AS the nation gears up for the new season of Strictly Come Dancing following the red carpet launch on Monday, Australian pro dancer Dianne Buswell, a finalist last year, is busier than ever.

Dianne, who found love last year with dance partner Joe Sugg, is fronting a new campaign with Dove.

Watching her waltz, tango and jive expertly every week on Strictly Come Dancing, beaming away and never putting a foot wrong, you would think Dianne was born with boundless confidence – but that wasn’t always the case.

“As a dancer, there are so many issues, you know? Underarms was one of them, for sure,” says the 30-year-old, who has partnered with Dove on the #ArmsUp campaign which encourages women not to feel self-conscious about putting their arms up, whether it’s on the dance floor, in the classroom, or anywhere else.

“Now I’m super happy in my own skin, but it’s taken years to get to that point,” she continues.

“As a young girl, I also felt those issues. I never really had anyone look up to, so I just think it’s the perfect campaign for young girls.

“As you get older, you become aware that people don’t really care about that - there are so many bigger issues than your underarms.”

Not comparing herself to unrealistic images in the media also helped Buswell, who was a finalist in last year’s Strictly with dance partner and YouTube star Joe Sugg. After meeting on the show, the pair are now in a relationship.

“No one is perfect,” the bubbly redhead says in her familiar Aussie twang. “Not even these models that are in magazines - there’s so much airbrushing and stuff like that that goes into it.”

YouTuber Sugg, 27, whisked her off to Mykonos for a surprise holiday last month and the pair have announced that they’ll be embarking on their own live tour together next year which includes a date in Bournemouth.

Having turned 30 back in May, Buswell says she has a new outlook on life following the milestone birthday.

“There’s things that maybe I would worry about before, but now that I’m 30 I’m like, you know what, it doesn’t matter.

“I kind of wish that at a younger age I thought more like I do now.

“You become aware that if you’re really happy with yourself inside, then it’s going to show from the outside.”

On the looks front, Buswell has certainly been blessed, but the dance pro admits her signature scarlet tresses take “a lot to maintain”.

How exactly does she keep the colour looking so fresh all the time?

“I’m actually a hairdresser by trade, I do it all myself,” she says, revealing that after using a pair of L’Oreal dyes - Majicontrast Red on her roots and #ColourfulHair in Red Lipstick on the ends, FYI - she maintains the colour with a red conditioner.

“Basically, every time I wash my hair, instead of my normal conditioner I use one that’s bright red.

“I leave it on for about five minutes and then rinse it out and my hair is nice and vibrant again.”

The former hairdresser admits she didn’t used to be so diligent on the skincare front, but she’s getting better as cleansing and moisturising thoroughly morning and night.

“I always make sure my moisturiser has the SPF in it. I just think it’s very important to look after your skin especially in the sun.”

Dianne Buswell is supporting the #ArmsUp campaign for Dove’s Limited Edition #ArmsUp Anti-perspirant, available in Superdrug.

* The Joe and Dianne Show comes to Bournemouth International Centre on Saturday, March 28, 2020, starting at 7.30pm.

See for tickets and more information.