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Episode 38: The Masthead with Marie Claire Video

Maggie Gyllenhaal talks about The Dark Knight, and fashion designers tell us how they wear their denim.

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I was talking to the writer, Meredith Bryant, about beauty stories which we really like to do since there, you know, beauty is very relevant to all of our lives and I challenged her to go Euro.

Listen, I had originally talked about going European just in terms of hair and which was sort of you know, the original idea then. Then she's like, why don't you just go European with everything, with everything in your beauty regiment.

Could someone who is very Americanized in their beauty routine give it all up and sort of adopt a more Euro-centric routine?

Which basically not of course, you're not shaving anymore and not shampooing nearly as much.

So I was like, this is interesting. My college reunion is in 2 weeks. Not really the best timing but I decided to do it. You know, that will be interesting.

She is a sort of classically pretty American-looking woman with a very bold and some what strict regimen that she follows every morning and every week.

When we asked you to this, she short of laughed at first but she really got into it.

My first concern was I didn't want to just make blanket of assumptions. Americans tend to maybe mis-perceive European beauty rituals and think that they are less than us or they just don't shave their armpits but that's not necessarily true.

Generally speaking, she seemed, you know, just happy not have to care quite as much. I mean she was fun and sort of terrific to be different but it was nice to just not be quite so vigilant and hung up on those things.

It felt so great to get up in the morning and not have to wash my hair and just you know, spray the stuff in it and go out the door and I put like some styling products there and you know, my hair looks great which surprised no one more than myself.

She actually in the end adopted some of these tricks that European women do on a regular basis.

I think that European woman have something down that American women don't which is you don't have to be perfect from head to toe. You know, concentrate on your hair or concentrate on your tan or something but not everything has to look perfect and you know, there's something reset about getting out and living your life instead of you know, preparing yourself for life all the time.

Marie Claire has always had very strong relationship with its readers. They have every strong presence in the magazine and we've always featured them in the magazine. Now, what I wanted was a way or reflecting the different women who read the magazine and we decided to settle for across the country and really look at the way Americans look now, American women look now.

I think the kind of story is really unique to Marie Claire because it really-- we're gonna devote a few magazines that I think really represents the voice of our readers and it's nice to have that element besides just the celebrities and the models. You know our global voice is definitely represented in the diversity of our readers.

My god. My massage over there, my nails done over here and makeup over here. Feeling good.

I love that I'm strong and I'm getting fit. I've always been complimented for my hair. I have never done anything to it and I have just been very, very fortunate. I think our readers are looking for empowerment and you know, they wanna relate to other readers. They wanna know that what they're doing is not only right but that it's an experience that is shared among other women. I love my creativity, my colorfulness and the way I deal with people. When we talk to a lot of the women in New Orleans, a lot of them talk about how important it was to have the rituals or normality to do their hair well or put their make-up on or how their clothes are ironed and where their favorite white shirt because at times of crisis, it made them feel better and it gave them an extra little bit of strength which seemed to us very positive and we wanted to celebrate that.

What do I love about myself? I guess I love my full lips and my blue eyes.

And what we wanted to do is was say to our readers, we know you are interesting. You may not be opening the next movie at the cineplex down the road but we think you are interesting. We want you to be part of the magazine and we want to celebrate you.

We have a big package on dating in our October issue.

A lot of times I catch myself being like let's go out to dinner with my friends and family and he is like, "Whoa."

Dating is almost a passive term now. Nobody dates in the way that you know one did 20 years ago or 30 years ago.

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