Harper’s Bazaar — September 1990
— by Kristine McKenna
Winona Ryder favors minimal makeup and fitness routines:
At 18 Winona Ryder is at an age where her beauty is still a gift from nature rather than something she’s cultivated. She doesn’t diet, nor does she exercise often, and says, “when I’m not working, I don’t wear makeup, I just jump in the shower, and I’m ready for the day. There are times when I do like to brush my hair and put on some lipstick, but generally I’m really not that big on getting all done up.”
Wearing a hefty engagement ring (courtesy of fiancÃ© Johnny Depp), she has a look evocative of the young Audrey Hepburn. The coloring’s the same, as is the long neck, willowy frame and the slightly awkward body language.
To Ryder, the fundamentals of what makes a woman attractive never really change. “Obviously, my mother had different role models than I, and a lot has changed for women over the past 30 years. Woman’s lib and the back-to-nature movement have had a big effect on our ideas, but the things that make a woman beautiful – moving with grace, accepting yourself, the ability to enjoy life – are timeless.”
A native of Winona, MN (hence the unusual name), one of four children born to a pair of ’60s intellectuals, Ryder launched her movie career at 13 with a role in the film Lucas. Best known for her performances in the black comedies Beetlejuice and Heathers, she is soon to costar with Cher and Bob Hoskins in Mermaids, and with Johnny Depp in Tim Burton’s eagerly anticipated Edward Scissorhands.
Though Ryder grew up on the West Coast, she’s the antithesis of the California Girl. “I’ve rarely been out in the sun,” she claims, “and when I have to be, I always wear a baseball cap.” Nor is she a proponent of low-cal cuisine. “I love ice cream, pasta and Italien food,” she says, “and my metabolism allows me to eat what I want. I don’t need to exercise to control my weight, but I should, because I have more energy and sleep better when I do.”
Asked what the biggest misconception about beauty is, she replies, “I don’t think elaborate rituals make a woman beautiful. I feel my best when I’m happy, and what I’m wearing doesn’t matter then. It also has a lot to do with the person I’m around.”