Saturday, August 27, 2011

Kristen in W

I had responded to one of the comments on my last post when "DG" asked me what i thought about the W photo-shoot. I had been a little hesitant to express my opinion on those pictures because I wasn't all excited. I said, in that comment a couple of weeks ago, that she was pretty but there are everyday natural pictures I liked more. And It didn't seem like the real Kristen. The way she looks when doing premieres and award shows is when we see how she can look if she wants. Everyday pictures in jeans (or has always been enough to get my attention. So I just didn't think such a spread was necessary.

I had expressed this opinion to @nycrk1 and though she didn't say so, I could tell she wasn't thrilled at my reaction. And I can't blame her. There was so much hate going on when those pictures were posted. Hate that reached a new low with people hiding bundles of the magazine. That action reveals a deep jealousy based, truly crazed hatred. All that negative was happening and a guy you should be able to count on to be supportive wasn't being so. Once I started to reverse my opinion, then @nycrk1 explained to me just how big of deal those pictures are. I didn't understand the concept behind them until she told me but I kept seeing the pictures in random places. I am allowed to change my opinion, right? My first reaction doesn't always stick.

My initial reaction was: glad she is enjoying the success and prestige that goes with that kind of thing but the pictures..... What shaped this initial reaction more than anything else was my lack respect for that industry, especially the advertising. The way Madison Ave creates an image they call success, beauty, and happiness -- this has always annoyed me. They define happiness and they must invest heavily into anti-depressants because few can achieve their definitions. OK, that's an exaggeration but you see my point. The 124 pages of ads before the table of contents reinforced my ill opinion of that industry.

I actually saw the magazine while waiting to get a haircut. And that cover blew me away. Even though I had seen the pictures online, seeing the cover stunned me into a daze. The chic ready to cut my hair had a hard time getting my attention. If Kristen was portraying a 1960s French model or whatever, she gave that image a real boost. No one does facial expressions like Kristen. It was her facial expression that initially put me under her spell. These pouty, sex on the brain, expressions are very convincing. Now whenever I see the pics, I think, damn those are the sexiest pictures she has ever done and probably amongst the sexiest pictures I have seen and they barely revealed any skin.

So I apologize for my initial reaction & glad I didn't say much about it until now.

I don't have any other Kristen topics to discuss right now. She is working and I doubt she is as relaxed as she was when doing Breaking Dawn. I am still paying much less attention than I used to. For one, I have to avoid current stories/gossip because that content ALWAYS leads to something negative. I'll read the heavily moderated sites only. But even that type of content takes time that I no longer have.

The English Premiere League is taking all the time I have for entertainment these days. If you are from the UK and/or follow a club Soccer then you might check out my new blog First Impressions. I seriously doubt more than a few people that read this blog will care for it.

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  1. Hi Dan,

    Great post about "our girl" as usual. I know that the "grandmotherly" way I feel about Kristen isn't the same as yours, exactly, but I believe our mutual respect for her is the same. I am truly hoping that SWATH will be a huge success for Kristen now that she's soon to be completely away from Twilight.

  2. Hello again & thanks for your "W" follow-up. No need to apologize for your initial reaction - there are many of us who can't fully reconcile the Comfortable Kristen with her used-clothing/needs-to-invest-in-a-hairbrush look (her words about the hairbrush!) vs. the Glam/Couture Kristen in fashion magazines & on red carpets. I've read other comments who say the print version of this "W" issue is *extraordinary*, however. You are right about her expressions making the photos so magnetic - especially with her endearingly lazy left eye, one of her perfect imperfections.

    Would like to hear her answers as to the "why" of her involvement with the fashion industry - is it such an ingrained part of the movie industry that she really has no choice?...or does she really enjoy it as another "acting role"?