Cover Girl: Freida Pinto for InStyle UK

Posted on August 10, 2011

Closing the day with a final shot of pretty, here’s Freida Pinto, burning a hole in the camera’s lens for the cover of InStyle UK:

Freida Pinto featured in the September 2011 issue of InStyle UK
Photographed by Alan Gelati.

 

On her role in Rise of The Planet of the Apes: “One of the most beautiful scripts I read in 2010”, as she calls it. She hadn’t seen any previous Planet of the Apes movies. I didn’t watch the Tim Burton film,” she says, “and as for the older Charlton Heston film – I walked into the living room once when my mum was watching it, I just laughed and walked out! I was little and didn’t understand it.”

On being one of the world’s most famous Indian actresses: “I don’t know if I can call myself a pioneer. But I think for me, the opportunity was so big that I’d be stupid to just waste it and walk away from it. Because acting is something I’ve always wanted to do. I never knew it was going to happen the way it happened. But if I’m going to be presented with an opportunity, it would be silly not to lap it up. And that opportunity was given to me by Slumdog.”

On her relationship with Chanel: “I tell you why I like Chanel so much: when I started off, no one wanted to give me clothes to wear. Absolutely no one! All the labels said, ‘Who is she?’ But Chanel believed in me from the very beginning. For the very first red carpet I did at the Toronto Film Festival [2008], they dressed me up in their very current season collection. It’s a massive brand: why would they invest in someone who is nobody?”

Read that answer to the Chanel question again. That is exactly why designers frantically throw free dresses at starlets. You get a star that committed to your label and just pray she gets nominated for an Oscar or a Grammy at some point. That’s a million bucks worth of advertising and branding.

 

Emilio Pucci Fall 2011 Collection/Model: Karmen Pedaru

Anyway, gorgeous picture and dress, no? That pseudo-Victorian collar is not easy to pull off – and maybe it’s only working because her hair is covering most of it – but this dress looks amazing on her.

[Photo Credit: style.com, instyle.co.uk - Video Credit: instyle.co.uk]

    • Anonymous

      Gorgeous. 

    • Anonymous

      never knew she was british! lol no wonder she has such good style..

      • Anonymous

        Er… she’s not British though.

        • Anonymous

          lol i always thought she was indian, but in the video it sounded like she had a british accent!

          • Sarah Thomas

            Many Indians do. Used to be the Raj and all.

          • Anonymous

            India was a colony of Britain, and to this day they learn the Queen’s English.

            • Anonymous

              Very true.

    • http://profiles.google.com/sleepneeded Greg Polansky

      She is stunning. And those eyes of hers. Absolutely beautiful. 

    • http://twitter.com/LianaBrooks Liana Brooks

      She’s wearing the dress better than the model. Beautiful.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Elaine-Lang/100000366510311 Elaine Lang

      She is so beautiful.  And, I am just jaded enough to believe that her ethnicity played a HUGE role in her slim-pickings among designers in the early days.   Kudos to whatever mid-level PR minion at Chanel stuck to his or her guns on this.  (Because that is who makes those proposals, and that is who got her those Chanel duds.)

      • MilaXX

        and the sad part about that is despite that minion they likely only agreed because she has light skin and straight hair.

        • Anonymous

          I don’t really know what you mean by “light skin.” Sadly, by Indian standards, she doesn’t fit the light skin mold. Bollywood still mostly prefers its heroines to be “fair.” Word “dusky” pops quite a bit in Indian media as a backhanded compliment when describing dark-skinned Indian beauties. So it is nice to see women like Pinto and Lakshmi Menon be admired for their beauty in the West.

          • MilaXX

            She’s considered dusky? I would consider her pretty fair and dark skin someone with coloring like Sendhil Ramamurthy.  Learn something new every day. 

            • Anonymous

              It’s because they’ve lightened her skin for this photo. Have a look at this one: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_ah63153bXx0/SS4LIAVF3VI/AAAAAAAAAzw/ceZ18lluJxg/s400/freida-pinto.jpg. She’s much darker in the movies and in undoctored photos — seems to me that UK InStyle isn’t comfortable with her natural skin tone.

