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Glamorous? Not me says Zeta

Mar 9 2006

Karen Price, Western Mail


SHE may have been voted the Most Glamorous Woman In The World, but Catherine Zeta-Jones admits her husband doesn't always appreciate her look.

The Welsh actress says Michael Douglas has a traditionally male attitude to her designer wardrobe and questions her love of black.

Catherine is a big fan of the classic little black dress and can often be seen wearing them.

High-profile occasions when she has worn the colour include when she picked up her Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2003 for Chicago; an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman; for the premiere of her movie Intolerable Cruelty and in a recent perfume advert shot in Rome.

"But Michael still can't understand," she says in an interview with this month's fifth birthday issue of Glamour magazine.

"'How many black dresses does one woman need?' he asks. 'It's a black dress'."

But although he may not understand his wife's love of black, Swansea-born Catherine admits the movie star is good at giving advice on what looks good - and not so good.

"He's very good at compliments and very good at going, 'I can't stand it'. Especially when the designer is standing in the room, which gets a little embarrassing."

Despite being applauded for her glamour, Catherine admits she doesn't always look hot.

"People only see me on the red carpet so I'm sure they think I swan around the house in feather boas and heels, snapping my fingers, saying, 'Click! Click! Servant!' But I'm not like that at all. I'll get on my knees to scrub floors.

"You just have to knuckle down, keep your head down. If you really want to live your dream you have to take the knocks along the way."

Readers of Glamour have voted 36-year-old Catherine the Most Glamorous Woman In The World in its annual Best Dressed Women list.

The mother-of-two describes her style as "pretty classic".

"I do love glamour and I don't go in and out of fads," she says.

"Sometimes I don't push the boat out as much as I could, but I'm like any woman - you know what you feel comfortable in."

Catherine loved clothes as a child growing up in Swansea.

"I spent my childhood going, 'Oh I love this and love this' and Mum would say, 'I can zip that up in two seconds'.

"I think style is something you're born with."

And she's not one to rely on stylists for advice.

"There's nothing worse than seeing people where you know a stylist has told them, 'This is the latest look and everyone's trying to get this dress', yet it doesn't necessarily look good on them.

"I've always been able to say, 'Yeah, that would look great on a 15-year-old, not great on me'."

Her designers of choice are Versace, Elie Saab and Dolce and Gabbana. And her favourite glamorous moment was her debut Oscars appearance in 1999 when she wore a strapless red Versace gown.

But Catherine, who admits she would stay up until the early hours as a child to watch the stars on TV walking down the red carpet to the Academy Awards, was unable to attend last weekend's ceremony as she's filming Mostly Martha, in which she plays a chef.

For the full feature, see the fifth birthday issue (April) of Glamour, on sale now.

Page 2 - Meet Dame Doom - Catherine's 'dark' Welsh side


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