03/05/2017 08:38 BST | Updated 03/05/2017 16:02 BST

'Loose Women': Andrea McLean Explains Ruth Langsford's Absence From Bikini Photo-Shoot

'Feeling confident in your body is something you can quietly feel to yourself.'

‘Loose Women’ star Andrea McLean has explained the absence of certain panellists from their recent swimwear photoshoot.

Earlier this week, the ‘Loose Women’ team unveiled a new photo-shoot to promote their new #MyBodyMyStory campaign, in which nine of the show’s presenters posed in unretouched photos wearing swimsuits.

Among those taking part were Janet Street-Porter, Katie Price and Saira Khan, though some viewers were quick to point out that Ruth Langsford was among the absentees.

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The 'Loose Women' team were shot by photographer Bryan Adams
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Ruth Langsford

Also among the panellists who did not take part in the photo-shoot - intended to inspire women to feel more confident in their own skin - were Kaye Adams, Lisa Riley and Penny Lancaster.

Coleen Nolan recently admitted that her sister, Linda’s terminal cancer diagnosis eventually inspired her to take part, claiming: It makes you think life is too short to worry about my bingo wings. I might not be here next year.

“It gives you a great perspective on life and things that used to trouble and worry me I think, ‘Well I’m still here, touch wood’.”

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