Bridgerton’s Simone Ashley Is Proud of Her Dark Skin, Curly Hair


Simone Ashley
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Illustration issues. Simone Ashley understands the significance of self-love.

The Bridgerton star, 27, opened up about her appreciation for her darkish pores and skin and curly hair in her December 2022 cowl story for Vogue UK. Within the interview, which was printed on-line on Tuesday, November 1, Ashley shared that whereas her look can at instances current challenges, she’s all the time pleased with her tradition and background.

Simone Ashley on 'Normalizing' Dark Skin and Curly Hair

Simone Ashley
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“I’m certain it was restrictive,” the Intercourse Schooling actress, who was born to Indian Tamil dad and mom, stated of her brown complexion. “Issues have taken me longer than different younger actors who perhaps don’t have the identical restrictions. However I by no means surrendered to it. I bear in mind being a child and folks saying sure issues that make you actually conscious of the colour of your pores and skin.”

She continued: “I bear in mind seeing these Truthful & Beautiful [lightening] lotions — they smelt so good, like child powder, however I didn’t perceive what they have been. Now I’m like, ‘Wow. That’s tousled.’ However I like the colour of my pores and skin. I all the time have.”

Ashley feels much more grateful to work with a glam workforce that helps improve her pure magnificence. “I get emotional speaking about this. They perceive my pores and skin and the feel of my hair, and when preparing for occasions, we discover the enjoyment inside it,” the Sister star advised the style publication of her make-up artist, Alex Babsky, and hairstylist Peter Lux. “And it’s not a superficial factor — it’s about normalizing darkish pores and skin and curly hair for ladies who have to see that normalized.”

Ashley added that she hopes to assist make different Black and brown women really feel the identical. “I need them to be like, ‘Sure, I’ve bought precisely the correct merchandise for me,’” she stated, teasing the thought of launching her personal magnificence label.

Along with her breakout roles on Netflix and within the upcoming movie The Little Mermaid, Ashley has made a reputation for herself as a rising vogue star. The British actress attended each the Valentino and Chanel spring/summer time 2023 exhibits throughout Paris Vogue Week in October. She was additionally invited to the Burberry presentation throughout London Vogue Week, enjoying it cool in an outsized collared shirt and over-the-knee boots.

Simone Ashley on 'Normalizing' Dark Skin and Curly Hair

Simone Ashley as Kate Sharma in ‘Bridgerton.’
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In Might, she made her Met Gala debut on the annual soiree in New York Metropolis, dazzling in a corset prime and a silk skirt by Moschino. “It’s golden and gilded. It’s a really trendy take. Jeremy [Scott] was impressed by the romance in Bridgerton,” she advised Emma Chamberlain on the pink carpet, per Vogue.