Katie Holmes for ELLE UK Magazine

Posted on March 06, 2014

Katie serves up Katie Face for Elle UK.



Katie-Holmes-ELLE-UK-Magazine-April-2014-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Katie Holmes covers the April 2014 issue of ELLE UK magazine in Prada photographed by Thomas Whiteside.


On the fundamental principles of parenthood: “I think the basics are very important: the number one thing is making sure my child feels loved. And good about herself. And that what she does and who she is, is special and important, and should be celebrated. And my mum always said, ‘No one loves you like your mother.'”

On being reluctant to label herself as feminist: “I identify with women. I identify with people who work really hard.  I love strong women and I love strong men and I love being inspired by people who fight for what they believe in and work hard and are creative. And have integrity. I don’t think (the word feminism) is problematic.”

On the beginning of her career with the show “Dawson’s Creek”: “The world has changed so much since then. Social media, and what people are watching. But I think innocence was one of the draws of the show. It was these kids going through first love and heartbreak and growing up and friendships changing. So I’m glad that the innocence still holds up.”


Katie-Holmes-ELLE-UK-Magazine-April-2014-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (2)Prada Spring 2014 Collection

Katie-Holmes-ELLE-UK-Magazine-April-2014-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (3)

Katie-Holmes-ELLE-UK-Magazine-April-2014-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (4)Christian Dior Spring 2014 Collection


At Fashion Week in New York last month, we got to sit across the runway from Katie at the Donna Karan show. A few seats down from her sat Hugh Jackman and his wife. You don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to figure out which one we wound up staring at. But when we tore our eyes away from Hugh(‘s spread thighs) long enough to look at Katie, we noticed a couple of things. First, she’s really tall and willowy. More striking than we’d realized. Second, you know how she only seems to have one or two facial expressions in all her pictures, like the ones here? She’s like that in person. Her face is a mask. We don’t mean physically. We mean she simply doesn’t allow anything to come across on it. It’s a great quality for a celebrity to have in order to generate mystery about themselves (a la Garbo) but not such a great one if she wants to be an actress in this day and age. She’s a beautiful cipher. Which, not coincidentally, is a great quality for a model to have.

And credit where it’s due: she’s pulling off some difficult looks here.


[Photo Credit: Thomas Whiteside for ELLE UK Magazine, IMAXtree]

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  • Sarah

    What’s with zero face to go with either dress? I don’t mean her expression – which is pretty blank – I mean like no color whatsoever.

    • porcupie

      I think the “no make-up” look works with the first shot because the colours of the clothes are so bright, but in the second with the pale blue she just looks washed out and ill…

      • Sarah

        I definitely noticed it more with the second look so I agree with that.

      • myandyleigh

        I think the lack of makeup would have worked okay with the second one if they’d done something with her hair. No makeup plus the hair pulled back in a random ponytail looking like they just dragged it back after she came in from a workout makes for incongruity when paired with that complicated, upscale dress.

  • MilaXX

    Kudos to her for making that weird dress work.

  • Glam Dixie

    She isn’t on my irrational hate list but she is on my irrational dislike list. That coat on the cover is hiddy. It’s an ok set of photos though, considering the clothes are not my cup of tea and you know, her.

    • Lucía Gavello

      She’s on my “I keep forgetting you exist” list, which is weird because I was an avid Dawson’s Creek viewer. I find her desperately boring though, even in these clown clothes.

  • lundibleu

    She looks fab in that Dior, much better than the model. Complicated dress does not need complicated makeup.

    • 3boysful

      Looking at that dress (in a long line of questionable ensembles lately) I think someone important’s smoking something a la Maison Dior.
      ETA: SO jealous you were within Mr Jackman’s orbit!

      • lundibleu

        Oh, I think so. Who is in charge these days, is it still Raf Simons? Either that or LVMH are demanding more cracktastic designs, but that seems at odds.

        • demidaemon

          You are correct, lundibleu (on Raf Simons). Unfortunately.

    • Bernd

      I think we’ve found the editorial dress of the season. Marion Cotillard is wearing it on the cover of Interview.

      • marlie

        And I think JLaw was wearing it in one of her Dior ads, too.

      • gabbilevy

        Why do they always pick the weirdest ones? I thought it looked great on Marion, but it was also mostly hidden by the photo’s crop. It’s not that it looks bad on Katie, I think it’s just sort of a tacky dress.

