Former Tory MP Louise Mensch's fresh-faced appearance has been the subject of repeated speculation. Now she has finally laid the cosmetic surgery rumours to rest by admitting what many suspected all along: she has had a facelift.
The chick-lit author, who quit Parliament so she could move to be with her husband in the United States, made the frank admission on BBC2's Newsnight, after nearly three years of questions about her youthful complexion.
Mrs Mensch, 41, told Jeremy Paxman last night that she had "a little tightening in my face".
She said she had always previously refused to comment on rumours that she might have had a facelift because female politicians are too often trivialised on the basis of their appearance.
But she decided to speak out after an independent review raised concerns about the normalisation of cosmetic procedures.
She said: "I had a little tightening in my face and I remember being asked about it by the Guardian - asked if I'd had a facelift because she saw a scar under my chin.
"I refused to answer that question, not because I was embarrassed about the procedure but because people are always trying to trivialise women politicians based on their appearance.
"But as I'm no longer a politician and the Government has come out backing this very sensible report it seems a good time to talk about it.
"I had it done just for maintenance. It was something that I'd carefully researched, I picked a very qualified surgeon, I was fully aware of the risks and rewards, and it amused me that when the papers ran stories afterwards saying 'has she had a facelift?' they ran pictures of me pre-procedure, so obviously you couldn't tell the difference."
She added: "I like the way I look, I prefer to keep it that way. I had a very, very good surgeon. The difference is subtle if you get somebody who knows what they are doing. I'm relatively happy, I'm very happy with the results."
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