Kate Winslet looks smoking hot on the cover of Vanity Fair

British actress Kate Winslet is back in the spotlight to promote two new films coming out soon: an adaptation of the novel “The Reader,” co-starring the yummy Ralph Fiennes, and her much-anticipated reunion with “Titanic” co-star Leonardo DiCaprio in “Revolutionary Road.” So much attention is heaped on Kate as a great example of a beautiful woman who doesn’t necessarily fit the stick-think Hollywood mold – although her pictorial spread in Vanity Fair this month shows off a decidedly thinner physique for Kate. But she’s also an accomplished actress who has been nominated five times for an Academy Award.

Winslet is well aware she’s the subject of intense scrutiny in both her professional and private lives. “You know why I fear people’s judgment?” she’s asks. “Because I know they’re judging. I know they are.” She talks about walking to school with her kids—Mia, eight, from her first marriage (to Jim Threapleton, an assistant director she met while filming Hideous Kinky, in 1997), and Joe, five, her son with Mendes—and catching looks from the other parents. “You know, these mothers are going to read this article and they’re all absolutely great, but I know when I walk into that classroom in the morning, even if it’s for a split second, at some point I’m being checked out. And some of them will even say to me, ‘O.K., what’s the secret with the skin?’ At which point I’m like, ‘Oh my God, there’s no secret. I have makeup on. And by the way, since I turned 30, I’ve had an acne problem on my chin. I’m just like everybody else—I just know how to cover it. If you’d like me to show you how, I’d be more than happy.’ ”

…In the past, the actress has served as a notable exception to the rule about Hollywood weight obsessions, her full figure celebrated as proof that not all leading ladies have to be stick-thin to be successful. In Winslet’s teens, her weight fluctuated dramatically; at one point she stood five feet six inches and weighed nearly 200 pounds. But now the baby fat from her early years is gone, and after having two children, her body has settled into itself, giving rise to those beautiful cheekbones and gorgeous curves. (She doesn’t profess to be much of a gym rat. “Everyone can commit to 20 minutes,” she says of working out, “especially if there’s a glass of Chardonnay afterwards.”)

“This is going to sound really weird,” she muses, “but I never had a desire to be famous. I never had huge ambitions—never.… I was fat. I didn’t know any fat famous actresses. I just did not see myself in that world at all, and I’m being very sincere. You know, once a fat kid, always a fat kid. Because you always think that you just look a little bit wrong or a little bit different from everyone else. And I still sort of have that. I often look at women who wear great jeans and high heels and nice little T-shirts wandering around the city and I think, I should make more of an effort. I should look like that. But then I think, They can’t be happy in those heels.”

[From Vanity Fair]

I’m definitely a fan – I have been since she played Ophelia in Kenneth Branagh’s “Hamlet.” I think her best role to date was in “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” But I’m definitely looking forward to “The Reader.” Honestly, this woman just doesn’t make bad movies. It would be great if her achievements as an actress would be enough without constantly revisiting her weight issues – which seem to be nonexistent at this point.

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  1. geronimo says:

    Can’t wait for both these movies (The Reader is an incredibly moving story). And Kate looks amazing here.

  2. Kate says:

    Hmm the pics look heavily photoshopped.Iam a huge fan BUT SHE HAS DONE THIS AGAIN AND THEN admitted it,that her pics are photoshopped.You have a great body full of curves accept it.

  3. smit33 says:

    If the caption didn’t say Kate Winslett I would never have guest it’s her. I wish I had photoshop in my life.

  4. geronimo says:

    Well, it is photoshopped but the shoot is a take on Deneuve’s character from Belle de Jour (iconic Bunuel film) so it’s deliberately stylised/enhanced.

  5. daisy424 says:

    I first saw her in Sense and Sensibility. I have been a fan ever since. She looks beautiful in these photos.

  6. maxi says:

    jeez they even did the same thing to her skin that agent prov. did to helena c. for their new ads…before us girls subconsciously deride our average selves for not looking even close to these images we should keep in mind what she said when the bs GQ cover came out a few years back…”The retouching is excessive. I do not look like that and more importantly I don’t desire to look like that,”

  7. DogRunner says:

    Wow! She looks smokin’ hot! I like the Deneuve look.

  8. Orangejulius says:

    These people are unrecognizable on mag covers. What is the point of that? I second the wish for photoshop in my life. I’d walk around with a permanent, perfect mask on my face at all times. Ridiculous. It does all of us a huge disservice.

  9. Megan says:

    Her ass must be at least 10 times bigger than that in real life. She looks beautiful, yes, but that doesn’t look like Kate Winslet’s body.

  10. geronimo says:

    Ordinarily, I could understand where people are coming from here but this is a deliberately stylised shoot! She’s glammed up to look like someone else! Have a look at Belle de Jour stills. If this was an “At Home With Kate Winslet” feature and had her doing the laundry/school run like this, then yeah, big eye-roll, but it’s NOT! 😯

  11. I choose me says:

    LOVE HER. Sure the pics have been retouched or whatever. All magazines do this but I’m just happy to see Kate’s sexy self. She’s one of my girl crushes. 😳

  12. vdantev says:

    She looks wonderful. I wish people on here would quit going on about airbrushing and photo-shopping, I’m damn tired of reading it, and it’s hardly a secret anymore. 🙄

  13. kate says:

    of course she’s photoshopped. they all are, but and kate has no control over what happens to her photos after she poses for them. at least she has the decency to say,”that’s not me.” she even threatened to sue a british magazine because her photos were so airbrushed she looked almost anorexic and kate didn’t want her younger fans to start starving themselves. the magazine had to print a statement saying that the photos had been heavily altered. that takes alot of confiedence.

  14. Kaiser says:

    Gorgeous. I love her so much. 😀

    I recently saw “Eternal Sunshine” and was impressed. But my faves are still Sense & Sensibility and Iris.

  15. amanda says:

    I LOVE Kate Winslet, and am psyched for Revolutionary Road!

  16. Trashaddict says:

    She’s beautiful, but why they felt compelled to make her look like something she’s not is either puzzling or typical, I’m not sure which. The Deneuve look actually makes her look older. It was right for Deneuve, but not for Kate. I know Vanity Fair likes to let actors play-act, but I think this time they goofed.