Thursday, March 17, 2011

One of these women is 26, another is 56 and a third is Kate which is which?

By Daily Mail Reporter

One of these women is 26. Another is 56. A third is Kate Moss. So which is which?

After her appearance on the Louis Vuitton catwalk in Paris last week, many were left wondering whether Kate Moss’s love of partying had finally caught up with her. For it seems that even supermodels can’t escape the effects of gravity or the curse of cellulite.

Femail asked five women aged between 26 and 56 to recreate 37-year-old Kate’s provocative pose, hotpants and all. So how do they shape up against Miss Moss — and what are the secrets of keeping a shapely derriere?

The curse of gravity? Kate Moss showed off her pins in a pair of extremely short hotpants on the Louis Vuitton catwalk in Paris last week


Valerie Burns, 56, is a fitness instructor from Winchmore Hill, Buckinghamshire. She is married to husband Stuart with four sons aged 30, 27, 26 and 23. She is a size eight. Valerie says:

Despite being in my 50s, I’m confident about my bum. I’ll happily wear bikinis on the beach and buy figure-hugging dresses.

My shape hasn’t changed since I was in my 20s. I’m a size eight to ten and while I’ve always been active, exercise has been the key to maintaining my body through the decades. Before having a family, I used to work in an office and would go to occasional aerobics classes, but after I had my children I became more interested in exercise and fitness.

Giving Kate a run for her money: Fitness instructor Valerie, 56, says that despite being in her 50s, she is confident about her rear view

Twenty years ago, I qualified as a fitness instructor, and keeping fit has been a big part of my life since then. I do six hours of Pilates a week — I’ve also splashed out on a £1,500 Power Plate machine, a vibrating platform you perform different toning exercises on. I wanted to use one at home after being impressed by the accelerated toning results it gave at the gym.

It was expensive, but I use it at least twice a week. It’s brilliant for doing squats and lunges to target glutes. On top of that, I take exercise classes regularly and teach yoga and stretching sessions, too. I believe in a total body workout.

I’m committed to a healthy lifestyle, but I still have some cellulite — that’s life. With exercise you get out what you put in. There’s no age limit to keeping your bum in shape if you’re prepared to make an effort.


Heather Pope, 40, lives in Horsham, West Sussex, with her boyfriend of eight years and daughter Hayley, nine, from a previous relationship. She is web co-ordinator of Mountain Biking shop She is a size ten. Heather says:

In my 20s, my nickname was Bubble Bum because my friends said my behind looked rounded like a bubble. Back then, I used to do step classes to tone up, but — in hindsight — I didn’t need to do anything much to keep pert and trim. I didn’t realise how fortunate I was!

After giving birth at 30, my body changed, gravity kicked in — and keeping things firm became much harder work. I’m lucky I’ve never had a problem with cellulite, but my bum was getting saggy and it was a slog getting back in shape. In my 30s, I made a conscious effort to get fit again so, once I’d managed it, I was determined to maintain my figure.

Bubble Bum: Heather didn't have to work hard for her figure - that is until she had her daughter at the age of 30

I joined a gym to stay a toned size ten, but I found it boring and wanted to find a more fun way to exercise. When I met my partner, who owns a chain of mountain bike shops, I decided to take up the sport too. Now I cycle three times a week outdoors, for at least an hour each time. It’s challenging, but exhilarating, and it gets my blood pumping.

Unlike running on a treadmill, it doesn’t feel like a chore. I enjoy it, it’s sociable — and getting a good bum in my cycling shorts is an added bonus!

Since turning 40, I wear tight jeans more than ever. My behind is pert and toned and I’m proud to show it off both in and out of the saddle.


Tannita Davies, 32, is a legal secretary from Ditton, Kent. She is married to Ben, a designer, with two children, George, three, and Molly, one. She is a size ten to 12.
Tannita says:

I’m so fortunate that despite having had two children, my bum has remained in good shape without me doing anything. I’ve got a boyish figure, but my bum is in proportion to the rest of my body — and I don’t have to worry about keeping it toned.

I can’t take any credit for keeping it trim, having two young children means I’m busy running round after them all the time, but I haven’t exercised properly for years — it’s all down to good luck and good genes. I’ve been the same size for the past decade, even though my shape has changed since having a family, but my bum is more pert now than it was when I was younger.

Lucky lady: Tannita says she cannot take any credit for keeping her bum trim at the age of 32 - it's all down to good genes and looking after her two young children

The only time I haven’t been happy with my bum was when I first met my husband five years ago. My diet is normally very healthy, I eat lots of fish, chicken and vegetables and avoid red meat. But there was a period when we ate out a lot and I was making more unhealthy choices than normal.

I was shocked when I noticed I was starting to get cellulite. Luckily, when I cut out ice cream and switched back to my normal diet my bum and thighs went back to normal.

I still have insecurities about my shape, my bum’s not perfect and I don’t wear tight clothes. Ironically, I’d love to have a curvier bottom, but I know I’m lucky.

To have a good bum with minimum effort is something lots of women would kill for.


Sarah Skyte, 26, is a Sales Manager from Islington, North London and currently single. She is a size 12. Sarah says:

I don’t loathe my bum, but I don’t love it, either. I’ve got a top-heavy figure and trying to balance out my curves and keep my cellulite in check requires maintenance. As I get older, I’m having to work even harder to achieve this.

I have a busy job and can’t exercise as often as I’d like, so I use firming creams for my thighs and bum to try to improve their appearance and tone up my flesh.

Even though I’m only in my 20s, I am quite paranoid about my bum getting droopy — so if I find a product I like, I’ll stick with it regardless of price.

Expensive addiction: Sarah, 26, uses firming lotions daily along with supplements in her fight to keep cellulite at bay and her bum pert - but she says they work and they are worth the money

I’ve tried dozens of different creams — some cheap, some costing as much as £150. I’m happy to shell out the money if I think it might give me smoother skin.

Since January, I’ve been on an anti-cellulite regime using Murad products, a science-based skincare range developed by a U.S. dermatologist. I’m taking Firm and Tone Vitamin Supplements and applying Body Serum and Firming Cream every day.

The products cost me nearly £200. I apply the £58 serum and £35 cream twice a day and the supplements alone are just under £100. One box consisting of six daytime tablets and a night packet of five tablets lasts me a month and the creams last six weeks. It needs dedication, but I think they’ve made a difference and my bum isn’t as wobbly.

I know a good diet can help to diminish dimpled flesh, but I’m not always as healthy as I could be — I love to relax with wine, pizza and chocolate at the weekend — so supplements seem like a sensible way to reduce my cellulite from the inside as well as out.

I’m confident if I keep using them my cellulite will continue to improve. If it means I feel happy in my bikini this summer, then £200 seems a small price to pay.


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