Made it home from Cannes hopeful that the Lakers would turn around their series with Oklahoma but their post season ended last night.
I had a great time at Cannes this year. Those of you who followed my Twitter and Facebook accounts were able to see my behind-the-scenes and red carpet photos. I can’t tell you how much fun it is for me to be able to share these unique, bird’s eye view moments, and how moved I am always to read your comments.
One of the best parts of Cannes this year has been getting to know Eva Longoria, Paz Vega, and Freida Pinto my fellow L’Oreal brand ambassadors. Such smart, wonderful, interesting women. I’m flattered to be in such great company. I also got to know Jean-Jacques and Isabelle Lebel, VP of L’Oreal, the parent company, and his wife. We had a lot of laughs together. Isabelle told me I had a “European mentality.” Not sure what that means but she meant it as a compliment and I took it as such. It must come from having lived there so long. The last evening, after the red carpet, the Lebels and I went to a fundraiser for Pla Net Finance. Started by the most interesting Jacques Attali, it gives loans to poor women in 30 countries to start businesses. Something as small a a sewing machine, a cow, a pump, can alter the lives of families and communities. That same night, Sean Penn’s gala for Haiti raises several million dollars. So you see, amidst all the glamour and frivolity, good things were done by good people for deserving and needy people elsewhere in the world.
As a brand ambassador for L’Oreal, we attend certain festival events, pose for numerous glam photos, conduct press interviews (I do mine in French, which means I need a day when I arrive to get over jet lag and prepare!) and shoot promotional material. Some of the days can start early and last well into the night. There’s a room in which the “Dream Team” of make-up artists, hair stylists, manicurists work from sun up to midnight getting all of us ready. It takes a village. It’s fun because all of us brand ambassadors we get to talk and see each other in every stage of makeup (or lack thereof). All of us are lucky enough to work with the talented designer and stylist Michael Angel who selected stunning gowns for our red carpet appearances. Mine were Versace, Stella McCartney and Cavali. We can oooh and ahh each other as we pass in the fitting rooms. His assistant, Moises, is an angel as well. We goofed off between working and had a blast. I miss them. We will remain friends, just as Eva, Paz and Freida will. And Fan Bing Bing said I can call her when and if I go to China. She’s the only one who has all her glam done by her own people in her own rooms.
It was a whirlwind, I was in and out this year, arriving before the official start of the festival and leaving just as things really began to pick up. The photos from my hotel room show a sleepy resort beach town one day and a crowded frenzy the next. I started to use the video camera on my phone too, sometimes upside down, or on when I thought it was off, but I swear I’m getting the hang of it and will share what I can soon. In the meantime enjoy the photos! And think of me, happy to be home and reunited with Richard and Tulea.