Donatella Versace: “I do not believe in totally natural for women”


We don’t do enough Donatella Versace stories. She’s just as fun as Karl Lagerfeld, only more orange and more insane, if possible. While Lagerfeld seems contend to spend interview cataloguing his neverending list of hate, Donatella Versace genuinely seems to be much more fun and cool. If by “fun and cool” you mean “orange and insane”. But Donatella has a sense of humor about herself, as evidenced by a recent interview in LOVE Magazine (via HuffPo) in which Donatella admitted she had no idea what her “natural” hair color was, and that “I do not believe in totally natural for women. For me, natural has something to do with vegetables.” Haha… Beta-carotene.

Donatella Versace sat down with LOVE magazine to talk about the fashion world and her place in it. She remarked that she’s never felt like a fashion icon and frequently jokes about her looks, once saying: “I don’t even know what my natural colour is. Natural? What is natural? What is that? I do not believe in totally natural for women. For me, natural has something to do with vegetables.”

She also reminisced about the supermodels of the ’90s, remembering when “Christy, Linda, Cindy and Naomi together–they sang Freedom, and George Michael was in the audience–that was an iconic moment of fashion.” But everyone didn’t always get along: “When a new girl came along, oh my God, it was like a war. The first time they got together, it was the big girls versus the new girl. I remember one time backstage: Linda needed to go on the runway. She was about to put in her fake boobs and found one of them had been taken. ‘Where is my boob? Where’s my boob?’ she was screaming over and over.”

So what does she think about the current state of fashion?

“Now is a bad moment. Now we need something. We need a special personality. We need to feed the egos of these girls. Somebody like Kristen [McMenamy] who had a huge ego. Beautiful…”

[From Huffington Post]

I’m so with Donatella about the whole “I miss models with real personalities” stuff. I miss Linda Evangelista, although she’s still working as a model. Linda used to be crazy and fun too. Naomi is still a diva, but I’ve never enjoyed her. And Christy was “the good one” right? The polite one who was never a diva. They really did have personalities, which this current crop… well, they might be nice girls, professional girls, but they all seem so boring.

Behold, the wonder that is a woman with nothing natural on or in her… please, don’t everyone yell at once “Burn it with fire!”:

 A Single Man : Milan Premiere

 A Single Man : Milan Premiere

Donatella Versace at the ‘A Single Man’ premiere in Milan on January 11, 2010. Credit: Bauer-Griffin and Getty.

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  1. vale says:

    I watched the Cindy Crawford pepsi ad the other day on youtube, it may be old but GOD was she hot.
    Swayed by the moment, I went on to watch gorgeous Helena in “Wicked Games”.
    And then I watched George Michael’s Freedom and have been singing it since. Loved that era. The models today just aren’t spectacular amazons like that original bunch.

  2. Ron says:

    Sweet Jesus Mary Mother of God! That pic is going to stalk me in my nightmares for life! Thanks bitchy. Thanks.

  3. Glory says:

    OMG..OMG the pic!!!!!!! Ahhhh

  4. Praise St. Angie! says:

    I know this woman had a nose job to fix the years of coke abuse…why didn’t she get a more attractive one?

    seriously, she looks like Janice from the Muppets.

  5. Cheyenne says:

    Oh sweet Christ. She looks like somebody’s worst nightmare.

  6. NicoleB says:

    Love Donatella!!!! Atleast she is fake and she knows it and has a sense of humor about it… And I LOVE Naomi!!!! She can outwalk any bitch on the catwalk.

  7. lucy2 says:

    Well, Donatella, I don’t believe women should look like orange colored, Muppet-like, circus freaks, so…I’ll guess we’ll have to agree to disagree.

  8. lilred says:

    Is this the face they used for the “beast” in the TV show? Damn that’s creepy.

  9. Pont Neuf says:

    I’m glad that Donatella has a sense of humour about her horrible appearance. She must need it every morning, when all the mirrors in her home explode into a million pieces as soon as she tries to look at her own reflection.

    Regarding the models, what can I say? The ones in the 90s were as vapid and uninteresting as the current ones. The only difference is that the market wasn’t as massified. Back then, it was relatively difficult to find very thin women above 5ft 8in. Now, there are thousands of 14-year-old girls who are 6ft tall and very skinny.

  10. SageAdvice says:


    That lady is crazy but at least she’s fun about it :)

  11. Solveig says:

    She can iron her sheets on her forehead.

  12. RReedy says:

    OMG!! She looks like 10 miles of bad road.

  13. kermit says:

    These are some real characters here. Naomi is an electric model and quite unique. She’s well, near the top among volatile, unstable personality celebrities.

  14. Eileen Yover says:

    Mary Mother & Joseph! She looks like she was rode hard and put up wet.

  15. yadira says:

    I didn’t know they were doing another remake of Lord of the Rings?

  16. princess pea says:

    I kind of suspect that she has no mirrors at all. I mean, why bother? It matters more that she’s wearing a NAME than a garment. I doubt she laughs at her looks; if she did there might be slightly less plastic in her. She lives in her head, and the view is probably GREAT from there.

