My all time beauty icons

I asked someone who their beauty icon was this week and they replied that they didn't have one. I was a bit shocked. From a young age I've always stolen my mother's magazines and watched TV and films looking for pretty ladies that I hoped I would grown up to look like. 

As I child, I looked very foreign. My mother loves to recount a story of us going to Turkey when I was two (almost 20 years ago, before it was trendy and touristy) and the locals ran after us with fish and gifts for me because they thought I was half Turkish! My "dark" looks admittedly come from my father's side where my father and his eight siblings are all dark, olive skinned and look like they've just arrived as an import from some Italian town. Although I am very much my father's daughter in looks, I have also inherited my mother's freckles, despite the fact that mine only come out to play in the summer. 

To me classic beauty is a woman who looks after herself. A pet peeve of mine is women with unkempt hair. I think good hair is important as people often judge your appearance from your hair... just look at Kate Middleton! Good brows, good hair and a full pout are three things which my four beauty icons have. I think their makeup and style has probably really infused my own sense of self and how I want to look, not only now, but when I'm 40. 

I'll start with an unsurprising beauty icon. Elizabeth Taylor, who I recently posted about, is easily one of the world's most beautiful women. Big lashes, big eyebrows, big hair and a big personality to match. One of her beauty tricks was to get into a hot bath, makeup and hair done, to plump up her skin and give her a glowy look. Born with a natural set of double lashes, makeup seemed to be a big part of her life. She also really varied in weight, (which is something she has in common with another of my beauty icons) but she was always beautiful. She also looked beautiful when she began to age. I think she was her prettiest when she was in her 40s, which I'm sure many people would debate with me about! 

My second beauty icon is a women of the same era, Sophia Loren. Very similar to Elizabeth in many ways but a real Italian! Her big brows are iconic, as are her many wigs! I remember a couple of years ago she did a photo shoot and I had to look twice at the number revealing her age in the article (first photo below). A women who has looked after herself very well!

Thirdly, will again come as no surprise. Although only in her 30s, I cannot wait to see how she ages. Kim Kardashian, although a controversial figure in many ways, has an undeniable beauty. So well groomed (by a large glam squad, I know) and interested in beauty, she maintains her Armenian roots with her looks. Her hair absolutely phenomenal, even though it may not be real!  

And lastly, the woman every man wants to be with and every woman wants to be. Nigella Lawson, the domestic goddess, I think is one of the prettiest ladies on the planet. Naturally pretty, big brows and a love of a good pair of false lashes, I hope when I grow up, I'll be just like her. Over the past few years she has definitely become more "glam" and has a makeup lady that travels with her but I have loved her since I was a little girl. I remember her in the 90's with her super long hair and twin sets. I also remember watching the documentary about her late husband John Diamond's battle with cancer and it made an indeliable mark on my life. Every time I see a clip of it, it makes me feel very sad. I think I was only 8 or 9 when I watched it and it obviously makes more sense to me now, but I remember thinking she was a very busy lady as she was a mummy, wife, had her TV show and still had time to brush her long hair.  Like Nigella, I have a real obsession with food and people's relationships with food. She has also described herself as "happily imperfect" which is something I feel like I am. She's a real girl who wears Spanx, has had really horrible sadness in her life and her face tells a story. I have on occasion been told that I look like her which is the greatest compliment ever. If I look half as good in my 50s as she does, I'll be very happy!

Tell me who your beauty icons are!

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