Lily Collins: I rode a bull in jewels
Lily Collins is pleased someone convinced her to ride a mechanical bull in a sequinned dress.
The 25-year-old actress was astounded when she was invited to Chanel's prestigious Métiers d’Art show in Dallas at the end of last year. She had to be encouraged to have a go on rodeo bull due to her chic outfit, but in the end was delighted to have been persuaded.
"I was wearing a sequined gown and $80,000 earrings, and there was a mechanical bull for guests to ride," she told Lucky magazine.
"I had to have a cowboy lift me up on the bull as my dress was too fitted to allow me to climb up myself. I was terrified that my jewellery would fly off and nervous to ride it in front of so many people, but it was such a liberating, amazing experience. After that, I felt like I could do anything."
Lily's father is acclaimed musician Phil Collins, but having grown up around the limelight it doesn't hold a great deal of interest for her. She doesn't "understand" the word celebrity, as A-listers were a part of her life from a young age.
That doesn't mean she has a sense of entitlement though. Lily is continually amazed when she is invited to parties, such as last year's Met Ball.
"The Met Ball? Being invited to something like that? Incredible! I still think, 'Why am I on the list?' I still feel like a little girl dressing up and getting to go to a pretty party," she laughed.
As well as being famed for her acting ability, Lily is known for her style. In particular her bushy eyebrows have become a talking point, with the star admitting she was once so unhappy with them she plucked at the hairs - causing her mother to tell her off.
"Brows are the statement piece of the face, and I’ve learned to embrace mine over the years. And I guess they speak for themselves now that they apparently have their own Twitter account," she laughed.
The star is also into body art and has three inkings, including one at the nape of her neck. She always knew she would end up having something put on her body, as tattoos have been a source of interest to her for years.
"I’ve always loved body art. I remember being with my mom on Venice Beach when I was really young, and we walked by this guy on a Harley who was covered in tattoos. I was this little British girl, and I went up to him and said, ‘Your tattoos are so pretty!’ That was probably the last thing he wanted to hear," she guffawed.
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