        • Bernd

          T’s aat, daaling, thee aa aatistes.

        • lundibleu

          I actually don’t mind the dress, it’s interesting. I mind more that this is what’s happened to Dior.

    • Pablo

      I think Marion Cotillard wore it in a editorial as well and looked great, it isn’t a pretty great but I guess it works here

  • notterriblybitter

    Just once, I’d like a celebrity to say “Yes, I’m a feminist.” with no caveats or equivocation. Just once.

    • kmk05

      Tell me about it. And their definition of ‘not being a feminist but being for equality and I don’t like labels’ is the dictionary definition of feminism.

      • serenab44

        I was going to write something about this but you said it better.

      • Gatto Nero

        The equivocation is because they didn’t have to live through the tough part. They haven’t got a clue.

      • coco ebert

        Their being able to say that with a straight face is DUE to the success of the feminist movement. Fucking props where props are due please.

        • kmk05

          Their ignorance makes me angry. Can you not use Google to look up a definition? And do you think your ability to spout whatever you like is due to women who just sat down nicely and waited for someone to hand them their rights? GAH.

          I understand some people not wanting to identify with feminism (esp white middle-class feminism which left out/still leaves out WOC and trans* women) but the women being asked that question are not even on the same realm as the people who have these concerns. /rant and I’m so sorry in advance.

          • coco ebert

            Totally agreed with you on the feminism and women of color bit. I completely understand why it is felt that feminism has not addressed the needs of so many people of color but you’re right- that’s way beyond what these people are concerned with.

          • kmk05

            These women ARE the women feminism was originally geared towards. The whole thing is just infuriating. Wasn’t there an actress saying she wasn’t a feminist but an equalist? IDEK.

          • demidaemon

            Feminism is way too complicated for the average celebrity. Sorry/not sorry.

          • formerlyAnon

            Feminism is about the most slippery ‘ism’ to identify as that there is – give me 10 feminists and I’ll give you 6 well-thought-out nuanced definitions of the boundaries thereof, and 2 more saying “not exactly what ANY of them said” – but the baseline is so fucking simple and is what made all of these women’s lives possible.

            Without feminism she damn sure wouldn’t have custody of her daughter, that’s just a start.

            Gotta stop now, rage boiling over.

          • kmk05

            There is really nothing else to say except ARGH as we tear our hair out. It’s just… I get so angry about this. Angry and frustrated and annoyed. And I fear it’s not really changing.

          • SierraDelta

            I ranted earlier this week about Kim Novak’s treatment after her Oscar appearance, so I’m refraining from firing up again tonight, but I agree with everything you just said. And please continue to be angry about ignorance — “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”

        • Sunraya

          That is why they are so ignorant. The women before them fought and won a lot of the battle.


      • Anna

        When Katy Perry accepted her Billboard award for (and try not to punch yourself in the face) “Woman of the Year,” she declared in her speech (while, I repeat, accepting an award that is supposed to celebrate the accomplishments of WOMEN in the music industry) that she is “not a feminist, but believes in the strength of women.” There are not enough variations of WHAT. THE. FUCK. in this world.

        Sure, you’re on our side, Katy. Keep “roaring.”

        • kmk05

          I just Googled it because I thought, ‘No way!’, and, not only am I a seething ball of rage now, but. What. I’m speechless. If you have nothing nice to say, then keep your mouth shut if you intend on shitting on the people who made you possible.

          But then, maybe that’s why she won the award. They don’t want uppity women up there, I’m guessing.

          • Anna

            She was never an intellectual titan to begin with, but after I’d heard that, there’s not much that she could do or say to convince me that she’s not fucking dumb. Why would you say something like that, in that specific moment, at that occasion. There are no words.

        • formerlyAnon

          Words fail. Except strings featuring permutations of the f-word, which I think I’ve over-used recently on this topic.

          • Anna

            I know. What’s most insulting is that “Roar” is a huge single for her. So, she’s opently not a feminist, but she’s made and continues to make a lot of money from a song that is supposed to be about empowerment. Is it really empowering though if it’s vapid?

    • fursa_saida

      Yeah, that was even a worse than usual punt. I’m trying to remember–I think Zooey Deschanel actually gave a really good answer to this question a while ago. But I’m not completely sure it was her.

