Challenge 3: Old Hollywood Beauties. This challenge is all about the classical Hollywood era: from silent films to technicolor. Choose a movie starlet and recreate one of her looks.
Movie Starlet: Elizabeth Taylor
Explanation of the look: Elizabeth Taylor is known for her alluring sex appeal that she brought to the silver screen. This look is trying to create to simple, yet alluringly sexy looks of her characters in her roles in the movie Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, and Butterfield 8. This was created by a sleek and sexy lace slip and a simple pair of heels, which is what Elizabeth's characters are often seen wearing in these films.
Blah, I'm really unsure of how I feel about this set, but I tried?
Collab with @l-annelise-l @tania-l
“Our team is getting ridiculously small,” Kayla said as she looked at the now two vacant beds in our room.
“What’s more ridiculous is that they wouldn’t even bother showing up for the shoots,” I add on from my spot on own bed, lazily flipping through a comic book.
“True, I don’t get why you’d go through the whole audition process if you’re not gonna be serious about it afterwards. And on national TV of all things,” she added, shuddering at the idea of something. Probably at the idea of being perceived as a quitter by all of America, which definitely these girls would be perceived.
Kayla and I were just briefed for the next shoot. I was trying not to think about it too much. I always found that over thinking it made me mess up. But before I can even consider thinking about the concept of the shoot, Ketzia’s head popped around the corner of our door.
“Hye-Ri’s here for you,” she said with a grin, leaving Kayla and I alone. I look up at her, and she looks back at me, and its obvious we’re both a little confused. We wait a moment before rushing downstairs.
Once we’re downstairs, it was weird to just see one of the world’s best models just standing there, waiting for us. And besides, I had just gotten so used to only being around the other model for the past two weeks.
“Hello girls,” she said as soon as we had made it down, giving each of us a one-armed hug as she held onto several objects in her other hand. “I figured since we were in such small numbers now it was time for a girls’ night, boost the morale a bit,” she explained before holding up the two boxed DVDs she had in her hand, “while still preparing you two for your shoot of course.”
“That sounds perfect,” Kayla said with a ridiculously huge smile on her face. It was almost as if she was like that happy kid on Christmas morning with that smile of heres. It was probably because of the fact that we would be spending the evening watching two classics of old Hollywood with one of the greatest supermodels of our time.
“I have a taxi waiting for us. We’re going to my hotel suite and have some mani-pedis as well. Who said everything had to be hard work?” she asked, winking at us before leading the way to the taxi. Kayla and I shared one more look, both still kind of in shock.
It didn’t take long for us to reach her hotel and as we stepped out I couldn’t help but be surprised by the people that were gathered outside, snapping pictures as soon as we had stepped out of the taxi. I froze for a second, trying to take in the attention that was being paid to us when I felt Hye-Ri grabbing hold of my arm.
“Yes, you’re famous. Let’s get inside” Hye-Ri said, seeming slightly amused by our reactions as we finally made it into the lobby and towards the elevators.
“Wow your room is breathtaking” I said as Hye-Ri held the door to her room opened for us, letting us into a room that was ridiculously huge. It was amazing and unbelievable.
“Pepa! Tell the massage people we’re here and please order some room service,” Hye-Ri said to what seemed to be her personal assistant as she removed her coat. “Girls, this is Pepa,” she added as the petite assistant greeted us with a hand shake.
A few minutes later we had installed ourselves in the Hye-Ri’s makeshift living room, an array of food at out disposal as we waited for the massage people to come.
“So which film do you want to see first?” she asked, holding up DVDs of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Gilda in her hands.
“I don’t mind watching the Elizabeth Taylor one first, I haven’t seen it in a while,” Kayla said after a minute or two. I smiled in agreement. It would probably be best for me if we watched the Elizabeth Taylor film first, since I would probably have spaced out otherwise, and not be able to pay enough attention.
I sit back, trying to tune into the movie, trying really hard to pay attention. I knew Hye-Ri wanted us to have fun, but I also knew deep down she wanted to make sure Kayla and I were ready for our photoshoots this week. We were the last two to this team, and we really needed to bring our A game.
“So..for this shoot, how should we try and act? Should we be more like the characters or embody the actress more?” I ask softly, as I watch the film. I mean I had watched Elizabeth Taylor films before, but I can’t say I’ve seen Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.
“Whatever you find more comfortable.” Hye-Ri says, “If you’re confident, it’ll come through in your performance and ultimately help you embody the Hollywood starlet.”
I nod some, making some mental notes. “I think I got it.” I say, smiling weakly. Honestly, I had been a little distracted this week, but this was a helpful distraction, spending the day with my team. They were good company.
