Kate Winslet in Vogue UK: “Being single is an empowering thing”


These are two photos from Kate Winslet’s cover shoot with the April issue of Vogue UK. Mario Testino did the shots – and I really, really hate them. HER HAIR. I’m sure that’s a wig and everything, but whoever styled this junk is just wrong. Kate is such a beautiful woman – she doesn’t need to be jacked up in a platinum wig, and she doesn’t need to mess with her face either. Ugh, just let Kate be Kate. Anyway, there are some interview excerpts leaking out from the cover profile – Kate talks about her divorce from Sam Mendes, and she seems… pretty healthy, I guess.

Kate on her single status: “(It’s an) empowering thing… Experiencing those moments of being alone… is a very, very weird flooring and exposing position to be in when you’re just not used to it. And it’s not just being in a relationship. It’s also the fact that I grew up in a family full of people.”

On having her own space: “I’ve never been lonely. And with kids Mia and Joe that remains the case. But to be in this place now where I can say I really like this space. I really need to not have anyone around. It’s a surprise to discover that I like being on my own.”

On refusing to do therapy after her split: “One of the reasons I’ve never done intensive psychotherapy or any of that stuff is that if there’s anything in me that needs fixing, I want to know that I can rely on my own intuition to fix it.”

[From Vogue UK, via The Sun]

Taken with Kate’s interview in the April Glamour Magazine, where Kate claimed that she was doing fine, and that she hadn’t had anything “surgical” done to her face, I tend to think that Kate’s attitude after her divorce from Sam Mendes is pretty good, although she’s really TRYING to sound like she’s doing well. I give her credit for staying so upbeat and not drowning herself in a pity party, and I give her credit for not attacking Sam Mendes too. I believe that she’s honestly happy where she is right now, BUT – I also think she’s used to having a man. She’s one of those women – she’s always had a boyfriend or a husband, and this is maybe the first time she’s been without a relationship in more than a decade. She’s adjusting. And I’m glad she isn’t focused on jumping into another relationship right away.


Vogue cover & additional photo courtesy of The Fashion Spot.

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  1. Rita says:

    I loved Kate’s early look. She was rounder and confident but not stand-offish. Now there’s too much ahhhhhh, Dolph Lundgren.

  2. EdithP says:

    I think that might be her hair. Probably a “I’m going thru a major life event so I must change my hair” hairdo. I think it’s a little extreme but she’s still beautiful.

  3. Jill says:

    I think she looks great. Different. I am sure she won’t be hanging onto this look for too long though….no worries. FYI – Kate – if we could all rely on our own intuition we would never need other human beings. I have not met a person yet that hasn’t needed someone else to maybe point out what we are too clueless to see ourselves….good luck with your self-actualization!

  4. Crash2GO2 says:

    I agree that being single is an empowering thing. I recently have become single again by choice. Anything else was not being true to myself and my daughter, and boy does it feel good!

    I think the hair on her here is fun – not for an every day look, but she has the facial structure to pull it off.

    ‘morning Rita love! 🙂

  5. Bite me says:

    Gwen stefani is that u

  6. Oi says:

    IS she promoting something? She seems to be everywhere at the moment. People will hate me for this, but I never really liked her, and I’m not a fan of her acting. I think her self confidence has been taken too far.

  7. Jenna says:

    @Oi, I assume she’s promoting the miniseries Mildred Pierce, on HBO.

  8. brin says:

    Kind of reminds me of Kim Novak. I think it’s healthy that she is not jumping into another relationship.

  9. Rita says:


    Morning love!! My day is always better knowing you’re close. You sound strong and happy. Give my love to your little “push present”.

  10. guesty says:

    That is beyond an ugly do.

  11. arock says:

    god i have lady love for her. admittedly she was teeth grindingly bad titanic-time but her earlier work and the roles she has chosen now have really reflected what a cool chica shes become.

    love the hair, looks bad ass. im throwing her up on the shelf with cate, emma, and helen B.C.
    i hope they form a gang of four and roam the countryside playing lutes and choking the likes of angelina jolie.

  12. anti says:

    that’s a lot of photoshop.
    overtime is good for the economy.

  13. EdithP says:

    Wait, that can’t be her real hair, these photos would have been taken months ago. It’s a fun look for a change.

  14. bored says:

    I’m not a Winslett fan. I don’t enjoy her acting and I think she’s really awkward looking. I guess the photoshop and finky camera angles help with that.

  15. Karin says:

    I adore this woman, but I´m shocked at her thiness. It´s like “how come?” . The pics are fine, the wig (I hope) is ok, her eyebrows are terrific, and she seems down to earth. I love her still!

