Mila Kunis solidifies her stance as a sex icon in her makeup-less photo shoot for the cover of Glamour’s August 2016 issue. We’ve always known the celebrity was gorgeous, but she is also loved for her cool girl vibes. Now, we get to see in her everyday down-to-earth look, giving us one more reason to want to be her or be with her.
Mila’s first project since giving birth to daughter Wyatt Isabelle was (2016), a comedy by the writers of The Hangover (2009). While talking about Mila’s latest movie, the topic of women’s perfectionism was addressed.
GLAMOUR: “Along those lines of looking perfect: The photo of you that’s on the back cover of this magazine is very clean-faced—
MK: We had, like, no makeup.”
Some would have felt insecure or naked in her shoes, but Mila seemed to feel the opposite. Instead of hiding behind a caked face, she embraced the opportunity to not only show how she really looks on the outside, but to prove how it mirrors her feelings on the inside. As if she were lacking in the “cool” factor, she even slipped in a reference to prove her point.
GLAMOUR: “How did it feel to be photographed that way?
MK: Fine! I don’t wear makeup. I don’t wash my hair every day. It’s not something that I associate with myself. I commend women who wake up 30, 40 minutes early to put on eyeliner. I think it’s beautiful. I’m just not that person. So to go to a shoot and have my makeup artist put on face cream and send me off to do a photo, I was like, ‘Well, this makes life easy.’ And you’re still protected. Nobody’s there to make you look bad. Do you watch Game of Thrones?
MK: Well, it’s not like I’m being scrutinized and made to walk down the street naked while sh-t’s being thrown at me!”
Once they covered that Kunis prefers her face uncovered, the conversation naturally shifted to the controversy of Photoshop and the problems many celebrities face upon noticing the not-so-subtle differences in their image. So how does the actress “feel about image manipulation?”
“I hate it. There was a company that I did a photo shoot for once that manipulated the photo so much, I was like, ‘That’s not even me.’ Like, what’s the point? You wanted my name, and then you wanted the version of me that I’m not. I absolutely hate it. Now, do I sometimes want them to depuff my eyes? Help me out with a little bit of lighting. But do I want them to stretch my legs, thin out my waist, curve my hips, elongate my neck, blah, blah, blah? No.”
Mila Kunis certainly doesn’t need makeup or photo-retouching to make someone fall in love with her — then again, no girl does. Her hubby and long-time friend Ashton knows “the ugly, the bad, the good,” making it nearly impossible to keep things from one another. met nearly 20 years ago on the set of That ’70s Show, where they shared Mila’s first ever kiss. Regardless, their friendship has had some rocky moments.
MK: “We went through a period where I thought he was crazy. At the height of his career, I was like, ‘Ugh, I don’t like you. I don’t even know you anymore. You think you’re such hot sh-t.’
GLAMOUR: You had breakups when you weren’t even together?
MK: Yeah, fully. Full friendship breakups. And then we’d get back together and be like, ‘Oh, sorry. I didn’t mean to overreact.’ ‘That’s OK.’ All the time. It truly is being married to your best friend. That’s a cliché; it’s cheesy. But it’s true.”
It comes to no surprise that Mila Kunis likes to keep it real, whether it’s in showing her true face or calling Ashton out on being too hot-headed. Perhaps it’s her grounded upbringing that enabled her to grow up so low-maintenance. Surely, she will pass on that trait to Wyatt and .
“My parents went through hell and back. They came to America with suitcases and a family of seven and $250, and that’s it. My parents, for years, worked full-time and went to college full-time. [. . .] But growing up poor, I never missed out on anything. My parents did a beautiful job of not making me feel like I was lesser than any other kids.”
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