Strictly Come Dancing star Ellie Taylor has revealed she has been having the time of her life since joining the show this year.
But with all the highs of the glitzy dance programme, Ellie gives us an insight into how her body is holding up with all the training alongside her professional dance partner Johannes Radebe.
"I am aching in places I never knew I had!" the comedian, 38, shares. "I said to Johannes yesterday, 'My boobs are aching!' He was like, 'You mean your pecs?' and I’m like, 'No, my boobs!'"
Ellie went on to speak about her experience with body confidence, revealing she's always felt "quite physically awkward".
"I’ve never wanted to watch myself dance, I’ve never felt comfortable dancing in front of other people, because I’ve always felt quite physically awkward – gangly," she reveals.
"So, to confront yourself in a mirror, watching yourself learning a dance, is quite tough. You sort
of take a deep breath and go for it and try and take your own judgment away."
Ellie added that she has Johannes, 35, to thank for lifting her confidence by hyping her up.
"Jo’s so great with me about that, because I’m like, 'I don’t look sexy, I look weird.'' And he says, 'Embrace your weird.' All I can do is be myself!"
She then joked: "That’s a thing about this show that annoys me – it does make me talk in flipping clichés the whole time.
"That’s such a big positive for me, to just realise I’m not as horrific as I thought I am."
Ahead of the launch of Strictly Come Dancing, Ellie and pal Jayde Adams – who was partnered up with Karen Hauer – indulged in a spray tan session as part of their preparations for the show.
On her Instagram Story, Ellie shared a snap of her pal Jayde, 37, who appeared to be completely nude as her bottom half was covered in a black shower curtain.
"Me and @msjaydeadams have known each other for over a decade," she wrote.
"What a treat to share this special experience of getting nude, popping on hairnets and getting all our bits spray painted by (lovely) strangers," she wrote.
Jayde similarly wrote on her Instagram story: "10 years I've known this girl.
"Today we stepped over a threshold of friendship, @elliejanetaylor and I stripped off for our spray tans. What a moment."
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