Nigella Lawson covers Vogue UK for a ‘fresh start’: lovely or too airbrushed?

Nigella Lawson

Nigella Lawson covers the April issue of Vogue to promote The Taste and (I guess) her new status as a strong and independent woman. She looks so lovely. They’ve obviously photoshopped her, but that happens to everyone. The cover boasts a “fresh start” for Nigella. Part of that (beyond the obvious need to overcome being choked by Charles Saatchi and being dragged through the mud in court) is letting go of her usual heavy-handed makeup. Nigella does usually pile on the eyeliner, so this is a more natural look for her.

Nigella often contributes as an editor to the magazine and pens a cookery column for them, but now she’s stepping in front of the camera. She says she was super uncomfortable doing so. I guess she’s happier in motion and preparing food. We already talked about how Nigella’s taken a no-nonsense attitude about her divorce (she said “there are people going through a lot worse“). I’m interested to hear more soon. Here are a few tiny interview excerpts:

Posing for Vogue: “I was terrified of being photographed without make-up, and I hate having my looks talked up. It always makes me feel I’m going to be a disappointment in the flesh.”

On her career: “I love what I do, but there are other parts of my brain that I haven’t flexed in a professional way. I do sometimes think that I’ve let the more analytical part of my brain slump slightly. I do like writing about food, but there’s so much that interests me. I’ve been working – in a cottage-industry way – on an app, which, if it works, could be deeply thrilling.”

[From Vogue UK]

I hope Vogue releases the rest of the interview soon. So far it sounds like Nigella is throwing herself into her work as a means of coping. As long as she doesn’t end up with Saatchi again, it’s all good.

There’s another shot of Nigella looking especially chesty at the bottom of this post. I’ve also included some photos of Trinny Woodall and Saatchi being gross together at Scott’s restaurant (the scene of the choking) a few weeks ago. They even went there on Valentine’s Day (we don’t have those photos), which is super bizarre. It’s almost like they’re both fixated on keeping “the incident” alive. Trinny even gave a bitchy interview in February where she talks about her new “very special friend” who makes her feel “very energized.” Trinny then dropped this line: “It’s great that, at 50, life can still grab you by the throat and shake you up. And it’s even better when you’ve learned to cope with whatever’s thrown at you — so long as it isn’t a bedside lamp.” Horrible.

Nigella Lawson

Trinny Woodall

Photos courtesy of Vogue UK & WENN

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  1. Lucy says:


  2. PunkyMomma says:

    Nigella is a goddess. Trinny needs to have her head examined.

    • Meredith says:

      Who the heck is Trinny? Saatchi’s new side piece? What woman would be crazy enough to be with him after what happened? And to talk like that about it?! Stupid little girl, it’ll happen to you too.

      • Suze says:

        Original UK “What Not to Wear” host.

      • minime says:

        @ Suze

        OMG I used to love that show and I couldn’t recognize her in these photos!! I needed to Google her to be sure that it was the same person I was thinking of. What the hell happened to her face?! And was she always so despicable or did it come with the new face?

      • ViktoryGin says:

        That’s who it is?!?!?!? I thought the name sounded familiar. Wow. Still stupid :/

      • Emma says:

        OMG…I didn´t connect the name ¨Trinny¨ to her until I saw that photo of her! I used to love ¨What Not to Wear,¨ and she seemed like a fairly warm person on the show. What an IDIOT.

      • Jaded says:

        She also had a notoriously serious white powder habit which is rich considering what Saatchi said about Nigella doing drugs. The two of them are despicable and childish.

  3. Buckwild says:

    There is something deranged in Trinny to be able to make comments like that. What is wrong with her?!

  4. Hubbahun says:

    Team Nigella ALL THE WAY!!! I have such a crush on her 😀 Trinny needs to take a seat- we’ll see who’s making snide comments when Saatchi starts on her – once an abuser always an abuser. He is a scumbag. 🙁

  5. Nikollet says:

    Yuck. Super insensitive comment from Trinny.

    I hope she doesn’t end up with his hands around her neck down the track, but if she does I’m sure she’ll expect the compassion from others that she clearly doesn’t have herself.

