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Vogue: I don't fancy naked dating, I see enough in the gym

Vogue WilliamsBy Vogue Williams
I barely walk around the gym dressing room fully naked. I’m not a prude, I just prefer being in my underwear.
I barely walk around the gym dressing room fully naked. I’m not a prude, I just prefer being in my underwear.

Channel 4 has come up with a new dating show concept and I am dying to watch it.

Naked Attraction sees would-be daters standing in a box completely naked and being chosen for their bodies. 

The first episode this past week sparked 45 complaints to TV watchdogs after it screened 282 shots of penises and 96 of vaginas.

It’s something I would definitely not do and I’m not 100 per cent sure why seeing someone naked would make the date go any better. 

Dating has changed dramatically with the endless amounts of apps and sites and it’s turned into something that seems quite scary. 

Gone are the days when you simply spot someone you like in the pub. Instead, it’s all about seeing someone’s profile and judging them on a number of pictures.

But being naked? I barely walk around the gym dressing room fully naked. I’m not a prude, I just prefer being in my underwear. 

I was in the gym the other day and there is a section with mirrors and seats for hair and make-up.

Lots of women were walking around naked – nothing wrong with that – but then one woman did something I found quite odd.

She basically shoved her leg up on one of the make-up chairs and started brushing her body, I literally got a fright when I looked over because you could see everything – and I mean everything. 

A few of the other women beside me found this a bit strange as well and I started to wonder when is nakedness at the gym too much. Most likely when someone shoves their leg up in front of your face revealing all! 

I can see why being nude may take away any inhibitions from the start, especially on a dating show, but I think seeing someone in the nip should be reserved for further down the line and not on national TV. 

Anyway, it will certainly make for  TV ratings.

Who knows, naked dating might just take off!


I keep reading stories in the paper of Syrian refugees committing violent crimes. 

There are thousands of refugees and I feel the media is trying to tar them all with the same brush. 

The latest story was of suicide bomber Mohammad Daleel, who blew himself up after being turned away from a festival in Germany.

He killed himself and injured 12 others, three of them seriously, when he detonated his explosive device near a bar in central Ansbach on Sunday.  

The Islamic State group claimed him as a soldier. I think these people should be described as what they are – terrorists and not refugees.

Last week, again in Germany, a Syrian refugee wielding a machete killed a pregnant woman and injured two others before being run over by a man driving a BMW.

These attacks are hideous, but they come from people who are evil. They may arrive in Europe with the influx of refugees, but they are not seeking refuge like the vast majority.

I don’t think them being Syrian refugees had anything to do with the attacks. There is such resistance to help refugees who had to flee their homes because their country was at war – a country so unsafe they are risking their lives just to get out of it. 

Being Irish, I look back at our ancestors and when they had to leave Ireland because it was unsafe.

They found new lives in America and surely Europe can help out these people who are clearly in such dire need of it.


I have finally started to get the ball rolling on my first bootcamp.

I did the press shots for it on Tuesday so I can start selling the tickets. I shot the pictures in London and I wanted it to be outdoors because I want a lot of the training for my camp to be in the fresh air.

The date has now changed to October because I am filming another show in September, so I had to move it.

It’s still going to be in the insanely gorgeous Powerscourt Hotel and will involve a two-night stay with three days of intense training.

The evenings will be for nutritional talks, make-up demos and some hair demos as well.

I will let you know as soon as I start selling tickets because its limited to 30 places.

I’m so ready to get going.