Winslet inspires at WE Day UK

When you think of Kate Winslet, her memorable movie roles and acting prowess are likely the first things that come to mind. But that wasn’t always the case, the actress recently shared, especially growing up.

According to Glamour, Winslet spoke at the fourth annual WE Day UK event, and told of her  experiences being bullied as a child for her looks. “They called me ‘Blubber,’ they teased me for wanting to act. Locked me in the cupboard and would laugh at me,” she said, the Evening Standard reports.

The focus on her looks followed her as she pursued acting, sharing that she was told on several occasions that she should consider herself lucky in her career if she could “settle for the fat-girl parts,” says Glamour. But Winslet neither settled nor quit; instead, she let those negative words empower her to fight for the life she dreamed of.

“I didn’t lock myself away and give up on my dream,” she said, according to Glamour. “I fought back. I had to ignore the negative comments. I had to believe in myself. I had to choose to rise above it all, and I had to work hard. You have to be indestructible to do what you love, and believe that you are worth it. And sometimes that’s the hardest part.”

From auditioning for school plays to eventually landing her breakout role in Titanic, Winslet said none of it would have been possibly if she hadn’t learned to tune out the negative voices and take control of her own life.

“I learned to embrace my flaws, to make no apology for who I am,” she said, according to Glamour. “I dug deep and I decided that I simply wouldn’t listen when they said my body didn’t fit.”

Winslet’s BAFTA Win

An acceptance speech for an award is often emotional, fraught with nerves and abounding excitement. Sometimes, a speech can not only be sentimental, but also inspirational. And after Kate Winslet won a BAFTA award on Sunday, Feb. 14, the actress delivered a speech of this very kind.

According to ELLE, Winslet won an award for best supporting actress for her role in Steve Jobs, and proceeded to praise her fellow nominees in her speech on stage. However, once she got backstage, the actress delivered a powerful speech on her own experiences as an up-and-coming actress, advising young women all over the world to overcome their self-doubt.

She said:

I often, in a moment like that one, I find myself afterwards thinking I should’ve said something—when I was younger, when I was only 14, I was told by a drama teacher that I might do okay if I was happy to settle for the fat girl parts. Look at me now! Look at me now.

And so what I feel like saying in those moments is, to any young woman who has ever been put down by a teacher or a friend or even a parent, just don’t listen to any of it. Because that’s what I did. I didn’t listen, and I kept on going, and I overcame all of my fears, and I got over a lot of insecurity. And just keep doing it, and keep believing in yourself, you know? That’s what I felt like I really had to dig deep and do. So I would dedicate it to all those young women who doubt themselves because you shouldn’t be doubting, you should just be going for it.

Thank you, Kate Winslet, for not only inspiring us to overcome our self-doubt, but also for being living proof that we can move past our insecurities and fears to live the lives of our dreams.

 

She Leads, You Follow: BAFTA Awards Edition

Valentine’s Day was the perfect day to celebrate the most loved performances of the small and silver screens as the British Academy of Film and Television Arts hosted their BAFTA Awards on Feb. 14. While the awards honored the best works of television and film, the red carpet paid homage to the stars’ impeccable style.

Taking to the red carpet outside of the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden was Julianne Moore, who stunned in a black and white Armani gown according to ELLE. Moore completed her halter-style gown with black heels, chandelier earrings and a sleek updo.

Adding a pop of color to the mix with her bright fuchsia gown was Angela Bassett, who rocked a curve-hugging gown in the eye-popping color. Carrying a clutch in a matching hue, Bassett styled her look with pin-straight locks and a few statement rings.

Kate Winslet followed suit in an asymmetrical style by Antonio Berardi, says ELLE. Adding a pop of color to her all-black ensemble with a red clutch, Winslet polished off her look with embellished black pumps and diamond bracelets and earrings.

