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Jun/03/2011 at 06:00 PM ET

Kate Winslet on why she posed nude
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Kate Winslet's 'Oh, Okay' Attitude Toward Posing Nude

May/31/2011 at 10:30 AM ET

Kate Winslet on why she posed nude
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Kate Winslet has bared it all for the cameras before, even coached others through the process. But the star explained recently just how photographer Mario Testino got her to strip down. “You know that his biggest strength without 
fail is making women look beautiful,” she said at the El Museo del Barrio gala Thursday evening in New York City, as she presented the celebrity favorite with an award honoring his career. “When Mario turns to you and says, ‘It’s beautiful, but I think it
 would work better naked, no?’ How can one refuse?” Winslet, who has talked openly about issues with her body, explained, “No matter what
 insecurities about oneself a subject may have, Mario makes them go away 
like a magician.” She continued, “One moment you are in the hair and makeup chair fully 
clothed and wishing you had smoother skin, longer legs and smaller feet and then Mario comes in and in that charming way he takes you by the
 hand and says, ‘Don’t worry it’s going to be amazing.’” Testino, who also shot the famed engagement portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, says convincing Winslet was as easy as she claims. “I said to her, I want you to pose 
nude for this exhibition,” he said of the “Todo o Nada” exhibit that will open in Rome in July. “And she was like, ‘Oh, okay, Mario.’ 

She said yes right away.” That didn’t come as a surprise to Testino. “Most of them I think trust me. I would never let them down.”Kim Peiffer, with reporting by K.C. Baker

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EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Kate Winslet Works the Camera for St. John

May/12/2011 at 10:30 AM ET

Kate Winslet for St. John
Courtesy St. John

When Kate Winslet visited a historic New Jersey movie theater last week, it wasn’t to catch a film; the actress was shooting her first campaign photos as the new face of St. John. The Oscar-winning star was recently tapped to front the American knitwear line — taking over for past models Angelina Jolie and Karen Elson — and did so in a glamorous setting, at Jersey City’s historic Loew’s Theater. “They want to keep it looking like me and not have it look like me pretending to be a model wearing these clothes,” Winslet told WWD the day of the shoot. “I’m obviously not a model. I’m not the size of a model. I don’t have the face of a model or the shape of a model.” What she does have, though, is the timeless beauty the brand was looking for. St. John is using Winslet to help evolve its image, adding looks like silk gowns, leopard print coats and woven pants — plus costume jewelry and handbags — to its usual collections of skirt suits. “To me, it’s fresher than that,” Winslet said. “It seems fresher than that because of the fabrics. They’re extremely delicate, extremely wearable and very flattering. I have worn several of their pieces over the years.” We’ll see just what she’s been wearing in September, when her ads debut in magazines nationwide. –Kate Hogan

Kate Winslet for St. John
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Kate Winslet: The Fab New Face of St. John

Apr/28/2011 at 01:30 PM ET

Kate Winslet is the new face of St. JohnDavid Fisher/Rex USA

She donned restrictive undergarments for her role as a single mother in the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce and showed off her flawless skin as a spokeswoman for Lancôme. Now, Kate Winslet is joining the ranks of A-list stars as the new face of luxury American knitwear company St. John. The actress has signed on to star in the company’s fall 2011 campaign, following in the footsteps of former spokesmodels Gisele Bündchen, Angelina Jolie and Kelly Gray, and the most recent face, Karen Elson. “Kate is an ideal choice for our new campaign,” creative director George Sharp said in a statement. “She is an accomplished, beautiful woman with an extraordinary body of work, and one of the most admired actors of her generation.” The campaign images, which were shot at the historic Loew’s Theater in New Jersey this week by photographer Craig McDean, will debut in magazines this September. Tell us: What do you think Winslet as the newest face of St. John?Kim Peiffer

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Kate Winslet Wouldn't Rewear Her 'Mildred Pierce' Wardrobe

Mar/30/2011 at 04:30 PM ET

Kate Winslet Mildred Pierce Undergarments
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She’s earning raves for her performance — and her period costumes — as a Depression-era single mom in the HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce, but you won’t see Kate Winslet wearing those on-screen outfits again anytime soon. “Under no circumstances,” she told StyleList when asked if she’d revisit her character’s wardrobe, which spanned the 1930s. Why the aversion to the clothes? Winslet’s co-star (and onscreen daughter) Evan Rachel Wood offered a clue: the film’s costume designer, Ann Roth, was a stickler for period detail, down to the restrictive undergarments. “It was uncomfortable. Oh, absolutely,” Wood said of the girdles and garter belts. “It was tight, it was hot, but you have to do it.” Despite the discomfort, Winslet said she really appreciated how much the clothes helped tell the story of Pierce’s life. “I loved watching each shape change … based on the period, but also based on Mildred’s success and her own sense of confidence and her own sense of style as well, which really does seem to develop.” Catch the next episode of Mildred Pierce at 9 p.m. Sunday on HBO. –Alex Apatoff

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Kate Winslet Debuts Cropped Platinum Hair

Mar/09/2011 at 10:30 AM ET

Kate Winslet New Haircut
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A new role, a new city — and new hair! Kate Winslet shows off an extreme do — trading her long blonde locks for cropped, platinum hair that may or may not be a wig — in the April issue of British Vogue. In a revealing interview with Jo Ellison, the actress opens up about her recent divorce from husband Sam Mendes, and talks about the latest chapter in her life, which includes a temporary move to Paris to shoot Roman Polanski’s God of Carnage. And she also touches on her famous figure, which always has everyone talking. “I was a lot more voluptuous when I was younger,” she says. “I felt I had to defend my body, and took a very public stand, which I still absolutely believe in. But I’ve stopped talking about it now. And, at a certain point, it does become hypocritical.” Now, at 35, the actress is into Pilates and running, “not very well, I might add,” but mainly keeps busy by raising her children, 10-year-old Mia and 7-year-old Joe. However, that doesn’t mean the mom can’t have some fun! In the accompanying photos, shot by Mario Testino, Winslet works that hair — and looks divine. “I’m embarking on a new chapter in my adult life,” she shares. “And I’m single. And it doesn’t scare me at all.” The April issue of British Vogue is on newsstands now. Tell us: What do you think of Winslet’s look? Kate Hogan

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Kate Winslet Recalls Backhanded Body Compliments

Mar/02/2011 at 11:00 AM ET

Kate Winslet Glamour
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It’s hard to imagine someone as gorgeous as Kate Winslet would ever consider plastic surgery — and for the record, she doesn’t plan to. “No, I have never tried any of that stuff,” she tells Glamour in the April issue. “I don’t have parts of my body that I hate or would like to trade for somebody else’s or wish I could surgically adjust into some fantasy version of what they are.” But the stunning actress, who tops Glamour‘s ’50 Most Glam’ list for the third year in a row, did have her body confidence tested when she was younger. “When I was heavy, people would say to me — and it was such a backhanded compliment — they would say, ‘You’ve got such a beautiful face’,” she recalls, “in the way of, like, ‘Oh isn’t it a shame that from the neck down you’re questionable.’ ” But now as a certified star, Winslet is happy to take her looks to extremes — when it comes to movie roles, that is. “I love it when a character requires me to look less than my red-carpet best,” she shares. “It’s more fun playing a character that requires you to look like dog s–t. It’s my chance to challenge myself to the fullest, which is one of the great joys about this job.” The April issue of Glamour hits newsstands March 8. –Kate Hogan

 

Kate Winslet Glamour
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