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Ruth O’Neill’s harsh truth about working on screen: “People do look better on tv when they’re a little bit slimmer”

She doesn't hold back about the reality of working on television.

She's dished on the pressures of staying slim for tv. PIC: VIP Ireland
She’s dished on the pressures of staying slim for tv. PIC: VIP Ireland

Xpose presenter Ruth O’Neill has dished on some of the harsh realities of working on television. The 28-year-old said that there is pressure to always look a certain way, and that people do look better on screen when they’re slimmer.

When interviewing some of the most beautiful people in the world, Ruth said it can be tough to avoid criticism about how you look. However, she is aware of the fact that the camera “adds ten pounds.”

Speaking to the Herald she said, “When you meet people in real life, they’re always so much slimmer than they are on TV. It’s just not forgiving if you’re having a bad hair day or if you’ve had make-up on since early in the morning.

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She’s very critical on herself. PIC: VIP Ireland

“People are so critical, and that includes me. People do look better on TV when they’re a little bit slimmer.

“Anyone who’s on TV knows it’s weird looking at yourself. The camera isn’t forgiving. That’s the industry we’re in – it’s very judgmental and critical.

“I’m working out less than I ever have. I don’t have as much time to work out because we’re running around so much. The weight falls off you in this job as well, it’s crazy.”

Yikes, it’s a tough business to be in.

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