Although these ladies are dressed for yet another awards season event, there are things we can learn from their looks to apply to the way we dress every day:

  1. Get in ‘shape’ – Moore’s and Winslet’s gowns both have very interesting shapes, which creates a visually stimulating look overall. While Moore’s gown has a halter neckline with contrasting straps, Winslet’s gown features a one-shoulder silhouette with an arm strap and notched bodice. Details like this at the neckline not only add life to otherwise simple looks, they direct our attention to their beautiful faces. When shopping for a blouse or a dress, look for details in the neckline to elevate a simple look and frame your face.
  2. Color your world – Nothing brightens your day quite like a pop of color in your outfit, and Angela Bassett showed us just how uplifting a bright color can be. What is exquisite about her look in particular is how saturated the color of her gown is; it is a rich, full fuchsia that complements her skin tone. If you’re looking to add some brights to your life, make sure that they are saturated colors — like the one Bassett is wearing; this means the color is vivid, rich and intense. These colors will most likely enhance your skin tone and give it a warmth in the midst of this cold winter.

Take Her Look [For Less]

When a women’s fashion magazine hosts a red carpet event, you can be certain of two things: that some very powerful and talented women will be in attendance and that they will be dressed to impress. And such was the case when Harper’s Bazaar UK held their Women of the Year Awards on Tuesday, Nov. 3 in London.

British icon honoree Kate Winslet stunned prior to the awards in what InStyle says is a black and white Roland Mouret asymmetrical sheath dress. Winslet paired her classic look with black pointed-toe pumps, some simple gold jewelry and a black clutch.

While Winslet’s look oozes a simple elegance, its price tag is anything but simple. Her Roland Mouret dress, the Beadle Stretch Crepe Sheath Dress, is available at Neiman Marcus for a lofty $2,295. If you love this look as much as we do, there’s still hope to make this look yours despite its high price — read on to see how we attempted to recreate her entire look for under $250.

Winslet’s Roland Mouret frock is certainly unique, so finding something to mimic the look was not easy, but we finally landed on the Vesper Sexy Pencil Dress with Bow Tie Waist from ASOS. While the dress doesn’t have similar cap sleeves, it does share its curve-hugging sheath silhouette, with white colorblocking on the same side as Winslet’s dress and in a diagonal pattern reminiscent of her dress. The other major difference — the price. This dress will only set you back $103.91.

The Vesper Sexy Pencil Dress with Bow Tie Waist, found on Asos.com.

The Vesper Sexy Pencil Dress with Bow Tie Waist, found on Asos.com.

Simple black pumps will take this classic look to the next level, and there’s no better shoe for the job than the Jessica Simpson Vivienne Pump from DSW. Done in a similar pointed-toe shape, these look-alike pumps will complete your look for only $69.95.

The Jessica Simpson Vivienne Pump, found on DSW.com.

The Jessica Simpson Vivienne Pump, found on DSW.com.

Completing our look for less is a black clutch, and not just any black clutch — the Sondra Roberts Mesh Ball Clutch from DSW. This embellished clutch upgrades the basic black evening bag, and it will upgrade your look for only $49.95.

The Sondra Roberts Mesh Ball Clutch, found on DSW.com.

The Sondra Roberts Mesh Ball Clutch, found on DSW.com.

Although Kate Winslet’s Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year Awards look cost upwards of $2,295, we managed to recreate her entire look for only $223.81. Add your favorite gold jewelry, and you’ll have taken her look for your own.

Happy Shopping!

No Retouching Allowed

Photo retouching and editing has been the object of public scrutiny from both celebrities and everyday women alike. And recently, actress Kate Winslet voiced her own opinions over photo retouching at an Elle Magazine event.

According to The Huffington Postwhen Winslet attended an Oct. 19 event to celebrate Elle‘s “Women in Hollywood” issue, she explained to E! News that when she signed her contract to represent makeup company L’Oreal, she made sure that “none of her images in her Lancôme ads are retouched.”

She explained her reasoning in this way: “I think [young women] do look to magazines, I think they do look to women who have been successful in their chosen careers and they want people to look up to,” she said in an interview with E!. “I would always want to be telling the truth about who I am to that generation because they’ve got to have strong leaders.”

Issues such as these have always been important to Winslet, and she expressed why it’s so important to her: “It’s a hope that other people might follow suit but it does feel important to me because I do think we have a responsibility to the younger generation of women,” adding that we all have a responsibility to raise strong women.

We could not agree more. Thank you, Kate Winslet, for reminding us that what we project is what will shape the future.