Eva Mendes for FLARE Magazine

Posted on April 02, 2014

You’re gorgeous, Eva. Now pick up those cherries.


Eva Mendes covers the May 2014 issue of FLARE magazine in Chanel photographed by Guy Aroch and styled by Hayley Atkin.


ON HOW SHE HATES SKINNY-JEANS: “I’m always in dresses, in skirt—I think they’re so easy. People are always saying, ‘I love jeans, they’re so casual and easy,’ but I think jeans aren’t easy. They’re my worst nightmare.”

ON THE REVEALING OUTFITS SHE REGRETS: “It’s not that I’m against body-conscious clothes: I have worn them on the red carpet or out, but when I’m photographed in them, I always regret it. For me, it’s always been the easy way out. When I wear something a little more reveal- ing, I think, Oh, gosh, I should have been more creative.”

ON HER LOVE OF HEAD-WRAPS: “They’re an easy way for me to feel pulled together, even when I’m not. Some kind of scarf or a mini-turban situation. That finishes a not-so-great outfit and polishes up the look a bit.”


Love her sense of style; especially her head wraps, which are known to routinely give us LIFE. And she looks really great in these shots; beautiful and well styled. But man, editorials can get into some silly shit every now and then.




Gosh, how many times has a lady in a strapless cocktail dress asked to use your kitchen sink to wash the gunk out of her toes? If we had a nickel for every time…

Maybe she stepped on the cherries or something? Just trying to work this one out.

Still: She looks beautiful. Can’t take that away.




[Photo Credit: Guy Aroch for FLARE Magazine]

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  • Beardslee

    That’s EXACTLY when I put on when it’s time to haul out the ironing board.

  • Julie Chase

    I don’t know what’s so strange about this editorial, just the other day I was ironing in an old bridesmaid dress and bathing in the sink. Gin may have been involved though.

    • Kent Roby

      Thank goodness; I, too, was wearing an old bridesmaid dress and bathing in the sink the other day! Is it bad that I was NOT drinking at the time?

    • Ginmaru

      Was THAT where I was?! Thanks, good to know I was with a friend. 😉

    • Sobaika

      Did you make that same deranged face when picking fruit off the floor?

  • Nicoya

    Thanks for making me literally laugh out loud! She’s beautiful…and I agree about the jeans.

    • Nicole C

      That jeans comment makes me LOVE her. I always think the same thing. As a Californian, people wonder why I’m so “formal” with my skirts and dresses when jeans are so “easy,” but I don’t think thigh and hip-hugging pants are more comfortable.

      • Anglow

        I agree about the jeans, too. I refuse to wear the National Uniform! Love skirts and dresses.

      • http://kittysdrawings.com Esz

        Another here that does not like jeans! They are definitely NOT easy! Especially when you’ve got short legs and actual hips. Despite my small waist size – people think if you’re a size 0-2 you dont have any hips. So they gape.
        So I make my own skirts and dresses. MUCH easier!

        • ballerinawithagun

          My jeans and skinny pants rarely come out to play. Skirts and dresses are much more comfortable!

          • Violentcello

            Yup, me too. I can count on my fingers the number of times I’ve worn pants this winter and still have room for a pinky swear. Skirts, slips and stockings, please.

      • FrigidDiva

        I get the same comments at work once spring hits and I break out the dresses. My comment is always the same, they’re so much more comfortable than jeans. I always have a hard time finding a pair that fits perfectly too. Maybe I should just boycott jeans.

        • AnaRoW

          I hear people say this all the time and I don’t get it. I get that jeans are hard to find but the freedom that comes from not having to worry about blowing wind, how your legs look, thighs rubbing together, keeping your legs closed, and creeps walking around with hidden cameras makes it worth it to me.

          • Nicole C

            True, I do have to remember my leg posture sitting, but all my daily skirts/dresses pass the bend-over test in stride and I hope I’m not running into those kinds of creeps on a regular basis! They’d have a pretty hard time getting any footage with the way I’m covered up 😛

          • RebeccaKW

            the number 1 reason jeans are easy-I don’t have to shave my legs.

