Rosie Perez kept filming Birds of Prey fight scene despite injury

Rosie Perez refused to give up on a fight scene in Birds of Prey despite getting a knee injury.The actress plays Gotham City Police Department detective Renee Montoya in the DC Comics movie, which stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jurnee Smollett-Be…

Rosie Perez refused to give up on a fight scene in Birds of Prey despite getting a knee injury.

The actress plays Gotham City Police Department detective Renee Montoya in the DC Comics movie, which stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress.

The stars were required to embark on serious physical training to prepare for the movie, but Perez suffered an injury on the first day.

“After over 30 years of dancing, choreographing and doing martial arts, I thought my body was done,” she shared with U.S. Glamour magazine. “I was a bit panicked about it and on my first training day, the meniscus disc in my knee tore. I’m a grown-a*s woman and I was in tears – it was more about letting the squad down, letting Margot, Jurnee, and Mary down.”

The 55-year-old continued to train while attending physical rehab, but the injury returned again during a fight scene with Robbie. However, Perez was determined not to let her injury stand in the way of the sequence and simply carried on.

“My knee blew out again, when I had a fight with Margot and I went, ‘Oh, no, no, no!’ I looked over at Margot and she goes, ‘You’re okay.’ That is what your corner does in boxing,” the star recalled. “I was like, ‘There’s no freaking way I’m going to let this scene go. There’s no way, I’m better than that.’ I could take the punches and, literally, we were kicking each other.”

Meanwhile, the Do the Right Thing star also heaped praise on her co-stars, director Cathy Yan, and the crew for creating a supportive atmosphere on set and stated that the experience “reignited the power I already had”.

Birds of Prey is in cinemas now.

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Rosie Perez fought for her role in Birds of Prey

Rosie Perez persuaded studio executives to cast her in Birds of Prey even though they were looking for someone younger.The 55-year-old stars as Gotham City police detective Renee Montoya, who teams up with Margot Robbie’s villain Harley Quinn, Jurnee…

Rosie Perez persuaded studio executives to cast her in Birds of Prey even though they were looking for someone younger.

The 55-year-old stars as Gotham City police detective Renee Montoya, who teams up with Margot Robbie’s villain Harley Quinn, Jurnee Smollett-Bell’s Black Canary, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s crossbow-wielding fighter Huntress to help save a young child from an evil crime lord.

In an interview with Glamour U.K., Perez revealed she had to fight to get the role because executives at Warner Bros. wanted someone about 20 years younger.

“They wanted somebody young,” she recalled. “(Director) Cathy (Yan) called me, and she said, ‘I’m not supposed to be calling you. I’m just going to be honest. They want someone younger.’ And I burst out laughing and she said, ‘That’s why I love you! When I can get you into Warner Brothers, I will give you a call.’ I didn’t hear from her for months and then I saw the shortlist of actresses and they were all like 30 to 35 years old.

“I didn’t just go ‘oh well’ and move on. I’m not an ageing fighter that you’re going to put out to pasture. You have to take charge and you have to try. So, I went into Warner Brothers, they called me the next day and I got the role.”

Accordingly, Perez hopes older women will see her fighting onscreen and get inspired to keep fit.

“I hope I inspire every woman of a certain age to get you’re a*s back in the gym,” the actress said. “It’s not over. You can do it, because I thought I was done, and I am so not done.”

Birds of Prey is now showing in cinemas.

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Emily Ratajkowski shares her sadness over teenage bikini picture

Emily Ratajkowski has shared a very personal post about self-confidence in the age of social media.The model/actress recently posted a throwback snap on Instagram, with the picture showing her posing on a beach in two-piece at the age of 14. In the acc…

Emily Ratajkowski has shared a very personal post about self-confidence in the age of social media.

The model/actress recently posted a throwback snap on Instagram, with the picture showing her posing on a beach in two-piece at the age of 14. In the accompanying caption, Emily explained that she has a complicated relationship with the photograph.

“I used to like showing people this photo of me at 14 to prove that my body is natural,” she wrote, noting that she is a “little sad” that the photo even exists. “I was just a kid in this picture and I wish the world had encouraged my 14-year-old self to be more than just my body.”

However, Emily noted that she now feels empowered by her body and sexuality.

