A bombshell is a sultry, mysterious and stunningly beautiful woman who is loved by both men and women alike. She’s glamorous, commands attention and is welcoming all the same.
With a little help from Bar Paly, a real life Hollywood siren, turn yourself into a bombshell this Valentine’s Day. Bar, a Russian-born Israeli actress and model, has acted with the likes of Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Jon Hamm, Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore. With three new movies coming this year, keep an eye on this up and coming starlet.
Check out what Bar has to say on becoming a bombshell in this intimate Q & A.
Where do you find the inner confidence to flaunt your femininity and sexy side? Does it come naturally or is it something you had to work on?
Answer: Honestly, I don’t really think of my self as “sexy”, but I do appreciate the compliment. I think the trick for me is that I just really love being a woman. I adore feminine things, like dresses, heels, hair and makeup. In business, there is no stopping a determined woman. I find women strong and inspiring. I mean, we do it all! And we do it with grace and compassion while wearing 5 inch heels! So, I guess embracing my femininity gives me confidence, and confidence is always sexy. To put it in the words of the ultimate bombshell, Marilyn Monroe: “I don’t mind living in a man’s world as long as I can be a woman in it.”
What are your best tips for women to turn ourselves into a bombshell?
Answer: I am a huge believer in the right undergarment. The right bra will do wonders to your shape. That’s the reason I own so many different cuts and styles. Clothes just lay different on the body with the right underwear. With a deep V cut top I wear a good Plunge bra, with a scoop or square neck I recommend Balconette bras, with high neck tops I wear a Minimizer bra (to not look too top heavy), and a strapless bra that works well is a must in every women’s wardrobe. Invest in a few good, differently shaped bras and see your outfits transform! Besides, having a nice undergarment on will always give you that extra oomph.
I had the wonderful opportunity of recently spending time with you in LA, and you couldn’t be sweeter. Do you ever feel you are judged solely by your looks?
Answer: Thank you! Hanging out together in LA was definitely fun! When it comes to people judging me on my appearance, there’s not much I can do. Maybe it’s human nature, but until you meet someone and have a conversation with them it’s tough to really know what they’re about. For those that do judge me based solely on my looks, I can only hope they change their opinion when they meet me. In my years in the fashion and entertainment industries I’ve met many beautiful women, and I can tell you that physical beauty alone does not get you very far. On the other hand, brains, kindness and compassion are always sexy! Be smart, be nice to others and yourself (we all forget that last part sometimes), take joy in life, and be passionate about what you do. That’s what people gravitate towards, and what defines true beauty.
This is one we all want to know – what’s the perfect face and body position for taking a pic (or selfie!)? Is there something you do specifically to make sure the photo turns out well?
Answer: I think the key to taking a good photograph is understanding your light source. If it’s a bright, straight-on light, like a camera flash, it usually flattens the image and makes every thing look very two dimensional. So with those photos you don’t want to be facing the camera straight on, because it’ll make you look wider, since the natural curve of the body will be erased by the flash. Turn a little bit sideways with your hips, but keep your chest toward the camera. This pose will make you look slimmer in those types of photos. Avoid taking photos when the light source is directly above you. This will always create unflattering shadows on the face. To erase those, just tilt your face up so the light is hitting your face more evenly, and take the picture holding the camera slightly above your face. Ideally, the best “beauty light” is always day light, but not harsh sun light. Direct day light coming from a window as the only light source will look beautiful. Always face that light when possible, it’s a very good trick.
Finally, with several movies coming in 2015, we’d love to know what do you do to prepare for filming – mind, body and soul?
Answer: I landed roles in some great projects over the last year and I could not be more excited to share them with you. All the characters are so different, and I had a blast with each and every one of them. I got to play a futuristic femme fatal spy in Mark Polish’s “Headlock” opposite Dianna Agron and Justin Bartha, a hilariously oblivious model in Judd Apatow’s “Trainwreck” starring Amy Schumer, in “Sons Of Anarchy” veteran David Labrava’s “Street Level” I play a homeless heroin addict, and in Aaron Kaufman’s thriller “Urge” (Pierce Brosnan) I got to play Denice, a good girl who turns bad after partying on a new drug that unleashes the users secret urges with lethal consequences. While all the roles are very different, my preparation on each is the same. Most of my process is character work. Finding out what motivates my character? Who are they? What do they want? I also love figuring out a character’s wardrobe and look, because those directly influence the character’s physicality. For example, you just walk different wearing high heels than you do wearing flip-flops, the same way you hold things differently after a brand new manicure. Other times a characters wardrobe can reflect their inner characteristics or mood. All those details really matter to me when building a believable character. I also find it very inspiring watching other actor’s work. When I watch a great performance, it gives me the courage to make braver choses and try to elevate my work to the level of my piers. My mantra is: It’s better to fail spectacularly than play it safe and be boring!
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