    • Kate4queen

      yup 105 dresses in my closet and 2 pairs of jeans that I rarely if ever wear.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    Right before my weekly coffee klatch i leap into my sink to wash my toes..every damn time!

  • michael tanner

    beautiful woman, gives off this very positive energy IMO

  • Kate Andrews

    I love the clothes — especially the dress in the cherries picture. The bride magazine I used to work for just did an editorial with models in tuxes and gowns doing household chores, and that was fun, so maybe that’s what they were going for. Or the photographer has a foot fetish. Either one.

  • marlie

    Gorgeous face and smile, and some interesting/appropriate comments.

  • hughman

    Wow. She looks one Richard Gere and a face mask line away from Cindy Crawford.

    • Shug

      Whoa, you’re so right and never even put my finger on that til now.

      PS I secretly look like Eva and Cindy too. It’s just no one knows it yet.

  • Victoria Anzalone

    I think those are cherry tomatoes. (I’m totally paying attention to the right things.)

    • Kate Andrews

      Oh, that is possible. Hm. I’d rather it be cherries.

    • jw_ny

      I think they’re cranberries.

      • Qitkat

        Those are some giganticus alien mutant cranberries!

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

      I think you are right – or grape tomatoes.

      • sugarkane105

        Hold up – there’s a difference?

        • Sarah

          Just shape. One is round, one is grape-y.

        • Adina Miller Holmes

          Cherry tomatoes tend to be a bit bigger than grape tomatoes, in addition to being rounder.

          • Qitkat

            I prefer grape tomatoes, which seem to have more on the inside, as to cherry tomatoes, which explode like a juice bomb when biting (or stepping on, as poor Eva may have done). She’s a lot more cheerful than I would be, having done that. But why did she change dresses before washing her sticky feet?

          • KinoEye

            Because everyone changes their outfits as they progress from task to task in the house. It’s a cardinal rule of housework! All of my laundry is done wearing a ball gown. My dishes are washed in heels and a ladytux. Cleaning the bathroom merits a change to a dashiki. I refuse to vacuum if I’m not wearing a full length fur coat. You know, normal stuff.

    • formerlyAnon

      I think they’re candy. The kind that has “razzcherries” or actual dried cherries covered in dark chocolate and the whole thing covered in a candy shell.

      Not that I spend too much time thinking about candy, or anything. Not at all.

      • Sarah

        Those are goooood.

      • ballerinawithagun

        I agree, they are candy, they look too hard and shiny.

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

        I’ve never heard of then, but they sound good!

    • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

      Those are the pieces of my heart, which shatters every time I remember that she gets to kiss Ryan Gosling for reals.

    • Kent Roby

      It’s all the same, the message is that Eva has lost her cherry(s), and that she couldn’t be happier about it!
      ETA: If I were ever featured in an editorial, I’d insist that it was retro as well, and there would be a photo of me laughing while hiding my banana in the bread box.

    • Allison Angier

      Or olives, P-shopped in pre-press for Reasons.

    • cocohall

      And apparently there was a tomato wrangler that placed each tomato just so. When I drop shit on the floor I rarely get such a pleasing scattering and something invariably explodes and then the dogs are underfoot. But whatever, I love Eva and love her even more because of her comment about jeans. Brave girl, breaking the silence on the scourge of denim pants.

    • Guest

      i’d say grape tomatoes.

  • Linderella

    Love that she’s almost always in dresses and skirts. I swear, if I were a woman I would never, but never, wear pants.
    And, might I add, that retro kitchen is everything!

    • sagecreek

      For this lady, skirts are MUCH more comfy.

      • Kent Roby

        Whenever I wear a kilt I’m reminded how much more comfy it is than pants or shorts.

  • Sophie

    Interesting to show this one after the Kirsten Dunst editorial… But she does look great.


    I’ve been caught on more than 1 occasion doing housework in my Helmut Lang silk tuxedo pants…….

  • greymain

    She is FLAT-OUT gorgeous.

  • http://redheadedwolf.wordpress.com/ Laura Renee

    The housework setting definitely hits the wrong nerve, especially in light of whoever’s recent comments. “Hahaha we’re just like yooooou, except we do chores in couture”

    • MarissaLG

      YUP. I’d really rather not see yet another “Model/Actress as Housewife in Couture” editorial.

