Strictly's Claudia Winkleman declares she 'can't wait' to turn 50

Claudia Winkleman has declared that she 'can't wait' to turn 50 as she counts down the months until reaching the milestone birthday.

The Strictly Come Dancing co-host, 49, plans to greet the big day with aplomb when it arrives in January, particularly as she's certain she'll look the same.

Speaking during an appearance on Women’s Health Going for Goal podcast, the TV personality also displayed her dry wit as she joked that rockers Gene Simmons, 71, and Alice Cooper, 73, are her image inspirations. 

Fabulous at 50: Claudia Winkleman has declared that she 'can't wait' to turn 50 as she counts down the months until reaching the milestone birthday. Pictured in 2019

Fabulous at 50: Claudia Winkleman has declared that she 'can't wait' to turn 50 as she counts down the months until reaching the milestone birthday. Pictured in 2019

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She said: 'I love getting older… I can’t wait to be fifty. It’s not that I want time to go fast, but I’m absolutely fine with it, and I’ll still look the same. I want to look like Gene Simmons or Alice Cooper, so it’s not like I want to look young and bouncy and fresh.'

While the rock stars were well known for layering on heavy makeup in the prime of their music careers, Claudia has admitted that her 'love affair' is with fake tan.

Explaining how it all started, the mother-of-three said: 'There was a product called Ultra Glow and it was a pat of just brown, just like a solid piece of something that could make you teak. 

'My mum used it and I’ve always forever been in love with, I think it’s Guerlain, it’s called Terracotta, it’s an unbelievable product, the powder.

Image inspiration: The TV personality displayed her dry wit as she joked that rockers Alice cooper, 73 (pictured), and Gene Simmons, 71, are her image inspirations

Rock superstar: Gene Simmons is pictured in 2019

Image inspiration: The TV personality displayed her dry wit as she joked that rockers (L-R) Alice cooper, 73, and Gene Simmons, 71, are her image inspirations

'I just put some on my face and suddenly felt – it’s a big word but I’m going to say it – alive. That was it, that was my love affair.'

Claudia was born to author and journalist Eve Pollard and publisher Barry Winkleman. Following her parents' divorce when she was four, Eve went on to marry newspaper editor and broadcaster Sir Nicholas Lloyd when Claudia was seven.

Discussing how her upbringing shaped her relationship with image, she said: 'I was brought up in a house without mirrors, so my

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