Episode 16: The Masthead With Marie Claire Video
Find out what's hot for fall, meet Marie Claire's new Beauty Director, Ying Chu.
We thought it would be really interesting to put a writer with her own entourage of a make-up artist, a trainer, a nutritionist, and obviously the hairdresser and ask them to spend four days with them and find out what is it like to be center of attention like that.
We get to hear what a real person feels like to sort of be a celebrity. It's sort of a reflection of what's going on in Hollywood right now.
One of my specialties is writing first person type of experiential story. So, this is what I do. This is what I enjoy doing. So, I thought it sounded really fun. I was up for the challenge.
For celebrities and actors and actresses who were working on movies, they're often in very close proximity with these people.
Some of our clients, you know, you wake them up in the morning. You're the first one there and you go in with a cup of coffee.
There is-- There seems lack of privacy. Let's be honest about that.
She's a little bit intimated I think at the fact of having all these people all around-- around her 24 hours a day and also being so done up all the time.
When we were going to the gym, there were several people sort of looking and even when I came out of the elevator, like, "Hey, who's that girl?"
I think people at the gym were already sort of checking other people out and being very competitive in that environment. And when she was there with her whole entourage we're like, "Who does this woman think she is? She is bringing a whole crew of people to the gym. She has a photographer following her at the gym."
We were out here at Time Warner Center asking women on the street about the concept of celebrities having beauty entourages.
I would love it. I would love to be pampered all the time.
I mean, absolutely. If you wanna be, you know, picture perfect all the time, you're gonna need someone to help you out.
It's sad to say that it's necessary for them, but I think in a way it is.
I personally find it rather annoying having someone follow me all the time. They like, "Your hair is not perfect. Your hair is not perfect."
It's fine if you have a couple of people but you don't need as many as Jennifer Lopez has.
People feel good in different ways. I'd like to say it bothers me. It really doesn't. I mean, I don't lift an eyebrow to it. I just see whatever goes.
It's a fun story. It's lively and I really love the thought. I think it's a very good example of why it's important not to get used to having a beauty entourage because then when they go, you really miss them.
If you need some attention and you wanna be mistaken for a celebrity, get all your friends to walk around you and put on sunglasses.
What can I say? So, we set Erin up with-- in a sort of like a situation where they went and worked out.
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Danilo, the hairstylist actually went and worked out with Erin to keep her company to sort of do a little bit of hand holding and you know, to touch up her hair.
It's been so cool working with Erin. I mean, she is just like such a true friend. I'm sure she's like all behind and it's probably aching her legs because we really worked hard. I mean I was-- I was working hard. I'm sure she's doing her hair and nutritionist, just like she's really living a celebrity life, huh?
With Erin, we're going all through her diet, her supplement regime, her exercise regime and we're putting her on a plan that's going to stabilize her blood sugar, get her energy levels up during the day and help balance up her nervous system so that she sleeps better throughout the night.
I don't even recommend the flu vaccine ever.
Really, you can totally do it naturally with echinacea and some Vitamin C. Erin also went to, "I need to do private shopping at Chanel." Kateley, our make up artist is the Chanel make up artist. So, they went through and picked out all the right make up for her and then she went and tried on all of these clothing and jewelry, sort of in a way that a celebrity might go into a designer showroom and pick out a dress for a premier.
You see, that's been the plus that many celebrities have. They speak to Danilo and Danilo said "You need this shampoo, this conditioner and this is how you're gonna style it. This is how you touch up." And I say, "Okay, this is the right foundation for your skin type. This is the right color for you. This is great for this." And so they have that knowledge than they have it in their first.
If a celebrity is in town to promote a movie, they would be put up at a hotel. So, we have Erin in a suite at the Four Seasons, which you know a lot of celebrities check into when they're in town as well.
Anything outrageous that's happened as far as my part. I've completed the look with color, a splash of color on the nails and the celebrity can't sit still long enough for it to dry and then I see that tiny little blemish in the thumbnail or something and it's like I got to get in there.
People really enjoy doing this story and they gave us a lot of their time. We have a crew with your fans who are following you around and like making sure you look great, like, "Wouldn't that be amazing? It's just look like a better version of you every single day.
My take away was that it's very easy to get used to and she would love to have had them stay but it also comes with its own pressures. "All my people are wonderful." So, it's been fun. I'm gonna miss them when it's over.
We were supposed to do a party for the Lipstick Jungle premiere. I was a huge fan of Sex and the City and when I heard that Candace Bushnell was behind the new series for television about women, I couldn't wait to see the pilot.
What Candace does with her characters? She not only truly respects them, she respects the diversity in them.