While we love style stalking celebrities across the globe, there's something amazing about spotting a home-grown talent taking the red carpet (or the street) by storm. And as we come to the end of 2013, internationally and at home, 20 Australian women's wardrobes really stood out, each for their own, unique personal style. But you'll have to head into the gallery to see who made the cut.
The slow but steady trickle of December fashion magazine covers has begun with some real heavy hitters: Miley Cyrus on the cover of both American and British Cosmopolitan, Nicole Kidman staring us down from the front of Vanity Fair, and Lady Gaga glowing in gold on the cover of Glamour's Women of the Year issue.
Gaga's inclusion on the list — which also boasts activist Malala Yousafzai, Net-a-Porter founder Natalie Massenet, and model Liya Kebede, among others — comes from "making the world a more tolerable place" through her Born This Way Foundation. "My ambition was never to rule the world," Gaga says in the issue. "It was always to change the world."
For more of Gaga's interview and more of the best covers from the final month of the year, click through the gallery.
Nicole Kidman opened up about her high-profile marriage to Tom Cruise in a new interview for the December issue of Vanity Fair. Nicole married Tom when she was just 23 years old, and the pair's romance was constant gossip fodder until they divorced back in 2001. "I was so young," Nicole said of her first marriage. “There is something about that sort of existence that, if you really focus on each other and you’re in that bubble, it’s very intoxicating, because it’s just the two of you. And there is only one other person that’s going through it," She said, adding, "It brings you very close, and it’s deeply romantic. I’m sure Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have that — because there’s nobody else that understands it except that person who’s sleeping right next to you.”
Nicole also referenced her current marriage to Australian singer Keith Urban, “And you know, with no disrespect to what I had with Tom, I’ve met my great love now." The couple have two children, Sunday Rose and Faith Margaret. Nicole left Hollywood behind to move with Keith to Nashville so he could focus on his country music career. She said of her move, "You can have a certain career, but you can’t be living in Hollywood, [where] absolutely everything, everything revolves around it. That wasn’t my choice. I’d rather revolve around somebody else’s career and then still find my own."
Interestingly enough, Keith also opened up about his romance with Nicole this week, revealing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that he and his actress wife occasionally exchange sexts. "Maybe one text," he said. "Maybe one cool kind of . . . you know . . . a year. One of those kind of texts." Watch Keith's adorable interview below.
While Nicole appears to be in marital bliss now, the actress revealed that she hit a "low point" while filming The Hours during the same time she was going through a divorce with Tom. While filming Virginia Woolf's suicide scene, Nicole had a revelation, “Walking into the river with those stones in my pockets — I chose life. At the time, I was at a low point, and by playing her, it put me into a place of appreciating life.” Nicole's emotion came through as she went on to win the Oscar for best actress for her role in the film.
- Kim Kardashian will take Kanye West's name when they marry — E! Online
- Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban spice things up with sexts — OK! Magazine
- The feud between Kelly Osbourne and Lady Gaga is still on — Celebrity Fix
- Doutzen Kroes sometimes feels "guilty" about modelling — Business Insider
- Dannii Minogue enjoyed some time off from being mum — Daily Telegraph
- Rachael Finch is back in a bikini a month after giving birth — News.com.au
- Robin Thicke listens to his own music during sex — Who
- Ellen DeGeneres is developing a lesbian-led comedy series — Daily Life
- Sesame Street has parodied Homeland — TV Tonight
- Now comes the hard work for Dami Im — Sydney Morning Herald
Nicole Kidman, Guy Pearce and Hugo Weaving are joining forces for a new mystery drama set in the Australian outback, but that’s not the only exciting casting news of the past week. There are some interesting onscreen pairings we'll get to see pretty soon — Amanda Seyfried will reunite with a Les Misérables co-star, and Blake Lively is joining a veteran actress in a romantic drama. There are also new roles for Chris Pine, The Rock and Kate Beckinsale. Get more details on these inside!
— Additional reporting by Jessica Chandra
Emma Watson is returning to work with her director from The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Nicole Kidman is set for an adaptation, and Jamie Foxx is in talks for a major biopic. Last week's casting scoop kicked off with some juicy news for Fifty Shades of Grey — and ended with the shock announcement that Charlie Hunnam was dropping out of the movie — plus some of our favourite actors, like Peter Dinklage, Jim Sturgess and Salma Hayek signed on for new movies. Check out the past week's most notable casting news!
The weekend kicked off with the arrival of two cheeky, charming and handsome British Harrys — one was Prince Harry, who was in town for the International Fleet Review, and the other was Harry Styles, who landed with his One Direction bandmates for the Sydney leg of their Take Me Home tour. Prince Harry gave a royal touch to the official International Fleet Review program, which was celebrated with a brilliant fireworks display across Sydney Harbour on Saturday night, and at the same time Harry performed for more than 20,000 screaming fans at Olympic Park. The city couldn’t get enough of them over the weekend!
As for other things that took place in Sydney, Lara Bingle and Sam Worthington went public with their romance, first linking up to run errands and then hitting the beach for some serious PDA. Over in the US, Kristen Stewart landed at the airport with new markings on her arm — did she add to her growing tattoo collection, or did she just get bored and doodle? — and Miranda Kerr’s cheeky son Flynn gave the cameras a cute wave. For more of the week’s best celebrity snaps, step inside.
Nicole Kidman went for a very sultry look when she attended the 2013 Hauding Image Awards in Macao, China, on Monday. The actress wore a Prada halter frock that exposed the middle of her torso while walking the red carpet with Jackie Chan. Nicole scooped up the best global actress in motion pictures award, but she wasn't the only Western star who won big at the Chinese bash. Avril Lavigne, who attended the event with husband Chad Kroeger, won the best global singer award, while Nicolas Cage and Matthew Perry also nabbed honours for their work in film and television. The event is a big deal in Asia as it is China's answer to the Oscars.
Some of the most impactful women in Hollywood, from studio heads to A-list actresses, came together in Beverly Hills at today's Variety Power of Women event to celebrate good works. Kerry Washington, Amy Poehler, Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Hudson, and Elizabeth Banks were all honoured for their charitable efforts on behalf of a range of good causes, including AIDS prevention and heart disease.
Amy Poehler was given a Lifetime Impact Award for her partnership with Worldwide Orphans Foundation. She gave a powerful and occasionally tearful acceptance speech, but couldn't resist injecting some of her signature humour into her address. She told attendees that if they took away anything from the event, it should be that "giving to charity is good for your skin and makes your ass smaller."
On a more serious note, Nicole Kidman, who was recognized for her work with UN Women, credited her mother's independent streak with sparking her commitment to the cause. "I was raised by a feminist mother. She said, 'Never be frightened of using the 'F' word."
Charlize Theron, founder of the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Program, similarly took the opportunity to honour her own mum, who joined her at the luncheon. The actress was brought to tears as she dedicated the tribute to her, thanking her for both teaching her how to be a "decent human being," and "for turning me into a p*ssy every time I talk about you."