  6. thinkaboutit says:

    Wow. That guy is seriously deranged. We don’t think Trinny said that of her own volition, do we??! He’s a sick fluck.

  7. lassie says:

    So what has Trinny got going on? I don’t know what she’s doing aside from trolling Nigella.

  8. lucy2 says:

    Did she seriously say that? What a troll!

    Nigella looks really pretty for her. I don’t know much about her, but hope she is able to move on and be happy and successful.

  9. sullivan says:

    Gorgeous cover. Just gorgeous. In the bottom photo, she’s looks uncomfortable. Beautiful, but uncomfortable.

  10. DaisyDuchess says:

    Im sure those words were dictated by saatchi himself. Not saying trinny doesnt have it in her to personally compose that in her calculating head, but her words do fall in line with the direction of saatchi’s nigella defamation campaign.

  11. Suze says:

    Trinny’s insane, gone off the deep end. Atrocious comment.

    Nigella looks great. Thank DOG she dropped the eyeliner. What is it with these Brits and their gel eyeliner pens?

    Anyway, this is her fabbo EFF YOU interview.

  12. ViktoryGin says:

    It’s astounding that obvious assholes like this always have some daft female waiting in the wings ready hitch a ride.

    Reminds me of those chicks who marry convicted felons and then act shocked when T-Bone starts in on them and their teenaged daughters.


    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Yeah, what kind of a sick phenomenon is that, anyway? Do they want fame or notoriety, or they find losers attractive? I don’t get it at all.

  13. grabbyhands says:

    I would totally switch teams for Nigella.

    Trinny’s comments are disgusting, but sadly not surprising. It is amazing the depths that women will sink to not to have to admit that they’ve made a horrible decision about a man, and many times it takes the form of directing abuse at a victim. A guy that has been that abusive will do so again, and it is just a matter of time before she will be giving her own interviews about him getting physical.

  14. Gwen says:

    Team Cupcake forever. Nigella looks FAB <3

    What the heck is wrong with Trinny though? Has she lost her mind? I’m not one to say anyone deserves abuse but when Satchi goes after her, it’ll be hard to feel sorry for her.

  15. Naomi says:

    The whole situation feels like business and PR driven on the part of Saatchi. People like Nigella. They like her. Women seem to identify with her and want to be friends with her and from what I’ve read she is catnip to men. Somehow she seems to accomplish both without alienating everyone. She comes across as genuinely anguished throughout all her issues involving Saatchi.

    I think he has been shell shocked by the simple realisation that people like her better than they like him and it drives him nuts. I see the Trinny relationship as part of an ad campaign to rehabilitate the image Saaatchi holds of himself.

    I can easily be wrong but I’m a wee bit bored and feeling creative today so there is that to consider. Lol.

  16. booboolarue says:

    Wow some serious dead eyes on Nigella.

  17. Grant says:

    She is such a beautiful woman.

  18. KateBush says:

    I love Nigella, she’s so gorgeous.
    I prefer her usual makeup though, I love her eyeliner on her, super sexy .. Not so much in these photos.
    Her body in the second pic looks amazing!!

    As for Trinny what a stupid woman! I liked her on ‘What not to wear’ but I’ve changed my opinion of her since she got together with Satchi. He’s a real scumbag and her comments were appalling…

  19. Lisa says:

    Without makeup, but with hours of Photoshop.

    • ya says:

      I don’t think there is much photoshop there actually…. she’s known for staying out of the sun and she’s definitely doing botox and fillers. She pretty much looks like that in candids too.

  20. LondonGal says:

    Nigella is a true, classy beauty. Trinny is a hyper surgically tweaked, classless twat, as proved by these vile comments.

  21. stinky says:

    eh… i was giving her the benefit of the doubt thruout the whole nose-tweaking/divorce & interrogation debaucle (truly astounding), but regardless… What the eff is up w/ her and her unbrushed hair? its been going on since forever, and its made its way onto the cover of Vogue ffs? seriously. im asking.

  22. JAZZJAZZ says:

    All Trinny is looking at is the $$$$ signs. Why would any woman want to get involved with a man that is a known abuser. Also, how many marriages has he had? Three, I believe. Its not the women he gets involved with that are the problem, it is him.