Flawlessness doesn’t exist — not in movies, television or social media. And sometimes, it takes a movie start to remind us just that.
According to Glamour, Nina Dobrev took a moment in her latest interview for Ocean Drive magazine to discuss the unrealistic beauty standards that pervade our lives, standards that are exaggerated and exacerbated by tools like Photoshop that hide every blemish and make perfection seem within reach.
“Now we have apps that can Photoshop anything and everything, which puts out an image that’s not realistic,” she said. “Young girls see this image and think that’s what they should be and that’s how they should wake up.”
But for Dobrev, life for anyone is far from perfect; in fact, Glamour says the Vampire Diaries actor admitted that even a star like her gets zits — and that’s A-OK.
“I get pimples and zits all the time and I deal with them just like anybody else, with zit cream,” she sad in the interview. “Sometimes I walk out of the house with the zit cream and forget about it. And that’s just life, it’s unpredictable and awkward and we all feel insecure all the time but that’s completely normal and okay, and everybody has good days and bad days. It’s especially important now to show young girls that and to make them aware that they are perfect exactly the way they are.”
Well said, Nina. Be sure to check out her interview and cover spot on the September 2017 issue of Ocean Drive magazine.
Sometimes, the only way to teach people how to love themselves is by practicing what you preach.
Take Nina Dobrev, for example. According to HuffPost, the Vampire Diaries actress told the online publication that she’s “teaming up with Reebok and Les Mills for an ‘organic’ partnership focused on connectivity and positivity” in order to promote a lifestyle of well-being.
Telling HuffPost that workouts are a way to clear her head while benefiting her body, she tries to maintain a routine even with a hectic schedule.
“Like anyone, it comes in ebbs and flows and you have good days and bad days,” she told HuffPost. “I’m a person just like anybody else. I’m a girl and I have insecurities of my own. So I think being a positive example by practicing what I preach hopefully sends out a good message. It’s about showing people it’s not always easy.”
And even though she likes a good workout, she shared with HuffPost that she still has her cheat days.
“Nobody’s perfect,” she said. “I have cheat days, I eat burgers! I like brownies! It’s just once I get to the gym I have to work twice as hard is all.”
As far as that collaboration with Reebok and Les Mills, WWD reports that Dobrev will act as an ambassador for the Reebok x Les Mills partnership, which as Dobrev framed it, aims to “inspire, engage and empower people to be fit for life.”
Red carpets are often rolled out to mark the arrivals of actors, actresses and musicians to an awards ceremony, but on Oct. 17, the red carpet was readied at Will Rogers State Historic Park for the sixth annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic Los Angeles in Pacific Palisades, California. And of course, this means that the arrivals were filled with fashionable outfits for a day of champagne and polo.
Catching our eye first was a bright blue ensemble courtesy of Nina Dobrev. The actress attended the polo classic in a cerulean blue chiffon dress by Badgley Mischka, which she paired with white strappy sandals and a grey oversized clutch, says InStyle.
Following Dobrev was Lauren Conrad, who graced the red carpet in a cheery yellow number with a plunging v-neckline. She kept her look simple and to the point, with natural makeup and no jewelry.
Although Dobrev and Conrad are dressed for a red carpet event, there are several things about their looks that we can apply to our everyday dressing:
- Don’t be afraid of color – Both Dobrev and Conrad opted for bright colors, immediately attracting our attention. But what is equally eye-catching is how they wore these bright colors: they made the color of their dresses the focal point of their outfits, while keeping their accessories, their makeup and their hair as simple as possible. Dobrev paired her look with a neutral clutch and white heels, allowing for the color to be the star of the outfit while her accessories played a supporting role. Conrad decided to go sans accessories, even keeping her hair and makeup soft and subtle. If you are afraid to try out a bold hue, take their lead by wearing your favorite bright color with more subdued accessories to make the color your outfit’s focal point; any busier or loud accessories would create conflicting focal points and end up drawing attention away from the color itself.
