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  • this funny, feisty 39-year-old is at the peak of her powers.


    A s a former student of ballet (she trained for nine years) with a reputation for iron-willed self-discipline, Cruz’s long list of achievements doesn’t stop there. Over the years, she and her sister have collaborated on various fashion projects (for Mango, most notably), the latest of which – the first-ever diffusion line from Agent Provocateur – is their most
    exciting to date. “We both love underwear,” says the woman described by Almodóvar as having “the most spectacular cleavage in cinema”. “We’re very proud of what we’ve created.” The range is sexy, stylish and affordable, and taps into Cruz’s own Castilian brand of
    girl power. “Where I come from,


    “When you have CHILDREN, your attention is put on the IMPORTANT things”

    the figure of the woman – the mother especially – is strong, powerful, respected,” she says. “Her beauty is just one of her weapons.”

    Since becoming a mother herself, Cruz – who admits to being a pathological worrier – has felt a new self-assurance enter her life. “When you have children, your attention is put on the more important things,” she says. Cruz also finds herself much less interested in the way she looks. “When I’m having my hair and makeup done for a movie or a photo shoot, I never look in the mirror,” she says. “I just set up my office there…my script, my notes, my BlackBerry, and I focus on those things. I always have things I have to catch up on, especially now I have children to keep me busy.” Family means everything to Cruz. Fiercely protective of her privacy (“She would like to shoot the paparazzi who try to take her children’s pictures,” says Almodóvar), she is nonetheless evangelical about the importance of keeping close to those close to you. On this trip to London, she is

    Blouse and earrings by Dolce & Gabbana; skirt by Lanvin; pumps by Oscar de la Renta

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