We are delighted and very excited to have our first interview in the new interactive Illamasqua Socialise section with one of the Beauty Industries most respected journalists, Bethan Cole.
Name: Bethan Cole
Occupation: Writer, editor, creative consultant, cat lover and person who tends to think and feel too much.
I’ve been a journalist for almost 20 years now and I’ve worked in house for Sunday Times Style, Vogue and i-D amongst others. I had a column called The Sybarite in the Sunday Times for nearly 5 years in the noughties for which I became renowned – I was kind of questioning the morality of the beauty industry before blogging came along and really shook things up.
I was also known for championing the avant garde in beauty and did the first UK profiles of people like Peter
I won the top Literary Jasmine award for a piece I wrote about perfume in Vogue in 2008, this was a highpoint.
1. Your Current Life: What are you up to at the moment? What are your future plans?
I’m currently working as a freelance journalist, trying to write a book and editing a new digital magazine for a beauty company. Can’t tell you about the latter as its still under wraps.
2. Your Favourite Image: What’s the most iconic image to you? What does it say to you/ represent for you?
I’m also really fond of the Cindy Sherman film stills, any of them really, I love her observations and inhabitations of various states of womanhood and the feminist implications of her work.
Also I love Julie Verhoevens illustrations and artworks, her use of colour and her talent for creating interesting faces.
3. Illamasqua Favourite: What is your favourite piece from the Illamasqua collection and why?
4. Your Personal Self: What are you most proud of? What has been your most significant achievement to date?
I think being ahead of the curve in terms of trends, philosophising about popular culture, spotting and championing new talent and, on a personal level overcoming quite severe illness in the last decade to continue with my career.
5. Your Alter Ego: If you could be any fictional character, who would it be and why? or do you have your own unique alter ego?
Someone I dated a year of two ago once said I looked like Anna Karina, the French new wave actress, which was one of the nicest things anyone ever said about me. (I think it was my fringe).
However I always think of myself as ‘the honey bear’ a kind of bumbling, fuzzy, beneficent creature (possibly not very streetwise or cynical enough) who wants to give the world a hug.
I think I wouldalso be any Tennessee Williams heroine. I remember seeing films and plays and thinking OMG, *that is me* reflected back at me in a disturbingly accurate way. I’m also slightly obsessed with his sister Rose who was his muse.
6. Red Lipstick: What does red lipstick symbolize for you?
Well quite a plethora of images spring to mind, from 20s flappers to 40s land girls, 50s starlets, 70s Guy Bourdin models, 80s indie chicks and 90s/00s burlesque gals and rockabillies, Gwen Stefani, Dita Von Teese.
What I like about red lipstick is it’s an incredibly mutable simulacra in photos and on screen and it can signify/summon a thousand different references to mind from film and video and photographs.