      • V V

        Was it “We can’t be feminine and be feminists and be successful? I want to be a f–king feminist and wear a f–king Peter Pan collar. So f–king what?” (As an aside, please put that on my tombstone.)

        • kmk05


        • marlie

          If Zooey said that, I have a newfound respect for her. She’s always annoyed me, but I appreciate her saying that.

      • pookiesmom

        It was Zooey. I love her.

      • Sunraya

        Look at who her sister plays on television. Bones is one of the most aggressively intelligent women, and is not shy about it at all, in any show. I love her!!

    • Alloy Jane

      Cate Blanchett and Gina Davis identify as feminists, yes?

      • MartyBellerMask

        IDK about Blanchett, but Hell to the Yes for Geena Davis. She rocks.

      • scoobynacks

        Given what Cate said in her Oscar speech, I’d say she’s a proud feminist.

    • Evan

      Yes, it’s like they equate feminism with being an anti-men, bra burning lesbian. They don’t realize that you can like “feminine” things and still be a feminist. I find it sad that I’m a man and I’m more feminist than a lot of women are.

    • formerlyAnon

      Yes. Yes. Oh fucking baby Jesus in a pram, yes.

    • Rhonda Shore

      Lorde did when she was 16 yrs old. And what’s with “my mum” – she’s not British!!!

      • formerlyAnon

        I caught that mum, as well. Maybe she hangs with that jet set crowd in which some odd mid-Atlantic (as in East-West, not North-South) speech evolves, mingling Americanisms & Britishisms. See Also: Jerry Hall, Madonna, almost all British rock stars and the majority of American ones, of the 1970s.

      • Aroo

        It’s for Elle UK.

        • Rhonda Shore

          oh, right!

        • Carrps

          Yeah, I was assuming she said “mom,” and the editors changed it to “mum.” I’ve seen other UK interviews with US celebrities where the Britishism was used, and I’ve always assumed they changed it.

    • Alyssa

      Olivia Wilde did recently…she called out Hollywood for it’s sexism against womenby having males read female lines from a movie and vice versa. She also called out that most women don’t get leading roles, and those that do make less than their male counterparts.

    • Violentcello

      You know how everyone can spot a racist when they begin a sentence with “I’m not racist, but …”? Same goes with feminists.

      “I’m not a feminist, but …” You’re a fucking feminist, dear. It’s not something you have to apologize for.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

    Poor, over-analyzed doe.

    • Dam_Angel

      Maybe the reason for her perpetual blank stare is a blank mind.

  • jilly_d

    ACK why is that hideous blue Dior everywhere? She is managing to make that fugly Prada coat look covetable, which is a feat, but that dress is still a big NO for me. All day, every day.

    • Lucía Gavello

      I think the trick with the Prada coat is that it’s photographed from the side and you can’t see the bedazzled low bra pattern.

  • Adrianna Grężak

    I think she’s quite beautiful

  • nannypoo

    Ugliest clothes ever.

  • Danielle

    *GASP* IMPLIED NUDITY on the cover! She’s really breaking out of her shell! *eye roll*

  • Nikko Viquiera

    You lost me at the jackman thigh story. Please do tell more . Even better, maybe post a picture? Oh yeah Katie. S’alright.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I confess to being much more interested in hearing more about Mr. Jackman and his spread thighs….

  • DeTrop

    ‘Difficult looks’ is so right. I’m always happy to see people moving on in a good way. Go Katie.

    More Jackman please.

  • hughman

    A sequined Prada bra is always a big hit at PTA meetings.

    • demidaemon

      How else are you going to get picked to head up the bake sale fundraiser?

  • SugarSnap108

    Let me get this straight, so to speak: You stopped looking at Hugh Jackman’s spread thighs?

  • @Biting Panda

    I like her. I think she’s really beautiful. I hope to see her continue to come into her own.

  • ampg

    Her “fundamental principles of parenthood” are making my eyes roll right out of my head. Yes, congratulations on figuring out that loving your kid is important. Call me when you’ve learned the importance of parents in shaping kids into decent human beings.

    • TwiddlyStun

      I am probably not the only one who read subtext into that response, relating to her ex-spouse’s approach being… different. Not actually stated, but I would not be surprised if the suggestion were purposeful.

      • Erica

        I think you are exactly right. That comment is in direct response to the cult and its views on raising children.

