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Natasha Liu Bordizzo on Her Steamy New Film and Reclaiming Her Femininity

Last time we spoke, which was in 2019, you said you were in place of reawakening your inner child with your fashion choices. Where are you at today in terms of your personal style?

I have no consistency. That’s for sure. I feel like I’m growing up. I just turned 27, and for The Voyeurs premiere and press, I started embracing my natural frizz, and I went for a heavy smoky eye because I was like, “Screw it. Let’s do sexy French glam chic.” I’ve had a more natural look for most of my life, especially with makeup, and now, I’m exploring looking a little sexier and older, and that’s just where I’m at. And I’ve reclaimed being able to be feminine. I’ve talked about this in interviews before, and I actually had a great talk with Zazie Beetz [about it], where we were both like, “Yeah!” I think I’ve just desexualized myself for the entire first few years of my career because I wanted to be taken seriously. I would turn up to meetings covered head to toe and looking very tomboyish. There is this weird thing—at least I felt it—when you were super feminine, you wouldn’t be taken seriously, which is a problem in itself. I felt like if turned up in a cute little polka-dot dress or something at a meeting, I wouldn’t be taken as seriously. So now, I’m reclaiming being able to feel feminine and not feeling like it makes me look really young or immature. It’s like, “No, I’m just having fun and enjoying myself, and I’m clearly a strong, independent woman who has her own career, but I can also still look really feminine and girly or whatever you want to call it.” So that’s been really nice. I’ve been wearing a lot more dresses lately and just exploring more of that. I’m way less of a tomboy than I used to be. 

Is there a look you find yourself gravitating toward at the moment? 

I always like to retain an element of “slightly weird” with any outfit. I don’t like to look so predictable—like, “Oh yes, she’s wearing that cut that is really on-trend right now, and those pearl beaded necklaces are really on-trend right now. All this makes sense.” Yesterday, I was at brunch with my friends, and I had this very simple white linen dress on, but then I had a crazy amount of gold and bronze necklaces, and I wore a cowboy hat I bought in Mexico. Just, you know, something fun. I always like to have an element of “what is that vibe?” 

I love the cowboy look right now! 

Yeah, I’m super into it. I bought this stuff from places when I was in a real cowboy mood. The hat I got in Mexico, and I bought boots in Idyllwild, which has this very bizarre, dreamy vibe to it. When I buy pieces of clothing or accessories that I wouldn’t necessarily normally wear but buy them from places I’ve been traveling, it’s like, “Oh, this is from that place,” so I feel more comfortable wearing it. I don’t know if I could buy a bunch of cowboy stuff in L.A. and feel as authentic wearing it. I’m sure it’s still fine because L.A. can be the Wild Wild West, but I like to get it from other places and bring it back.

The Voyeurs is now streaming on Amazon Prime

Photographer: Daria Kobayashi Ritch

Stylist: Danielle Goldberg 

Hairstylist: Jenny Cho

Makeup Artist: Fiona Stiles



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