The Mirror has posted a quote from Gwen that’s featured in the April issue of ELLE UK(it’s such an admirable sentiment-Gwen has always been such a class act)and has confirmed that the issue will be hitting newsstands in the UK on March 8-we cannot wait to read the full article!
The No Doubt singer, 41, says in Elle, out tomorrow: “There are artists I like, but then the clothes come off and I’m like, ‘You’ve gotta save that’. To me, stripping is boring.”
**UPDATE** The media is buzzing over Gwen’s revealing interview with ELLE UK-check out more excerpts from the interview from the following sites-the ”best friend” who conducted the interview is Shirley Manson of Garbage!Again,the issue is hitting newsstands-hopefully the complete article will be online soon!
From The Daily Mail:
There are many Hollywood starlets who claim their amazing figures are down to little more than eating what they like and good genes.
So it is refreshing to learn that a singer with one of the best bodies in the business has to work hard to maintain her toned shape.
Gwen Stefani has revealed that sculpting her shape is ‘a daily struggle’ and has put her toned physique down to a grueling fitness regime.
Speaking to the U.K version of Elle Magazine the 41-year-old said: ‘I work out five days a week, I can’t imagine not doing it.’
The mother-of-two also admits she does sometimes find it a struggle and added: ‘I’d like to have no rules and eat what I want, but I’ve learned over the years that I’m so disappointed when I can’t wear the clothes I want to wear.’
‘And if I let myself down, appear on stage when I’m not looking my best, it’s not fun for me. I just beat myself up about it.’
But whatever Gwen is doing it is definitely working and the pictures that accompany the interview show her fine form off in a pale mocha-coloured dress as she lies across the floor.
Sporting her signature blonde locks and red lipstick the fashion designer looks stunning as she poses for the demure and stylish cover shoot.
Another shot sees Gwen pose with her back arched and shows off the curves she so fastidiously works on in a demure peach dress with a split up her thigh.
Opening up: The interview appears in the April edition of the U.K.version of Elle magazine
As well as paying close attention to her figure Gwen admits she doesn’t leave the house with a full face and said: ‘ I wear make-up every single day; I like to wear make-up for Gavin and I don’t feel energised till I’ve put it on, then I’m ready to go.’
Asked what her budget beauty buy was Gwen replied: ‘My Pantene shampoo, I have tons of that.’
In the interview, which appears in the April edition of the U.K. Elle magazine, the fashion designer reveals how she always made her own clothes and has plenty of plans for her new LAMB line.
She said: ‘I’m not even close to being where I want it to be yet. [Fashion] is very, very hard to do well, but I’m learning.
I’m getting to the point where the last collection we did was a disaster until two weeks before – I had to fly to Montreal and review the whole collection – and it ended up being one of the most cohesive collections we’d ever done.’
Stefani certainly received a warm reception when she showcased her new line at New York Fashion Week last month, but it was son Kingston who stole the show walking the catwalk with his mum.
When asked about who she imagines wearing her clothes she replied by saying Rihanna had worn one of her jackets saying ‘that was hot’.
In the interview, conducted by her friend Shirley Manson of Garbage, Gwen said baring all is ‘boring’ and her favourite outfit is her wedding dress, designed by disgraced designer John Galliano.
She married British grunge musician Gavin Rossdale in 2002 and wore a dress by the sacked Dior designer saying it was ‘this unbelievable, perfect dress.’
‘It’s going into the V&A now. I didn’t wanna send it because I was scared it would get ruined. But it’s a work of art, it needed to be seen.’
The full interview is in the April Edition of the U.K. version of Elle magazine on sale March 8.
From This Is London:
Gwen Stefani’s marriage with Gavin Rossdale “hasn’t been the easiest journey”.
The No Doubt singer has been with the Bush musician for 14 years and she is “proud” of that “accomplishment” because of the revelations that have rocked their union.
Gwen – who has two sons, Kingston, four, and Zuma, two, with Gavin – told Elle magazine: “I’ve been with Gavin for 14 years, and, let’s face it, that is a huge accomplishment.
“I feel so proud of that – it hasn’t been the easiest journey.”
It emerged in 2004 that model Daisy Lowe is Gavin’s daughter from a relationship he had with her mother Pearl Lowe in the late 1980s. He had been her godfather prior to being told of his paternity.
Last year, the 45-year-old musician finally admitted to having a homosexual affair with gender-bending British pop star Marilyn in the same decade when he was in his late teens.
