Two-time Walkley Award–winning ABC-TV presenter Virginia Trioli is one of the country’s most-respected journalists.
When she talks, people listen. Trioli, 54, believes that because we all lead such busy lives we can sometimes “lose touch” with ourselves.
We need, she says, to take some time for self-care. “It’s really important that you take a moment and go, ‘Put that nicer shirt on, you haven’t worn that dress in ages, you look good
in it,’” the host of ABC News Breakfast, which celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year, says.
What is your sexiest trait?
That’s for others to judge. I’m trying to think of what my husband [ journalist Russell Skelton] would say if he were here right now, and he’s always liked my sense of humour.
Who do you think of when you hear the word sexy?
I don’t necessarily think of a particular person, but it’s really interesting to spot sexiness when you see it and to identify what that thing is. And it’s usually about self-position. It’s about someone who’s thrown their hair back, they have their chin up, and they’ve got their eyes straight ahead. As we used to say in the ’80s, “They’re loving themselves sick.” And they’re just completely owning their look.
You seem very confident. Has this always been the case?
Appearances can be deceiving. I can be racked by as many insecurities as anyone else. But I remember a really telling moment for me was at school where, like many of us, there were the nasty girls who used to tease me. I remember one day I was walking down the opposite school corridor and there they were in a nasty clump. And I overheard one of them say, “Look at how she walks.” And I remember thinking, “OK, I’m done. I can’t do anything about the way that I walk so you know what? Screw what you think and screw anybody else’s opinion. This is who I am.” And I remember, from that moment on, it was just eyes straight ahead. I just have to be myself.