BRAVA, SOPHIA!

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

It was 1961, and Sophia Loren was shoot­ing her first Harper’s BAZAAR cover. Pho­tographed by Richard Ave­don, she posed with the young Hal­ston. (That’s him, hat in hand, be­hind her.) It was a tri­umph of sorts be­cause, as Loren re­calls, “When I started my ca­reer, ev­ery­one said my nose was too big, my mouth was too large.” But she be­lieved that the right light­ing would make peo­ple think twice. “I put my­self in Ave­don’s hands. I said, ‘Sophia, do you think I can teach him some­thing? Nada.’ So I let him do what­ever he wanted.” Now, 55 years later, the ac­tress’s beauty en­dures, giv­ing cre­dence to her glam­our equa­tion. “I rather like my­self,” she adds, laugh­ing. Of her sig­na­ture soft, light lips, she says, “I al­ways choose lip­sticks that stay on, but pale, be­cause I have a big mouth. Dark lips I don’t like— they show too much.” The se­cret to her movie star hair? Blend­ing in a few vol­ume en­hanc­ing ex­ten­sions. What re­ally ties her look to­gether, how­ever, is the eyes: “I ac­cen­tu­ate my eyes very much, with a black line on top and then un­der­neath. They be­come ex­pres­sive.” While she still fol­lows the same cos­metic rit­u­als as when she was young, Loren—now the star, as a spurned age­ing lover, in her son Edoardo Ponti’s adap­ta­tion of Jean Cocteau’s The Hu­man Voice— has el­e­gantly em­braced each new stage of life. “I’m much more beau­ti­ful in­side than I was,” she says, adding coyly. “It’s not bad, how I look. Brava, Sophia! I give my­self a kiss in the mir­ror.”

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