Marie Helvin reveals giving up booze is secret to staying in sensational shape


Marie Helvin reveals giving up booze is secret to staying in sensational shape

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22:45 GMT, 25 October 2012

Sashaying forth in a see-through gown, Marie Helvin is in sensational shape for a 60-year-old.

And the secret, she revealed yesterday, is giving up the booze.

‘Since I gave up drinking eight months ago I have never felt better,’ she said following her first catwalk appearance in six years.

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Hot to trot: Marie Helvin, 60, wowed on the catwalk on Wednesday night, at the Lingerie London fashion show and gala at the Old Billingsgate Market, London

Hot to trot: Marie Helvin, 60, wowed on the catwalk on Wednesday night, at the Lingerie London fashion show and gala at the Old Billingsgate Market, London

'I turned 60 this year and I have to say that I have never felt sexier or been in better shape.’

The former wife of fashion photographer David Bailey was appearing at the Lingerie London fashion gala alongside much younger celebrities including Peaches Geldof, 23, model Abbey Clancy, 26, and Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding, 30.

Miss Helvin, who also appeared in an Agent Provocateur corset and suspenders, admitted: ‘To have a figure like I do, I have to work hard at it. I work out at least three to four times a week in the gym.'

Catwalk queen: Marie defied her age by wearing a black bra and knickers with a navy sheer dress

Catwalk queen: Marie defied her age by wearing a black bra and knickers with a navy sheer dress

She added: ‘Not having alcohol has kept the weight off around my waist, my skin feels so much better and I am sleeping really well.

‘I found that my sleep was really interrupted before when I was drinking.’

Sadly her rejuvenated figure has not helped her love life. ‘Whilst I may look good I do find it hard to find the right man,’ she said.

‘I finally understand the term cougar and I now know that I am one. I never get asked out by men my own age as they all want to go out with 20-year-olds and the men that do ask me out are too young.’

The pretenders: Immodesty Blaize and Abbey Crouch both looked stunning but could not compete with Marie

The pretenders: Immodesty Blaize and Abbey Crouch both looked stunning but could not compete with Marie

The pretenders: Immodesty Blaize and Abbey Crouch both looked stunning but could not compete with Marie

Super woman: Sarah Harding took a very aggressive stance as she modelled for Agent Provocateur

Super woman: Sarah Harding took a very aggressive stance as she modelled for Agent Provocateur

After being discovered at the age of 15,
Hawaii-raised Miss Helvin was one of the original supermodels, finding
fame alongside her friend Jerry Hall in the 1970s.

'I’m slim for professional reasons and I work at it. I really want to continue working.

'She went on to model for exclusive fashion houses including Yves Saint Laurent, Versace and Valentino, appearing on the front cover of Vogue a record 12 times.

There has been much speculation in the past about her peachy, unlined skin, but Miss Helvin has always denied having surgery, attributing her youthfulness to a clean and healthy lifestyle.

Famous friends: Abbey and Peaches posed up with Zara Martin, who wore a skimpy white ensemble, after the show

Famous friends: Abbey and Peaches posed up with Zara Martin, who wore a skimpy white ensemble, after the show

In a 2008 interview, she said: ‘I am a
vegetarian. I don’t want to have anything injected into me that I can’t
eat. I am a real health nut. I look after myself well.

'I don’t believe
women want to have that facelift look.’

Miss Helvin was married to Bailey from 1975 and 1985. She has also dated
a number of famous men including Jack Nicholson and Eric Clapton.

Vintage star: Marie, pictured in 1991, was a big hit with Vogue magazine throughout the 1980s

Vintage star: Marie, pictured in 1991, was a big hit with Vogue magazine throughout the 1980s

Video: Marie Helvin, Abbey Crouch and Peaches among the lingerie models on the runway

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