Time to Shine

Fashion (Canada) - - People - —Anas­ta­sia Bar­buzzi

Some­times it seems like Am­ber Heard is ahead of her time. Two years ago, while sep­a­rat­ing from her then hus­band, Johnny Depp, Heard spoke out about vi­o­lence against women and her own re­port­edly trou­bling ex­pe­ri­ences with it. While it’s al­ways coura­geous for women to come for­ward and speak their truths, back then—be­fore the marches, the mag­a­zine cov­ers and es­pe­cially the #MeToo move­ment—speak­ing out against pow­er­ful Hol­ly­wood men was more treach­er­ous than it is to­day. Heard faced skep­ti­cism, harsh crit­i­cism and on­line abuse. But now she’s speak­ing out in a dif­fer­ent way, as a face of L’Oréal Paris. The cul­ture has caught up with her. “L’Oréal hired me be­cause of the woman I rep­re­sent,” she says. “That woman—that idea—was viewed and di­gested by the world very dif­fer­ently two years ago. To see L’Oréal come to me... know­ing that they hired me be­cause I em­body this new woman... that rep­re­sents a new gen­er­a­tion of thought and a new en­ergy.”

The “new woman” Heard talks about is one with un­shak­able con­fi­dence and strength—one who has a voice and stands for some­thing. Heard knows a lit­tle some­thing about that.

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