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What do you see in the mirror? TODAY anchors share their personal reflections

April 28, 2014 at 9:53 AM ET

They are seen every morning on television by millions of people, but what do the TODAY anchors see when they peer into the mirror and take a look at themselves?

As part of TODAY’s latest installment of the body image series, “Love Your Selfie, Reclaiming Beauty,” Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Carson Daly, Natalie Morales, Willie Geist, Tamron Hall, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb shared their thoughts on their relationship with mirrors on Monday’s show.

Guthrie, pregnant with her first child, notices her changing body when she looks first takes a look.

“I look different than I did before,” she said. “But I'm happy about that.”

Lauer says he sees “an older version of me. Maybe even a younger version of my dad.”

Hall also sees her family. “I see my mom, my dad, mostly of course, I see me,” she said.

Roker seems to view himself just as he is: “I see me, a guy, you know, approaching 60, bald, African-American.”

Morales, who recently ran the Boston Marathon, sees a 41-year-old who works hard to stay fit. And, she added, “a few more wrinkles than I saw in the past.”

Al Roker
TODAY
Al Roker: [Men] don't see the mirror as our enemy. It is what it is, that's what's there.

Daly acknowledged that he doesn’t like to see himself in the mirror, saying it makes him feel uncomfortable.

“Because it doesn't match up with how I feel,” he said.

The anchors also revealed the part of their body that first catches their eye.

“Right now, my boobs,” Guthrie said with a laugh, noting that they’re growing along with her pregnancy. “They're huge and they're outta control.”

Lauer checks to see if he looks fatigued.

“I look to see if there are bags under my eyes or wrinkles, or if I look pale and drawn,” he said. “Because, obviously, sleep is a big issue in my life. And so I always look to see if I look tired.

Matt Lauer
TODAY
Matt Lauer: I look to see if there are bags under my eyes or wrinkles or if I look pale and drawn.

Morales had the same concern. “Just looking for the bags under the eyes,” she said. “How much sleeplessness they show.”

The TODAY anchors also shared the features of their bodies they are not particularly fond of.

For Guthrie, it’s her arms, which she called “flabtastic.” Roker doesn’t care for his “turkey waddle.” Morales says that on some days, she find her ears too pointed, “too elfie.”

Lauer remembers the days when he was younger, and, “a little more filled out.”

“The older I get … I seem to be wasting away a little bit,” he said.

Tamron Hall
TODAY
Tamron Hall: I love my hair, and sometimes, I’m not fond of my hair.

Geist is not enamored with his right cheek. “It’s kind of a chipmunk cheek,” he said. “It sticks out. There’s no getting around it.”

Hall, noting she has a straight “boy body,” says she’s not fond of her narrow hips and short waist. “But, it’s not a pity party,” she added.

On the plus side, Guthrie was able to find one feature she is happy with.

Savannah Guthrie
TODAY
Savannah Guthrie: I love my baby bump.

“I love my baby bump,” she said. “I love the fact that I'm 42 years old and lucky enough to get this chance. And the human body is remarkable and divinely inspired, I think, you know, to be able to create life. So right now, I'm just loving that my body's able to do this and produce life.”

Morales likes her eyes. “My eyes say a lot about who I am,” she said.

Hall likes what’s up top, although sometimes her locks can pose a problem.

“I love my hair, and sometimes, I’m not fond of my hair,” she said.

But Hall, who cut her hair short at age 18, recalled hearing from viewers who didn’t think she was beautiful with a short style and sent her mean and angry letters.

Carson Daly
TODAY
Carson Daly: I see myself. And I feel immediately very uncomfortable. I don't like looking at myself.

“My most insecure moment in six years of national TV,” she said, was “reading notes from people who thought things about me because of my hair.”

Geist also likes his easy ‘do. “I love my hair because I don’t have to do anything to it,” he said. “It just doesn’t move.”

For all of the TV attention on them, the anchors say they try not to spend too much time staring at their reflections.

“It's not because I don’t like what I see,” Morales said. “I have come to know my face well. I know who I am, and at this point it’s about maintaining what I have.”

Guthrie says she doesn’t avoid mirrors but she doesn’t like to stare into them for long.

“If I do find myself staring in them, it's probably because I noticed that I had, you know, lettuce in my teeth.”

Willie Geist
TODAY
Willie Geist: [My right cheek] is kind of a chipmunk cheek. It sticks out. There's no getting around it.

Roker feels there is a gender difference when it comes to spending time in front of the mirror.

“I think it's a lot different for men than it is for women,” he said. “I don’t think we see the mirror as our enemy. It is what it is, that's what's there.”  

Lauer says that years ago, when his hair was longer and starting to thin, he spent more time looking at himself.

“But these days,” he says. “I don't spend that much time looking in a mirror because I kind of know what to expect.”

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Lisa A. Flam is a news and lifestyles reporter in New York. Follow her on Twitter.

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