            • MilaXX

              I guess mags are doing skin lightening along with bad Photoshopping now. There was a upset a while back when Loreal made bot JLo and Beyonce look like white girls in ads.

            • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

              OOh. yeah. Only it’s not really new. :-/ Gabourey Sidibe in ELLE comes to mind…
              http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/gabourey-sidibes-elle-magazine-cover-raises-controversy/story?id=11644132

            • MilaXX

              oh yeah I remember that one as well.

            • Christine Campbell

              i’m so glad someone brought this up.  If you search for images of her, you find every skin shade imaginable and it’s so frustrating.  sometimes i’m willing to think, “oh ok, she’s being washed out by the camera flash” and other times it’s like, “no…just NO.”  i mean, she’s amazingly beautiful as she is – why send a message to darker skinned women that we need to slather on skin lightening lotion? 

            • Anonymous

              I would feel personally attacked at my skills as a photographer if a magazine decided to shift the blame of somebody being completely whitened out in Photoshop by being “washed out by the camera flash”. I’ve worked in portrait studios before and it’s not rocket science getting the lighting correct for the right person. I beg the readers that hear this excuse to compare past photoshoots to fair-skinned companions..are they lighter due to the camera flash as well?
              Nevertheless, it’s disgusting to know that this is STILL the trend, years later…but not exactly surprising.

        • Anonymous

          I don’t really know what you mean by “light skin.” Sadly, by Indian standards, she doesn’t fit the light skin mold. Bollywood still mostly prefers its heroines to be “fair.” Word “dusky” pops quite a bit in Indian media as a backhanded compliment when describing dark-skinned Indian beauties. So it is nice to see women like Pinto and Lakshmi Menon be admired for their beauty in the West.

    • Jennifer Hofstetter

      Agreed.  She’s frickin’ gorgeous.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lauren-Jean-St-Martin/504251897 Lauren Jean St. Martin

      Wow. Check out her eyes!

    • Anonymous

      I’d love to see more of her in fashion editorials. She’s so beautiful and so good in front of a camera.

    • Tom Shea

      She is gorgeous, full stop. Hate the sleeves and collar.

    • http://pleasewelcomeyourjudges.com/ Brian @ PWYJudges

      Great sound bite about Chanel!

    • scottyf

      I’m still not sure about her ability as an actor.

      She was basically a gorgeous prop in both Slumdog Millionaire and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. One look into those eyes and you’re a goner–she doesn’t have to act. I just pray she can create a sustainable career on talent.

      But right now…who the hell cares? She is a lotus flower floating in the pools of the Taj Mahal. She makes me swoon.

    • Anonymous

      I dont care for this one and the interview questions do nothing to dissuade my impression of her as a twat.

    • Anonymous

      i think she looks lovely.

    • Anonymous

      At first glance, that cover photo appears like she is flashing her boob.  But I do love that dress and she wears it very well.

    • MilaXX

      Pretty but I really wish they hadn’t photographed her hair hanging over her shoulder like that , it makes the cut out on the other side look odd.

    • Anonymous

      I dunno.  I hate, hate, hate those dresses with that window for the boobs.  It just looks tacky.  I also don’t think black is a color that works for her.  But she does look beautiful.  She is beautiful, so how could she not look that way, even in a gaping boob dress.

    • Rand Ortega

      1 could get lost in those eyes. She’s completely mesmerizing. I might go see the monkey movie just for her.

    • Anonymous

      huh – She’s Indian?  I always that she was Spanish.  SHe does look lovely but the dress looks a little odd around the top of the bust

    • Judy_J

      Maybe it’s the way she’s posed, but that dress looks a little wonky around the bustline.  Still, she is beautiful.

    • http://twitter.com/thelilerin erin l.

      I had the same thoughts about the collar. And also, thought the dress looks better when you don’t know it ends around the knee. Great cover, Freida/Instyle UK. 

      • Anonymous

        She was on the Daily Show in the last couple of weeks and was delightful.

        • Anonymous

          She was really sweet and charming. 

    • Susan Crawford

      Now there’s a face! What a gorgeous woman she is, and she is ROCKING that Pucci. Not only the dose of daily pretty, but a Double WERQ to Ms. Pinto.