Speaking about his sexuality, Gavin – who had refused for years to comment on Marilyn’s claims they had a relationship – said at the time: “I think at the outset there was a sort of fear – that was right at the beginning of Bush, and I didn’t want it to be part of it.
“I’ve never wanted to appear closed about it. It’s not something I’ve talked about really because it’s always been in the glare of a tabloid world. It’s just one of those things – move on.
“When you’re 17, Jesus Christ, I don’t think there’s anything strange about any form of anything – you’re learning about life. It’s a part of growing up. That’s it. No more, no less.”
From SkyShowbiz(they also have put together a nice photo gallery of Gwen photos through the years):
© Mattias Vriens McGrath / Courtesy of Elle magazineGwen Stefani has No Doubts.
About becoming a Brit by marriage
Just don’t tell her hubby.
It’s not to say her relationship with Gavin Rossdale has been an easy ride.
Talking exclusively to ELLE magazine, the singer-turned-fashion designer admitted her and Gavin’s romance “hasn’t been the easiest journey”.© Mattias Vriens McGrath / Courtesy of Elle magazine
She said: “I’ve been with Gavin for 14 years, and, let’s face it, that is a huge accomplishment.
“I feel so proud of that.”
Gavin, with whom Gwen shares two sons – four-year-old Kingston and two-year-old Zuma – has been the subject of scandal in the past.
In 2004, it emerged that model Daisy Lowe is Gavin’s daughter from a relationship he had with her mother Pearl in the 80s.
And just last year, he revealed he’d had a homosexual affair with British pop star Marilyn in the same decade.
But for all the drama, Gav’s introduced Gwen to Blighty. And she couldn’t be happier about it: “I was always such a fan. When I discovered music, it was all about the UK…Madness, The Specials, UB40, Depeche Mode, The Cure and all of that 1980s music that I worship.
“The music that they wrote was so English, it was so about their world.”
© Mattias Vriens McGrath / Courtesy of Elle magazineGwen even pines for the Big Smoke when she’s in LA: “Don’t tell Gavin but I’m really, really missing it. I miss our house and the fireplaces and the way it feels in there…
“Where I grew up there’s a bunch of strip malls and London to me is just so cute and old and everything I love.”
The star’s full interview appears in the April issue of ELLE magazine, on sale Wednesday 9th March 2011
Take a look at Gwen’s life over time in our gallery below.
By Rachel David
**UPDATE** Check out more excerpts from Gwen’s candid ELLE UK interview with Shirley Manson from ELLE UK’s website;the interview was conducted at Gwen’s house in Beverly Hills-looks like it was done the day of Erin’s baby shower last November!
Gwen Stefani isn’t afraid of hard work. With two decades in the music industry, more than 40 million album sales worldwide, a Screen Actors Guild nomination, a clothing line (LAMB) and a successful fragrance to her name, you might think that she’s all about the career, but she also holds down a successful marriage to fellow musician Gavin Rossdale and somehow finds the time to raise their two young sons. Always stylish and immaculate, she tells ELLE what drives her. The Interview
Who better to interview Gwen Stefani than her close friend Shirley Manson? The singers met in the early 1990s when No Doubt and Garbage regularly played gigs together, and they have been friends ever since. The two sit down for the interview in the Stefani/Rossdale house high in the Hollywood Hills. Gwen’s been at a friend’s baby shower and is feeling relaxed after a couple of glasses of wine. Her blonde hair is pulled back with a slight quiff, she’s wearing her trademark scarlet lipstick, loose-fitting black trousers, high-heeled boots and a black silk blouse with thin yellow stripes. Over a ‘proper cup of tea’ (Shirley’s words) they recollect the early days when they were the girls on the music scene, talk about staying in shape, fashion and Gwen’s never-ending wardrobe.
In her words
Gwen on what drives her: ‘I think of myself as really lazy. My ideal day would be to never get out of bed. No one can force me to do something unless I’m passionate about it.’
On make-up: ‘I wear make-up every single day; I like to wear make-up for Gavin and I don’t feel energised till I’ve put it on, then I’m ready to go.’
On her toned body: ‘It’s a daily struggle. I work out five days a week. I can’t imagine not doing it.’
On marriage: ‘I’ve been with Gavin for 14 years, and, let’s face it, that is a huge accomplishment. I feel so proud of that – it has’t been the easiest journey.’
