Carol Jean Vorderman MBE is a British media personality, best known for co-hosting the popular game show Countdown for 26 years from 1982 until 2008.
Vorderman's career took off in 1982 when she joined the popular Channel 4 game show Countdown. She co-hosted the show most recently with Des O'Connor. Prior to that Vorderman was co-host on separate occasions with Des Lynam and Richard Whiteley. She left the show in 2008 and was replaced by Rachel Riley. Whilst appearing on Countdown, Carol began presenting other shows for various broadcasters including Better Homes and The Pride of Britain Awards for ITV, as well as guest hosting shows such as Have I Got News For You, The Sunday Night Project and Lorraine.
Currently a freelance presenter, Carol became a co-anchor of the ITV lunchtime chat show Loose Women in 2011, where she occasionally anchors the programme alongside Andrea McLean and Kaye Adams. In 2013, she presented an eight-part cookery series for ITV named Food Glorious Food.
She is used to attracting admiring glances with her provocative outfits.
But Carol Vorderman’s racy dress sense has also made her the target of vicious online bullies, she has revealed.
The former Countdown presenter has been bombarded with abusive Twitter messages from ‘trolls’ who trade vile insults about her looks.
However, the curvy 51-year-old has defied her tormentors, refusing to change her wardrobe because of their jibes.
She told Woman’s Own magazine: ‘People always have such strong opinions on my clothes, but this is me, this is how I dress, and I’ll wear what I like.
‘I sometimes get slated for what I wear. Some of the things I’ve worn look great and some don’t.
‘My style is a bit like marmite, people either love it or hate it. They say, “Oh, that’s too tight” or, “She’s wearing Spanx” – but I’m not.
‘I don’t think I dress too young and I don’t try to compete with my daughter at all, as some people think.
‘I am more confident now about the way I look than I was in my thirties.’
Speaking to the Mail, Miss Vorderman added she does not let online bullies affect her self-esteem. But she said Twitter abuse should be monitored to protect more vulnerable victims.
She said: ‘Things like that don’t affect me, because I’m very hard skinned when it comes to criticism.
‘But I know it affects an awful lot of people and I think that it needs monitoring. Some people are more susceptible to it than I am.
‘I won’t be bullied, that’s the thing.’
This week, a stream of abusive Twitter posts were directed at Miss Vorderman’s online account.
One user said: ‘Life is too short to hate, but there is always time to hate Carol Vorderman.’
Another said: ‘Why did Carol Vorderman stop becoming hot? When I was at uni she was lovely, now she looks like one of those women on grab a granny nights.’
A third bully added ‘pass me a shot gun’, while a fourth said: ‘Carol Vorderman maintains her slim, streamlined figure by being brutally violated by a pack of feral dogs every Thursday morning.’
Maths whizz Miss Vorderman shot to fame in 1983 ago as the co-presenter of quiz show Countdown alongside Richard Whiteley.
Currently a panellist on ITV1’s Loose Women, she has two children - Katie, 20 , and Cameron, 15 – from her second marriage to management consultant Patrick King.
The presenter has been frank about her daring wardrobe choices, saying she started wearing tight clothes after losing weight in her late 30s.
Last year, she said: ‘There was a period in the Nineties – after my son Cameron was born - that I expanded to a size 14/16. I spent years camouflaging myself in the same black trousers and long jackets on Countdown,’ she says.
‘But when I hit 39, I lost weight and, more crucially, lost my fear. For the first time since my 20s, I started to wear clothes that designers sent to me as I was on the TV all the time.
‘It shouldn’t be about age, but about how you feel and the shape you are. I’m in better shape now than I was 15 years ago. I like the Mad Men look, so I wear it.
‘In Italy, women of 50 wear incredibly sexy clothes. In France, women in their 50s look incredibly chic.
‘But in the UK, it seems women of 50 shouldn’t be wearing T-shirt and jeans. Why not?’
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