Still pretty

As the phrase goes, you must remember this:

1990 Pretty Woman poster

You could have knocked me over with the proverbial feather when I found out that the actual poster for this big hit film was seriously doctored: that’s Julia Roberts’ head, all right, but everything from here down belongs to actress Shelly Michelle. (Never you mind about Richard Gere’s hair.) I didn’t understand this: it seemed to me, based on the evidence of the actual film, that Roberts had some perfectly nice gams.

A quarter-century and more later, this flashed back to me, with Julia on the cover of the June InStyle, and in a relatively leggy pose at that. As a subscriber, though, I knew I could count on this portrait being ruined by an address label. (The version you see here comes from the British press, probably the Daily Mail.)

Julia Roberts on InStyle June 2016

As counterpoint, two relatively recent red-carpet looks: the 2014 Emmy Awards, followed by the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Julia Roberts at the 2014 Emmy Awards

Julia Roberts at the 2015 SAG Awards

Still, my favorite picture of Julia might be this page from a late-1990s fashion spread, complete with inscrutable caption:

Julia Roberts in a director's chair

I wonder what situation she was trying to escape at the time.





1 comment

  1. ETat »

    7 May 2016 · 3:11 pm

    Yes, agree. She looks best as brunette of chestnut variety, and styling her hair to soften her austere narrow face with curls. Note how her makeup in that last picture emphasizes her mouth, not her eyes. And it helps that shoes are better.

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