Reese Witherspoon Sees Fashion as an 'Art Form'

04/07/2011 at 04:00 PM ET

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Before walking down the aisle in her pretty pink wedding dress, Reese Witherspoon got glammed up for an ELLE UK photo shoot in Los Angeles. The actress sported some seriously sexy looks while posing at Hollywood’s hip Chateau Marmont, a spot she loved. “It felt pretty cool to hang out in the lobby,” she says in the clip above, “even though it was a little embarrassing having your picture taken in front of everybody!” While chatting with photographers, Witherspoon said her take on fashion has evolved over the years. “As I’ve gotten older, I understand it more as an art form,” she explained. “It’s really lovely to get to see beautiful clothes, and to get to know people who make beautiful clothes. It really is a form of expression.” However, she thinks sometimes there’s too much focus on fashion — particularly at awards shows. “I feel for these women. The guys get dressed and it’s no big deal, and they’re there because they’ve given a great performance,” she said during a separate interview. “For every woman it’s, ‘What is she wearing?’ And, ‘But did she wear that to the last awards show?’ And, ‘What will she wear to the next awards show?’ And none of it is about her performance or how hard she worked — and those are women who did extraordinary work. How hard we are on people who are just doing their best.” For more on Witherspoon, visit or pick up the latest issue, on newsstands now. —Kate Hogan

Reese Witherspoon ELLECourtesy ELLE UK


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Jane on

I don’t like her mouth and nose, though she’s lovely.Never loved her face.

Sandra Feng on

Absolutely Gorgeous! I’d always loved Reese. She’s so down to earth, & I must say her presence at every award or simply a visit to the gym makes a fashion runaway. So stunning! Congratulations on the wedding!

maria on

If actresses want to be taken seriously because of their work, they should quit trying to look like models (surgeries, extreme diets, etc.) and doing press in fashion magazines. I don’t see anyone objectifying Vanessa Redgrave, Susan Sarandon or Debra Winger. Stop talking about art, Reese, what you do is just business, your “lovely sold” wedding pictures prove it.

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kate on

She seams boring

Liz on

Wow. You people are heartless. This is exactly what she is talking about, judging people so harshly without knowing them.

megan on

I think she is very gorgeous and talented, with a natural unique beauty. However I always thought of her as cute pleasant gorgeous, if you know what I mean. So it was nice to see her sexy side and see that she can really pull that off to.

Amy on

Beautiful! Lovely mouth and nose – she has such a cute face. Isn’t it great that we all have different combinations of “parts” but can be beautiful nonetheless?

I don’t see how being “unglamorous” or not doing press would make one a better actress or taken more seriously. Glamour & glitz has been present since the early days of film and it’s one of the things many people love about Hollywood.

Lindaroo on

I like her in movies, she is a great actress and makes me laugh ! Calling her georgoues … umm not so much.

Gina on

I wouldn’t call her gorgeous. Attractive is better suited for her. I love her acting and she does have a nice body :)

MarshaIl on

I don’t think she has a lick of sex appeal. Too vanilla and goody two-shoes-ish. Nothing sexy about this woman.

Jon on

I liked The VIDEO! Also, Reese Whiterspoon looks great on The New Issue of ELLE UK Magazine and I like one of The PHOTOS from Rob Pattison’s Mag’s as well!

souschef on

I think she’s very pretty without being conventionally beautiful. A little unique and imperfect which I think makes her special in an industry of cookie cutter looks. There’s so much criticism and rejection in that industry it’s a wonder anyone can stay even remotely normal in their sensibilities.

Susan on

I think Reese is very pretty, smart & funny and I think it is great my teenage daughter has someone like that to look up to. Also kudos to Reese on speaking out about the press about what women wear at the award shows, it really is and should be about their performance not the current fashion trend.

Jeff on

The people who describe Reese as gorgeous just crack me up. She is far from gorgeous. I think she is awkward looking and has zero sex appeal. And 5’0” tall isn’t sexy at all. When is being a dwarf sexy?
Give it up, Reeks.

KC on

Geez people, ever heard of “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all?”

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