Remember a few weeks ago when, after the Emmy’s, Christina Hendricks was all over the fashion news because of a quote that was run in the Scottish Daily Record? Media outlets ranging from The Cut to the UK Daily Mail to bloggers worldwide (Wendy Brandes did a great post on the topic here) were talking about what she had reportedly said:
“People have been saying some nice, wonderful things about me. Yet not one designer in town will loan me a dress. They only lend out a size 0 or 2. So I’m still struggling for someone to give me a darn dress.”
In my opinion, the article had made her sound very UN-Christina-like. She sounded extremely entitled, and a more than a bit like a spoiled, whiny brat. So I defended her more than a few times. I have followed her interviews enough that it seemed – to me – that something was “off” about the whole thing. Yes, she had commented in the past about the difficulties her size caused when it came to dressing in designer gowns, but this latest quote seemed particularly out of character.
Fast forward to this quote from the November 2010 issue of Harper’s Bazaar:
“Years ago in an interview, Christina said it was difficult to find a dress that wasn’t a sample size, and she recently saw that quote recycled in a British tabloid. “I was like, Whoa! First of all, I am so grateful any time I get to wear one of these great dresses, and since the show has gotten more popular, I’ve had the opportunity to wear the most amazing designers. I mean, L’Wren Scott? How did that happen?” She is also a huge admirer of John Galliano. “Oh, Galliano,” she faux swoons. “Forever and ever and ever. I don’t care what he does, whether it’s leather, delicate lace, or anything. I’ll carry a riding crop down the red carpet.”
It looks like my instincts were right, and the topic and quote was used by the Daily Record as a way to drum up publicity. I won’t judge her on an old quote, but rather the things she says today… and although she still references the difficulties she has fitting into sizes, she also admits that she is fortunate in that she has numerous opportunities to wear designer pieces. She sounds neither entitled nor whiny – just grateful.
Harper’s Bazaar, November 2010
Photographer: Terry Richardson
What do you think of the shoot? Pretty low-key for Terry Richardson, right?