The opening line of the article by and about Bonnie Langford: What I see in the mirror reminds me of one of my poems:
title: Mrs: Thompson which is kept in a book along with 1OO other poems in the British Library in London on the same theme of what we see when we look in the mirror and it has been praised.
However Bonnie Langford speaks and writes as a dancer who has checked her body constantly and is technically doing what it should or is it - is she having a good or a fat day - and looking in the mirror is very strange as she sees what she chooses to see good or bad - she is critical of herself more than anyone else and she regards herself as tiny as she is five foot one and a half inches tall so there is nowhere for weight to hide she didnt like her bottom but now has accepted the shape she is in and her red curly hair is just great but as far as she is concerned its just another phrase she is going through and the mid 2Os were the worst as her schedule of punishment of dance and acting where she found that her body was givimg off messages to let her have a break or to have a rest! We have all been through it!
But Langford at 3O somethiing was at home in her skin however now at age 48 she sees wrinkles and lines and wears her glasses to read which she hates - that is holding newspapers at a distance. She goes to the gym often and she is a fussy eater and her husband despairs of her I guess. she likes chicken and pasta and milk chocolate:
Which is often seen as naughty food as far as she is concerned but it is what makes life enjoyable for her!
Bonnie Langford is appearing in Monty Python's spamalot in London until 9 September!