  • phylora

    She’s an extraordinarily beautiful woman, Ava Gardner beautiful. Are she and the Gosling still an item?

    • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

      It’s like a knife to my heart every time it’s mentioned.

  • Sarah

    Ya know, they may get into weird stuff in editorials, but I’d rather hear about why Eva Mendes likes head wraps ANY DAY over “As a wife, an entertainer, and a mother…” or “Everyone needs their knight in shining armor…”

    • CupcakeTrudy

      A million times YES.

    • http://redheadedwolf.wordpress.com/ Laura Renee

      Yes, please, just talk about clothes. The superficial stuff is all I want from celebrities, anyway.

  • dorothea_brooke

    I’m curvy (but on a much, er, grander scale than Ms. Mendes) and I hardly ever wear pants or jeans. Fitting is a nightmare, and I find skirts and dresses very comfortable. I adore that dress she’s for some *fashion* reason ironing in and she has the best eyebrows going. Lovely, lovely woman.

    • MasterandServant

      Yes!!!!!!!! I found a pair of magical jeans this year, though….and promptly purchased 4 pairs in differant finishes

      • SR93

        What brand?

        • MasterandServant

          AG Adriano Goldschmied Prima cut…good amount of stretch, and they come in denim and twill…My waist to hip ratio is a bit large proportionally, and these fit really well

  • decormaven

    The story for the photostyling is a bit wackadoo- Couture in the 50s Kitchen- but she looks great. And I’m laughing about how long it took to find one of those aluminum ice trays.

    • alyce1213

      I went on a metal ice cube tray hunt a few months back and found aluminum without difficulty. But I wanted stainless, which was harder to find (and more expensive). I found ’em, they look just like this one, but you can’t tell. Makes ice fast!

      • decormaven

        Then is your fridge one that must be defrosted? We have one in the garage that is the beer/wine/drinks repository. Nothing like defrosting a fridge to make one thankful for technological advances.

        • alyce1213

          No, it’s relatively new-ish so thank goodness I don’t have to defrost (boy, do I remember that unpleasantness).
          I just didn’t opt for the ice and water maker.

          • decormaven

            Got it! Seems like there would be a plethora of those things, but as you note, most of them were crafted from aluminum.

          • alyce1213

            Do you remember colored aluminum drinking glasses? I LOVED them. (In my mind they go hand-in-hand with the aluminum ice trays of my youth.)

          • decormaven

            Absolutely. You can get reproductions of the original items; just do a search on them.

  • Monica De Leon

    I am showing the picture of her picking up the cherries or tomatoes or whatevs to my stylist when I go get my hair done. Perfect layers and color!

  • CupcakeTrudy

    Oh, this made me smile. She’s crazy gorgeous and I really enjoyed the Q&A, which doesn’t happen too often.
    And, Eva, I feel you on the jeans, turbans, and preference for creative, rather than revealing, outfits.

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

    I bet has watched her driver pump gas in a white mink turban while giving hand jobs to Ryan Gosling.

    That kind of glamour only comes once in a generation.

    • Qitkat

      This picture is going to be difficult to erase from my mind 😉

      • demidaemon

        Agreed. 😉

  • KinoEye

    Wowza. She has such an intense, angular beauty. Gorgeous shots, but I wonder what she was being told to look at with such interest/disdain whilst ironing.

    • MikeW_Vegas

      She’s trying to see her daytime soaps on the 5″ B&W TV screen that’s across the room.

      • KinoEye

        Telenovelas! (I suppose the 50s are a bit early for Telenovelas, but those are so much more interesting than American soaps.)

  • kt

    Baffling editorial and while I of course can’t come close to how pretty she is, when she does the quirkier/disco fab/ turbaned costume look, she looks amazing. When she shoots for pretty she is utterly bland. She looks like every pretty brunette I have ever met in socal. Congrats to the denizens of California, but people styling Eva: go for broke.

  • MilaXX

    I feel the same way she does about jeans. I never have more than 4 or 5 pair in rotation. Give me a maxi skirt or dress any day of the week.

