Kristen Stewart has insisted that late designer Karl Lagerfeld was “shockingly unpretentious” even though he looked “so austere and so scary”.
Since becoming a brand ambassador for the French fashion house in 2013, the 29-year-old actress has starred in a number of their campaigns and been named the face of their Gabrielle fragrance.
Stewart quickly became Lagerfeld’s muse, and wore Chanel to the Met Gala in May as a tribute to the German-born designer, who passed away at the age of 85 in February.
In a new interview with Vanity Fair, the Charlie’s Angels star opened up about her relationship with the acclaimed fashion icon, and tenderly revealed that Lagerfeld wasn’t intimidating at all.
“It’s funny how he presents – so austere and so scary. He wasn’t though. He was incredibly inviting – insanely, shockingly unpretentious,” Stewart recalled. “He liked what he liked because he liked it. He was a fancy motherf**ker, but it was true to him. It’s almost like he sensed he was intimidating, so he was like, ‘No. To have a creative heart is daunting, but let’s get it beating faster and harder’.
“He was always touching you while speaking to you. He never talked at you – if he was talking to you, he was usually holding your hand. Luckily he knew how to leave a trace. There’s just a feeling that he gave me, an encouraging attaboy thing that shapes you in really profound ways.”
The actress found worldwide fame in her role as Bella Swan in the hugely successful teen vampire saga Twilight, but struggled with the huge amount of public scrutiny on her personal life. However, she confessed to Vanity Fair that she’s since come to terms with fame.
“I think I’ve grown out of this, but I used to be really frustrated that because I didn’t leap willingly into being at the centre of a certain amount of attention, that it seemed like I was an a*shole. I am in no way rebellious. I am in no way contrarian. I just want people to like me,” she added.
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