“Luckily I have discovered the parts of me that are so much more important than ‘sexiness’, but if you’re a 14-year-old girl reading this, don’t worry about any of that for now,” the 28-year-old added. “Read lots of books and know that what you see on Instagram is just a very small fraction of complete and beautifully complex human beings.”

The Gone Girl star has always used her platform to share her thoughts on body positivity and being a feminist, and in an essay for Glamour magazine back in 2016, she touched upon how women are sexualised at a young age.

“Our society tells women we can’t be, say, sexy and confident and opinionated about politics,” she wrote. “This would allow us too much power. Instead, our society asks us to declare and defend our motivations, which makes us second-guess them, all while men do what they please without question.”

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Adut Akech uses five different foundations to achieve perfect coverage

Adut Akech uses five different foundation colours to get the perfect coverage thanks to advice from Pat McGrath.In an interview with Britain’s Glamour magazine, the South Sudan-born model explained that the legendary make-up artist has educated her a l…

Adut Akech uses five different foundation colours to get the perfect coverage thanks to advice from Pat McGrath.

In an interview with Britain’s Glamour magazine, the South Sudan-born model explained that the legendary make-up artist has educated her a lot about the art of cosmetics.

“She taught me how to get to know my skin and how to choose a foundation. I remember learning all about the different undertones and how to tell whether a foundation was too red or too yellow,” Adut explained, noting that she mixes products from NARS, Too Faced, Maybelline Fit Me, L’Oreal True Match, and Pat McGrath Labs to get flawless coverage.

And Pat even created a foundation for her Pat McGrath Labs line that was inspired by the 20-year-old. However, Adut prefers the more natural look on her days off.

“I’m not too crazy on make-up, I can really go without it. I like to let my skin breathe and give my skin a break because I’m always wearing make-up when I’m working,” she shared.

Adut has also revamped her skincare routine thanks to tips she’s received while working on photoshoots and backstage at catwalk shows, and has dramatically cut down the number of products she uses, instead adhering to the valuable lesson of “less is more”.

“The fewer products you use, the better the results. My routine went from being between eight to 10 steps, to two to three steps. I cut out all the unnecessary steps,” the star stated, before revealing that she finds products from luxe skincare brand Dr. Barbara Sturm best for her sensitive complexion. “I’m young and my skin doesn’t need (lots of products). I just cut down to cleanser, and then, moisturiser is a must for me.”

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Adut Akech ‘not ashamed’ of her refugee background

Adut Akech is extremely proud of her refugee background.In an op-ed for Britain’s Glamour magazine, the South Sudan-born model opened up about her heritage, and explained that while she came to Australia with her family from a refugee camp in Kenya as …

Adut Akech is extremely proud of her refugee background.

In an op-ed for Britain’s Glamour magazine, the South Sudan-born model opened up about her heritage, and explained that while she came to Australia with her family from a refugee camp in Kenya as a child, she deserves to be treated equally.

“I am a refugee. It’s my background, it’s who I am – and it’s nothing to be ashamed of,” the 19-year-old wrote. “The Western world tends to make refugees seem weak, and fail to make them feel accepted, welcome or equal to someone born in their world. I can do anything that a person born in the U.K. or the U.S. can do. I am a refugee, and people need to welcome me as I am.”

She also discussed the ongoing battle against racism in the fashion industry and shared her disgust at still being mistaken for other black models.

“There’s still a long way to go,” Adut noted. “We’re in 2019 and I’m experiencing people tagging me as another black person or a different model. It just blows my mind that people care so little. I’m calling people out for it and I will keep calling it out.

“Black models don’t all look the same. It’s insulting, rude and, frankly, it’s racist of people and it needs to stop. It really needs to stop.”

Elsewhere in the piece, Adut, who currently fronts the new campaign for Valentino’s fragrance Born in Roma, opened up on her adoration for her mentor, fellow model Naomi Campbell.

“(She) is my style and beauty icon. She is so stunning; it blows my mind every time I see her. I’m like, ‘Do you ever age?’ I used to watch her and the other supermodels and thought, ‘I want to do what they’re doing one day.’ Did I think I could make it? No. But you can only dream,” she gushed.

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Lili Reinhart praises Ashley Graham and Charli Howard for promoting ‘real body images’

Lili Reinhart has praised models Ashley Graham and Charli Howard for promoting “healthy, real body images” on social media. The Riverdale actress has revealed in an interview with Glamour U.K. magazine that she is fed up of seeing people being airbrus…

Lili Reinhart has praised models Ashley Graham and Charli Howard for promoting “healthy, real body images” on social media.

