Maura Higgins reveals her mum made her super body confident – but admits she wants botox and a bigger bum
When new magazine arrive at a London branch of Ann Summers to catch up with Maura Higgins and have a rifle through her new swimwear range, there’s a queue of fans outside, eagerly waiting to be the first to get their hands on her collection.
It’s the first time new sat down with the 29 year old reality star since she announced her shock split from boyfriend Curtis Pritchard, 24, earlier this month. She’s yet to publicly divulge why the pair decided to call time on their eight-month relationship, only saying they “couldn’t make it work”. Sob!
Before the interview new are told that Maura won’t be answering any questions about the ballroom dancer or her love life, which includes whispers she grew “close” to her married Dancing On Ice partner Alexander Demetriou during her stint on the ITV show.
However, she does make it clear that suggestions of a romance are wide of the mark because Alex, 29, is like “family”.
Here, Maura reveals the secret behind her body confidence, how she plans to celebrate her 30th birthday later this year and the real reason she hasn’t dabbled with Botox – yet!
Hi Maura! We’re loving the new range. How do you get bikini body ready?
I just need my fake tan! I don’t actually tan, so it makes me feel better and sexy.
What’s your favourite part of your body?
The top of my stomach. It’s always been the most toned – and I don’t even work out. Yes, I’m one of those annoying people! Dancing On Ice was the most training my body’s been through.
So is it all down to your genes?
Well, I’m the smallest in my family but I eat so much rubbish. I’m sure my insides are disgusting.
Is there any part of your body you’re self-conscious of?
I would like a bigger bum, but I’m never going to have that so there’s no point talking about it. I have a flat bum, but I can’t have everything [laughs].
Where does your body confidence come from?
I reckon it’s my mum. She drilled it into me from a young age, which is good because I have never struggled with myself. Loving yourself is the most important thing.
Did your figure change much as a result of all the ice skating?
Overall, it definitely did. I toned up a lot. I’ll probably keep up the skating as a hobby. I’m not going to be doing it three times a week or anything. It’s a skill I’ll have for life.
And in a post-Dancing On Ice world, what’s coming up next for you?
There’s a lot. More big projects and there’s going to be more television.
So what can you tell us about these Celebs Go Dating rumours? Are you definitely doing it?
Definitely not! With capitals, N.O.T.
Well, at least you’ll have your 30th birthday to look forward to in November. How will you be celebrating?
I want the most extravagant bash ever! It’s going to be wild.
So you’re not dreading the big 3-0 then?
Oh my God, no. I can’t wait! Nobody wants to get old, but I just embrace it. I’ll still be rocking my fiercely sexy bra when I’m 60!
Would you ever consider having surgery?
I probably will get Botox some day, but I’m afraid to right now. I don’t want to change myself. I did think about having a boob job a long time ago, but that went out the window.
Are you glad you didn’t go through with it?
I am because I feel comfortable in myself now.
Who is your celebrity body inspiration?
It would probably have to be Kendall Jenner.
You’ve got a bit of Kendall Jenner about you!
I just need to be taller, then I’d be happy.
What’s your beauty regime like?
I’m so bad. I use face wipes to take my make-up off and that’s it. What did they do back in the day? They didn’t have toner and moisturiser and all that [laughs]. But the one thing I always do, is take my make-up off before going to bed.
Congratulations on your new Ann Summers swimwear collection. Which three words would you use to describe it?
Empowering, sexy and fun.
If you could choose any celebrity to wear one of your pieces, who would you choose?
It would have to be Rihanna. She’s my girl. I love her!
Maura’s swimwear collection is available from Ann Summers at annsummers.com