Press: 10 minutes with… Jameela Jamil

Jameela Jamil is a fashion star – she’s in the process of showing off her third collection for Very.co.uk – not bad, eh? But she confesses that she wasn’t always so stylish – find out what fashion crimes she’s been found guilty of in the past…

It’s hard to believe that Jameela Jamil hasn’t always been a success in the style department – she often makes it on the best dressed lists, and no one rocks a pair of shorts quite like her – and not to mention the fact that her Very.co.uk range is a massive HIT. Here she talks fashion mistakes, wardrobe inspiration and why being in a car accident affected the way she thinks about clothes…

“I was a disaster until I was 17, and then I got hit by a car so I was out of action for two years – I didn’t wear anything apart from pyjamas. I’d gained loads of weight on steroids and I was all embarrassed about it, and rather than dressing my curves I tried to cover up, which just made me look bigger – like I was working on a building site all the time.”

This experience has given Jameela a very firm conviction that women should dress to suit their shapes, rather than simply following fashion trends.

Jameela admits that when she first started working on TV, her style was definitely a work in progress.

“I used to dress like I was going to a disco everywhere I went, because I thought that’s what people on telly wear, because I had no experience whatsoever, so I just thought you get as dressed up as you possibly can – so I’d wander around looking like I was going to a ball at every normal event!”

These days, however, her wardrobe staple is shoes – and lots of them: “I’m too scared to count! It’s well over a hundred… really quirky shoes. I don’t have any normal shoes – I don’t buy shoes unless they amaze me.”

On describing what she’s in to right now, Jameela said: ‘I love flattering LBDs, a little black dress is the key. She also wears a lot of “fairly plain clothes”, which she jazzes up with clever accessorising. “It’s always the accessories, the bags, the hats – but they’re always incredibly flattering and they’re always a little bit different. That’s my personal style – you have well-made, well-fitting clothes and then it’s up to you to add your extra bit of personality onto them.”

So who does Jameela look to for style inspiration? “Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Kate Bosworth. I love them… Kate Bosworth is just to die for, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is just effortlessly chic. Again, all of her clothes are very plain, it’s the way she puts them together.

Same with Kate Moss, she’s got a uniform of jeans, black t-shirts, jackets, vests – it’s the way you put the items together that makes great wardrobes. The women that I love wear plain clothes but they wear them together amazingly.”

Jameela believes that dressing up is good for your self-esteem: “It’s just saying ‘I think I’m worth making an effort for today – I’m not doing it for a man, I’m not doing it for a woman, I’m not doing it to impress other girls in the office or at school. I think I’m worth making an effort for’.”

Jameela, we couldn’t agree with you more..

Source: Cosmopolitan

Press: Jameela Jamil launches her fashion line for Very

Press: Jameela Jamil launches her fashion line for Very

Last night Cosmo partied with Jameela Jamil to have an exclusive first look at her new collection for Very.co.uk

Gosh, it’s a hard life being a Cosmo girl, last night we hot-footed it over to London’s uber exclusive hotspot, Sketch for a sneaky little look at JAM by Jameela Jamil, her debut collection for Very.

Following in the footsteps of Fearne Cotton and Holly Willoughby, Jameela has delivered a feel-good autumn winter collection consisting of paint-box primary colours and gorgeous prints combined with classic pieces and red-carpet worthy delights.

And you’ll be pleased to know, Jameela’s collection is a ‘bodycon-free zone’; there are cozy knits and ladylike shirts, cute playsuits and the most gorgeous prom dress we’ve ever seen. Plus, there are slouchy separates for the daytime and cinched in silhouettes for the evening. She’s done it all – and we can’t forget the super cool paw print pieces – LOVE.

Jameela, who looked stunning in one of her own designs, told us: “I’m so nervous. Seriously, I’m REALLY nervous – I feel sick. I put my all to this collection, I even painted the pattern on this dress I’m wearing. I put my all in to it, sketches, painting, materials, everything.”

Talented and modest, could we more of a Jameela fan right now? With prices starting from £20, It looks like JAM by Jameela Jamil is going to be this season’s biggest hit.

Source: Cosmopolitan

Press/Video: See the celebs supporting our F-word campaign

Jameela Jamil, Emma Bunton, Annie Lennox and many more celebs tell us why they use the F-word and what being a feminist means to them. Plus, check out the guys who think equal salary is a cause worth fighting for!

It started as a small idea and quickly, it’s grown into Cosmo’s biggest campaign ever. See which celebs have donned their F-word T-shirts and joined us!

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Press: Jameela Jamil is the new face of nails inc

Press: Jameela Jamil is the new face of nails inc

The gorgeous T4 presenter is the face and nails of the hot nail polish brand

Jameela Jamil is one presenter we keep a beady eye on for fashion inspiration… And it seems that cult beauty brand nails inc have picked up on the presenter’s cool style and bagged her to be the face of their brand new A/W campaign.

Flying the flag for the British brand T4 beauty Jameela sports a Union Jack cocktail ring along with her ruby-red nail polish. This blue-red shade is called Charing Cross and is new for A/W. As ever, the nails inc colours take their influence from the catwalk and this particular red was inspired by the bold bright hues on Prada A/W12 runway.

Congrats Jameela! We can’t wait to see more of this beautiful collaboration.

Source: Cosmopolitan

Press: T4 on the Beach is Back!

Cosmo caught up with T4 On The Beach’s presenters Jameela Jamil and Nick Grimshaw so they could fill us in on this year’s seaside spectacular…

Silly question but, are you excited?

Nick: Yeah, I’m ready for it.

Jameela: Of course! It’s such a great day out. A perfect day really. I mean, they have a celebrity disco!

What goes on there?

We’ve got bands DJ-ing, a catwalk…It’s going to be really exciting. And we’ve got a sessions stage for the slightly smaller and acoustic bands, then the main stage. It’s a stellar round up – it really is.

Who are you most looking forward to?

Jameela: N-Dubz. They feel like our house band.

Nick: I’m really excited about Katy B. I saw her recently and I love her album.

Jameela: I also like Wretch 32’s song Unorthodox with Example so I can’t wait to see him. It always gets an amazing crowd reaction. I think it’s going to be a big summer song.

Who isn’t? How different is being in front of such a huge crowd to being in the studio?

Nick: Its way more fun.

Jameela: There’s more of an atmosphere. 48,000 screaming teenagers who have been queuing to get in since silly o’clock. It’s incredible. It brings out the best in us as presenters because we want to bring something extra too.

Ever seen anything that’s shocked you?

Jameela: JLS’s fans always shock me. It’s the weeping that goes on. It’s like you fear for the band’s safety.

That might be The Wanted this year…

Jameela: Definitely. Siva’s going down.

Nick: Last year, I saw a crutch in the air. You know that someone is having a good time when their pain is cured.

Any beach stories for us?

Jameela: I got to play a game last year with Jason Derulo called ‘Catch crabs from Jameela’ which I felt was classy. Thanks T4. I had to throw crabs into massive pants that Jason Derulo was wearing.

Nick: I wore some too. We both caught crabs from her.

Jameela: That was a high point in my career…

Source: Cosmopolitan

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