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SNEAK PEEK: Michelle Obama lands the April cover of Vogue!

Michelle Obama lands the April “Shape Issue” of Vogue Magazine, and today we’re getting our first look at the issue. This is Michelle’s second Vogue cover, and I think she looks amazing. The pictures inside the magazine are beautiful, and taken  by Annie Leibovitz. The interview is long and detailed, if you want to read the full thing here you go. Here are some highlights:

On criticism that the Obama’s don’t entertain enough: “I don’t think it’s our job to put an idea to rest. Our job is, first and foremost, to make sure our family is whole. You know, we have small kids; they’re growing every day. But I think we were both pretty straightforward when we said, ‘Our number-one priority is making sure that our family is whole.’ ”

Barack on his “bachelor pad” when he was in the Senate: “…The culture in Washington has changed in ways that probably haven’t been great for the way this place runs. . . . When you talk to the folks who were in the Senate or the House back in the sixties, seventies, eighties, there was much less pressure to go back and forth to your home state. . . . Campaigns weren’t as expensive. So a lot of members of Congress bought homes here in the area; their kids went to school here; they ended up socializing in part because their families were here. By the time I got to the Senate, that had changed. Michelle and the girls, for example, stayed in Chicago, and I had this little bachelor apartment that Michelle refused to stay in because she thought it was a little, uh. . . .You know, pizza boxes everywhere,” he says. “When she came, I had to get a hotel room.”

The First Lady leans in toward me. “That place caught on fire.”

“It did end up catching on fire,” says the president sheepishly.

“And I was like, I told you it was a dump,” she says. Her husband continues, “As a consequence, I think, when the Washington press writes about this, part of what they’re longing for has less to do with us; it has to do with an atmosphere here where there was more of a community in Washington, which did result, I think, in less polarization. Because if your kids went to school together and you’re seeing each other at ball games and church, then Democrats and Republicans had a sense that this is not just perpetual campaigning and political warfare.”

Barack on Michelle: “Well, what is true is that, first and foremost, Michelle thinks about the girls. And pretty much everything else from Michelle’s perspective right now is secondary. And rightly so. She is a great mom. What is also true is Michelle’s had to accommodate”—he pauses for a long while—“a life that”—another pause—“it’s fair to say was not necessarily what she envisioned for herself. She has to put up with me. And my schedule and my stresses. And she’s done a great job on that. But I think it would be a mistake to think that my wife, when I walk in the door, is, Hey, honey, how was your day? Let me give you a neck rub. It’s not as if Michelle is thinking in terms of, How do I cater to my husband? I think it’s much more, We’re a team, and how do I make sure that this guy is together enough that he’s paying attention to his girls and not forgetting the basketball game that he’s supposed to be going to on Sunday? So she’s basically managing me quite effectively—that’s what it comes down to. I’m sure Valerie might have made it sound more romantic.” The First Lady, who has been staring at her lap through this entire answer, finally looks up and laughs.

What Michelle gets from her husband: “Well, patience and calm I’m borrowing,” says the First Lady. “Or trying to mirror. I’ve learned that from my husband, that sort of, you know, ability to not get too high or too low with changes and bumps in the road . . . to do more breathing in and just going with it. I’m learning that every day. And to the extent that I’ve made changes in my life, it’s just sort of stepping back and seeing a change not as something to guard against but as a wonderful addition . . . that can make life fun and unexpected. Oftentimes, it’s the way we react to change that is the thing that determines the overall experience. So I’ve learned to let go and enjoy it and take it in and not take things too personally.”

