'Bake Off' star Prue Leith shares throwback image showing her at 29

File photo dated 14/2/2017 of Prue Leith. Hospital food can be "delicious, nutritious and nicely presented", the Great British Bake Off judge has declared after leading a review into meals for patients and staff.
Prue Leith (PA)

Prue Leith has shared a stunning throwback photo of herself at 29 in an Instagram post about body confidence.

The black and white image shows the Great British Bake Off judge in 1969, standing at a bar in a long dress and dangly earrings.

Leith, 80, told her 118,000 followers on the site that at the time she would have been worried about reaching 10 stone in weight but that now, looking back, she wonders what she was worried about.

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“Thank you so much for all the great compliments about how I look on Bake Off!” she wrote.

“Truth is I’m having a very happy old age, am not averse to fake tan out of a bottle and all the glamour is added by Bambi and Debbie (the glam team) Sharon (wardrobe) and Jane and Claire the GBBO’s stylists!

“Isn’t it mad that at any age we ALWAYS think we look grim, should lose a stone etc.

“In 1969 (aged 29) I thought I’d die of shame if I hit ten stone.

“Now I look at that picture and wonder what I was on about: today I live in dread of hitting thirteen stone.”

Ep9.  Prue and Paul.
Prue and Paul Hollywood on Bake Off (Channel 4)

“But I’m very grateful for all the positive messages,” she added. “Thank you so much.”

The star added a “#bodyconfidence” hashtag.

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Leith’s post comes days after Bake Off viewers said they were stunned to discover she was 80.

The cook revealed her age during an episode of the Channel 4 show and viewers posted messages on Twitter telling of their shock, with many saying they had thought she was much younger.

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