Victoria Derbyshire says stripping for breast cancer awareness 'couldn't be further away from Kim Kardashian's Insta posts'
BBC broadcaster Victoria Derbyshire discussed her post-cancer body and her apprehensions about stripping for charity.
BBC broadcaster Victoria Derbyshire, 49, opened up about stripping off on ITV's 'The Real Full Monty: Ladies' Night' to raise awareness for breast cancer ahead of the event, and she expressed her apprehensions about stripping, despite being comfortable with the way she looks after her mastectomy.
The show features eight female celebrities, united by their or their close ones' experiences with cancer, who will put on a performance as they strip for a charitable cause.
The lineup includes Derbyshire, presenter Sarah-Jane Crawford, actress Helen Lederer, Emmerdale actress Sally Dexter, TV presenter Coleen Nolan, former Liberty X singer Michelle Heaton, reality TV star Megan McKenna, and TV legend Ruth Madoc.
Last year's 'The Real Full Monty' was a raging success and featured male celebrities performing a striptease to raise awareness for prostate cancer.
Derbyshire, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 and had to undergo radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and a mastectomy, talked to the Radio Times about how she felt going on the show.
The BBC journalist said, "I’m not ashamed of how I look, but I do look different to other women, and the idea of revealing that is absolutely nerve-racking."
She revealed that at home, "body issues" do not surface, and she is comfortable baring her body in front of her partner, Mark Sandell, and her sons, Joe and Oliver, calling it "no big deal."
She said, "I am happy for them to see what a mum of two who’s had breast cancer looks like."
However, her family's reaction to her post-cancer body doesn't reassure her ahead of her televised reveal. Derbyshire revealed, "They don’t bat an eyelid. Of course they don’t. I’m their mum. But what we are planning to do is on a different scale altogether."
She said that the show "couldn’t be further away from an Instagram post by Kim Kardashian," adding, "It’s not just nudity for the sake of it, or for looking glamorous. It’s nudity for a purpose – to say this is what can happen when you get a diagnosis of breast cancer."
Derbyshire continued, "And this is why it can be OK. And this is what we can do to talk to you about trying to make sure you don’t get breast cancer. And if you are diagnosed with breast cancer, depending on the diagnosis, you might be able to get through it, like me," she said, giving hope to women who were fighting the disease. 'The Real Full Monty: Ladies' Night' will air on ITV on Thursday, March 29, at 9 PM.
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