Nigella Lawson: Mamma mia! Is that really you, Nigella? The cooking goddess shows of new figure as she looks slimmer than ever


Mamma mia! Is that really you, Nigella The cooking goddess shows off new figure as she looks slimmer than ever

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09:00 GMT, 19 September 2012

She has already dropped several dress sizes under her strict new diet regime.

But it appears Nigella Lawson’s weight loss is still not enough for the camera.

Appearing on the front cover of this week’s Radio Times, Miss Lawson appears dramatically thinner than she has in recent days raising suspicions the airbrush may have shaved off a few more inches.

Still as suggestive as ever: Nigella poses with some spaghetti, perhaps offering a hint of what her new show will entail

Still as suggestive as ever: Nigella poses with some spaghetti, perhaps offering a hint of what her new show will entail

Her generous bosom appears smaller, the outline of her collarbone can be seen and her shoulders appear to be tiny.

Holding a forkful of spaghetti near her mouth in a suggestive manner in one picture, she is holding an espresso cup in another image.

And it would seem her face has also not escaped the magic touch of the airbrush to ensure a flawless finish.

Vanishing act: Cover girl Nigella Lawson unveils her dramatic new look at she poses next to the coffee machine

Vanishing act: Cover girl Nigella Lawson unveils her dramatic new look at she poses next to the coffee machine

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Thinner than ever: Nigella Lawson cut a very slim figure on the cover of the new issue of Radio Times as she insists she doesn't think thinner people are healthier

Thinner than ever: Nigella Lawson cut a very slim figure on the cover of the new issue of Radio Times as she insists she doesn't think thinner people are healthier

At 52, the TV cook who is back with a new BBC2 series Nigellissima, is often complimented on her youthful appearance, but she appears to be at least 20 years younger in the photoshoot.

Gone are any frown lines associated with middle age, her jawline appears tighter, she has no fine lines or bags under her eyes and her complexion is startlingly smooth.

In the interview, Miss Lawson describes herself as going through a slim phase attributing her weight loss to discovering exercise and reducing her wine intake to Friday nights.

However, although the results of her diet have no doubt led to praise from those around her, for Miss Lawson the issue is a sensitive one that haunts her.

Having lost her ex-husband John Diamond to throat cancer and two other family members: her younger sister Thomasina died of breast cancer in 1993 and her mother Vanessa Salmon died from liver cancer, Miss Lawson said: ‘I don’t equate thinness with healthiness, as other people do, because I’ve only ever seen people get thin and then die. ‘

Miss Lawson, who married art collector Charles Saatchi in 2003 found herself styled as a domestic goddess after she published How To Be A Domestic Goddess in 2000, but said she did not think the title suited her.

'I am messy… Charles says to me that I turn everything into a student doss house. But you can’t have two messy people living together.'

Miss Lawson who has two children, Cosima, now 18, and Bruno, 16, from her first marriage, told the magazine that she suffered from anxieties about her role as a mother.

Looking slim: Nigellla looking svelte filming last month (left) and looking curvier in September 09

Looking slim: Nigella looking svelte filming last month

'People who don’t have children
imagine that their whole lives would be all right if they had children
but they don’t realise that having children gives you lots of problems;
one is constantly worried,' she said.

'Also
I think it’s impossible to be a mother without a huge sense of failure.
Not that I think of my children as failures. I think they’re wonderful,
but one is always aware of what one isn’t doing right.

'I
was really helped by a friend recently because I was thinking, ‘Oh God,
I’m not strict enough’, and also it’s quite difficult… John having
died, obviously I overcompensate.'

She
said: 'What I feel with all of them – because I’ve got three, really,
with Phoebe, my stepdaughter (by Saatchi’s ex-wife, Kay), so it’s 16, 17
and 18 – is that although I’m pretty easygoing about most things, I do
think manners are important and being kind.

'And they make me laugh – and that’s quite important. So I like the people they are.'

Skinny and smiling: Nigella looking trim in black jeans as she leaves a TV studio last month

Skinny and smiling: Nigella looking trim in black jeans as she leaves a TV studio last month

*The full interview in the Radio Times now.