Vogue speaks to the actor about her relationship with beauty, her newfound love of gua sha, and why she had to delete Instagram for the sake of her mental health.
Bel Powley rose to fame in 2015 as Minnie, the self-assured 15-year-old cartoonist who becomes sexually attracted to her mother’s boyfriend in the coming-of-age tale The Diary of a Teenage Girl. Since then, the west London-born actor, 29, who recently became engaged to fellow actor Douglas Booth, has been carving out a reputation for herself as one of Hollywood’s ones to watch.
After her recent performance as Claire Conway in Apple TV+’s bingeable #MeToo drama The Morning Show, she became a household name. Powley plays an eager young personal assistant who has an affair with a weatherman (Néstor Carbonell). Rooted in genuine emotion, the romance is the perfect foil to the show’s other central relationships, which are characterized by an abuse of power.
As we wait for season two, due later this year, Vogue speaks to the actor about her relationship with beauty, her newfound love of gua sha, and why she had to delete Instagram for the sake of her mental health.
Growing up, what influenced your idea of beauty?
When I was younger, it was probably my mother. She is one of those fabulous women who could take a lipstick out of her handbag and put it on without looking in the mirror. I always thought she was so beautiful, on the inside and on the outside.
Did you feel beautiful when you were younger?
I always felt a bit awkward because I had quite a boyish-shaped body with very twiggy legs and arms. I didn't like wearing skirts to school because people used to call me ‘Pritt Stick’ [UK glue stick]. I didn't feel womanly. It was at that time when American Apparel had just become a thing and everyone was wearing those really tight disco pants. I had these limbs and a spare tire in the middle as opposed to the hourglass shape, which was deemed to be perfect, which my friends had. I didn't know how to accept it or how to dress for it.
This story originally appeared on: Vogue - Author:Tish Weinstock