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A tanned Penny belies her age whatever it is! in a one-shoulder dress by Betsey Johnson.If I had to describe myself I'd say I look slightly overweight, have nice thick hair and I like my feet," she says. "But hopefully I'm good fun"

Penny, who admits to being a "born-again yoga person", practises her stretches in a T-shirt and leggings by Sweaty Betty

 

GMTV newsgirl Penny Smith is disarmingly honest about lying about her age. Its an issue, which is why I lie about it. Im 37 and Im sticking to that. Ill be 37 for some years to come because it s how I feel, she says, ensconced in her toasty but minuscule dressing room at 8.15am just minutes after coming off air from her morning stint.

Her conversation is peppered with self-deprecating references to her advancing years, but she seems to have the energy and attitude of a girl in her twenties. She looks pretty good too: trim and tanned, just back from a trip to the West Indies where she was checking out holiday destinations for GMTV s Great Escapes. And she spent Christmas in Barbados.

I dont think theres ever a time that you dont worry about being replaced by a 12 year-old. It goes with the job, she says. Ive spent all my life expecting to be sacked tomorrow. I dont know why. Ive just heard the director wants to speak to me and I always think the worst. Youd think by the age of 143 youd be over that.

To read more about Penny, her love of yoga and to see the photographs, check out this weeks issue of HELLO! magazine, on sale now.