An ‘iconic’ shoot: The day I became Monica Bellucci (Kind of)

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EVER wondered what it might be like to pretend to be someone else for a day?

I’ve often believed that my life should be much more glamorous than it is. And in all honesty I’m often rather put out that it isn’t! ;-)

Yes I’ve been fortunate enough to experience an odd insanely glamorous moment from time to time but on the whole, I’ve got to face the harsh fact that working as a freelancer and being a mum to a toddler is, on the whole, rather unglamorous.

So when an opportunity popped up to take part in a boudoir photo shoot with a difference, naturally I was more than a little delighted.

The difference? Well the shoot was an ‘icon’ shoot, in which I would basically do my best to become someone else for a few hours. To look like someone else. To channel their glamour for the day. To look like a favourite iconic female figure of mine.


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My friend and extremely talented photographer Helen from Masque Photography asked me to choose someone I would love to look like and immediately Sophia Loren and Monica Bellucci came to mind.

I’ve always adored the sass, sexiness and full on, unapologetic glamour of Italian movie stars and Italian women in general. The way in which they ‘own’ their beauty. Their sex appeal which just oozes from every pour. Their confidence. The way in which they dress, always feminine, always bold, always magnificent.

And most importantly, how they age! No disappearing from the limelight here, no, no, no! These women wear their age with pride, proud as peacocks, defiant and fierce. A lesson we could all learn from I believe.

After a little deliberation and advice, I finally settled on Monica, whom – for those of you who don’t know – is an actual real life goddess. I’ve said it before and yep, Im saying it again, this Italian screen siren and model has to be one of the most beautiful women in the world. So no pressure at all, as you can imagine.

Helen and I decided the shots we would attempt prior to the shoot:


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And this, is how we got on!

With a little (scrap that), a LOT of help from the amazing make up artist Vicky, a sensational wig from (which was funnily enough called Kate!) and some Monica inspired clothing and lingerie.


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I’ll be honest, imitating Monica wasn’t easy.

And as I began posing for the shots, I certainly began to have a few doubts. However as Helen clicked away I soon began to really enjoy myself. It was a hell of a lot of fun and seeing myself literally be transformed with the help of much make up wizardry was brilliant, if a little weird at times.

Yes some of the shots were tremendously difficult to do, yes many of them didn’t work out quite as we’d planned or hoped and yes I will happily admit that I am definitely no ‘Monica’.

But, when Helen showed me these shots, unedited last week, I did feel pretty damn proud. Of having a go. Of bringing out my inner sexiness. And of trying my best.


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I adore these photographs. I love how the shoot made me feel. And I enjoyed trying to capture the essence of this magnificent woman who just screams ‘sex’ in all of her images. It boosted my confidence and made me feel fantastic.

At the end of the shoot, after hours of pretending to be someone else, I ditched the wig and Helen very kindly took a few shots of me as myself, albeit with much darker brows and full on eye makeup.

And that’s when I had a lightbulb moment.


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It suddenly dawned on me, that even though I had enjoyed every minute of ‘being’ Monica, I was actually far happier in my own (less glamorous but still rather wonderful) skin.

Somehow attempting to do justice to a breathtaking ‘iconic’ woman had actually resulted in me doing justice to myself. Helping me to own the skin I am in, and learning to truly love it, freckles an’ all.

I like to think the screen sirens themselves, would be pretty damn proud of me for that.


A huge thank you to Helen for doing such a wonderful job with these photos and for making me feel totally at ease. Please do check out her amazing work, by visiting her website or giving her fabulous Facebook page a like.

Thanks also to the kind folk at Celebrity Wigs who very kindly sent me the wig as a gift for the shoot! What an experience! x

With love (and Monica-esque pouts)



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“An ‘iconic’ shoot: The day I became Monica Bellucci (Kind of)”
  • You look so absolutely, totally, utterly stunning! Love the first shot and the final ones of ‘you’, but you rock at Monica too. I love this idea as a step away from the normal boudoir shoots. we all need to let out our inner goddess once in a while… *reaches for lippy*

    • Thank you so much Hazel! Very kind of you to say. It’s a brilliant idea for a shoot isn’t it? Helen did such an amazing job and is so creative. And yes, we all need to let out our inner goddess for a while. Very true words those :) x

  • O.M.G. You look a-friggin-mazing! I did a boudoir shoot for the hubs for our first anniversary and I still love the shots I had taken (for our eyes only I should add…). What fun! Your friend is clearly very talented but you do yourself a disservice – model material methinks! And I completely agree with Hazel that we all need to loose the goddess inside us and you are my inspiration for that!! Here’s to lipstick, glamour and being our very OWN goddess. Go you! x

  • Oh my goodness what a wonderful shock when I saw these amazing photos, you look absolutely stunning Kate, What an absolute treat to have done for a working mother looking after a 2 year old toddler, and renovating your house. I do hope you have the photos so you can show Elsie in years to come! So very proud of you Kate in everthing that you have achieved you just get better and better! Well done!!!! XXX

  • OMG!!! You are amazing, absolutely love all the photos! You are more beautiful than Monica, at least for me. You are a stunner. Now not sure if I can be around you…. ;) all the looks will be on you, so jealous! Anyway, you are born to model. You go girl! xxxx

  • WOW! Just WOW! You look STUNNING! Not surprising really, as you look stunning generally, but this is just one step further. Literally outstanding, words cannot describe how amazing you look in these pics. Well done to you and all the team who got you looking that way! xx

  • Utterly and absolutely stunning darling. A total Monica, mine would be Sophia Loren, my friends and I were stood next to her at the Cannes Film Festival and we were in awe. You are so right, these women are icons and never age. You are the perfect ambassador for them. Beautiful, love them all, so hard to pick but think the shot with your red lips that’s on Fb too is my fave, love the natural wig less ones too, well done to you and the photographer xxx

    • Wow.Wow.Wow!!!

      Thank you all so much for your incredibly kind words. I’m a little overwhelmed at the response the pics have had but am so thrilled that so many of you love them as much as I do ;-)

      It’s all the incredible work of Helen the photographer and the lovely make up artist Vicki. What an experience it was. :)


  • You are one sexy mama! These pictures are simply stunning and you’ll have them forever, which is so special. I think it’s great to celebrate our femininity and this shoot is the perfect way to do this.

    You totally captured the spirit of Monica and the shots are spot on. Hmmm… who would be my icon? Maybe Audrey Hepburn or Gia Carangi… ooh or maybe a young Ali MagGraw (I love her in Love Story!).

  • You look so amazing, you should be really proud of these pictures!
    Brilliant photographer too, I’d love to do something like this – maybe I could muster a bit of Bridget Bardot (though I do have a bit of a problem with looking tipsy on every photo ever taken of me!)
    This is a really lovely post. Xx

  • I write a shopping column for several small magazines in the US. I love your post because in most of my articles I will even the idea that all women, without exception, are gorgeous. I truly believe it and no one could convince me otherwise. Your photos are an example of how no matter how unglamorous our day-to-day lives are as moms, Everywoman has a stunning beauty that can be brought out and accentuated by makeup. It’s even better when there is a photographer there to capture a woman’s beauty and show her how gorgeous she really is. My dad always told me that all women are beautiful simply because all that is feminine is beautiful. He says it doesn’t matter what age, or shape, or skin color, the feminine in and of itself is beautiful.

    • Oh goodness Sarah, thank you! I LOVE this comment so very much and am so chuffed you agree. Your Dad is a very wise man :) x

  • Sorry for the typos in the above comment. A lot of times I dictate my comments with speech to text software and hit send before proofreading. Keep your gorgeous posts coming!

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