“I think you’ll do a good job embodying her, Amelia.” Kayla says, smiling over at me. “Are you nervous ?”
I nod some, “Yeah, a little. I mean, I’ve been distracted this week… I’ll bring my A game, though. Promise.” I tell them.
“I know you will, Amelia.” Hye-Ri says, smiling over at me. “I know you both will. You’ve both done so well. I’m proud of both of you.”
“Well, only because we have such a great coach.” I say, smiling over at her.
“Yeah..you’ve really been a great coach.” Kayla adds, smiling at Hye-Ri as well.
“Thanks again for everything, really.” I say, looking back at the TV, and we watch the rest of the film intently.
“So who is ready for the next film?” Hye-Ri asks once the movie is done, clapping her hands some excitedly.
“I think I’m all set,” Kayla said after having grabbed one of the bowls of popcorn room service had brought up, having devoured a first one during the previous movie.
“You still have room for that?” I asked amusedly as I eyed the bowl. I wasn’t being judgmental or anything. I think it was just me being weird considering that I wasn’t all that hungry.
“You can’t watch movies without popcorn,” Kayla added before passing the bowl to me. I laughed softly, hopefully to ease her nerves a bit, before taking a handful and settling in for the next movie.
The minute the film started, Kayla’s eyes were glued to the screen. And that only became more intense the moment Rita appeared with that famous hair flip. I watched Kayla as she watched the movie, and I think as she’s studying her character, she starts to inadvertently mimicking certain poses and movements of Rita Hayworth throughout us watching. I could tell that she was trying to assimilate as much of Rita’s persona and presence on screen as she could. It was obvious that she was analysing every aspect of her demeanour, from the way she held her cigarette to her slow grin.
“You seem…enthralled to say the least,” Hye-Ri said amusedly after awhile of watching Kayla get caught up in the movie.
“I just love Rita Hayworth,” She said, making a slight face, as I laughed at her reaction. I wasn’t laughing at her. It was just obvious how she felt about the character.
“Clearly,” Hye-Ri said. “Just don’t let that take-over too much, make sure that there’s still a bit of you in your pictures. Being able to recreate the essence of Rita would make for a good picture but an amazing one would be a picture where your own personality still shines through.”
“I’ll keep that in mind, thanks,” Kayla said as she was obviously mulling over what Hye-Ri had said to her.
Hye-Ri lets us take all this in a moment, before finally speaking. “So who is ready for mani-pedis?” She asks, just as a team of professionals comes in.
Kayla and I exchange excited looks, before meeting our specific manicurists, and beginning the whole process.
“Now, feel free to choose whatever colors and anything else you want. Think of this as a chance to express yourself, give a bit of personality.” Hye-Ri adds, smiling as she gets decides to get the classic French manicure.
Kayla smiles some, looking at all the color choices. It was obvious she was excited about it all. I watch as she picks a nice red color. It was bold, but classic, which I think fit Kayla’s personality to a T.
I take a deep breath, looking back at my manicurist, looking over at the colors. This was supposed to be an expression of my personality. I look at some different colors, picking them up, and deciding against them. I finally just decide to go back to a classic, or at least classic to me, combination. I choose a black nail polish. It was usually the color I came back to. It was an unexpected classic, and a little bit mysterious, and I felt that was indicative of the type of person I was.
Once our mani/pedis are done, Hye-Ri looks over at us, giving us a kinda knowing look.
“What is it..?” Kayla asks, kind of sheepishly.
“Are you guys tired, or are you both up for some more fun?” She asks, getting up.
I raise an eyebrow, watching her. “I’m down for anything…. what would we be doing?” I ask, smiling.
“Yeah, I am too.” Kayla adds on, nodding excitedly.
“Well, go and get ready, girls. We’re going to go clubbing. Might as well let loose and have some fun after we’ve pampered ourselves.” Hye-Ri smiles, motioning for us to go and get ready. “I have some outfits picked out for you both to choose from. Go and have fun.” She says motioning towards her guest room. She smiles at us one more time before going to her room, obviously to get ready herself.
“Wow… this all just seems surreal.” I say, smiling as I kind of just take in the day that Kayla and I got to experience.
“I know… It all feels like a dream.” She says, smiling as she looks around Hye-Ri’s appointment some, before looking back at me. “I keep having to pinch myself.”
I laugh some, smiling, “Yeah, I do too…” I wait, smiling a bit more. “But come on, let’s go and get ready before we wake up from this dream, yeah?”
Kayla laughs, nodding. “But of course. Let’s go and keep on living this dream.”
And it's that same dream-like feeling that I entered into the challenge with a few day later. This all still felt so surreal, so unbelievable. But I knew, despite the surreal feeling, I was prepared, and ready for anything that came my way. I was sure of that.