Last month No Doubt released the music video for their new single Settle Down and despite the fact that lead singer Gwen Stefani vowed never to go solo again, she is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine all by herself … with a big pink hat. BUT, I guess we can forgive her because her big pink hat is fabulously FABOO! Gwen talks style, fitness, motherhood and fame with Bazaar and if you click below you can see photos (shot by photographer Terry Richardson, no less) and read excerpts from her HB feature. Gwen wears a fun pink dress with her fab pink hat so you simply must take a look.
On her style: “I’ve always been a girl who loves to dress up,” says Gwen. “I already put my makeup on twice today: I put it on to take my kid to school, and then I went home, washed my face, and put it on again to have lunch with you.” She even wears it at home because “I like to make my husband like me more,” she says, laughing, “and he likes it when I’m wearing makeup.”
On staying fit: “I hate talking about my body [all the time]; it’s ridiculous,” she says, referring to the number of times someone has asked how to get her six-pack abs. “There is no secret: You just have to eat healthy, work out, and torture yourself!” Jumping around onstage for a few hours for thousands of screaming fans is great cardio, and she says she hits the gym when her hectic mother-of-two schedule allows. “But it’s more for my brain than it is for my body.” Not that it’s all about mental health. On how she stays sample-size: “I like to wear clothes too much, so I try to keep focused.”
On motherhood: “It’s superfun being a mom, but it’s hard too. Finding that balance between work and family is the hardest thing I’ve ever done—by far.”
On fame and gossip: “That someone would say something untrue or bad about me doesn’t bother me. It’s like water off a duck’s back.” This attitude applies to everything from best-dressed lists to rumors that her marriage is falling apart. “None of that stuff matters. There’s something in me, being this passive person, that those kinds of things don’t upset me. I know they can say anything; they can just make something up. But what are you going to do? It’s not part of my reality, so it’s okay.”
These photos are just so cool. Gwen, like Kylie Minogue and Madonna, has the ability to transform herself entirely with different looks and styles. She is such a naturally beautiful woman, it’s easy to see how she can wear stuff like this and make it look so effortless and accessible. Most people would look foolish with a hat like this … Gwen makes it look like a must-have accessory. Damn, now I want a hat like this. With the return of No Doubt this year, the focus will shift back to the band as a whole but Gwen as frontwoman will continue to enjoy the attention she has always received … and rightly so. This is a great feature, I think. This fabulous issue of Harper’s Bazaar hits newsstands on August 21.