Cover Girl: Cate Blanchett for InStyle Australia
Saint Kate of Giving Good Face fixed her Blue Steel on the lens of an InStyle Australia photographer for the July 2011 issue.
Lovely. But Cate? If we may…? We wouldn’t normally give advice to she who is rock-solid in her fierceness, but our beliefs were shaken when she showed up on a red carpet recently looking a bit dowdy and worse, normal, that we feel the need to speak up a bit and make sure the goddess is on the right path. You see, Cate, the above picture is lovely and you are in fact giving good face. In fact, you’ve done the one thing we always secretly implore Michelle Obama to do: find your best face and lock it in when there are cameras on you. That way, there are far fewer pictures of you sucking on your teeth or scowling. It’s something a lot of people in the public eye learn to do. Look at Laura Bush. Eight years of pictures and her expression remains exactly the same in every one. Boring, sure. But there are hardly any bad pictures of her floating around.
And that works well for most people in the public eye. But when you’re an actor and sometimes model; when it’s a normal occurrence for you to see your face staring back at you from the magazine rack every month, then we would suggest you find more than one face to put in your facial repertoire. In other words, Cate, you look great, but this looks like most pictures of you. This is your standard fashion face, but it’s gotten a little stale. You’re charismatic, you have great bone structure and the camera seems to love you. It’s okay to loosen up a bit. In fact, we think you take a much more interesting picture when you do.
But we still love you, doll! You’re still our diva goddess! Mummy wanted you, sweetie!