Anita Rani, 43, makes the cover of Good Housekeeping's November issue

Woman’s Hour presenter Anita Rani, 43, is radiant on Good Housekeeping as she says ‘getting older rocks’ and blasts ‘nonsense’ lie that ‘you’re not beautiful or desirable after your 20s’

  • Presenter Anita Rani. 43, is on the cover of Good Housekeeping November issue 
  • She said idea women over 20s are not attractive anymore is ‘superficial’ 
  • Said growing older gives ‘wisdom, power and deeper understanding of yourself’

Anita Rani has said the idea that women get ‘less desirable and beautiful’ with age is ‘nonsense’ – insisting that ‘getting older gives you wisdom, power and a deeper understanding of yourself’. 

The Woman’s Hour’s presenter, from Bradford, 43, said she loves being in her 40s and wanted to keep her vitality rather than her looks as she starred on the cover of Good Housekeeping’s November issue.  

Anita, whose recent book The Right Sort Of Girl looks back at her Punjabi upbringing in Yorkshire, also admitted she grew up experiencing racism which made her feel ‘different’ from her friends. 

Bradford native and Woman’s Hour presenter Anita Rani, pictured 43, stars on the cover of Good Housekeeping’s November issue

The Woman’s Hour presenter said she does not regret her 20s and said: ‘My 40s rock! I think getting older rocks.’

‘We’ve been sold this lie that it’s about being young, that once you leave your 20s, that’s it, you’re not beautiful any more or desirable as a woman. 

‘It’s so superficial and such nonsense. I’m in the pursuit of vitality, but not of staying young for ever because there’s no point. Getting older gives you wisdom, power and a deeper understanding of yourself,’ she added. 

Anita, whose parents came to the UK in the hopes of finding a better life, said she experienced racism growing up in Bradford. 

Anita, pictured, said she doesn’t see the point of being young forever and that getting older brings wisdom and power

‘It was always around, from the National Front logo being spray-painted on your local bus stop to someone shouting the “P” word across the street at you,’ she said.  ‘You always knew you were different.’ 

This level of adversity did not stop Anita from enjoying a very successful career in broadcasting, which culminated with her getting cast as the host of Woman’s Hour on Radio 4 in January. 

But Anita admitted she didn’t think the cult show, which first started in 1946, was where she belonged at first. 

‘I’ve spent my life listening to Woman’s Hour – even my dad was a big fan of it. But I didn’t think that was where I belonged, so the job wasn’t on my radar,’ she explained. 

The Woman’s Hour presenter, pictured, admitted covid-19 forced her to open up to her friends about her mental health

Anita, pictured, said the coronavirus pandemic has given people the permission to say when they are not okay

‘It was my agent who encouraged me to go for it. There was an application process, and I wrote something about sitting in Ubers and always asking them to put on Radio 4,’ she revealed, adding:  ‘I also mentioned vaginas.’

‘But because I didn’t think I’d get it, it made me more relaxed; there wasn’t the weight of expectation,’ she added. 

The broadcaster has appeared on several BBC TV and radio programmes, including Watchdog, BBC Young Dancer, Who Do You Think You Are? and been co-presenter on the BBC’s Countryfile since 2015. 

Working on a major radio show and her book was a challenge for Anita, who said the combined experience has been ‘pretty massive.’

The November issue of Good Housekeeping is available from today

‘The book is the biggest achievement for me, at least on a personal level. It’s really shifted me into a different sphere. Writing it has changed me,’ she said.  

In order to cope with the demands of her different gigs, the presenter said she relies on conversations with friends in order to look after her mental health because covid-19 has forced her to open up. 

‘Traditionally, I’ve not been very good at opening up to girlfriends, I’ve kept my feelings to myself,’ she said. ‘But the pandemic has given us all permission to say, “I’m not okay”. 

‘Before, we were all on autopilot; even if we were having the worst day, we’d say things were great because we bought into this idea that it’s all about productivity,’ she said. 

‘Whereas now we’re all having these really honest conversations; we’re able to share when we’re stressed or worrying about our parents,’ she added. 

Read the full interview with Anita Rani in the November issue of Good Housekeeping, on sale the 29th of September. 

It is available in all supermarkets and online at MagsDirect. The Right Sort Of Girl (Blink Publishing) by Anita Rani is out now

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