  17. beth says:


  18. snapdragon says:

    her skin reminds me of a burned chicken.

  19. TaylorB says:

    I wonder what she would look like without all the work. It couldn’t look any uglier than the nipped, filled, and tucked mess of a face she is currently sporting.

  20. jeandawga says:

    Wow! Am I the only one to notice the marks around her ankles? Looks like she was tied up all night!

  21. fizXgirl314 says:

    that’s a man baby!

    lol ok seriously though… how can she not believe in vegetables when she looks like a carrot?

  22. Blitz says:

    This should be titled, ““I do not believe in ANYTHING natural for women.” haha

    btw does anyone know the names of any current models, off the top of their heads? They went the way of the horse & buggy, when editors figured out that actresses, and celebs in the arts in general, sold more product.

  23. Kittypants says:

    No sh*t Donatella. That is one scary broad.

  24. bella says:

    Well, obviously she doesn’t believe in “totally natural-looking women”…she’s the most totally unnatural-looking woman I’ve seen since Heidi unveiled her new look. FYI Heidi, that’s your future face. Look upon it in horror and weep, if you’re able.

  25. lindsay says:

    of course she doesnt look natural, she looks like a man and she’s supposed to be a woman! but that’s her own stupid doing! i don’t want to make fun of all celebrities because after all, most of them are real people, and they have real feelings, but when they do stuff or say stuff like this that is so utterly stupid, it’s free reign to shit on them. like stop saying stupid shit and showcasing your life in public if you dont want ppl to critisize you.

  26. viper says:

    Oh man that is a sick thing.

  27. ccoop says:

    All that silicone is sliding down into her legs. Pretty soon she’ll be walking around on pontoons.

  28. irishserra says:

    We need to feed the models, alright…but it’s not the egos that need the feedin’…

    Now I absolutely think that dwelling on a person’s appearance is shallow and pointless, but I just have the hardest time getting past the oompa loompa-like skin and the deformed face. The clothes can be stunningly gorgeous, but displayed on someone like her, with her swollen ankles (you can see where the socks had cut her circulation), it just doesn’t do it for me.

    I can guarantee you that if an individual takes care of themselves, no matter how their natural appearance may be, it would be much more appealing than this woman. Hopefully, she has a wonderful personality.

  29. NicoleB says:

    is it me or does she look like Lohan in like 10 years…

  30. Bonfire Beach says:

    Without reading the article and only seeing the headline my first thought is, “Well obviously.”

  31. moo says:


  32. BELLE EPOCH says:

    My eyes! My eyes! I always felt sorry for her until I found out she MADE her face like that on purpose LOL. Now I know she also has cankles!

    There is a very sad part: her daughter with anorexia. Can you imagine how screwed up she must be with this mess for a mother?

  33. Bete says:

    It’s no surprise her daughter is suffering with anorexia. Donatella was a coke addiction, overall nut job and now she resembles a cross between Skeletor and a demon.
    What I truly find remarkable about the fashion industry in general is that 90% of the women running it, from editors to designers, have to be some of the fugliest women around who simply get off telling more attractive women to be prettier and buy their shite to be ‘prettier’. Donatella, Wintour, et al should look in the mirror sometime. A ten thousand dollar Chanel suit or a Versace gown isn’t going to make anyone look better if they’re ugly on the inside and out.
    But Donatella isn’t wrong. That old ‘gaggle’ of supermodels stayed there because they slept with the right photographers, one of them going to the extent of marrying Giles Bensimon (ie Elle McPherson), then divorcing. The usual story. They were, and to some extent, are a bunch of bitches who think non-models are morons. Cindy Crawford is already selling BS in a jar via infomercials. Naomi has nothing else to say but whine about racism preventing her from working (try your psychopathic personality Naomi). These women are only smart using their female wiles. Apart from that, if this world were based on intelligence, they would have been extinct long ago.
    I wonder what Charles Darwin would have said about them. They only survive because people are dumb enough to buy magazines with their images.

  34. Jen says:

    I love the redundancy of this. Well played, Donatella.

  35. ♥Natalie♥ says:

    She looks like Lindsay Lohan in 20 years if she makes it till then.

  36. Emily says:

    My god, that photo! She looks like a monster of the week from Buffy who hasn’t taken her prosthetics off since the show ended.

  37. kermit says:

    @Blitz There are a few, like Gisele and Heidi Klum. But the age of the supermodel is fading away. Still, there are teen siblings getting into modeling like Kendall Jenner and (continuing) Ali Lohan.

  38. Trillion says:

    I loved your post, Pont Neuf!

  39. BiggieShortie says:

    Damn, her face frightens me. {shudders}

  40. Valerie says:

    @ccoop 4:01

    fucker. you made me pee in my chair.

  41. Popcorny says:

    She’s hot. She’s on fire. She’s sizzling. -She’s burnt to a crisp.
    Now I see Linda Hamilton’s “beauty” all the better and next to those two, Meg Ryan is frickin’ adorable.
    Seriously, these folks have scads of cash. Can’t Donatella fix her mouth area? -or is it dunzo? That seems to be her trouble area (aside from the panda on crack eyeliner). She looks like an old man in drag.

