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British women voted her the world’s most beautiful woman. Cheryl Cole tells Stylist how she does it.
The anarchic thud of M.I.A’s Bad Girls is blaring from the speakers. Five smartly dressed security guards – here to keep an eye on some very expensive diamonds – are huddled in a corner and, somewhere inside a triptych of polystyrene walls is a diminutive Cheryl Cole. We are at a studio in north London, as today, Cheryl is lending Stylist her powerful eyes to showcase this season’s foremost eyeliner looks. Five hours, four looks, four hairstyles and a spot of lunch later, we sit down to chat about her life in beauty. Relaxed, warm and selfeffacing, it’s proving difficult not to fall under her spell…
A smokey eye is your signature look. How old were you when you started wearing it?
When I was about 12, I started experimenting with the little pots of liquid eyeliner you used to get. Now, it’s so much easier – I use a liquid liner across the top of my lashes. Starting in the corner of the eye and following it across, then I always use a black kohl for the inside of the eye and just smudge it in. It takes a while to actually get there, but I think it’s quite easy to do. And remember, everyone’s eyes are different, so you just have to go with it.
What’s the essential element?
Lashings of mascara. I apply multiple layers for the full effect. I don’t go as crazy as I used to, but I do like the false eyelash look so I’ve been using L’Oréal False Lash Telescopic Mascara, it’s got four different sides to the wand, so you don’t use as much.
You obviously have a lot of influence on modern beauty. Who were your idols growing up?
It wasn’t actually anybody in the limelight. I always had older friends and we didn’t have much money but they’d always have glamorous clothes and gorgeous make-up. I used to look up to them and say, “Wow, she’s so pretty.” But, that was just local girls from my area. I wanted to be like them when I grew up. The girls really take care of themselves in the north. Especially in Newcastle, there’s definitely more of a cultural feel down south, whereas up north, you can definitely spot a local girl from a mile away. You can tell if someone’s out of town – they’ll have their coat on during a night out.
Do you think you have the same effect on your fans?
I still feel like that little girl. That’s the weirdest thing for me especially when I’m out in America and people are like, “So what’s your background, where you from?” When I tell them, they find it difficult to believe that I’m from a council estate. They’re like, “No way!” In my mind I’m still that person. But to them I’m a pop star, it really is the strangest feeling.
Check out an unseen interview in 2010, not sure when this was done but it seems to be from the same day as Cheryl filmed her thankyou video for the 2010 Brit Awards nominations.
Cheryl on Lorraine
Cheryl’s interview on Lorraine aired this morning, she talks about her shoes, Christmas, her cameo on What To Expect When You’re Expecting and Lady Gaga.
Cheryl’s Telegraph interview
It has been an annus horribilis for Cheryl Cole, thrust into the Ex X Factor wilderness. “I know,” you’re probably thinking. “Why doesn’t she cheer herself up by launching a fashion line?” The pickings seem easy and the duties relatively light, especially compared with the grinding routine of touring or sitting in a studio in Wembley.
Yet fashion’s not always a doddle. The roll call of distinguished celebrity labels is shorter than a Wag’s miniskirt. And Cheryl is stepping right into the lion’s den, strapped not into her beloved Louboutin platforms, but a pair from the new range of shoes she has put her name to for stylistpick.com.
The collection is very Cheryl. Concealed platforms – all slightly cushioned, she made sure of that – a dash of animal print, a smattering of studs, an undertow of S&M, a nice looking biker boot (one of her favourites), and a whole load of height. “I need height. Even the slipper I designed has a little wedge. I love slippers,” she contests, somewhat implausibly, though I’ve read that she’s prone to kicking off her heels whenever possible and always carries a pair of fold-up flats.
No kicking off today. She’s doesn’t seem likely to relax any time before 2015. That could be because the initial launch of her Stylist Pick range during London Fashion Week was a bit of a debacle, what with the scrum and the mismanaged schedule that meant the average audience granted to each journalist was about 90 seconds. Or it could be because the chaperone accompanying her appears to have a stopwatch plus a list of taboo subjects that includes almost everything. Since I’ve had to sign a document as long as the Magna Carta just to get this close to Cheryl, we must scrupulously stick to matters of fashion. At least it’s a subject that engages her. Presumably. But here’s a snap shot from the early minutes:
“Me: There was intense pressure on the way the five of you looked in Girls Aloud. Was it ever overwhelming?
