“But you know what, on the weekend I’m on my own and that’s the real Kylie.
That’s the Kylie that you’ll see running up and down the sidelines taking photos of her kids’ AFL game and it’s the mum you’re going to see in the aisle at Woolies doing her groceries.”
For the past six weeks, Gillies has been working under the guidance of celebrity transformation duo Chief Brabon and Emilie Brabon-Hames for what she jokingly calls ‘Operation Photoshoot’.
But in all seriousness, Gillies reveals, “This wasn’t about weight loss. It was about strength. Getting moving, and doing it with the long-term goal of being more active for longer in my life”.
WATCH HER BEAUTIFUL BEHIND-THE-SCENES FROM OUR PHOTOSHOOT.
How do you feel about ageing?
Here’s the thing, I don’t walk around stressing over whether I’m about to get another wrinkle. I’m at a stage in my life where I feel quite comfortable in my own skin. For every extra line or crow’s foot … guess what? It comes with a bonus offer … of extra knowledge, empathy, wisdom.
Being 52 is better than not reaching this age and I have a young mindset.
I’m proud of my age and I’ve never attempted to hide it. But, hand on heart, I have better things to occupy my mind and time. Would I prefer to have the skin of a 30-year-old? Sure. But, you know, look around. I have such beautiful friendships made over such a gorgeous length of time.
Is keeping fit and healthy becoming more of a priority as you get older?
Well, certainly, because I mean as we get older you’re going to have more health issues. It’s just a fact of life. So if you can keep on top of it … and not just for vanity reasons. It’s important for your mental health, it’s important for your bones. I think if you approach it with a mindset of ‘I need to do this to keep, you know, one step in front of bad things happening to me’ – I think that’s the best way of thinking of it.
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