Susanna Reid has fought against the unfair demands for female presenters and the clothing they are expected to wear. She faced comments while presenting ‘BBC Breakfast’ and in more recent years on ‘Good Morning Britain’ too, alongside Piers Morgan on ITV. In a number of comments, the TV presenter has tried to remind viewers that it is her body and there is nothing to hide or be ashamed of.
Susanna has brushed off unwanted comments about her appearance a number of times throughout her career, often defending the considerations that went into her clothing choices.
She claimed that it was a “fact of life” that viewers would make remarks about whatever female presenters wear during a 2012 interview with the Radio Times.
The TV star admitted to deliberately choosing tops and dresses that did not display “too much” cleavage and avoided necklaces that could be considered “too distracting”.
Susanna fumed: “People seem to be shocked that women have breasts. There’ll be complaints about the fact that there is literally a shadow showing.”
While she was a presenter on BBC Breakfast, she faced a number of comments about her appearance on social media and in online forums.
They included one Twitter user who wrote: “I forgot to say how delicious Susanna Reid [is] looking this morning.”
Other comments included that she was “looking spicy” and the remark: “Yowza. No news is bad news when she’s reading it.”
During a 2010 interview, the star also faced criticism during her interview with ‘Love Actually’ actor Hugh Grant.
The long-sleeved brown top with a square neckline that she wore for the informal chat led to a number of “unfair” comments from viewers.
They included that she was tossing her hair back in a “flirtatious” manner that was similar to a “14-year-old schoolgirl on her first date”.
At the time she quipped: “I’m always sorry when people don’t like what we do, but I have come to accept that you can’t please all the people all of the time.
“However, after breastfeeding three children, I’m amazed that people think I still have a cleavage worth complaining about.”
On ‘Good Morning Britain’ in 2018, she was flabbergasted after Kate Garraway joked that she should “get them out” – a reference to her breasts.
They were discussing a wardrobe malfunction from Gabriella Papadakis on the show ‘Dancing On Ice’.
Susanna said: “Do you know what, I’m watching that and thinking, it’s just another bit of skin. I don’t know why we’re so squeamish about it.
“I think this is what I am trying to process, that if it was you, me, I just think, the full arms on display, pretty much all of my body, it’s literally just another bit.”
Kate jokingly demanded that her co-host should reveal her cleavage and stated: “Come on, let’s get it all open. Open and transparency this morning, that’s what we’re all about.”
Susanna, who seemed less than impressed, fired back: “I think you’re taking it slightly too far.”
Last year, co-host Piers Morgan made reference to her chest while photographs of them both on the BAFTA TV red carpet were aired on TV.
On ‘Good Morning Britain’ he said: “Talking of things that were blown up, Susanna, your dress was really quite something. Can we have a zoom in? Can we go in more?”
Susanna reportedly sighed at the unwanted comments and added that producers had been “very tasteful” by not showing a close-up of a flowery black gown.
In another remark, Piers commented: “Now that is what I call a dress. Don’t need to zoom in on those, do we?”
Richard Arnold, the show’s entertainment reported, joined in with the quip: “Who said you get nothing for a pair?”