November 15, 2013 · 0 Comments
size: 1.2em;”>With her wrinkle-free skin, glossy dark mane and mega-watt smile, Annemarie Leak, 54, certainly isn’t your average grandmother.
the Lincolnshire former model and Liz Hurley lookalike has been crowned
the UK’s most glamorous grandparent and credits her success to being
celibate for more than 10 years.
But saying that remaining single has kept her looking young, divorcee Annemarie, who says she was an ‘ugly duckling’ has revealed that she is searching for love.
Glamorous: Annemarie, pictured with her daughter and granddaughter, is the UK’s most glamorous granny
Beauty queens: Annemarie’s 25-year-old daughter Katarina has also triumphed in beauty pageants
‘I was married in 1984 but then divorced by 1988 and have been single for most of my adult life,’ she revealed.
are not top of my list but it would be nice to have a man on my arm to
take me to these events, I have got so many nice clothes to wear.
think it has proved that looking good is not always good. I don’t know
what it is, maybe men have never known how to approach me.
was never much interest in me when I was at school either, I used to
think I was the ugly duckling, but maybe the boys are scared of me.
‘I don’t know what it is about us, neither of my daughters are married either. I
have found relationships really difficult, I had the occasional
boyfriend when I was younger but it only lasted a couple of months at a
Success: Before marrying, she had a successful modelling career and was crowned Miss Lincolnshire in 1982
Similar: In the 1990s, she forged a career as a Liz Hurley lookalike, even wearing the Versace safety pin dress
Winner: Annemarie poses with her granddaughter Mynah after being crowned the UK’s most glam gran
‘I spent a lot of time of time on my own and I was quite isolated. I
was engaged to another man before I was married but the whole
relationship only lasted six months – I just couldn’t go through with
Despite her relationship issues, Annemarie eventually met and married her husband – and the father of her two equally beautiful daughters.
‘I met my husband in 1983 and we had a rocky romance – he just used to get so jealous, he was a pain,’ she reveals.
Now Annemarie says she is happy with her decision
to turn her back on men, and unless the perfect partner comes along, she plans to concentrate on modelling.
‘Here I am having a second bite at the cherry and I am not going to let anyone stand in my way,’ she insists.
‘My husband, who was seven years older, used to stand in my way with beauty competitions and say they weren’t suitable. I just wanted a proper family life, that is what I set out for.
relationship put me off men forever and I have been celibate for 13
years now. I think not having that pressure has made me stay looking and
‘I have a lot of barriers but I just don’t think I have ever found the right man, there is a problem with the physical side. I find being affection very difficult, I can’t even hug my own mum.
I don’t want to be a little old lady with a dog and a cat – I suppose I
am looking for someone but they have got to be right.
‘I want to find someone who has something in common with me, someone who is outgoing, likes going to see films and the theatre. I think my ideal man would be a cross between Jon Bon Jovi and Sean Connery.
‘I am looking for love but I don’t go on dating sites – who knows what the future might hold though.’
she unearths the perfect partner, Annemarie plans to continue with her
modelling career, which was given a new lease of life when she won the
UK’s most glamorous grandmother pageant.
For the event, she wore a 1950s inspired dress
and performed a nursery rhyme with her granddaughter four-year-old Myah.
New career: Annemarie now hopes to build on her success and forge a second successful modelling career
who looks after Myah full time, added: ‘My daughter noticed the ad for
this competition in the summer and encouraged me to enter.
‘I always had the philosophy that if you don’t enter you don’t get. Everybody tells me I look very good for my age. I try to go for the old glamour like Dita Von Teese and I adore the Audrey Hepburn style.
‘I think the judges were impressed with my outlook more than anything. I hope I inspire other women my age so they realise they are not too old to be glamorous. I’m lucky because I can still eat what I like and do very little exercise.’
she has one green smoothie a day which includes spinach, celery,
lettuce and lemon juice and enjoys having an number of regular beauty
Annemarie said: ‘I do have a gym membership but I don’t use it, I just look after myself with facials and massages every week.
also have regular trips to the hairdressers but I go to the hair
college so it doesn’t cost very much because my daughter is setting up a
beauty salon so I get treatments from her as well.’
she thinks her success with the latest competition means she could make
a career out of being a film extra and in television commercials.
Annemarie has already appeared as an extra in Clash of the Titans in 2009 with Katarina.
By Emma Brown