|(Photos and quotes via Marie Claire US)|
I’m a huge fan of magazines. Fashion, lifestyle, home decor, crafts…I certainly don’t discriminate. I love them all! They have always been an incredible source of inspiration, letting me discover new things, inspiring me to try new fashion & beauty trends, urging me to make my home more beautiful, persuading me to leave my comfort zone and be bolder and more adventurous.
One of the things I love most about my magazines are the interviews. Not only with celebrities (and honestly, it’s not always easy to find a good and intelligent celebrity interview), but with all the people who have succeeded in their lives, made something important and can play role models for all of us. I’m always ecstatic when I stumble upon a really great conversation, and each time I open a new magazine, my Stabilo is never too far, as I love to highlight the most inspiring ideas.
And now, I’ve decided to share those ideas with you. Because a great dose of inspiration never goes amiss, and we all have moments in our lives when we need a few wise words to cheer us up and show us that life is so beautiful, only sometimes we are too busy to acknowledge it!
Back in December, when I first read the article dedicated to my beloved Emma Watson (in Marie Claire US), I was really impressed by how wonderfully normal, grounded and intelligent this girl was. Never proud, never vain, always polite and down-to-earth. I’ve been going back to this interview ever since and I’m still equally amazed and inspired. So what does Emma have to say…
“I think fashion is a great way to express yourself. I read a great quote by Jean Cocteau: ´Style is a simple way of saying complicated things´. It’s fun. It’s escapist. It can change the way you think or feel. In this day and age, the way you present yourself to the world is a big deal. What I find hard is that everything is analyzed to the point of obsession. I love fashion, but that’s not going to be the most important thing about my day. I’m never going to look perfect all the time. I will make mistakes. Maybe I’ll make the worst-dressed lists. But I would rather make mistakes and learn my own way and be who I am than pay someone to tell me how to dress and who I am. I’d rather not be perfect.”
Emma appears to have spent her entire adolescence as a classic good girl, unremittingly hard-working and conscientious. “I do the things in my own way, but I’ve never felt any need to rebel. To be honest, I’ve always had far too much freedom. I had a job when I was 10. I started living on my own when I was 17 or 18. I’ve earned my own money; I’ve traveled the world. What would I rebel against? I’ve had so much freedom, sometimes it was hard.”
…on how she copes with the problems:
“It’s like the fish Dory in Finding Nemo: Just keep swimming. Just keep hoping it’s going to be OK. Everyone has dark periods in their lives, but I haven’t had too much time to wallow in it; I had too much to do. There are times when I feel overwhelmed, but when I do, I take a bath, I speak to friends, I go for a run, I listen to music, I read. Sometimes I’ll just get a big piece of paper and write everything out – whatever is bugging me. When it’s all written out and you can see it, it feels more manageable. Then I’ll go through it all. The biggest problem gets a one – whatever is worrying me most – and the second gets a two. I go down the list and then I’ll deal with each one – at least, with the ones that are within my power. With the ones that are not, I take a deep breath and try to let it go.”
…on being sexy:
“At every photo shoot they want to make me sexy, put on shitloads of makeup, make me look like a rock chick. It just felt like I was being pushed to be something I wasn’t. But that’s just not me, I don’t get my flesh out. I mean, I wear mini dresses, but I try to do it tastefully. You don’t want to see too much. I hate seeing big, huge cleavage. My reaction is: Put it away! If it’s too much, it’s just vulgar. I think it’s so much sexier to be understated. It’s more intriguing to be sexy in a less obvious way.”
…on being perfectionist:
Even as a 9-year old, Emma manifested a near-obsessive commitment to her goal: “I started working on the audition (for Harry Potter) at 9 in the morning and didn’t stop until 5 in the evening. The tape was just me doing the same thing hundreds of times over, until I got it exactly right. I was just amazed at my stamina. The grown-ups said ´We had to stop you; you wanted to keep going´. I’ve always been like that; I give 100 percent. I can’t do it any other way.”