There is nothing cosmetic about natural beauty.
According to Hollywood legend, on arriving to the U.S. in 1939, the 24 year old actor was asked by the infamous producer, David O. Selznick, to tweeze her eyebrows, cap her teeth, change her name, and, above all, wear more make-up. Bergman’s response: I am just fine as I am.
Fortunately for all of us, Bergman persisted and Selznick relented, and, instead, marketed Bergman as the Nordic “natural beauty” next door. Bergman’s persistence paid off: she would go on to win multiple best actress awards, for a remarkably broad and diverse series of performances, as well as become an international icon for her natural beauty and individual style. As the author Graham Greene summed up: “What star before has made her entrance with a highlight gleaming on her nose-tip? The gleam is typical of a performance which doesn’t give the effect of acting at all but of living – without make-up.”
Bergman’s example, of bringing out, rather than covering up, her boundless natural, authentic beauty, is an ongoing source of inspiration for our own work.
“Be yourself. The world worships the original.”
— Ingrid Bergman