Mariella Frostrup has lamented the way that children of her daughter’s generation are already “trying to look sexy” despite their young age.

Mariella Frostrup with her children in Kensington, London

Mariella Frostrup with her children in Kensington, London Photo: RICHARD SAKER / REX FEATURES

By Rosa Silverman

The TV and radio presenter told of her sadness at the pressure girls were now under to grow up too soon and criticised the abundance of explicitly sexual imagery with which children were bombarded.

Ms Frostrup, who has an eight-year-old daughter called Molly and a six-year-old son called Danny, said: “‘One of the saddest things for me is looking at children of my daughter’s generation already trying to look sexy even though they’re only eight or nine years old.

“When I was young, if we wore a polo neck and a pair of jeans we thought we were cool, but they’re all about short skirts and high heels…

“The hardest thing for me is going into a newsagent and having to explain to my daughter why there are naked women everywhere on the covers of magazines.

“I mean how do you explain that to an eight-year-old? I try and say ‘don’t pay attention, focus on doing well at school’ but it’s tricky for


Ms Frostrup, 49, made the comments after hosting a launch party in London for the Great Boodles Bangle, a £200 silver bracelet designed to raise money for her charity, The Great British Initiative.

She also spoke of the positive effects of motherhood on her figure, the Daily Mail reported.

“When I was single, my weight used to go up and down depending

on my mental state.” she said.

“But since I’ve had the kids, I don’t really think about it.

“You know, getting them to school and then getting to work and making

sure we’ve got some food. I just don’t really have time to do that binge eating.”

But the BBC presenter, who is married to human rights lawyer Jason McCue, seven years her junior, also noted that ageism continued to affect women.

She said: “You’re supposed to carry on looking like you’re 12 until you’re 112 which is just not possible.

“I am just me to be honest, and I don’t see any point in chasing a dream that I can never achieve. Eternal youth is beyond all of us.”

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