        • ampg

          I’ll give you that, but that just adds “Don’t reproduce with someone in a cult” to the “no duh” parenting list she seems to have going on. I don’t mean to go all Judgey McJudgerson on her, but every quote I’ve ever seen from her about her kid has to do with applauding the very existence of her Special Snowflake, which to me shows a fundamental lack of understanding of what a parent does.

          • TerryMH

            Totally agree. I nearly died when I read that her main goal is to make her daughter feel that “what she does and who is is special and important and should be celebrated.” Why? Because she is a human being? There are 7 billion of us sharing the planet.. We are not special just because we exist.

            When the rest of the world doesn’t celebrate that girl just because “she is” then its going to be a rude awakening for her. I’m a teacher and I see plenty of self-entitled kids who believe “they are special” because that’s what their parents always told them. Its always a rude awakening when they grow up….something I think those Smith kids will be facing any day now….

          • demidaemon


          • MemHey

            I cannot imagine the trauma of the child’s life, but I can imagine mama carries quite a bit of guilt for it. I’m happy to give her the benefit of the doubt – she’s parenting the best she can to make up for the father…

          • Sartorial_She

            You and ampg nailed it. Glad I’m not the only one who cringed when I read her quote for exactly the reasons you’ve articulated.

          • Alloy Jane

            I disagree. The fact that we exist is nothing short of amazing. Unfortunately, people assume that “special” implies “separate,” but I think that specialness unifies us. Or it would, if we let it. It’s actually really tragic, when you think about it. Children being special is a no-brainer for most folks, but for this strange gal, it’s a revelation. To be loved just because is the right of all beings. And like Sir Conan Doyle said, “Wretched is the man who has not one woman to mourn for him.”

          • formerlyAnon

            Thanks for articulating this. I was trying but all I could come up with was “Yes she’s special, we’re ALL special, that’s what people need to teach their kids.” Which isn’t particularly illuminating. You did so much better.

          • Perigee

            Right. There is a big difference between raising a kid to have healthy self-respect based on his/her efforts, talents, challenges and skills and just constantly emphasizing how special and wonderful the kid is. I see this in my own community: where kids are praised for their very existence they don’t know who they are and have no idea how to face struggles; where kids are raised with both positive and constructive feedback regarding their strengths and weaknesses they are comfortable with themselves and more resilient in adversity. My main goal as a parent isn’t my child’s happiness or her awareness of her “specialness,” it is to raise someone kind, self-reliant, and determined. She needs confidence for all of those, but not not meaningless “specialness.”

          • TerryMH

            Thanks – You said it better than me.

  • Gatto Nero

    Katie looks beautiful, but the clothes are hideous. The Prada coat looks like a punch line — and I used to love Prada.

  • Alloy Jane

    She looks nice in the second dress. It’s a shame they’ve made that model up to have frog eyes.

  • Cee Layton

    That is a hideous coat. The cover? Seriously? Call Joseph. He’s lost his coat.

  • Qitkat

    This dress is a good example of when something really needs correct styling. Which the ball was dropped on here. Such a pretty blue that calls for less casual hair, a couple of pretty bracelets, and a totally different shoe, definitely not in black which is too harsh for the delicacy.

    She has taken that craft project of a coat and made it look semi-acceptable because of the posing angle, but that is one hideous garment. I do love her clean, direct face and hair in that shot though.

  • OffToSeeHim

    I saw her off-Broadway in All My Sons and she was really good. For the first act I was like, “God, she’s made of wood,” and then in the second act I realized that she’s a really great actress and the character was wooden in the first act for good reason. For some reason, I was really happy that she turned out to be a good actress. Tom and Suri were at the theater, and they were mobbed afterwards.

  • Betsy

    I’ve never really understood the fascination with her as an actress or as a fashion icon. Sure, she’s pretty and wholesome but she must be Illuminati or something.

    • Sarah

      She was married to Tom Cruise for a while, don’t forget. That was a huge boost for her exposure and I doubt she would’ve had a fashion line without it. (I agree with you – I’m just trying to figure it out too)

    • Little_Olive

      Yup, stiff is a word I associate with her and I am yet to find her believable as an actress. But I have never heard anyone catalog her as a “fashion icon”, even in spite of her having a fashion line -except for the 5 minutes when she brought back baggy jeans as “boyfriend”

  • cindiaune

    The stylist must hate her to have picked such ugly clothing. yuck to the coat and the dress!