    • Qitkat

      I would really like to know where the curvier BKs are purchasing their skirts and dresses. I would be rich if every time I’ve tried on one or the other, and found it fit perfectly for one half of my body, and was waaay too tight or too loose for the other half. Because I’ve had so much fitting trouble, I almost exclusively wear pants. Especially skirts, with a large waist and hips, they almost NEVER look flattering. Or I have weird proportions, which I wouldn’t rule out.

      • Jessica Freeman

        I make my own for the most part since I’m tall with a small waist and wide hips. I also find a good A-line or circle skirt works for just about anyone.

        • MilaXX

          Not me. I have a shelf butt. Most A lines and all circle skirts make me look wider and end up with the back of the skirt/dress sitting higher in the back than the front. Not a good look.

      • MilaXX

        This is the one thing that Stacy & Clinton always said on WNTW that I live by; find a tailor. Seriously no one had a perfect body. NO ONE. Yours is just fine. Even if it’s just the local dry cleaners, use yelp or ask around. I am 5’3″, it’s almost a given that most of my stuff will require a hem. I also like pencils skirts, but finding one that fits my hips means the waist will be too big. We look at celebs on this site all day long who have perfectly nice bodies and cannot wear clothes straight off the runway. We are the same way at a much lower price point.
        Another helpful tool; find some plus size bloggers to follow. It will help change your perception of what “look nice”. Unless you see regular reflections of you, you end up thinking something is wrong with you. Again. THERE IS NOTHING WEIRD OR ODD ABOUT YOUR BODY. Another added bonus to following plus sized blogger is getting tips on making clothes work for you.

        • demidaemon

          Exactly and well said.

        • Qitkat

          Thanks Mila. Great advice. Some days I feel a bit frumpier than normal. Yesterday was apparently one of those days. I do know that my proportions are not weird. I do know that normal comes in all shapes and sizes. I actually have been considering going back to making my own clothes. You have a great attitude, and most days I feel more positive than I came across.

          • MilaXX

            I just think everyone deserves to feel pretty. I don’t sew so I’ve just figured out how to shop on a budget. I’m also thankful the proliferation of plus size bloggers. It’s truly inspiring

        • Granny panties

          I love nanette lepore. I can only afford her at deep winners reductions or eBay, but I find her styles fit so well and very flattering. Major vanity sizing though.
          I highly recommend jackson fit pants at bananna republic for curvy girls.
          And I tailor almost everything else, esp pants. Size up, tailor down to the smaller parts to look great.

  • Flooolia

    This is Beyoncé’s Why Don’t You Love Me video all over again.

  • Danielle

    She looks entirely delicious here. I’d bathe my feet in her sink.

  • Monica De Leon

    Also, btw: What IS the Man Capital of Canada? Curious Americans would like to know…

  • alyce1213

    She looks great here, really fun and glammy. Is turquoise formica back?

  • TrixieConQueso

    Love these shots! The cutest white pumps – does anyone know who is the designer? And I have a retro kitchen in this same color and it has a name – “The St Charles Kitchen.”

  • frannyprof

    I think this is a tribute to just how clueless celebs are about “normal” life. “An ironing board?! A sink? A kitchen?! Is *this* what I’m supposed to do?!” Although, I would like to think that Ms. Eva is one if the more down-to-earth lady stars.

  • Qitkat

    My keen eyes detect a WOODEN ironing board, which my mom had, and haven’t been available for decades. This editorial is designed to evoke the glamourous life of the housewife of the fifties, with the color and stye of the kitchen, wearing lovely dresses to do all housework (go check out Father Knows Best or The Donna Reed Show) along with the flatter, almost illustrative photography and lighting.
    Not a complaint, but an observation.

  • Sarah Caponigro

    Cherry tomatoes. At least it would be retro inducing if it was cherries.

  • shopgirl716

    I’ve always thought she gives off an old school Hollywood glamour vibe – in the Ava Gardner tradition of gorgeous. I can’t believe I just compared her to Ava Gardner but there you have it. The editorial is pretty ridiculous but she is stunning.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    She is a gorgeous woman, and I feel the same way about jeans and pants in general. I save the pants for when it’s really cold and the rest of the time I’m in a dress or skirt and top. Love the shot with the iron because that iron is well used. When I tell people I ironed my clothes they look at me like I’m insane, now I don’t feel so alone.

