Fiona Bruce makes a brave make-up free choice after famously saying 'women TV presenters won't get far if they look like the back end of a bus'
19:15 GMT, 20 November 2012
She once said that female TV presenters wouldn't get anywhere if they looked like the back-end of a bus, words which definitely may have come back to haunt former 'rear of the year' Fiona Bruce.
The BBC newsreader stepped out looking decidedly less than glamorous as she walked her dog Esmeralda in North London.
Although arguably the 48-year-old presenter was not on air, so perhaps her own rules of being perfectly groomed at all times were out of the window.
It's cold outside: Fiona Bruce looked unrecognisable make-up free in North London
Presenter Bruce, who also added that going grey on TV was off limits, looked grim-faced as she pounded the pavements near her home with her large pet.
She opted for a cream jacket for warmth and kept her dyed brown hair off her face as she kept her pooch firmly on a lead for their morning stroll.
In October Fiona said: Age is definitely an issue for women in TV. So far it hasn’t been for me, but I know I need to make the best of myself. For instance, I have a few grey hairs. I dye them. I don’t let my grey hair show when I’m reading the news.'
Taking a day off: Fiona Bruce cut quite a different figure on Tuesday morning (left) than at work
She added: 'Of course, we wouldn’t even be having this conversation if I was a 48-year-old man. I used to get cross about that, but what's the point I’m never going to change things on my own. If age does become an issue, I’ll deal with it.'
Her make-up free look comes just three weeks after BBC presenter Louise Minchin told how she is at the bottom of the pecking order of the 10 o'clock news presenters.
Not to sniff at: Fiona Bruce keeps her look casual for the mid-morning stroll
The Breakfast show host said that Huw Edwards is at the very top followed by Fiona Bruce, George Alagiah, Sophie Raworth and then the rest.
And she admitted she would never have got the Breakfast presenting job if Sian Williams had moved North from London to MediaCity in Salford.