The face that launched a thousand ships reveals how character is the true definition of beauty. By Li Ying Lim.
As the new face of Chanel Beauty, do the house’s ideals fit yours? Chanel’s message about its new skincare products is that instead of concealing and correcting your flaws, you can accept yourself for who you are and enhance your beauty. I convey the message that Chanel makes life more beautiful while freeing oneself from conventions. This message is in sync with the direction of my own life. I chose to be an actress, to use my flaws and turn them into my strengths on screen. I no longer try to hide behind an appearance; I want to o show who I really am. Sounds like something the late Gabrielle Chanel stood for. Gabrielle Chanel was a very modern woman because she never made compromises – not for fashion, not for her jewellery, and not for the beauty she represented. I think we share a form of subtlety, an eye for detail, a certain rigour, and a way of holding ourselves. We also have the same definition of elegance, which is never ostentatious. s. How has your definition of what hat is attractive evolved? When I was younger, my beauty y ideal reflected traditional norms. Slimness mness and perfection were characteristic istic of this image. With experience and travelling, ravelling, I became more open-minded. I learned d that there is no such thing as perfection. Flaws make us more interesting. I find that a smooth, unmarked face is incapable of expressing anything that touches me. Are you all for natural beauty? Today, I want above all to look like myself. My experience as a model has taught me the right tricks to enhance my features so I prefer to do my own make-up. I’m not here to judge others but I can’t imagine for one second making artificial changes “I am very strict with protecting my skin.” Chanel UV Essentiel SPF50 PA+++, RM160 t to my face. Wrinkles are part of you. Th They demonstrate the experiences of a lifetime. You seem to have embraced th the later years of your 30s. I’m kinder to myself. Even though I loved lov being 20, I’m not nostalgic about my beauty at the time. Any An secrets to share? I al always make sure to get some sleep and to moisturise my skin and hands. Mak Make-up lasts longer on hydrated skin. What Wh appeals to you most about a skincare ki product? Texture is what gets my attention first; I adore velvety creams. I travel a lot so comfort c is a priority, even in terms of my m face and eye creams. What do you think of Chanel’s new skincare approach? These are products adapted to women’s lifestyles today. As a woman, you pamper yourself, no matter how old o you are. How do you translate life’s beauty into your being? Ballet B taught me that the body allows you t to express strong emotions. To be the most beautiful, or the most fascinating, you don’t have to be the youngest. You have to invent your beauty the way you do your life but without projecting yourself into an ideal or an inaccessible dream.
“Gabrielle Chanel was a very modern woman.” “I’m nostalgic about my firsts: The first time I kissed someone passionately, the first time I saw New York.”
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“I’ve known Peter [Lindbergh] for a long time. We had a fantastic time shooting the campaign in Los Angeles.”
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