like the mom jeans and would always style them with a flat shoe for work because that’s more comfortable for me. But I also love the skinny contour jeans, they’re fantastic. They’re really lengthening on the legs, and I think if you pair them with a nice heel they can look super glam. I like jeans that you can go from day to night in.

Is there any advice you can give? Or styles you think are the most flattering?

I think denim on curvy girls looks fantastic. I always feel like the curvier you are the more tight fitting the clothes should be because you don’t want to disguise your curves you want to accentuate them and show them off. If you have things that are overly baggy it can make you look bigger and be really unflattering – so I’m all up for a really skinny tight jean for a curvy bum.

We’ve all loved our lounge wear during lockdown – I haven’t worn jeans in months. How did you find putting on a pair of jeans for the first time?

I think we all found it terrifying putting on jeans for the first time after lockdown. But it’s absolute happiness when you actually get them on (laughs).

The walk into Heart London Radio has become its own runway, do you feel pressure to look good and dress up to go to the office?

I think we call it the “global catwalk”. Whenever we go to work there are photographers outside taking pictures of our looks. There’s so many glamorous, beautiful women in my building that there are always pictures of people coming in and out. I guess everyone kind of raises their game a bit knowing that you are going to be photographed, and going to be seen even though we’re on the radio.

You co-host on Heart, who’s been your favourite guest so far?

I really loved interviewing Lewis Capaldi last year he was really good fun, he’s very self deprecating he’s such a great artist and I just found him quite funny.

How would you describe your own personal style?

It changes, I can be bohemian, hippie chick in the summer, and then I go a lot simpler and classic in winter. It also depends on my vibe, my mood, my location – I go with the flow.


How has your style evolved over the years?

I guess I’m less experimental than I used to be. I now know what suits me and what doesn’t, whereas in my teens I’d always try things on that did not suit my body type at all. Nowadays I just stick to what fits me.

Any fashion regrets?

I have so many. But I think, in the moment, you’d only wear it if you thought it looked good, so you can’t really regret anything you wore in the past.

Do you think brands need to promote more body positivity and curvy models?

I think most brands are supporting body positivity and diversity now and I think there is such pressure on brands to do that. It’s great to see women of all colours, shapes, sizes and heights modelling. Back in my modelling days you couldn’t be model unless you were 5ft 10in – nowadays you don’t get those restrictions, you can be anything you want, at any time, which I think is great, it gives everybody an opportunity – that’s the whole point.

  • Kelly Brook shows off her incredible curves in an off-the-shoulder white dress as she leaves work

  • Kelly Brook showcases her enviable hourglass figure in a stunning floral dress as she heads to work

What’s your favourite part of your body?

Well, today it would be my hair because (some of it) is not mine! But I don’t know, it really changes. I do like being curvy and having a good shape.

Who are your female role models?

Oh, I’ve got so many I love in terms of beauties that I can think of. I love the Marilyn Monroes and Sophia Lorens and the old-school movie stars. I love their class, I love their style and their whole vibe. In terms of today, I love that there are just so many women to admire. I love Salma Hayek. I love how Reese Witherspoon, for example, will read a book, buy the rights and produce her own films or TV shows and cast the most amazing women. She’s very much empowering other women in Hollywood and using her platform to do so. I admire women that help other women, and elevate other women. I think there are some incredible women around at the moment.


Is there any advice you would give your younger self?

I would tell my younger self that you don’t need to care about things so much. I think you’re always worried about what other people think of you and then when you start realising they don’t think anything of you, it’s fine. Then you don’t have to worry any more. People are so consumed with themselves and their own journeys they very rarely pay much attention to you anyway. I always cared about what people thought and you just don’t need to.

Modelling, radio presenting, fashion collaborations. What’s next on the agenda?

At the moment, I’m pretty much tied up at the radio every day doing my drive time show, which I really love. I’ve teamed up with F&F and we’re working on launching some fantastic ranges for Christmas and, of course, this autumn we’ve got this incredible denim range that we’ve shot today. I think working with brands that have a good ethos and want to do good things in the world, and produce good products, is key.

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