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When we saw Frieda Pinto at the Chanel Cruise 2015 show in Dubai last month, we thought perhaps that we might see her wearing the brand at the Cannes Film Festival later that month. That, however, turned out to not be the case – but the actress did get decked out in head-to-toe Chanel to shoot the cover and editorial for the June issue of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia. Pinto wore several looks from Chanel’s Métiers d’Art Paris-Dallas 2014 collection and talked to the magazine about her love for the iconic French brand, her daily yoga practice and staying grounded in Hollywood. See excerpts from her interview below and a behind-the-scenes look at her cover shoot.
On her shoe obsession:
“They’re my biggest obsession but I don’t even know how many I have. It’s a bit obscene for me, but I’m sure there are people that have way more. It’s really weird though, because my love for shoes isn’t because I want to wear them all. I mean, there are only so many days in the year, so it’s impossible to wear all of them, but I have them because they’re so beautiful, like works of art, and I love looking at them.”
On her love for Chanel:
It was amazing that the brand believed in me, and I felt very, very lucky. If you wear Chanel to a premiere, you feel like you’ve kinda made it.
On her yoga practice:
“No matter where I am, once a day I bring myself to the mat. But I don’t practice a very calm style of yoga. If I’m working on something big, then my mind is absolutely mental, running wild, with a million different things going on, so the cardio really helps to calm me down.”
On not always feeling beautiful:
“I was at an event with Karlie Kloss last year and it was horrible standing next to her. She’s a beautiful lady and I felt like a little ant!”
On family and friends keeping her grounded:
“I’ve never been brought up with a silver spoon in my mouth, and have been taught to work hard for things I want and not expect anything. Everyone around me would tell me if I did something arrogant or I got too big for my boots.”