  • KT

    What the fuck is this? Ugh. She is so beautiful, and has some legitimately interesting sound bytes here, and yet they put her in some weird salute to domesticity? She deserves so much better than this.

    The only thing that would make this worse is if she was also pregnant. Barefoot, pregnant, in the kitchen. But FABULOUSLY SO (?)

  • Jessica Freeman

    I love her comments on jeans. Damn I hate some pants, and am known for wearing dresses. I completely agree with her on that.

  • Fraggle

    And she’s not one of those lady stars who talks about being a real woman and cooking for her man or sth else antiquated – so… why the setting? Is it a trend to combine lady stars with the fifties? And when theier not willing to talk about it they’re doing this kinds of editorial? Ah I smell a conspiracy… *mwahahahahaha* – oops… she’s absolutely stunning! Lover her style!

  • mrspotts66

    love all of these shots!

  • Allison Angier

    I really like the necklace on the cover, it is so creative and unexpected. Two peas in a…cage. Surprising, pleasing, and well-showcased by the model, the photographer, and the magazine.

  • TerryMarie

    Those aren’t cherries; they’re grape tomatoes. I think.

  • Raymond Dnomyar

    Can’t believe girl is forty.

  • demidaemon

    HYSTERICAL EDITORIAL. ANTM REALNESS. She looks beautiful, though, and kudos to everyone for keeping the interview simple, stupid.

  • SewingSiren

    She doesn’t know how to iron.

  • MyFavoriteColorIsGlitter

    Dat hair.

    • Lilak

      Oh my, YES!!

  • ojosazules

    She looks so beautiful in her ironing day dress. That iron is like, “ow!”

  • DinnerIsServed1972

    Can someone teach me how to do those mini-turban head scarves that she sports?
    I need to integrate it into my wardrobe.

    • Granny panties

      Take a long rectangular silk scarf (best resourses thrift shop), put middle and back of head, twist twice at top of head, then tie ends at bottom, should be long loose ends if so tuck in. That’s for the mini turban look. For a nice boho kinda headband take same type of scarf wrap around head twice and tie. Take off. Position tied ends at forehead put the other end at nape cross over top and the tie ends up at nape or behind ear. I like to leave it tied, handy for summer. The trick is a matte silk and not tie super tight, then it should stick in place. Hope that helps. I love hats and head scarfs. Ps these long sashes make great belts for flowy dresses too.

      • DinnerIsServed1972

        Thanks for the tip! I have a lot of scarves that were my gramsy’s and I’m looking for good ways to wear them.

  • Deedles

    I soaked my feet in a bidet in Padova (after cleaning it, of course). Does that count? I completely get her statement about hating jeans. I live in dresses and skirts year-round.

  • queen b*tch

    This is the woman’s version of the James Dean guytorial. Strap on some couture and perform household tasks in a goofy way. It makes me SO MAD.

  • suzq

    I was surprised that you didn’t hone in on her regret of tight dresses. “I could have been more creative.” That should be the biggest regret of someone so beautiful. You can’t deny that this editorial is creative. No regrets here.

  • Shawn EH

    Well, now we know why she’s so great at the street style shots. Common sense + good taste!

  • http://chillaxbiznatch.tumblr.com/ Tatiana

    Is she supposed to be the maid or something? I don’t get this AT ALL.

  • MannahattaMamma

    Yeah, I don’t want to be all PCparanoid here, but … “HEY! let’s put the foxy hispanic chick in a kitchen and have be, you know, cleaning shit!”

  • sk8tfan

    I am Esmeralda, the barefoot dancing gypsy from “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”. Even ball gowns cannot hide my wild, free spirit. I must wash my gamy toes in the sink with your potatoes and apples, which I will feed to my little dancing goat.

  • Granny panties

    She is just stunning! I love her style. I seen her wearing super wide leg jeans years ago, still have the pic I think ….lust. I also don’t like those spandex pants aka skinny jeans, belch !

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    She really is gorgeous-that first photo is reminiscent of Beaver’s mom -except this shirwaist is WAY classier!