  16. Deens says:

    I actually couldn’t sit through Revolutionary Road because she over-enunciated every syllable. It drove me mad! Also feel she is a bit overrated as an actress and Hollywood beauty…but I say that with no negativity or contempt. Just personal preference.

  17. TeeTee says:

    I think she looks beautiful, something different..Her normal look would not work in a high profile shoot..


  18. soso says:

    She’s actually a cool, smart woman and yes she did jump into another relationship after her divorce. Aniston would beg to differ about the therapy stance.
    Kate is right on the money about therapy. It’s about trusting yourself. Why pay someone to drill in you what to do when you know already what you should do but don’t have the courage to do it.

  19. Feebee says:

    Change is good. I think she pulls off this look. She has the rest of her life to look like herself, if you know what I mean.

  20. Riley says:

    Yeah, I like my Kate Winslett plumper, rounder, curvier, with sort of brownish, blondish, wavy, somewhat dishevled hair. I liked her better when she seemed like a real person and less like an academy award winning actress.

  21. Bailey says:

    the platinum blond is too garish for her skin tone. and the photo-shopping is hilarious, its cartoonish.

  22. Hmmm says:

    Yuck. All the uniqueness is being faded, bled or airbrushed out of her. I wonder what she really looks like. I would definitely say she’s gone Hollywood. Yuck. She used to look the epitome of the English rose.

  23. Ani says:

    Sorry, I love her, but this photos are beyond ugly! To much photoshop for me…

  24. alexandra says:

    Very Roxette 90’s like. Love it.

  25. sasa says:

    I think she’s a beautiful woman but her face can’t do edgy for me. And that’s what this hairstyle requires. Kate is an all around classic type.

  26. Marianne says:

    That blonde doesn’t suit her

  27. Tiffany says:

    Way too much photoshop. It’s ridiculous what they do to women these days in pics and then they are held up to us as role models. We’d all look smooth and thin photoshopped to heck and back like this.

  28. DetRiotgirl says:

    Yikes! I’m with you Kaiser. Hate it!

  29. eja102 says:

    didn’t she go right into another relationship though? some hot guy….

    meh. I like to not like her.

  30. serena says:

    Oh please stop this fucking trend platinum hair-dark eyebrows. IT SUCKS. Please tell Kate and Michelle and whoever does it.

  31. hmm says:

    she’s rocking the Tilda Swinton…and i’m loving it!!!

  32. lili says:

    good actress, but self righteous, elitist and looking completely blah in these photos. she tries so hard to look skinnier than she is, that she clearly has severe issues with her natural shape. Perhaps she may want to consider this therapy after all. Having 2 kids from 2 different husbands in a span of 3 years is also not an indication of stability or good intuition…

  33. Angel says:

    Ugh. You just do not do THAT to Kate Winslet.

    Not keen on the concept — female empowerment is not about killing off the softer side of femininity, which Kate wears so well. Besides that … you just do not make this woman androgynous, EVER. That’s like, an unspoken law. These people ought to be fired.

  34. Roxanne75 says:

    She is so pretty–and I so agree about being single is empowering….being married is wonderful but you can be so dependent on your spouse. Beautiful woman!

  35. DreamyK says:


    Kate is a beautiful woman, but good gawd, this is an awful look for her. Bring back the curves and darker hair because she just looks MANLY.

  36. Paulina says:

    lili: you confuse her with Gwyneth Paltrow.

    So you don’t like her for being self confident and not pitying herself. How does she dare!

  37. Ari says:

    Why PS her to death and then leave that one lone wrinkle on her face in the first photo? >_>

    I am torn on her look here. I like how she could put on a pair of boots and kick some butt but at the same time it makes her look really old.

  38. ordinarygirl86 says:

    That hair/haircolor does NOT work with her jawline or face shape! Whoever styled this shoot should be fired ASAP….

  39. harfang says:

    I should state that Kate Winslet can do no wrong with me. She looks like my first girlfriend in high school, and when Titanic made her… titanic, I was so happy. Of course she was more refreshingly zaftig then. Anyway I really don’t appreciate the weird ‘shopped shading or whatever that the magazine added to her face in the cover photo, to make her face gaunter. The body is probably actually hers at this point and she looks healthy enough, although her old body was far superior. The main reason I’m commenting, though, is that I really like the hair. But most likely it’s partly because I’m a lesbian. We seem to be drawn to structured shorter hair on hawt ladies, including straight ones.

