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Winona Ryder: 'Let children be children'

Published 12/12/2015

Winona Ryder
Winona Ryder

Winona Ryder hates to see young people in a rush to grow up.

Winona Ryder fears young girls are being "robbed" of their youth by society's obsession with appearance.

The 44-year-old actress was unveiled as the face of Marc Jacobs Beauty this week (beg07Dec15) and much as she loves the role, she doesn't advocate people of all ages becoming obsessed with cosmetics. She is relatively low-key when it comes to her look and she wishes more youngsters would follow in her footsteps, as she hates seeing girls growing up too fast.

"Even really young people get their hair and make-up done now. It's very unusual not to," she told Allure. "Sometimes I do fear for the very young girls, that they are going to get robbed of what they would do and that chance to put themselves together and discover what they like. Don't get me wrong, having a stylist and hair and make-up can be very helpful, but I do think it's important that you are given choices."

Winona has always been admired for her elfin looks, but that isn't something she's spent much time thinking about. It helps that when she began acting she was never praised for her appearance - in fact, the polar opposite was true.

"I was not considered a beauty," she explained. "I was the opposite of what was going on in film. In the '80s, it was all about blondes and a very different look. The first five things I did, I was cast as what was literally described in the script as 'the ugly duckling'."

That all changed with her role in Tim Burton's 1988 movie Beetlejuice. The flick became a cult classic and Winona was seen with dark hair, pale skin and with a generally gothic vibe that went against the grain for the time.

"I guess there were more people out there who related to those kinds of characters than I thought," she mused.

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