What Barack gets from Michelle: “And what Michelle has done is to remind me every day of the virtues of order.” The First Lady lets out a big laugh. “Being on time. Hanging up your clothes. Being intentional about planning time with your kids. In some ways I think . . . we’re very different people, and some of that’s temperamental, some of it is how we grew up. Michelle grew up in a model nuclear family: mom, dad, brother. . . . She just has these deep, wonderful roots. When you go back to Chicago, she’s got family everywhere. . . . There’s just a warmth and a sense of belonging. And you know, that’s not how I grew up. I had this far-flung family, father left at a very young age, a stepfather who ended up passing away as well. My mother was this wonderful spirit, and she was adventurous but not always very well organized. And, so, what that means is that I’m more comfortable with change and adventure and trying new things, but the downside of it is, sometimes—particularly when we were early on in our marriage—I wasn’t always thinking about the fact that my free-spirited ways might be having an impact on the person I’m with. And conversely, early in our marriage, Michelle provided this sense of stability and clarity and certainty about things, but sometimes she resisted trying something new just because it might seem a little scary or push her out of her comfort zone. I think what we’ve learned from each other is that sense of. . . .” “Balance,” she says. “There’s no doubt I’m a better man having spent time with Michelle. I would never say that Michelle’s a better woman, but I will say she’s a little more patient.”

There’s much, much more at the source. It is a veeeeeeeeeeeeery long and detailed interview. What do you think of Michelle’s cover?

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Naomi Watts gorgeous Vogue Australia cover!

Naomi Watts looks absolutely gorgeous on the cover of Vogue Australia‘s February 2013 issue.

Here’s some from the interview inside the magazine.

On The Impossible: “It was definitely hard work (but) had it been on green screen, you wouldn’t have got the same feeling. I mean, we were in that pool, struggling to breathe. Of course, nothing to the extent to what the real people went through, but, nonetheless… I’m not even a strong swimmer.”

On playing Princess Diana: “In the case of Diana, of course, there is a huge pressure to look right, to have good hair, to walk and speak (like her). And I instantly thought: ‘Oh no, I’m going to fail at that because the comparisons are going to be monumental’.”

On the acclaim: “Of course it’s nice to hear all that. But one doesn’t want to get too carried away with the buzz. It’s going to either be a happy ending or a disappointment, so if you invest too heavily you are destined to have some sort of anticlimax.”

I went and saw ‘The Impossible’ the other night, and I have mixed feelings on the movie. On one hand – I thought it was amazing. On the other – I felt a bit taken advantage of, emotionally. I’ll explain. The tsunami scene in the beginning of the film is probably one of the hardest scenes I’ve ever watched in a film. It’s so incredibly intense, my stomach was in knots and I found myself not even breathing. It’s spectacular. It is absolutely MIND blowing, that scene.

As for me feeling taken advantage of…. it was the kind of movie that WILL make you cry. And they know it. The emotions are raw, every scene is almost like “are you crying yet? Okay now….. NOW are you crying? That wasn’t sad enough? Okay – how about NOW….. NOW are you crying???” I felt like the movie’s goal was to make you cry. Did I cry? Yes. How could you not. But I don’t like movies like that. Movies that prey on your emotions. I’m not sure how they could have made the movie any different, but I did feel a bit played after the movie was over. I have no idea if this makes any sense to you.

Naomi Watts was nominated for an Oscar for her role in ‘The Impossible’. Did she deserve it? Yeah, I guess so. I don’t think she’ll win – because I think there were better performances last year. But she really did do good.

I would recommend seeing ‘The Impossible’ if nothing else than to see that scene in the beginning (bravo to the director!). But bring your tissues – you’re gonna cry!

Kate Upton lands the cover of British Vogue!

Kate Upton lands the most prestigious cover of her career! The Sports Illustrated model is seen here on the cover of British Vogue!

The magazine’s editor, Alexandra Shulman, said she deliberately wanted to choose a “curvier” model for the New Year.

She said: ‘It’s very rare for a girl; to move from one area of the business to the other, largely due to the fact that fashion models are almost without curves, whereas swimwear girls are celebrated for them.

‘When I decided to shoot Kate for our first cover of 2013, it was to kick off the year with a young women who is not a stereotypical fashion model – although, let’s face it, she’s hardly a heffalump!’

