Last week, Québécoise singer and mother of three, Céline Dion, was named the new global face of L’Oréal Paris. It was a stellar acquisition for the brand. For the last four decades, the pop diva has wowed us with catchy chanson and pitch-perfect high notes, but recently has proved even more iconic than ever before.
In a kind of a remarkable reinvention, Dion has recaptured the Zeitgeist of today. From swanning around in fantastical couture for Vogue US to single-handly clocking Paris Fashion Week 19 street style (who could forget that Alexandre Vauthier power jumpsuit?), Dion has notched “iconic” status once again. And at 51 years of age.
Resilient, brilliant and unapologetic, here the renaissance woman talks career, ageing gracefully and why she’s worth it. A new (beauty) day has come.
on being a l’óreal Paris ambassador…
GRAZIA: What was your reaction when L’Oréal Paris contacted you to join their spokespersons family?
CÉLINE: I never saw that coming, especially at 51 years old. I thought seriously about it because, if my name was on it, I wanted to truly believe in it. We, women, are all dealing with a society that is pushing so much today. Considering that L’Oréal Paris gives women plenty of tools to feel good, to feel strong, to have a voice, to fulfill themselves and to feel worth it, I was honored to become a global ambassador for the brand and represent women all around the world.
G: L’Oréal Paris is known for its iconic tagline “Because I’m Worth It.” What do those four words mean to you?
C: To me, “Because I’m Worth It” means so much. I really see L’Oréal Paris beyond beauty products, beyond colors, beyond care. Because when you do your hair or put your makeup on, you’re feeling your best. You feel confident, whatever your achievement is. You feel feminine and empowered, expressing your inner strength. You feel inspired and emotionally supported when realizing your dreams. All of this means we are worth it. We need to give ourselves the credit we deserve. This is why “Because I’m Worth It” is such a powerful tagline that I feel connected to.
G: What message do you hope to share as a L’Oréal Paris spokeswoman?
C: I want everyone to feel that they have the right to express themselves, whether it is through fashion and beauty, by using their voice or through something else that’s important to them. The world is changing, and L’Oréal Paris is part of that in a positive way since the brand is telling women that there is nothing wrong in realizing their dreams and speaking their mind. As a society, I think we need to embrace that even further. I hope that I can elevate this conversation. I feel that at this stage in my life, I now have a voice. I truly admire what L’Oréal Paris stands for and I’m excited to use my voice to empower everyone to feel beautiful, confident and to learn to embrace themselves.
on what it takes to be AN EMPOWERED WOMAN…
G: What makes you feel truly empowered?
C: I feel empowered when I look at my life and my career. I used to be an artist who needed to prove things to the industry and I have worked very hard my whole life. But now that I am doing it for myself and with passion, it gives me so much inner confidence.
on EMBRACING AGE…
G: Have you ever wanted to go back in time?
C: I feel so good now that I don’t even want to think about my 20s or 30s, when I was still discovering myself. For the last couple of years, I have grown in a very strong and happy way through my passions, my work, friendship, motherhood. I am now embracing myself and feel free to do what I want, where I want, when I want. I am thankful to keep going, I’ve never felt so beautiful, strong, and I feel that the best is yet to come. Today is the beginning of the rest of my life and I don’t want to go back in time, I am going forward.
G: What is your secret to constantly reinvent yourself, even at 51?
C: I still daydream, and I love it. But since I’m so busy with my passions, my work, my family, I have no time. My secret? When I’m in my bed, I take some time for myself to think of everything I love and this is the time I get so creative.
Q: What was your process to feel stronger now?
C: Losing my husband, seeing him suffer was extremely hard. But I have learnt to love him like there is no tomorrow. I knew that I had to let him go in peace, and not be selfish trying to make him stay a little longer. I now see him in the eyes of my kids, and that makes me stronger. It helped me to keep going and to go back on stage. So I continue to work hard, I have found new passions such as dance and, made new friends and I’m very well surrounded.
on her relation to beauty…
G: What makes you feel worth it when you go on stage?
C: I bring my energy. That is why the performance is different every night. Whether I bring happiness, sadness or tiredness because my kids were sick all night… L’Oréal Paris always has my back with a wide offer of beauty products to make me look at my best in every situation.
G: You do your own beauty prep for your shows, is that true?
C: I love doing my makeup, I love to play. I always start my beauty routine making sure my face is clean and well prepared. That is very important. Then I like to put a light concealer under the eyes to open up my gaze, a little bit of powder to fix it and a touch of a brow pencil to balance my face. As for the hair, I like the Excellence range and often use it for retouches. Actually my first ever beauty campaign with the brand will be about this product, so stay tuned!
on her HER FASHION REINVENTION…
G: What does fashion mean to you?
C: Fashion excites me, it allows me to express myself and to be creative in a way that’s different from music. From one outfit to another, I can change my style, my persona every day. I love to play with fashion and I love to take risks. I have the strong belief that you can never go too big.
on what makes a SUCCESSFUL CAREER…
G: How did it all start?
C: It’s been an amazing journey. My mum dreamed bigger for me than singing in little neighborhood concerts. And because she wanted the best for me, she wrote my first song – even though she did not get the chance to get an education or to go to school. This is how it all started, and I have never stopped since then.
G: What has been the defining moment in your career?
C: I think performing “My Heart Will Go On” at the Academy Awards was a defining moment for me. I was already in love with music and passionate about my career, but everything really skyrocketed after that song debuted.
G: What’s next?
C: When you think I’m done, I’m just starting. I am finishing the shows at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. I am releasing a new English album and going on tour. And my association with L’Oréal Paris is the beginning of a new amazing journey for me.