Emily Maitlis: Newsnight host questions ‘why did you not mention this?’ over video trick

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Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis learnt a top tip from a colleague yesterday, which she wished she had found out about at the start of lockdown. After months of using Zoom video calls for work meetings and family catch-ups, the TV star discovered a hack to make you look better.

Sharing a tweet with the secret trick on Twitter in view of her 415,900 followers, Emily said Comic Relief producer and radio star Emma Freud had “revolutionised” her life.

The latter’s post confirmed there is a button in settings, which adds a filer to improve your appearance.

Her tweet began: “Apologies if I’m the only person in the UK not to know this… but on a zoom call, if you go to the symbol at the bottom of the screen that says ‘start/stop video’ – press the tiny arrow – then press ‘video settings’ – then press ‘touch up my appearance’, IT MAKES YOU LOOK BETTER!”

Delighted with this new knowledge, Emily reacted to the good news online.

“Oh my god why did you not mention this six months ago?!

“You revolutionised my life btw with the Bluetooth sunglasses…”(sic) she went on to add.

“What are Bluetooth sunglasses?” celebrity chef Nigella Lawson immediately asked in the comments section of the post.

“Wearables by Bose. (Amazing if you don’t like ear plugs. Or love sunglasses),” the BBC star responded.

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Thankful for the appearance enhancing tip, British television screenwriter Sarah Phelps replied: “Thank god because I’m sick of my giant pasty face looming out of that damn screen.”

“It’ll save me looking like Caspar the Friendly Ghost,” another follower added, sharing a similar thought.

“That’s amazing. Don’t suppose they have it on Teams, do they?” a third asked.

“Genuinely shocked you didn’t know this already,” an in-the-know social media user remarked.

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