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Kirsty Gallacher 'regrets' lads' mags shoots

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Presenter Kirsty Gallacher

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Kirsty Gallacher has admitted that she regrets the numerous scantily clad photoshoots she undertook early in her career.

The 35-year-old presenter claimed that she felt "pressured" into posing for "lads' mags" and despaired at not having the "strength of character" to reject offers to strip off.

"My big regret in life is doing those lads' mags. I was very young and I was advised that it was a good thing to do for my career. People forget but at the time it was a huge thing for any female presenter to do, careers were actually made on the back of it," she said.

"I never felt comfortable and I turned a lot down but I wish I'd had the strength of character to refuse all of them. I remember just feeling completely embarrassed by the photos and I certainly never kept any examples. I'm very glad women are no longer under that pressure to take their clothes off to advance their careers."

Gallacher admitted that although her magazine appearances were intended to boost her career, she was never set on becoming a sports presenter.

"My dream was to be a fashion writer... I fell into sport by accident. I was at an event with my dad and met one of the bosses at Sky who persuaded me to work as a researcher," she added.

"I started thinking it would just be temporary and then I never stopped. I did a few years of behind-the-scenes researching and running around before I was asked to present. By that time it seemed the right thing to do."

Back in 2008, Gallacher pledged to continue stripping off for "sexy but tasteful" lads' mags shoots.

Gallacher recently began fronting Sky Sports News' Good Morning Sports Fans.

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