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Nicole Kidman: 'It's Taken Me 40-Something Years, But I Embrace the Curl'

Feb/11/2014 at 09:00 AM ET

Nicole Kidman InStyleCourtesy InStyle

Nicole Kidman has been gradually shaking her “ice queen” image over the past year (how could we forget these Jimmy Choo ads?) but her most recent interview, for InStyle‘s March issue, may just shatter that perception altogether.

The star is warm, candid and funny in the interview, talking about her romantic marriage to Keith Urban and their sweet daughters together. While he often visits her on set and she and the girls frequently join him on the road, they do find themselves apart for periods of time due to their hectic work schedules. And when that happens, he works to keep the spark alive. “For every single night he’s away, he leaves me a love letter. Every single night of our relationship,” she says. “It keeps us close.”

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She credits her family for helping her embrace certain aspects of herself, like her curly hair — famous in her Days of Thunder days but straightened for almost all of her 20-plus year career. “I almost never straighten it anymore,” she says. “It’s taken me 40-something years, but I embrace the curl. My littlest daughter has the same hair. She likes it when my hair is curly, so I wear it for her.”
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Lupita Nyong'o Gets Us Psyched for Spring Style In Her Latest Fashion Spread

Feb/10/2014 at 01:18 PM ET

Lupita Nyong'o for NY MagErik Madigan Heck/New York Magazine

At this time in 2013, Lupita Nyong’o wasn’t on fashion’s radar at all — but a lot can change in a year. Since her breakout role as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave (and subsequent amazing red carpet tour) she’s landed a Vogue feature, a Miu Miu ad campaign and now the cover of New York Magazine‘s fashion issue. The headline? “Lupita Nyong’o: From Unknown to ‘It’ Girl In Less Than a Year.”
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Lady Gaga Wants to Be Oprah and More Surprising Revelations From Her Harper's Bazaar Cover Story

Feb/05/2014 at 09:00 AM ET

Lady Gaga Harper's BazaarCourtesy Terry Richardson for Harper’s BAZAAR

Lady Gaga has worn many hats (literally and figuratively) over the course of her career, but the one she most covets is the crown worn by two of the richest women in the United States: noted philanthropist.

“I always think to myself, How do I want to be remembered?” she muses in the March issue of Harper’s Bazaar. “I don’t want to be remembered as anything but brave. The only good intention to make money is to help others. I want to be Oprah. I want to be Melinda Gates. If I ever sell products other than my talents, then it will be to give more to others.”

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Emmy Rossum's Dominatrix Photoshoot: 'You Just Have to Channel Your Inner 50 Shades of Grey'

Jan/24/2014 at 06:26 PM ET

Emmy Rossum dominatrix photoshootMichael Loccisano/Getty

Emmy Rossum has portrayed plenty of different roles in her young career (most recently as part of the seriously dysfunctional family in Shameless), but even she was thrown for a loop by the most recent one she was asked to play: “Dominatrix.” The star stripped down (and suited up) for a seriously bold photoshoot for Complex magazine.

“I was like, ‘What is going on right now?’” she told PEOPLE at ELLE‘s Women In Television Celebration in L.A. “[The photographer] was like, ‘Pose in this dominatrix gear with these huge machines!’ and I was like, ‘Oh, God! This isn’t me at all!’”

It may not have matched her sense of style, or even her sensibilities, but Rossum managed to pull it off, thanks primarily to a Jamesian mindset (less Henry James, more E.L. James). “I think you just have to channel a character,” the actress says with a laugh. “You just have to use it as an acting exercise and channel your inner 50 Shades of Grey.”

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Lena Dunham's Vogue Cover: Watch a Cute Video Of Her Getting Schooled in the Art of Supermodel Posing

Jan/21/2014 at 04:41 PM ET

Chanel SneakersAnnie Leibovitz/VOGUE

Lena Dunham may not have been stressed about the internet reaction to her Vogue cover (for the record, we loved it), but prepping for it? That’s a totally different story.

In this original short film, shot for Vogue by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, Dunham calls up the magazine’s international editor-at-large Hamish Bowles for a little help learning the ins and outs of taking a perfect photo. He quickly catches her up to speed on the different schools of supermodel posing, from Cindy to Naomi to Dovima to Twiggy. And before long, the two are hitting their marks to music — though some poses are easier for Dunham to hit than others.

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Watch the cute video below (and try not to smile while the unlikely duo get silly) and tell us: What do you think of Dunham’s cover? Should she have given it a little more Gisele or Veruschka?
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Sarah Jessica Parker: 'So You Choose a Dress People Think Is a Disaster. In the End, Who Cares?'

Jan/07/2014 at 09:30 AM ET

Sarah Jessica PArker InStyleCourtesy InStyle

You might expect a fashion icon like Sarah Jessica Parker to be very serious about style, but her latest interview in the February issue of InStyle totally disproves that notion — and makes her seem like all the more a fashion genius for it.

Though she admits to ruling a few things out (tube tops, for instance) as she approaches 50, she has no real hard-and-fast guidelines for what she’ll wear. “I think pulling it off or not pulling it off, that almost doesn’t exist for me, because I’m looking for experiences, not some report card,” Parker says. “I do love fantasy, color and the idea of no rules … So you choose a dress people think is a disaster. In the end, who cares?”

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Her lighthearted approach to fashion belies the seriousness with which she approached her upcoming shoe line, SJP, soon to be sold at Nordstrom. “If I’m going to ask people for their hard-earned dollars, I’d better be making shoes I want to wear,” she says. “My real dream was a smaller line, my name, built in Europe, at a reasonable price point.” And she got everything she wanted (you can check out photos in this magazine, or on this site later today!) in a line of classic, classy and wearable footwear and handbags.
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Britney Spears: On Getting In Shape, Getting Older ... and Pregnancy Sex?

Dec/09/2013 at 09:00 AM ET

Britney Spears InStyle Cover
Courtesy InStyle

Britney Spears promised to get personal with her new album Britney Jean, and she meant it — if a very candid interview in January’s InStyle (on stands Friday) is any indication.

In the profile, which follows Spears as she prepares for her upcoming Las Vegas gig, she answers reader questions about being a mom, growing into her style and sympathizing with Kim Kardashian for undergoing scrutiny while she was pregnant. On watching Kim get emotional on TV about the criticism, Spears says, “I was like, ‘Bless her heart,’ because I remember that time … That should be the time when your body is most treasured. I loved being pregnant for so many reasons, not to mention the sex is awesome then.” Like we said: Very candid.

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That came out of a question about her super-fit shape, a result of the “tremendous physical demands” of the Vegas show. Though she decries the public body scrutiny, she does say “In this business, you make a deal with the devil … what I do calls for me to look good. People expect that. I kind of take it as my job.”
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