Penélope Cruz says Sophia Loren is her ultimate lingerie style icon.
The Spanish actress has designed an underwear collection with her sister Mónica Cruz for Agent Provocateur, the L'Argent line.
Penélope described the emotional connection she has with intimate clothing and how it makes her feel.
"I associate lingerie with the movies. Sophia Loren is my ultimate icon: when she wears a piece of lingerie in her films with Marcello Mastroianni, it is as though she is wearing the most amazing gown. But beautiful lingerie is not just for the red carpet – now it is also for every day of the week. I can wear it under a T-shirt with ripped jeans and still feel special," she told The Edit. "It is hard to put into words what it is about lingerie that holds such a deep attraction. But I think it is the hidden element. You are wearing something special, but you don’t show it to anybody. It is a secret, and that is something we can all relate to. And probably why most lingerie is sold directly to women, except on Valentine’s Day."
The actress' interest in lingerie began when she was a teenager. The mother-of-two has since evolved her attitude, and says comfort is as much a priority as elegance.
"Lingerie is a fantasy: it is something that you dream about. For me, it started when I was 14: I saw a picture in a magazine and that was it, I was hooked. For my next birthday, I asked for a beautiful white lace body that I had seen in a shop window. This was a truly special present for me because it was a woman’s present. I was not a woman yet, but it made me feel like one," she continued.
"My relationship with lingerie has evolved over the years. I’ve come to value comfort, more so since I had children. I want something that is sexy, but won’t make me miserable and uncomfortable all day. I need something I can live in."
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