Caprice Bourret is something of a chameleon.

The former Vogue and Sports Illustrated model and party girl, was perhaps best known for her hectic lifestyle and romantic hook-ups during the Nineties, when she dated everyone from rock star, Fred Durst, to footballer Tony Adams, and cricketer Kevin Pietersen.

Now, at 45, the telly personality is in a much more settled groove.

Between running her own lingerie and bedding business, By Caprice, and tackling Channel 4's The Jump, the London-based, model and entrepreneur also has two toddlers, Jax and Jett, both aged three, with long-term partner Ty Comfort.

Here are her hard-won life lessons:

1. Staying in shape is important, but fit it around your life

"Running after two three-year-olds really helps, and being a mom and owning my own business. If the boys get sick at night or wake up because they want to play, sleep doesn't come into the equation most of the time, so I have to really watch what I eat.

“I eat very healthily and exercise. I do a boot camp, which is quite aggressive, but very sporadic, so if I have time, I'll go to an exercise class.

“Sometimes I'll do three in a week or I won't go for a month, so it's all dependent on life."

2. Becoming a mother in your forties can be good timing

"Mentally, I think this was perfect for me because I wasn't ready when I was younger, I was too wild and too selfish. It was me, me and me again.

“They have transformed my life and made it better, my children complete me. God, I worship those kids. They are the best things that have ever happened to me."

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3. Never say never to cosmetic surgery, but let go of vanity

"When it gets to a point where everything starts to get haywire, I would jump on that bandwagon. I would want to maintain myself - [but] I don't want to look weird.

“I have wrinkles around my eyes, I see a bit of sagging happening and there's cellulite, but I just don't care as much anymore."

4. Be proud of your body, embrace your age

"I'm proud of my body because I've lived and I've given birth and my whole life is my children, my family and providing for my family.

“That's it; everything else is pretty secondary. I totally welcome ageing - some people maybe say that because it sounds good, but I totally mean it, and I love being a mum; I love being 45."

5. Do what terrifies you but know your limits

"With a show like The Jump, I'm very cautious, I know my limitations and I'm not going beyond that.

“At first I was absolutely terrified - the picture in my mind was much smaller than what it is - [the ski jump's] gargantuan!

“When I first saw it, I was hyperventilating and now I've done it so many times I'm OK with it, but the skeleton is the most terrifying thing I've ever done in my life.

“I can't even put into words how terrifying it is, I was literally crying with fear before I did it."

6. Be grateful for what you have

"When my boys look at me and give me a hug and say, 'Mummy, I love you so much', it's the greatest thing in the world. I would have loved to have 10 more.

“I loved being pregnant, it's a blessing, but beggars can't be choosers. I'm so thankful and grateful for the two kids I have, so I'm good; I'm more than good."

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7. It takes time to get to know yourself

"I'm different from when I was younger. Now I'm a mum, a nurturer, a bit of a worrier and still very ambitious, but ambitious for different reasons because I want to get everything right for my children.

“I love working and making money; that has never changed. I'm a kind person, but I do have a tough streak. I'm a survivor. I'm a really happy person, the glass if always half full for me. My whole life is my children now."

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