  40. sapphire says:

    Interesting change, but not my favorite view of Kate. She can act, she gorgeous without being a faded copy. Bring back the messier, rounder Kate!

  41. Isa says:

    Being single scares the crap out of me.
    Who would kill spiders for me? Who would lift stuff over twenty pounds? Who do I call when I’m stuck on the side of the road? Who protects you from being raped and murdered when a creepy guy is following you through a parking lot?
    I know I could do it if I had to, but it scares me.

    Her face looks amazing. Her hair, not so much.

  42. Solveig says:

    I like her hairstyle, but at first sight I thought she was Kelly Osbourne, not a compliment. I really love the idea of a Kate less classic and more modern-looking.
    The second picture makes her face distorted, not the best Testino’s photoshoot.

  43. lili says:

    paulina – no, gwyneth paltrow had 2 kids from same husband, and always had slim physique….KW is a much better actress, but seems very fake

  44. Fuzzy Cat says:

    Good call on the Dolph Lundren resemblance Rita 🙂 Kate Winslet looks like the love child of Kate Gosselin and Dolph Lundgren. It appears she has had a nose job somewhere along the line. The long red hair she had in Titanic suits her more and she looks better with curves, too bad she dieted them off.

  45. Camille says:

    I think she looks great (her face is lovely), but I hope that hair do(n’t) is a wig.

    I also really, really love this quote:

    “One of the reasons I’ve never done intensive psychotherapy or any of that stuff is that if there’s anything in me that needs fixing, I want to know that I can rely on my own intuition to fix it.”

    Co-sign 100%.

  46. nanster says:

    …and being this blonde is an ugly thing. Yuck!

  47. Rita says:

    @Isa #41

    I can’t tell you exactly why, but I loved your post. Maybe it was your change in syntax between all the boogie men descending on your life if you were single and then the sudden change to…”Her face looks amazing”.

    Just enjoyed it is all I can say.

  48. Confuzzled says:

    Eugh, what awful photos. She looks like Hoppity Hop Heather McCartney in these. Eeek.

  49. jane16 says:

    Agree with kaiser. Love Kate W, but this fake look is terrible.

  50. Hmmm says:


    “I really love the idea of a Kate less classic and more modern-looking.”

    I love the idea as well, on someone else. The fact is, there are so few celebrities, IMO, who can carry off the classic look and she has it in spades. Isn’t it better that she parlay what makes her special into an attractive, approachable, identifiable image of classical, true beauty than trying to become something she is not, something artificial, unremarkable and dead on the page?

  51. albeli says:

    OMG, baaaad hair and makeup. She doesn’t even look like herself.

  52. Dirty Martini says:

    I love her. I have a major girl crush on her. I love her zaftig. I love her skinny. I love her honey blonde. I love her plantinum. Short, long and everything in between. She rocks it all.

    Did I mentioned I love her and have a girl crush on her?

  53. Isa says:

    Haha thanks Rita! I love your posts as well and I always search them out! You should get a Gravatar! It would make it so much easier to spot your posts!

    It must be empowering to take care of yourself and be alone, really find out who you are. But it really does scare me. I could do okay not being in a relationship, but I depend on my spouse so much. When he was gone to police academy for three months I was lost. And you should see the Creepy McCreepsters I attract!

  54. Amanda says:

    It’s so comforting to know that these pictures were probably taken like months ago and not yesterday, because that hairstyle looks horrible on her. Also, why did they photoshop her so much?! There is absolutely no need to go to the extreme, UK Vogue. Here she is just a few days ago in Paris, looking lovely:


    Whoever airbrushed these photos is insane, and so is the person who styled her hair. I love Kate, but hate the concept for the photo shoot. Looking at the picture I posted above makes me smile – looks like she’s not embracing this cropped bleached blonde cut in real life!

  55. horizonte says:

    that might actually be her hair… it does say “new look” on the cover, but i haven’t seen any recent pictures of kate.

  56. Amanda says:

    @horizonte: I posted a recent picture of Kate in my post. From the back it looks like she did cut her hair, but she’s not styling it it to look like a pixie crop and it’s not bleached. I think that was just for the magazine, they must’ve been going for a specific ‘look’. Photo shoots are done in advance.

  57. SweetReverie says:

    OMG Rita, you’re right. She does look a bit like Dolph Lundgren. A Dolph Lundgren-Brigitte Nielsen love child.

  58. snapnhiss says:

    They did some horrible things with her jawline in that photo. Part of her beauty is in her intense femininity and they made her look like mannish.

  59. Anonymous says:

    She is very beautiful i like her