The Riverdale actress has revealed in an interview with Glamour U.K. magazine that she is fed up of seeing people being airbrushed to perfection on Instagram and is grateful for the models for being themselves and sharing unedited pictures of their cellulite, stretch marks, and curvy figures.

“Even today, I see myself in the mirror and think, this doesn’t look the way the world tells me it should. I don’t have a cinched, minuscule waist. I do have curves, I have cellulite, my arms aren’t stick thin,” she admitted. “This is my body and we’re told that it should fit certain proportions.

“There’s such a disgusting problem right now with people photoshopping their bodies. Obviously, there’s a reason why people do it, they’re insecure, they feel like they’re not good enough, and that’s incredibly sad. When I see someone who’s authentically themselves, like models Charli Howard or Ashley Graham, who promote healthy, real body images, I think that is so refreshing and important.”

The 23-year-old continued to heap praise on the British model for championing body positivity and diversity within the fashion industry, and shared that Howard makes her feel like there is nothing wrong with her body.

“Charli’s messaging talks to me on social media. She makes me feel like my body doesn’t need to fit these impossible standards, and she’s a model, my body will never look like that,” Reinhart added. “It just won’t, and 90 per cent of women’s bodies will never look like that, but we are still only used to seeing one body on the runway and in magazines. It’s an incredibly stupid and confusing thing for that to be shoved down young men and women’s throats. Being told: ‘This is what beautiful is.’ And it’s often unachievable to regular people.”

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Lili Reinhart annoyed by negativity surrounding cellulite

Lili Reinhart won’t tolerate the idea that cellulite is “unnatural or a symbol of being fat”.In the past, the 23-year-old has been open about her battle with anxiety, depression, and body dysmorphia, a mental health condition where a person spends a lo…

Lili Reinhart won’t tolerate the idea that cellulite is “unnatural or a symbol of being fat”.

In the past, the 23-year-old has been open about her battle with anxiety, depression, and body dysmorphia, a mental health condition where a person spends a lot of time worrying about flaws in their appearance, and outspoken about the impact of airbrushing on social media.

She believes young people would be less hung up on their body insecurities if they weren’t conditioned into thinking certain physical attributes were undesirable or bad, such as cellulite, or the dimpled skin generally seen on the bottoms and thighs of adult women.

“This idea of cellulite… It really p**ses me off. It’s this weird thing where people think that it’s unnatural or a symbol of being fat,” she told Glamour U.K. magazine. “It’s so f**ked up because cellulite is just a part of the human body. It’s just genetic, it’s like having freckles on your face. It’s something that is there, you’re born with it, and it’s become this disgusting thing. We’re told: ‘We need to laser this away, no one wants to see that.’ There’s nothing more beautiful than when I see stretch marks, or cellulite, and people’s real skin.”

The Riverdale actress wishes she lived in a world where airbrushing didn’t exist so young people wouldn’t try to meet impossible beauty standards.

“I would love to see a world where people who are already thin don’t need to Photoshop their waist even more, to make young girls, like me, when I was 14 or 16 years old go, ‘I thought I was skinny, but maybe I’m not. Maybe I need to have an eating disorder to make my body look like that.’ Life is not a FaceTune app,” the star stated.

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The Wedding Planner costume designer talks Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s dress

The Wedding Planner’s costume designer has spoken about the comparisons between the dress worn by Jennifer Lopez in the movie and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s wedding gown.Released in 2001, the romantic comedy was directed by Adam Shankman and followed …

The Wedding Planner’s costume designer has spoken about the comparisons between the dress worn by Jennifer Lopez in the movie and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s wedding gown.

Released in 2001, the romantic comedy was directed by Adam Shankman and followed San Francisco-based wedding planner Mary Fiore, as played by Jennifer, as she met and fell in love with Steve Edison (Matthew McConaughey) – who happens to be the groom at one of her upcoming ceremonies.

In a pivotal scene, Jennifer’s character dons a vintage white gown with an off-the-shoulder neckline, which a number of fans have claimed resembles the Givenchy dress Meghan wore to her wedding with Prince Harry in May 2018, but in a new interview with Glamour magazine, the film’s costume designer Pamela Withers Chilton insisted the similarities were a “coincidence”.

