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Witherspoon was a barefoot beauty

Reese Witherspoon can't understand why she didn't use to wear shoes as a child.

The 39-year-old star spent her childhood in Tennessee and is fiercely proud of her roots. That said, there are some things she got up to as a child that she is fine with leaving in the past.

"Well, I didn't grow up wearing a lot of shoes. I never wore shoes in the summer. Not once! We just ran around bare foot," she laughed to British magazine InStyle.

"No [I don't do that now]! I can't even imagine letting my kids do that either."

In fact, Reese has morphed into quite the fashion fan. She's sported dresses by the likes of Armani Privé, Prabal Gurung and Jason Wu over the years, favouring bold colours and classic tailoring.

Her fascination with style has come in handy as she's launched a lifestyle brand called Draper James, which offers lingerie, bed and bath products, kitchenware, handbags, fragrance and cosmetics, furniture, swimwear, pens, pencils, stationary, swaddling blankets and plastic storage containers.

She came up with the idea thanks to her Southern upbringing, explaining that she thinks women from that area haven't been catered to when it comes to fashion houses.

"Three years ago, I was in Atlanta shooting a film, and I was struck by the cultural explosion down there. But even though there were wonderful restaurants and music venues, nothing was representing the fashion aspect of the Southern woman," she explained. "We're not from New York or LA. But we are current; we read InStyle, we love a dinner party, a lunch, and, of course, fashion."

The star has always been honest about the lengths she goes to for her look, previously admitting she rarely leaves the house without make-up. Even when she appeared in her movie Wild, which saw her character trekking 1,100 miles, she wasn't sure about going bare-faced but eventually realised it was important.

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