We like Ann Robinson, 72, and feel some sympathy for her.
We think, to use a phrase popular from US cop shows, she’s had a bad rap.
Ms Robinson, 72, has a new series called Ann Robinson‘s Britain, which has just started on BBC One. In it, she examines British attitudes to, among other topics, Pets and Parenting. Weakest Link host, Ann Robinson is surely the quintessential victim of stereotyping, especially female stereotyping.
Here’s how it works: a channel or programme chooses a persona for you – in Ann Robinson’s case, acid-tongued host. Whether that persona is based on your actual personality, or some very small part of it (or, indeed, none of it), the tabloids and magazines pick it up and run with it. And before you know it, you are the personification of acid-tongued womanhood.
Don’t get us wrong; we are not saying we think this very able broadcaster and former journalist is incapable of the odd barbed comment. We just think it suits The Suits to portray her in a less nuanced, caricatured way…
The former presenter of the long-running series Watchdog has come in for loads of criticism for allegedly having “work”. But that is yet another Catch 22 of British Media coverage. If, one day, you look a bit tired or get papped in the wrong light, they are all over you for “looking old”. If you do something about it (whether actual cosmetic surgery or something short of that) they are again all over you for “having work”. If you are a woman over 50, you can’t win.
So, we have both sympathy and admiration for Ann Robinson who, incidentally, is not very tall. In fact, at 5-foot 1-inches (155cms) she is a petite in fashion terms. She disguises her lack of height well, by employing lots of clever style tricks.
Steal her style, especially if you are a Petite, by wearing one colour from neckline to hemline. We love the red shift dress – the uninterrupted line makes her appear taller. Her arms are clearly not an issue and she is happy to show them off. If she wasn’t, a three-quarter-length sleeve would add to the illusion of height. We would advise shoes in nude to match flesh-tone tights, making legs look longer by not punctuating them with shoes in a highly visible colour, like she has worn.
We think the black outfit has some great pointers for a petite woman, too. Or, indeed, for any woman who wants to look slimmer. The longer-line collarless coat with its clean silhouette, adds to the illusion of height, while those cropped trousers in the same colour, add to the illusion of height. Note how that white tee hits her bottom hip, rather than her waist, which balances and elongates the body. Platforms are a no-brainer for a petite woman. Her platform sandals are in monochrome and while platform sandals worked in summer, we would pair cropped trousers with a platform court shoe for the current A/W season.
We also love that great haircut in her gorgeous signature pale-marmalade colour. She might be hiding a bit of grey but Ms Robinson looks fabulous with that hair colour, so she keeps rocking it – a good fashion decision with her warm colouring!
Do you believe if a celebrity has had work done, they should share it with the world, or do you think it’s their business, and no one else’s?
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