On modesty: ‘I have this real masculine-feminine thing: I’m not really that sexy – I get all made up and then I like to be a tough girl. I didn’t even wear high heels until I was in my thirties! To me, [stripping off] is so boring.’
Read the full Gwen Stefani interview in April’s ELLE, out Wednesday 9 March 2011.
**UPDATE 2** Even MORE exceprts from the interview,thanks to Coco’sTeaParty blog!!
The issue hits newsstands tomorrow (I still haven’t got my subs copy – boo) and in the meantime there is a behind-the-scenes video that you can watch at elleuk.com.
UPDATE: I’ve just been sent an exclusive preview of Gwen’s interview, conducted by her best friend, Garbage singer Shirley Manson, here are a few of the best bits:
Shirley Manson: You’ve always been very careful about the way you’ve used your body, right?
Gwen Stefani: There are certain artists I think I like, but then all of a sudden the clothes come off and I’m like, ‘What are you talking about? You’ve gotta save that!’ I have this real masculine-feminine thing; I’m not really that sexy – I get all made up and then I like to be a tough girl. I didn’t even wear high heels till I was in my thirties! To me, [stripping off] is so boring. Not to say that I don’t think a sexy picture can’t be beautiful.
SM: Can we talk about your wardrobe? When you moved into your house, I remember coming over. You showed me it and we were literally screaming – you were like a little kid.
GS: I need to clean it out more often – I get attached to things. I keep all my costumes. I have all the amazing Harajuku stuff.
SM: Favourite video outfit?
GS: I love the older stuff – the polka-dot dress in Don’t Speak. I’d had it for years before I wore it in the video. I’d bought it on the road and it had this musty smell that you couldn’t get rid of. And I love the tennis bra in Just a Girl – I get sentimental about those clothes.
**UPDATE 3** MORE excerpts from the interview from The Daily Telegraph:
The daily diversion for show-weary fashion editors at the moment is counting up the references to, and photographs of John Galliano’s genius in the April magazine issues, (sent to the printers pre-scandal) hitting the newsstands this week.
SM: “What have you worn over the years that you’ve thought, ‘F***, I looked good!’
GS: My wedding dress.
SM: That wedding dress was insane! [John Galliano] is one of the greatest living designers.
GS: Oh, for sure. When I got engaged and someone told me that John said he would make my dress, I was like really? I said I wanted it to be over the top, but not traditional – I wanted it to be everything. But how do you tell this genius over the phone? He was, like, OK, and sent me these drawings of this unbelievable, perfect dress. It’s going into the V&A now. I didn’t wanna send it because I was scared it would get ruined. But it’s a work of art, it needed to be seen.”
Stefani, who name-checked both Galliano and Vivienne Westwood in her song ‘Rich Girl’, has been a lifelong lover of fashion, revealing how her mother nurtured her eye from a young age, encouraging her to make her own clothes.
But the musician, designer, actress, mother and style icon explains that a classic mid-life wobble turned her hobby into a second career.
“I started L.A.M.B because I thought the music would be over. I thought ‘I’ve got to do something. I know I’m going to have kids; I know [music’s] not going to last forever.”
Usually, when a celebrity starts a fashion line, there’s a queue of people around the world willing it to fail (see Lindsay Lohan). But Gwen Stefani, – who somehow manages to pull off being a girl’s girl, and one of the boys – seems to be the exception.
Since launching L.A.M.B (short for Love, Angel, Music Baby, the name of her debut solo album), in 2004, she has quietly plugged away at making it a successful enterprise, but explains that she sees herself as more of an ‘editor’ of fashion unlike other, classically trained designers.
“I’ll never be that kind of fashion… Those people know how to cut patterns, they’re draping; this is a different kind of design. It’s not the same thing. I’m not there every day, doing fittings, pinning things. I have three meetings a week. I’ll say, ‘OK, I’m into this theme right now,’ and go through the colour palette and choose tones that I like. And then they come back and we tear it all apart and make it better.”
L.A.M.B has become a celebrity favourite, most recently photographed on Rihanna, and Stefani reveals how she has big plans for the label: “It’s not even close to being where I want it to be yet. [Fashion] is very, very hard to do well, but I’m learning. I’m really making collections now, I’m playing the game of fashion designer. When I first started I really couldn’t say [I was a] fashion designer because it just wasn’t right, I wasn’t one.”