“I got a lot of texts about Meghan Markle’s wedding dress,” she commented. “I’m like, ‘Well, I’m sure it’s a coincidence.’ But (Meghan) was at a good romcom age when the movie came out – she could have been watching it at sleepovers!”

Designed by Clare Waight Keller, Meghan’s wedding gown was made of silk and featured an open boat neckline, while her veil was embroidered with flowers representing the countries of the Commonwealth and her home state of California.

Elsewhere in the chat, Pamela shared that she took inspiration from a number of sources when creating the gown for Jennifer to wear in the movie.

“The wedding dress wasn’t supposed to be a big, frilly, princess affair. We pulled a bunch of vintage shapes to get started, and that’s where we jumped off: We liked a piece of this, a piece of that, and combined them all. It’s beautiful, but it’s not a celebration or a joyful expression of one’s self. It’s kind of serious. It’s dutiful,” the designer explained. “That’s why we liked the vintage feel of that pillbox hat and the veil matching it, because it was a throwback.”

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Tracee Ellis Ross regrets not accepting her natural hair sooner

Tracee Ellis Ross wishes she’d accepted her natural curls sooner and not tried to fit in with society’s standards of beauty.The Black-ish actress has launched Pattern – a range of hair products which will include shampoos, conditioners and serums aimed…

Tracee Ellis Ross wishes she’d accepted her natural curls sooner and not tried to fit in with society’s standards of beauty.

The Black-ish actress has launched Pattern – a range of hair products which will include shampoos, conditioners and serums aimed at women with curly, coily and textured hair types – after confessing she struggled to accept her hair while growing up.

“Sadly, there were not a ton of images, outside of my family, of people who looked like me,” she told Glamour magazine. “I went through those teenage years when everybody is searching to figure out who they are and all of a sudden become so aware of how they look, how they are seen, what’s cool, what’s in.”

While the star admitted she “grew up around hair” – highlighting her famous mother Diana Ross’ iconic locks – it was not seeing representation in the industry that began her “contentious relationship” with beauty.

“The culture of beauty that was around me… didn’t make space for me,” she considered. “As a result, I tried to beat my hair into submission to do what I thought it should do. I straightened it, I dyed it, I fried it.”

However, Tracee admitted women of colour still face “an underestimation in terms of our worth, our deservingness and our beauty”, she regrets trying so hard to fit in with her peers.

“I look back on photographs of myself when I was young (with big hair) and I think: ‘Gosh, I took the long route to get back there’,” she smiled.

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Victoria Beckham doesn’t buy into anti-ageing skincare products

Victoria Beckham no longer buys into skincare products claiming to be “anti-ageing” or “anti-wrinkle”.The fashion designer has teamed with Sarah Creal to unveil Victoria Beckham Beauty, with the new brand offering cruelty-free, cleanly-formulated skinc…

Victoria Beckham no longer buys into skincare products claiming to be “anti-ageing” or “anti-wrinkle”.

The fashion designer has teamed with Sarah Creal to unveil Victoria Beckham Beauty, with the new brand offering cruelty-free, cleanly-formulated skincare and make-up products.

Beckham appears in the accompanying campaign imagery, and in a new interview with U.K. Glamour magazine, explained that she requested no airbrushing be used on the photos.

“What’s real and what’s not has become so blurred with Photoshop,” she said. “I believe people want to see pictures that are real. When I was going through the imagery with the team, it wasn’t about perfectly retouching things. I also hate seeing the words ‘anti-ageing’ and ‘anti-wrinkle’ (on products) – what is that about? It should just be about having the best skin you can have.”

Beckham displays her own wrinkles in the accompanying photoshoot for the October 2019 issue of the publication. And she is hopeful her products will help empower women to be the “best version of themselves”.

“There’s something really liberating about embracing who I am at 45 years old and owning it, feeling confident, feeling content. Doing beauty has really helped with that – it’s been very liberating,” the star shared. “I want to spread the word that everybody should feel like the best version of themselves. To look after what you have. I want to tell people to own who you are. Yes, we – and I – have wrinkles, and that’s OK!”

Elsewhere in the chat, the former Spice Girls singer noted that she continues to champion the “girl power” message that the group promoted in the ’90s.

“The fact that I can talk to (my eight-year-old daughter) Harper about that and how girls should be kind to girls… really I use my own experiences and share that,” she added.

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