Amanda Holden is the Queen of show-stopping outfits, and she’s just given the critics the middle finger.
The Heart Radio host, 52, is known for her occasionally risqué – but always stunning – clothes and has had hundreds of Ofcom complaints for her varied appearances on the judging panel of Britain’s Got Talent over the years.
The critics claimed Amanda’s costumes were too exposing for the performance, which she dismissed as “prudish.” Even famed misogynist Andrew Tate’s rage was summoned once by the beloved media figure.
The former kickboxer, who is to stand trial on rape and human-trafficking charges, previously wrote on one of her pictures: ‘You are a wife and a mother and youre [sic] far past a teenager. There is no need for this post.’
Just as she does now, Amanda laughed it off at the time, saying she was tempted to post the photo with the caption: ‘Kiss my 52-year-old arse.’
Now, Amanda has shared further feelings towards people who, like Tate, shame her outfit choices.
‘Women are always described as “parading their legs” if they’re wearing shorts or skirts, and if they’re at the beach they’re “parading” in a bikini,’ she told OK! in a recent interview.
‘No, I’m simply at the beach or I’m simply walking down the street in summer. I’d like to see those headlines change,’ she said.
‘Nobody judges a man like that!’
The actress also claimed that her kids, Lexi, 17, and Hollie, 11, constantly urge her to “go for it” with her fashion choices and frequently appreciate her selections.
The Wild At Heart star went on to say that fashion is all about “taking risks,” and she would become “bored playing it safe.”
What about the Ofcom complainers? Amanda isn’t concerned about them. She confesses that, while she didn’t intend to offend anyone, it’s unavoidable that someone would be upset no matter what you do.
‘So you have to stay true to yourself and wear what you want,’ she added.
Previously, the BGT judge was the target of 235 Ofcom complaints during the talent show’s 2020 season for wearing a severely plunging gown that some thought was improper for a family programme.
Another revealing costume she wore on the show in 2017 became one of the year’s most complained-about TV moments, with 663 people emailing the watchdog about it.
Speaking to The Telegraph after Tate’s comment in September, Amanda said she would not be covering up any time soon, thank you very much.
‘I will always listen to myself first, because I dress for me – nobody else,’ she said.
‘So, if you do one day see me dressed in a Victorian bathing suit, it’s because everything has dropped to the floor and I’ve decided, today is the day I’m going to start covering up.
‘Honestly, I can’t see that happening any time soon, darling.’
What an icon. Never change, Amanda. Never change.