    • scottyf

      When I read your comment, I couldn’t help but think of the Vogue: Late Bloomers post, and Krab Louse‘s comment:

      “You mean the AMERICAN stereotype of the “scary black man.”  The rest of the world doesn’t care.  I’m sitting in London right now and that thought didn’t even cross my mind.  Maybe it’s time for some “self-analysis” there, sweetheart.”

      In the wake of what’s happening in London, it’s kind of an eerie karmic bitch-slap in the face.

      People still have a problem with skin color. I only hope the next generation isn’t so quick to dismiss this fact and do something about it.

      • Christine Campbell

        Dear god, I somehow missed that entire thread and I’m kind of glad i did.  Before this one devolves (evolves?) into a “but women tan or bronze themselves to make themselves darker all the time! they photoshop everyone to make them look better/darker/lighter/remove imperfections/it could be the flash/her makeup/a shadow/a solar flare….” I just wanted to say, I get that something about fashion and society at large makes many people uncomfortable in their own skins.  And insecure about their appearances.  I really do.  But there is a tipping point for skin color when it becomes less about a tan and more about how others (not everyone) will identify you when they see you and that is something you cannot change.  Then, when you see a picture you know has been photoshopped because someone has decided it doesn’t meet the beauty standard, well, it reinforces the fact that what you were born with is too different to ever be good.  Like scotty said, it still matters.  We’re working on it.  I think we will be for a long time.

      • scottyf

        Sorry, I screwed up. I was trying to make this a reply to Elaine Lang, but I somehow didn’t. I tried to delete it and put it in the proper place. C’est la vie.

        • Christine Campbell

          What’s funny is that I had mentioned you by name at the end of my original post and then when I hit enter, your post had reverted to guest and I thought, “huh…maybe scotty wanted anonymity for that one, although that doesn’t seem like him at all….” so I edited mine and took your name out to respect that…lol.  c’est la vie indeed. :)

        • Christine Campbell

          What’s funny is that I had mentioned you by name at the end of my original post and then when I hit enter, your post had reverted to guest and I thought, “huh…maybe scotty wanted anonymity for that one, although that doesn’t seem like him at all….” so I edited mine and took your name out to respect that…lol.  c’est la vie indeed. :)

    • Anonymous

      No, not really. She’s lighter skinned than the runway model, that’s, whatever that’s just standard business now but her gaze is incredibly off putting. She looks a little mentally challenged to me. Plus, if there was ever anything that could be described as searingly beige, it’s this cover.

    • Jessica Rowe

      j’adore that pucci dress!

    • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

      I kinda love that dress.

    • http://profiles.google.com/withano Loren S

      The fringe around her boob window makes it look like a panel was ripped out.  She’s giving fantastic face, but I can’t get over that.

    • http://profiles.google.com/withano Loren S

      The fringe around her boob window makes it look like a panel was ripped out.  She’s giving fantastic face, but I can’t get over that.

    • Anonymous

      It’s like a Victorian collar put on top of an Elizabethan bodice. I’ve seen things like that on stage when costume designers are purposely trying to mix periods. I kind of love it.

    • Anonymous

      She’s ridiculously beautiful.  It boggles the mind that people who look like her and Aishwarya Rai can even exist in the same universe as people who look like me.

    • Anonymous

      Underwhelmed! She is beautiful, no question about that and she has a great body. The photo makes he look drab and the the dress is too big at the top of her chest, it should have been taken in a bit on the side seams. Liked the photo shoot video, but it seems like they are afraid to put any hint of color on her.

    • http://www.manoneileen.com Manon Eileen

      In all honesty, I was confused. I had to look at these pictures real hard to see this was not Eva Longoria. Lol. It’s a nice picture but I don’t like the dress.

    • Amanda in Austin

      LUV HUH!!!

    • Anonymous

      To the person above who thought she was Spanish–a surprising number of Indians have Spanish or Portuguese surnames.  They’re a legacy of the missionaries and others who came from those areas in earlier centuries.  I’m not sure how she ended up with “Frieda” though.

    • Anonymous

      To the person above who thought she was Spanish–a surprising number of Indians have Spanish or Portuguese surnames.  They’re a legacy of the missionaries and others who came from those areas in earlier centuries.  I’m not sure how she ended up with “Frieda” though.