On the cover, Kate is seen showcasing her hourglass figure in a white dress, which clings to her stunning figure.

Her blonde hair is left loose in tumbling curls, and her make-up simple to draw attention to her natural beauty.

Kate has enjoyed a huge career boost since she landed the prestigious cover role on the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue this year.

And the popularity of the pretty blonde star is largely down to her girl-next-door appearance and her enviable curves.

Speaking previously about her most famous assets, namely her large cleavage, Kate said: ‘I don’t really know what the appeal is about boobs. But I do know that when I was in junior high, I used to be made fun of — for being flat-chested.

‘Everyone would go, “She’s not pretty! She doesn’t have boobs!” So I always had boob envy. And when finally I went through my growth spurt, and they appeared, and I just loved them. So that’s why I like boobs, because I didn’t have them, and then I got them!’

Kate gets a lot of criticism for being too “curvy”. I’ve seen many comments about how she shouldn’t be considered a supermodel, based on her size. I think that’s totally crazy. I think she’s gorgeous, and she’s a good role model (size-wise) for girls.

Who’s with me!

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Anne Hathaway covers the December issue of Vogue Magazine!

Anne Hathaway covers the December issue of Vogue Magazine, and Annie Leibovitz shot the pictures! (Am I the only one who isn’t crazy about these photos? Annie could have done better, if you ask me.)

Anne is obviously promoting her new movie, ‘Les Miserables’, and is gunning for that Oscar nomination. The interview that goes along with the cover is very heavy on the ‘Les Mis’ talk.

Here are some highlights from the interview via Celebitchy:

Anne on cutting her hair off: “I love the short-haired lifestyle,” Hathaway tells me with a laugh (she laughs a lot). “It’s awesome that I was able to go for a hike right before I came here to meet you, quickly wash my hair, and now it’s dry.” The only downside, she says, is having to get her hair cut every three weeks. “But I’m turning 30, and—I hope this isn’t obnoxious to say—I feel prettier, and much more myself. I guess I just feel much more satisfied with less now.”

Pres. Obama called Anne “the best thing” in The Dark Knight Rises: “I’m a blusher, and just being inches from him, I went scarlet from the tips of my toes to the tops of my ears.”

Auditioning for Les Mis: “I knew that someone was going to have to go in there and do something pretty special to unseat me,” she says. “Sometimes you leave a room and you feel like maybe you’ve left the door open a crack. This time, I knew that I had slammed it shut behind me.”

Losing weight for the role: Before the start of shooting, she went on a strict cleanse and lost ten pounds, which in the early scenes of the film gives her a gossamer quality. She then took two weeks off and lost another fifteen pounds by following a near-starvation diet, consisting of two thin squares of dried oatmeal paste a day. “I had to be obsessive about it—the idea was to look near death,” she recalls. “Looking back on the whole experience—and I don’t judge it in any way—it was definitely a little nuts. It was definitely a break with reality, but I think that’s who Fantine is anyway.”

On her wedding: “Oh, my God, I had a blast. Our friends stayed and partied and danced till really late.”

She wants to be a mom: “And now, of course, with me having this beyond-my-wildest-dreams success in my own career—and beyond the success, the joy I take just getting to be an actor—knowing what that must have been like for her to put that aside for the good of her children. Oh, my God. I want to be a mother, and I anticipate loving my children quite fiercely. I think about it all the time, though it’s a silly thing to think about because the kind of mother I’ll be depends on the kind of children I have. I can’t wait to meet them.” For now, she feels as if she’s right where she’s meant to be. “I’d feel a little silly and overly dramatic to say that this feels like destiny. But to have this come full circle in such a spectacular way—it’s making me very happy… OK, it feels a little like destiny.”

Do you think Anne might finally get that Oscar? I, for one, cannot WAIT to see the movie. I think it’s going to be really good, I have high hopes!