Lily Aldridge tired of critics urging her to ‘fix’ her smile

Lily Aldridge is tired of people telling her to get her teeth “fixed”.The California-born model is one of the most sought-after names in the fashion business and has landed gigs for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Ralph Lauren, Levi’s, and Bulgari.But …

Lily Aldridge is tired of people telling her to get her teeth “fixed”.

The California-born model is one of the most sought-after names in the fashion business and has landed gigs for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Ralph Lauren, Levi’s, and Bulgari.

But in spite of her success, Lily has now opened up about the “dark” side of the industry and shared how she is often targeted by critics over the tiny gap between her front teeth.

“(It’s) something people like to comment on a lot. A lot of people in the business and before used to pressure me a lot to change things. My teeth are not perfect and that’s my choice because I really love my teeth,” she insisted in a video for her YouTube channel. “I just thought I’d say it publicly – I chose to keep these gorgeous teeth, and I love them, and it’s O.K. that they’re not perfect to me. But so many people have a problem with it! They’re like, ‘Why don’t you fix your teeth?’ in comments. And I’m like, ‘I’m 34 years old. If I wanted to fix my teeth, I would fix my teeth.’ I really think the quirks of people are what make you unique and beautiful.”

Lily went on to insist that she doesn’t want “perfect” teeth as she feels a full set of Hollywood-style veneers would make her resemble Matt Dillon’s character in 1998 comedy film There’s Something About Mary.

Elsewhere in the clip, the brunette beauty shared that she has experienced all sorts of negativity on jobs over the course of her career, but tries her best not to dwell on the past.

“There’s hundreds of stories. Times when I’ve been told I’m too skinny. Time when I’ve been told I’m too fat. Times when I’ve been told I’m too pretty. Times when I’ve been told I’m not pretty enough,” the mother-of-two sighed. “I think if you love what you do, no matter what, you can get through all those hurdles. Don’t let anybody narrate your story.”

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Mahershala Ali: ‘Peter Farrelly was like a first-time director on Green Book’

Mahershala Ali felt like he was working with a first-time director under Hollywood veteran Peter Farrelly on the set of Green Book.Farrelly made his name with comedies like Dumb and Dumber and There’s Something About Mary, both of which he wrote as w…

Mahershala Ali felt like he was working with a first-time director under Hollywood veteran Peter Farrelly on the set of Green Book.

Farrelly made his name with comedies like Dumb and Dumber and There’s Something About Mary, both of which he wrote as well as directed.

However, he’s taken a new direction with biographical flick Green Book, about celebrated pianist Don Shirley’s real-life tour of the Deep South in ‘60s segregated America.

“Here we have a guy who has 20 years experience in filmmaking. But he hadn’t done this (before). It was like working with a first-time director, only with more than 20 years experience,” Ali marvelled to Time Out London.

In the film, the Oscar winner stars alongside Viggo Mortensen as his driver Tony Lip, with the pair forming a unique bond.

While Shirley’s family have disputed much of the story, Green Book has been an awards season favourite, picking up three Golden Globes as well as a string of other nods, including a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for Ali, Best Actor for Mortensen and Best Picture recognition.

To get into the role, Ali learned to play the piano and looked back over footage of Shirley.

“It allowed me to see his eyes and pull from him. I learn more from documentaries than watching other actors work,” he explained.

He also used his tried and tested formula of creating a playlist specific for the character.

“I’d pull from music of the time and make that my world. Some classical, like Pablo Casals playing Bach, then Aretha Franklin, Little Richard and Sam Cooke,” he shared.

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