Celeb Style: Victoria Bidewell

Questions by Tybie Lipetz @Tybielipetz

Victoria’s first role and big break was in the feature film ‘What Lies Beneath’ with Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer. She has also appeared in ‘Good Luck Chuck’ and ‘Alien Vs Predator: Requiem’.

 

Most recently, she plays the lead role in the feature film ‘Comforting Skin’, released early in 2011, opposite Tygh Runyan. She plays Koffie, a complex young woman, who has a very unique relationship with her tattoo. The cast includes Philip Granger, Eugene Lipinsky, Paul Jarrett, Jane Sowersby and Jennifer Griffin and is directed by Derek Franson. Television roles have included ‘The L Word’, ‘Supernatural,’ the pilot for ‘Hiccups’ and numerous commercials.

 

Victoria has performed in numerous plays through out L.A. and Vancouver. Roles have included Honey in ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’; however, one of her most challenging roles was Chrissy, the naïve and troubled lead of ‘In the Boom Boom Room’. The training, both mentally and physically, was vigorous. The role dealt with sexual and physical abuse and Victoria had to learn to perform as a stripper. After receiving excellent reviews, the cast and crew were thrilled when Halle Berry attended the play while she was filming inVancouver.

 

 

What are the top 3 must haves in your closet?

Skinny jeans, walking boots, winter parka

 

What’s your go-to outfit?

Black skinny jeans, my high heeled booties, looser flowy top

 

What’s your go-to  store?

Spank

 

Who’s your favourite designer?

Tom Ford

 

Are you effected by trends?

If there##Q##s something I like, I may incorporate it into my outfit. I##Q##m all about mixing current trends with vintage styles.

 

Are there any trends at the moment you love or hate?

I love anything with lace and I##Q##m not a fan of the large knit doyley sweater/poncho look.

What advice would you give to young women/men trying to find their personal style?

I always had mixed feelings about which outfits to chose in the past and therefore would just copy the latest trend, and in doing that I wasn##Q##t acknowledging my own tastes, so I always ended up looking awkward and uncomfortable. Take the time to get to know your likes/dislikes and what looks good on your body type and don##Q##t be afraid to ask someone for help. Chose clothing that accentuates your essence and makes you want to get dressed every day.

 

What’s your opinion of fashion magazines?

I love them.

 

Do you read them?

Yes.

 

What was your favourite style decade? (grunge, hippy, 40’s, …)

I##Q##m currently working on a character from the early sixties where there were a lot of social movements going on and fashion traditions were being broken. It wad an exciting time for fashion.

 

What does style mean to you?

It##Q##s a way of showing myself and being open in the world and it can also be a way of hiding myself in the world. I can make people believe anything I want them to believe about me through my style. It##Q##s how I send messages to others, it##Q##s a form of communication.

Do you dress for yourself or for others (ie: your man or work)?

I dress for myself and for men. I dress the way I want to be looked at, so it all depends on where I am and who I want looking at me. I have to feel good in what I##Q##m wearing at all times.

 

Do you have any beauty or fashion tips you’d like to share?

I recently discovered hair elixir, it makes my hair shiny, smooth and silky and it smells wonderful.

 

How has your personal style changed over the years?

In the past, my style was very loud, lots of prints and accessories. Now my style is toned down, more simplistic and put together, it##Q##s more feminine.

 

What do you think about the way men/women dress in this city?

I don##Q##t think too much about it.

 

Do you find Vancouver’s style different from other cities you’ve been to or lived in?

It##Q##s climate appropriate, athletic and casual.

 

Have you ever felt pressured to look a certain way?  Why?  What did you do about it?

Yes. Because I felt people would like me more or find me more attractive if I looked and behaved a certain way. Embraced my unique qualities that distinguish me. Once I did that, life got a lot better and people responded to me in a more positive way. The pressure was and is always brought on by myself.

 

Do you think fashion and trends are affected by media?

I believe media can dictate fashion/trends and having awareness of this is vital.

 

Is this a good thing?

It can take away from one##Q##s individuality if you let it. I find it important to ground myself in amongst all of the media and not to lose sight of my own unique passions and desires. The more I stray from my intent, the more dangerous it can be.

What do you think about the Yoga craze in Vancouver?

It##Q##s a good craze to have.

 

Would we ever find you out for lunch in yoga pants?

I##Q##m always in work out gear. I     don##Q##t drive and I love to walk. My favorite thing about Vancouver is that I can walk from one end of the city to the other in a couple of hours. I never tire of being active, this city condones that.

 

How would you describe your city’s style?

Athletic and laid back.

 

How would you describe your style?

Classic and feminine.

 

What’s your favourite accessory?

A vintage gold ring I bought from an older lady at a flea market.

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