Anne Hathaway: ‘I’m really switched on by Gen Z. It’s a fun generation’

Anne Hathaway is the newest face of Shiseido, the Japanese skincare brand beloved by the elites. This really fits with Anne’s energy these days, the expensive-looking woman who is always flawlessly styled and rolling with the biggest names. She’s also repping Bulgari these days, which I also think is a great fit for her. Anyway, to promote her new contract, Anne chatted with Vogue. Some highlights:

The Hathaway Renaissance: “Before I was really afraid of things, of pulling up short. I’d rather enjoy whatever it is I do have on, even if I’m not wearing precisely the right thing.” She’s speaking, of course, of the inner paradigm shift that’s driven her style renaissance—make that Anne-aissance—over the past two years.

Credit to Gen Z: “I know this sounds like I’m super-pandering, but I’m really switched on by Gen Z. It’s a fun generation when it comes to fashion. They really hit it just right where they have a great time with it, but they define themselves by themselves.”

What she admires about Shiseido & Japanese culture: “The care, thoughtfulness, rigor, and passion. That passion is something that the volume can be all the way turned up, but it’s also something that can be very quiet at the same time. And that doesn’t diminish its intensity. I feel that my relationship with Shiseido has allowed me to see with much more clarity, depth, and appreciation. The company has such a legacy within Japan, and it was exciting to see how [they’ve been] able to go global without losing any of their character, integrity, and identity.

When she started getting passionate about skin care: “I worked with an actress in my 20s, and I’d always thought skin care was important, but I observed how she took her makeup off at the end of each day. And it was a layered process. Cleansing her skin was a layered process, and something clicked for me. And I started to treat my skin more delicately with more consideration, more thought. And the result was pretty profound to me. And it’s funny, because I found that the longer I’ve made skin care a priority, the less makeup I wear. There’s nothing wrong with makeup, and in fact, I wear it quite a lot for my job. But I find that in my life, I’m really happy just being in my skin.

[From Vogue]

Are you inspired fashion-wise by Gen Z? I watch Gen Z filter previous fashion eras through their youthful vision and it just makes me grumpy. Like, the whole “retro ‘90s” vibe that Gen Z is doing now is just… high-end versions of the stuff we bought in thrift stores in the ‘90s. Anyway, Anne does have the appearance of a woman who takes good care of her skin, so this is a good fit.

Photos courtesy of Cover Images, Backgrid.

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  1. Naomi says:

    Is it me or does she resemble Amal? Maybe something about the bone structure of their faces?

    • Normades says:

      Yea especially in that last picture

    • Nomnom says:

      That was noted when Amal first entered the spotlight and Anne said she was flattered or something to that effect.
      I don’t think they look that much alike, personally.
      Every time I see Anne I’m shocked she had that fling with Christian Bale on the Batman set. Such an unlikely couple in my opinion.

  2. ME says:

    Gen Z and fashion…hmmm. They just took 90’s fashion and copied it. I can’t think of what exactly Gen Z fashion is? Nothing original from what I see. All generations borrow from previous generations though. I also don’t think hey are a “fun” generation. They are depressed, anxious, and bombarded with horrible news on a daily basis. They have it tough but they seem to care a lot about issues and are trying to make a change.

  3. JMOney says:

    Gen Z is a generation raised by Gen X to be their authentic self and knowing their worth. Its no surprise they will be the biggest generation to not have kids and are fighting back working to death b/c they’ve seen how their parents and grandparents were treated.

    Those that say that Gen Z can’t take a joke need to go on TT. They need to see the user Lourde’s content as well as the comments left on that TT announcing women would be drafted. Gen Z are hilarious but that racist slapstick humor from the past won’t cut it with them.

    Gen Z has their faults but overall I do think they are a good generation.

    • Kitten says:

      “and are fighting back working to death b/c they’ve seen how their parents and grandparents were treated.”

      More like they saw that “working to death” for their grandparents and parents actually led to owning a decent home and having a decent quality of life, maybe even a pension plan and a nice union job. “Working to death” to line the pockets of greedy landlords because there’s no affordable housing or to pay off exorbitant student loan debt or because their healthcare is tied to their employment or because they can’t retire on their measly 401K…. really doesn’t have the same appeal to Gen Z and I don’t blame them AT ALL.

    • ama1977 says:

      I LOVE these kids. I’m raising two of them and they and their friends/classmates are a source of joy for me. They are level-headed, kind, witty, honest, and authentic. They give me hope for the future. They aren’t afraid to challenge authority or dismantle old systems, but they do it thoughtfully and with purpose. They are hope to me.

      I started more of a skincare routine over the pandemic and I think it makes a HUGE difference. I’ve always taken good care of my skin (sunscreen and moisturizer, taking off my makeup before bed, and embracing my natural paleness during the HEIGHT of the indoor tanning craze of my HS/college days!) but I added an oil cleanser to take off my makeup before the foaming cleanser to clean my skin, a retinol at night along with a ceramide night cream and a vitamin C serum along with a balancing toner for day (under my sunscreen/moisturizer) and my skin looks really clear and fresh IMO (and I’m mid-40’s.)

      AnnE has grown on me. She seems like a nice person and is extremely talented, and I’m glad she’s found her niche.

  4. frankly says:

    I have an 18yo who says her top aesthetic influences are “haunted Victorian doll” and Jesse Pinkman. I never know what is coming down the stairs – it’s awesome! We’re big thrifters, and the Pinkman aesthetic is what’s on the racks.

  5. AC says:

    Agree about Gen Z copying Gen X fashion trends. Some of their current trends were popular when I was in high school.
    On a different note, as a Gen Xer, I admire some of the Gen Z talent like Jenna Ortega, Olivia Rodrigo, Zendaya, Madison Beer, Lola Tung, Yara Shahidi, Bailey Bass etc. With these multi-talented, intelligent, articulate diverse group of women I think we’re in good hands.
    But I agree, they were raised by strong Gen Xers(which our generation doesn’t get much credit these days 🙂).

    • ME says:

      As a Gen X’er, I appreciate all the diversity Gen Z is being exposed to. I was bullied in school for being one of the only brown kids. It was brutal. Now those bullies have Gen Z kids, who I hope are teaching their parents a thing or two lol.