  • coco ebert

    I couldn’t believe it when I read that she had her own fashion line. She comes to mind as one of the worst dressers in Hollywood.

    • PastryGoddess

      It’s been shuttered, thank the DOS Gods

  • Jean Beaton Leavitt

    Sometimes her quirky crooked smile photographs like a smirk, I think she may be self conscious around a gazillion cameras.

    • Little_Olive

      I read (on this site actually) she’s worked some sort of palsy as a smirk.

      • Jean Beaton Leavitt

        More like a dimple gone wrong.

  • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

    I’m amazed that she’s pulling off that Prada technicolor coat, but I feel like an editor who hates her picked that particular shot of her in the Dior – she looks like she’s about to sneeze.

  • MartyBellerMask

    That second one is DIOR??? I could’ve sworn it was a Suede original.

  • formerlyAnon

    I’ll give her credit, that awkward Dior looks good when she’s wearing it. She’s pretty. But she doesn’t really interest me and her apparent terror that someone might think she is some Evil Man Hating Humorless Feminist grates pretty damn fucking hard. Grow some ovaries.

  • Little_Olive

    I think she looks really pretty -quite natural and carrying the clothes in spite of the styling- and we should cut her some slack.

    I was gonna say the coat is crazy, but Disqus ate my comment and as I retype it I’m leaning towards insult.

    • LambeeBaby

      Please, allow me. She looks beautiful even more so in the Prada. The coat looks like a combo pinata- bra. Would anyone really wear that and could I stop myself from chasing them with a stick?

  • quiltrx

    Ugh, I can’t with this one. It’s a far span from “Garbo mystery” to “childlike and vacant”.

  • marlie

    Katie looks lovely in that first picture. Her face seems to have gotten a little more angular as she’s gotten older, but it suits her. She has beautiful cheekbones and jawline. It feels weird to say that, but it’s the first thing I notice about her.

  • decormaven

    Photos are nice; as mentioned, they are two tricky looks and she’s doing a fine job with both. What kills me is the magazine promo announcing her “new confidence.” Katie and Tom have been split since 2011. Three years! She’s moved on. Why can’t the press? I’m ready for her to either bowl over the public with some serious acting chops, star in a light-hearted television series, or do something completely unexpected. But quit yabbering about her new “confidence” – that’s been hashed, and needs to be trashed.

    • OhSheila

      They can’t move on because Tom’s the only reason she’s A-List. Same reason why Jennifer Aniston’s story was Brangelina for damn near a decade.

      I find Katie pretty damn vacant, but her bone structure in enviable. Yes, cheekbones, yes!

  • shirab

    Why is she playing with her toes on the cover?

  • in a pickle

    The coat on the model is one of the fugliest things I’ve ever seen. What’s with the sad bra applique on it? Can’t really see it in its full glory on Katie, which helps that photo out no end.

  • carnush

    This is the best I’ve ever seen her look. Truly lovely. But that dress is weird.

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    I find her so incredibly boring and I wish she’d decide to just live a quiet life raising her daughter. She’s got money and she’s not a great actress. She can show up at the occasional event to remind us she’s still around but I don’t need to see her on a weekly basis. Her time has come and gone, IMO.

  • MarissaLG

    I honestly couldn’t care less about Katie Holmes, but that Prada coat? All over it.

  • DeniseSchipani

    That quote in the section about feminism? Makes no sense. Read it again. It’s a bunch of words and punctuation.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    Why isn’t she a full-time model?

  • JynxTheCat

    She looks almost unwell. I’ll blame the styling, but I’m sure a team of experts put her in the best light possible and still she comes off as if she could benefit from a blood transfusion. Also: “I identify with women” umm dearie…

  • understateddiva

    I am really struck by how UNre-touched she looks here. There’s probably some going on, of course, but she really looks like herself. Nicely done, Elle UK.

  • Taylor Brock

    I liked the blue dress (in the editorial) much better on Kate Bosworth.

  • calimon

    Bedazzled coat – no, thanks. Bedazzled dress – yes, please!

  • melanie0866

    Just for a second, in the thumbnail, I thought that was a picture of Michael Jackson.

  • Sara Brams-Miller

    I kind of love her. I think the coat looks amazing on her and horrible on the model. And the styling of the Dior is perfection. That dress does NOT look that good on the runway.