- You don’t have to ‘bare’ it all – One common thread (get it?) in both of these outfits is that they are sexy without being overtly so; Dobrev’s frock features tiny cutouts at the waist, while Conrad’s dress has a prominent plunging neckline and even a slit in the skirt. But neither of these dresses are very revealing; this goes to show that you don’t have to ‘bare’ it all to be sexy. Sometimes, just showing little peeks can be subtly sexy, if not more sexy than showing it all.
While celebrities often get to dress up in gorgeous gowns, it’s not every day that they get to wear a gorgeous gown in Saint Tropez, France. But the stars got that chance on July 22 when Leonardo DiCaprio hosted the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Gala at the Domaine Bertaud Beliey Vineyard In Saint Tropez. The gala featured an auction to benefit DiCaprio’s charity which People reports “works to protect Earth’s last wilderness habitats and the tigers, rhinos, mountain gorillas and other rare creatures that live in them.”
The event raised an incredible $40 million, and while that is an impressive sum for a worthy cause, THL was equally impressed by the tremendous fashion the gala showcased.
Nina Dobrev was the first to wow us in her white and gold gown by Reem Acra. InStyle reports that Dobrev completed her Grecian goddess look with a Charlotte Olympia box clutch and metallic Stuart Weitzman sandals, while keeping her hair in a chic top knot and her makeup simple.
Contrasting Dobrev’s all-white ensemble was Kate Hudson‘s black gown by Julien Macdonald that featured a sheer skirt and sexy cutouts. She paired her shimmery look with a black clutch and and black platforms, while letting her hair fall into sultry loose waves.
Model Irina Shayk followed suit in an equally sexy, yet slightly ethereal gown by Atelier Versace Couture, says The Daily Mail. Shayk let her stunning gown speak for itself, carrying only a small clutch and wearing no jewelry.
Even if you don’t have a posh charity event to attend in the near future (or ever!), there are some things we can take away from the ladies’ gala style and apply in our everyday lives.
- It’s all in the details – Nina Dobrev’s white and gold gown was pretty simple, but she created a cohesive, interesting look by pairing with accessories that went well with her look. While she chose a gold clutch, she didn’t pick one that was the same intensity of the gold on her dress. Instead, she opted for a much lighter metallic that played off the the gold on her dress, but didn’t match it exactly. Playing off details like this in your outfits can create a really thoughtful, put together look, just remember that your accessories don’t have to perfectly match colors in your outfit, they have to go together; this means picking colors in the same color family or with the same saturation.
- Let some things speak louder than others – Kate Hudson wore a very over-the-top sexy gown to the gala, but she kept her accessories, her makeup and her hair simple, which let her dress be main focal point. If she had paired the dress with more severe makeup and hair, the look would have been too busy and overdone, and we wouldn’t know what to focus on more: the dress, the makeup or the hair. When putting together an outfit, decide ahead of time what you want to be the focal point; if you are going to wear a dress with a lot of details (like Hudson’s sparkly, sheer dress with cutouts), be sure to tone down the rest of your look. But if you are going to wear something more simple, you can play around with hair, makeup and accessories to add visual interest to your outfit.
- Let the clothing do the work – Irina Shayk’s gown, while it had ethereal, delicate layers, also had a lot of structure. The whole bodice of her gown was wrought with boning to not only support her bust but to also create shape in the dress. The boning creates lines running from her bust to the center of her torso, which is accentuated by a seam encompassing her waist. All of the lines created by the boning, and even the lines created by ruching of material on her hips, converge to emphasize her natural waistline. Features like boning and ruching end up doing most of the work in emphasizing your body’s shape or creating shape on your body. Look for garments that have built in shape (which can come in the form of seams, boning, ruching or even strategic color blocking, just to name a few), so the clothing does the hard work of creating a perfect shape on your body and you don’t have to.