  42. bubbles says:

    OMG thank you! your comments made me laugh soo hard! I needed that after looking at that picture.

  43. ViktoryGin says:

    Has anymone managed to see the before pics of Donatella? Her face was rather unfortunate to begin with. Testament to the fact that sometimes money really can’t always buy pretty.

  44. velcrodots says:

    Can someone remind me why I’d take fashion advice from someone who looks like beef jerky? Just sayin…

  45. MooMoomooetc says:

    how could that face happen to somebody so loaded and well connected?!

    She looks like a sludge monster that crawled from a swamp! :/

  46. Dhavy says:

    OMG you make me want stab my eyes with a fork after seeing those pictures!

  47. MsTriste says:

    Well she can’t use surgery to fix those ugly legs and feet – they’re swollen from some type of medical problem, IMO.

    Put on some pants, at least.

  48. nana says:

    the legs.. wth??!
    beri-beri or arthritis??

  49. Seer says:

    @ Bete who wrote: “90% of the women running it, from editors to designers, have to be some of the fugliest women around…”

    What you said was interesting, because I had a friend a while back who let’s just say didn’t have very “symmetrical facial features”, and she was OBSESSED with beauty and had an entire bedroom wall full of magazine cut-outs of beautiful model’s faces – beautiful eyes, alluring mouths, and faces of all shapes and sizes as long as they were beautiful. She was practically the pin up girl for plastic surgery, which helped her a little bit, maybe, kind of, sort of, not really.

    I didn’t appreciate the model “era” AT ALL, because it gave women an unhealthy image about how they should look. Once on E, many years ago, some JERK said, “Now these are the superior women.” I never forgot it. It made me so damn mad, it still upsets me to think about it! It’s comments like those that make my “assymetrical” friend and those like her feel bad about who they are. Just because some dumb-witted model has a face and body like an angel, doesn’t mean she’s a “superior” woman – it makes her merely a beautiful woman. Hopefully, she would also be intelligent and witty, kind, etc. I wonder how Donatella feels about herself admits all these beautiful women. She must have serious self-esteem issues when she says she likes a model “who had a huge ego. Beautiful…” A huge ego is “beautiful”? Really? If she thinks a huge ego (someone who thinks so highly of themselves that they feel superior) is beautiful, I think she needs to work on the strength of her own ego. She’s in a business that has made her feel inferior, and that’s why I didn’t appreciate models being so famous.

  50. DrM says:

    She looks like Alice Cooper’s brother…in drag…

  51. ogechi says:

    you see what i say everyday, success has nothing to do with the face or looks!!. Brains, talents and virtues make a successful woman.

    Donatella Versace: u are beautiful and iconic. You have made that impact even the spotless faces couldn’t. LOVE U

  52. haribo says:

    donatella was never considered a good looking woman. she looks almost the same as when she was young. it isn’t fair to judge her so harshly. too, her generation was one of sun worshipers, especially the jetset in europe.

  53. isabelle says:


  54. Shadowd says:

    I agree with @Seer, the fashion industry has reduce most women self confidence.

    Forget about yesterday, in today’s time, where women are more knowledgeable, where women’s groups have challenged the fashion industry, why are models still a size zero, why after being photographed by a professional, who knows how to hide a women’s flaw, must they then be photo-shopped to make them even more unattainable by normal women?

    Seriously, fashion is supposed to follow what the public wants? The public with buying power inform the merchants what is the “new thing”, example crocs, yet do the models of these fashion houses even compare to a normal women? Even men do not consider them the ideal women, for what men want you have to look at “Sports Illustrated, Swimsuit edition”, Playboy, or Maxim, and the women that men vote on are not stick figures, these women have curves. So why do fashion houses use these stick women, (have you seen their plus size model? The girl looks like a skinny normal person), is it because women secretly covet the unattainable? Do you really believe that the clothes look better on women who are starving themselves? And even if does, then it will not look good on a normal women, because normal women are not a size zero, we should be demanding to see what the clothes look like on a normal person.

  55. Molly says:

    I’m sorry, but every time I see photos of her, I think of the long hair blond muppet from the Muppets from the 1970s…. does anyone else see this too?

  56. Tess says:

    LOL. She’s got a sock-line on those cankles!!!!

  57. blueplanet says:

    I’ve seen photos of her younger and untouched and she was stunning. She would have aged beautifully.

  58. Lway says:

    @ RReedy – LOL!

    She’s just NASTY – Good God, that image is *burnt* into my head now …. eeeewww!

  59. frugalady says:

    OMG!!!She looks like a felon!!!!
    She looks like a man!!!!!!!!!Scary!!!

  60. frugalady says:

    my comment is truelly from the heart.
    that picture will keep me awake all night!!

  61. jess says:

    nice cankles.

  62. meshe' says:

    She has all the money in the world(she’s filthy rich)and will never be able to fix her hideous face. Beautiful clothes but I would never purchase them.