The subject of the week? Emma Corrin, who made her debut as Diana, Princess of Wales on "The Crown" when season 4 arrived on Netflix yesterday. Watching her portray Diana is striking; aside from the wide blue eyes, blonde wig and uncanny outfit recreations, Corrin finds the naivete and quiet guilelessness of a young Diana that couldn’t stray further from Corrin’s actual demeanor.
Hot commodity as she is, Corrin appeared this week on both Glamour U.K. and British GQ’s digital covers, the accompanying interviews diving into how close she attempted to get to the late princess’ essence. She told the magazines about how seriously she took Diana’s battle with bulimia, wanting to sincerely portray the relationship between her mental and emotional well-being and her body image.
"It is a big part of someone’s experience. And [Diana] spoke candidly about it, which was incredibly ahead of its time. I wanted to do her and the condition justice," she told GQ.
As well as the actress rose to the challenge of her role, these covers (and the plethora of latex and mesh that no royal would dare) show off Emma -- a 24-year-old who enjoys poking fun at herself, isn’t afraid of an F-bomb and lets her armpit and leg hair grow.
The eye can’t help but stray to Corrin’s unshaven ‘pit, despite the bombshell jewels and incredible eye makeup (shout out to her glam team) she’s sporting. She joins a slew of other girl-power celebs who have chosen to embrace rather than shed their body hair: Gigi Hadid, Rowan Blanchard and Amandla Stenberg, for instance.
"I've been meaning to grow it for quite a few years, but I'm recently single. I haven't done it before because I've been in a relationship, and I guess I had been programmed to think that I should probably shave for the benefit of both parties," Corrin told Glamour. “But f*ck it -- I don't really want to shave! I realised, 'Why did I ever bother?' It's been quite an underwhelming realisation of: There's no drama in it. It's just there. I'm hoping it’s on the path to becoming normal and it never has to be a thing you notice."
Perhaps it’s silly, but it’s one way I could see Corrin relating to the world around her in a way that harkens back to Diana; she discussed the restrictions the media and our culture put on women, a pressure that was fatally put on Diana.
"I think it's interesting how the media and a lot of our culture loves to label or to pigeon-hole women," she said. "How I present myself, what I do with my makeup, my body hair, my hair or anything aesthetically, will always be dictated by what I feel and nothing external."
Sounds like we found the right woman for the job, here.