Woman of Style – Marion Cotillard

She is not just gorgeous looking, but also a very talented actress and singer with a her heart at the right place and both feet on the ground.

Marion Cotillard, born on September 30, 1975 in Paris, is best known for her Oscar-winning performance as Edith Piaff and being an ambassador of Christian Dior. But did you know that she is also a member of the French pop/rock band Yodelice (clip below)?

Marion grew up in a very artistic, creative surrounding and started acting at a very early age in her father’s plays. After theatre, she did some television work and in the mid 90’s she hit the silver screen (mainly in French movies). It was Tim Burton who casted her for her first English “Hollywood movie” for a supporting role in Big Fish. Her real break-through came with Edith Piaff and after that she started getting major roles in big block busters such as Inception and The Dark Knight Rises.

The fashion world also started noticing Marion and her French effortless chic. She is a Dior ambassador since 2009 and wows everyone at each of her red carpet appearances.

Besides all the glamour of Hollywood, Marion is very grounded and prefers a simple life in Paris with her family. She is very interested in environmental activism and is an active spokesperson of Greenpeace.

Check her out on stage with Yodelice singing Velvet Goldmine.

Woman of Style – Jessica Biel

I haven’t always been a fan of Jessica Biel, but I have to admit that lately she’s growing on me. She always had an amazing body: muscular and curvy at the same time. But something has changed in her styling recently and her hair looks great with the bangs. She has a glam factor now and not that girl-next-door label any more.

My favourite look is the amazing pink Dior Haute Couture gown.
Just stunning!

Woman of Style Doutzen Kroes

Doutzen Kroes is your typical Dutch girl: tall, blonde and very down to earth. She is a natural beauty (in a healthy body).

She was born and raised in the northern part of the Netherlands, Friesland. After she finished school, she wanted to earn some pocket money by doing modeling, but that quickly turned out to be more than something at the side.

At the beginning of her career in 2003, she did a lot of runway shows and campaign work for f.ex. Calvin Klein. In 2006 she entered the big league of super models when she signed her contract with L’Oreal and a year later, she became an angel at Victoria’s Secret. She now focusses mainly on campaign work and fashion magazine photo shoots.

She’s also been busy with some new projects out of the fashion industry, like being ambassador for Dance4Life, an organization working on awareness regarding HIV and Aids. Last year, she made her debut as an actress in the Dutch movie Nova Zembla.

She is married to DJ Sunnery James and in 2011 she gave birth to son Phyllon. It seems that after her pregnancy, her body is in an even better shape than before. A healthy spirit in a healthy body! Looks like a perfect role model, if you ask me.

Woman of Style Diane Kruger

Diane looks always very graceful, but for her job as member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival, she picked an amazing red carpet wardrobe.

Diane was born and raised in Germany. As a student she went abroad to improve her language skills. In London, she successfully auditioned for the Royal Ballet School, but had to end that career prematurely because of injuries. She then went to Paris to start her modeling career. It was there that she started acting and married French actor Guillaume Canet in 2001. After 5 years they split and she got together with current boyfriend Joshua Jackson. She lives partially in Vancouver and Paris.

We best know Diane from her modeling and as spokesperson for brands such as Calvin Klein and L’Oréal. But also her acting in Troy, Unknown and Inglorious Bastards didn’t go unnoticed. Check out her interview for The New York Times Style Magazine during which she explains how she got the role in the Tarantino movie.  

As a fashion icon, Diane can always be found on the best dressed list for her red carpet looks. Off the red carpet, she likes to give her looks always an original twist. What I like about her, is that whatever she wears, she always looks very elegant and graceful.

PS > I seem to have problems with the images on my Mac today, so I hope that in the published blog you can see them…