Fresh-faced “Live! With Kelly and Michael” host Kelly Ripa has revealed the secret to her youthful look.
“It's the Botox,” she told Elle magazine in an interview for its February issue.
"Every seven months or so my eyelid skin rests on my eyelashes. So I feel like it makes my makeup artist’s life easier, and it makes my eyes look a little more open on TV, which is where I happen to work right now," she added.
The wife and mother is known for her slim frame that she keeps in shape with SoulCycle spin classes. Ripa also revealed to Elle that she gets Botox injections in her armpits to prevent sweating.
Also known for her self-depreciating humor, Ripa details that it stems from having dealt with vicious, fat-shaming hate mail from fans when she starred on the soap opera “All My Children.”
“I feel like as long as you take ownership over your own flaws, it doesn’t hurt if someone else points them out,” she told Elle.
Despite the glitz and glamour of her job, Ripa considers herself quite plain in her everyday life.
“I can walk out to the street and never be noticed. It’s my superpower: I’m invisible. I just look very normal and totally unremarkable,” she said.
“Normally I’m in the same outfit every day, black jeans and a T-shirt — actually, this T-shirt, so I didn’t dress up that much. Sometimes I wear heels, because I happen to love heels, but if it’s freezing cold or boiling hot, it could easily be an Ugg boot or a flip-flop.”
Ripa has notably been married to handsome Latin actor Mark Consuelos for 16 years. She told Elle that her relationship is reminiscent of the iconic Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball.
“I actually call [Mark] Desi, because the thing about Desi was that as much attention as Lucy got, Desi was always in charge,” she gushed.
“I was drawn to Mark because he was positively an alpha male, and I didn’t think I would be drawn to that. But I just worship him. He makes me feel very safe.”
The couple has three children together, Michael, 15, Lola, 11, and Joaquin, 10.
Despite being named one of the most powerful people in media by The Hollywood Reporter last year, Ripa admits that she still feels quite dorky.
“I think that’s why people get me,” she told Elle.
“I would have styled my hair for 17 hours and it would still look very much like a Westminster show-dog. No matter how much I try to cool myself up, it’s never going to happen for me. But, like, am I dying to be cool? Yes, I’m dying to be.”
Fionna Agomuoh is a Technology Reporter for the International Business Times, a vegan foodie, and a lover of Electric Dance Music.