Which Woman Would You Want Reading Your News?
“Hello, my name is Tracey Spicer and I am a vain fool.”
With those 11 words Tracey Spicer went from simply being a newsreader to a woman we could all relate to.
It was the start of her 2014 TedxSouthBankWomen talk and would later inspire her new book The Good Girl Stripped Bare.
In fact, it was the first time she quite literally stripped bare.
First it was her makeup. Next, her hair. Then her dress, jewellery and high heels all came off.
The self-confessed bogan from Queensland, revealed the real Tracey Spicer “without her armour”.
After a lifetime of being told “stick your tits out”, “lose two inches off your arse” and “quit before you’re too long in the tooth”, Tracey was fighting back and we couldn’t get enough.
Now in her new book, the journalist has revealed what it was like to work in an industry where you were judged by the cover – not the contents.
“When I had two children, I wasn’t seen as a ‘sexy, young woman’ on television anymore,” she told Bianca, Terry & Bob.
“It was before the time of the ‘yummy mummy’ and so I was told I was porking up a bit now that I was a size 14.”
“It was such a strange comment when you think about what newsreaders do – we’re talking about Syria and they’re thinking about how hot we look at the desk.”
It wasn’t the first time and it wouldn’t be the last that Tracey was reminded that her role wasn’t just to present the news.
Listen below as she reveals what it’s like to work in the industry and the ridiculous thing that happened when she dyed her hair red after advice from one boss…