Cheryl: We didn’t really think about it… All we wanted was to sell records. There was a stage when we didn’t look that great. We were all told to lose weight by the record label. (more…)
Cheryl’s Grazia Magazine interview
Click above to view a stunning new picture of Cheryl in tomorrow’s Grazia Christmas issue and read the new interview except below, the magazine is out tomorrow with the full interview since this isn’t the whole thing, and along with her shoe collection, make sure you check them out on StylistPick.com
Cheryl Cole has revealed that she is happier than ever after being out of the spotlight for four months and gaining seven pounds.
Looking more amazing than ever in this new shoot, Cheryl said that she had gone up a dress size and couldn’t be happier about it. Speaking to Grazia magazine, Cheryl said: “This is a happy time – onwards and upwards.”
It may have something to do with her massive shoe collection. Cheryl confessed: “I’ve always, always loved shoes but over the past few years I’ve definitely developed a proper fetish.
“I own about two thousand pairs of shoes – and that’s after giving quite a few away. I’m a bit weird with them. There are shoes I don’t wear anymore but I just can’t part with them.
“If I can’t wear them again I also can’t get rid of them because they are so linked to that emotion. I’m probably a bit bonkers like that. I hoard them all over the house, in cupboards in the kitchen, in the bathroom, every room. There is a big chance when you open the fridge in my house there will be a pair of shoes at the bottom.
“My absolute favourites are a lace pair of Louboutins. I wore them the first ever time I went to Cannes, two years ago. For me, all shoes have memories – wearing them on a certain occasion like that means the shoe gets that memory.”
She may be giving Imelda Marcos and SJP a run for their, er, heel habits but Cheryl refuses to obsess about everything, namely her weight.
One of the men in this picture could be about to get the ultimate morale boost – Cheryl Cole says she’s going to call a soldier she took a fancy to during her Pride of Britain trip to Afghanistan.
“Not only are the soldiers incredibly brave, a few were also incredibly cute,” says the frisky little devil.
“I actually came back with a phone number from one lad… although I think his talking to me was a dare. He started chatting to me after I’d been shot at during a training exercise. Obviously it wasn’t real ammunition but it was still terrifying.”
“Anyway, I think I am going to call him this week and we’ll see what happens. I’m sure he’s not expecting me to ring but that’s why it’ll be funny – and that’s why I’m going to do it.”
“Long-distance relationships are a nightmare – a big time difference is a killer because it’s just so hard to stay in touch,” Cheryl goes on, rather pessimistically.
“But there really were so many handsome guys – even some of the girl soldiers were totally gorgeous. Loads of the girls are now following me on Twitter and tweeting me. It’s great. I would love to stay in touch with some of the incredible people I was lucky enough to meet out there.”
Cheryl Cole has a new crush – on Cameron Diaz. The Vogue cover girl been a busy woman of late, having recently landed her first ever film role – a cameo in comedy What To Expect When You’re Expecting, where she plays a talent show judge, acting alongside Diaz.
“Cameron is amazing, honestly I’ve got such a girl crush on her,” she told us. “She’s such an amazing woman. It’s just so good to be doing new stuff. I never had the confidence to do acting before, and I’ve said I could probably play myself quite well. It was brilliant, we’ll see what happens next.”
Meanwhile, talk turned to the impending London Olympics – and Cole, who admitted she was not the athletic type at school, said she thinks learning a certain sport now would have its advantages.
“If I could be good at any sport, it’d be javelin. I know a few people I would love to throw a spear at,” she laughed, too kind to reveal exactly who might be on the receiving end.
Since her time spent on X Factor, Cole has become known for championing fashion’s lesser-known names – from David Koma to Bodyamr, often sparking hundreds to invest in the same dress. Does she ever feel intimidated by her fashion influence?
“I just love clothes,” she said. “The reason I go for the designers is because they make me feel good. It’s about finding clothes that make you feel good as a woman. If I like it, I’ll wear it. You have to go with your instincts and not be led by trends. It depends on how the clothes feel when you’re wearing them. You have to be you. Feeling womanly and happy is really important.”
We met her at the launch of her first ever fashion line – a shoe collection with newly-launched online retailer STYLISTPICK.COM available in time for Christmas. Although no concrete details have yet been released, the singer is heavily involved in the design process, with styles including high-heeled party shoes and trainers.
“I’ve been offered a few fashion things before, and until now I’ve never really had the time,” she explained. “Now I’ve got a little more of that, it felt totally right. I’m a very hands-on person, I don’t just want to give my name to something and not be a big part of it. And who doesn’t want to design and play with shoes? Over the past few months, I’ve got to get involved with so many new things and it’s so exciting. It might not sound very classy, but I feel like a little child – I just feel sick with excitement!”