ROYALTY

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - The Beauty Bazaar -

Daisy Ri­d­ley reprises her break­out role as Rey in pre­mier­ing De­cem­ber 2017

This is the new gen­er­a­tion of muses: ar­rest­ing in their al­lure, skilled at their craft, and es­teemed in their an­ces­try. This royal com­bi­na­tion is what dreams are made of for most, but for these stylish, in­flu­en­tial women, it’s a re­al­ity. Dakota John­son al­ready knew a thing or two about star fac­tor be­fore start­ing her act­ing ca­reer. From her Os­car-nom­i­nated mother Me­lanie Grif­fith, Golden Globe-win­ning fa­ther Don John­son, and grand­mother Tippi He­dren, Dakota not only in­her­ited tal­ent, but also the type of beauty that am­pli­fies film star glory. This brand of mag­netism is not plain ol’ Hol­ly­wood, but re­cal­i­brated and off-kil­ter sex­u­al­ity. Take the meta­mor­pho­sis of Dakota—from bub­bly to book­ish, and then to a sex­u­ally charged Anas­ta­sia Steele—as an ex­am­ple. It’s a pow­er­ful al­lure, on- and off-screen. A red lip seen on Dakota is not just a cos­metic em­bel­lish­ment but a stroke of sex­ual power.

This trans­for­ma­tive qual­ity is equally ob­vi­ous in Léa Sey­doux. Trail­ing be­hind the sen­su­ous Madeleine in Spec­tre is Léa as Emma in Blue Is the Warmest Colour— blue-haired, sala­cious, and ut­terly ex­posed. Con­trast that again with the wide-eyed girl with bangs in the short film by Wes An­der­son and Ro­man Cop­pola for the Prada Candy L’eau cam­paign. Léa turned from French act­ing in­génue to fash­ion house dar­ling, cap­ti­vat­ing with a wide scope of styles—se­duc­tive Bond girl, ec­cen­tric enigma, flir­ta­tious youth.

Emilia Clarke and Daisy Ri­d­ley also reg­u­larly dance be­tween the lines of girls-next-door and dom­i­nant, fan­tas­ti­cal pro­tag­o­nists. And then, there’s the teenage star­lets, em­a­nat­ing the flair formed from a life­time in the spot­light. Wil­low Smith, Chanel’s lat­est am­bas­sadress, re­joices in wi­den­ing the per­cep­tions of beauty. She was un­abashedly her­self at Chanel’s most re­cent Paris Fash­ion Week show—even though it was her first fash­ion show ever—with bright blue eye­liner, multi-di­men­sional hair, and a sep­tum ring.

Women of all ages in Hol­ly­wood are prov­ing that there are no bound­aries in the realm of beauty. It’s time we take a cue from them. And that, is a royal de­cree.

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