In the Nic of
Actress Nicole Kidman adds Omega endorsements to her growing
list of activities
By Chris Betros
Nicole Kidman has had a busy first two months of this year.
After completing two movies, she visited the tsunami-hit regions
in Asia as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, then jetted into
Japan to announce her collaboration with Swiss watchmaker
Omega. While she was in Japan, her home in Sydney was bugged.
She also declined an invitation to attend the Australian of
the Year award after being nominated for it against her wishes
because she preferred the award go to a humanitarian, community
or a health officer.
However, the 37-year-old Oscar-winning actress was in a perky
mood for her brief Japan visit, her first since October 2001.
For once, she didnt have to talk about her movies; this
visit was all about time, namely her appointment as an Omega
ambassador. Having just completed a series of
commercials for Chanel (for which she reportedly received
$15 million), Kidman is certainly in demand. Omega officials
call her the worlds best actress and most glamorous
As an Omega celebrity, Kidman is following in the footsteps
of such luminaries as Michael Schumacher, Cindy Crawford and,
of course, James Bond, not to mention six moon landings with
US astronauts. I think Omega has an understated elegance,
said Kidman, who likes to be called Nic. Coinciding with her
visit to Japan, Omega launched a new timepiece, the Quadrella.
To help raise money for tsunami relief, one of the high-priced
watches (with Kidmans signature on the case) was auctioned.
As testimony to Kidmans popularity, more than 3,000
fans showed up at the Maru Building for a lunchtime event.
Naturally, Kidman was asked her beauty tips. Glamour
is hard to define, she said. Throughout history,
it has been about simplicity, individuality and not being
frightened to express oneself. Of course, it helps to be in
love. Love gives you an after glow. But in terms of beauty,
it is more important to be healthy. I think Japanese women
have the most beautiful skin in the world.
Movie audiences will be seeing a lot of Kidman this year.
She can currently be seen in The Stepford Wives, to be followed
by Birth. Two other completed films The Interpreter
and Bewitched are due for release later this year.
Her next project, Eucalyptus, which co-stars with Russell
Crowe and Geoffrey Rush, has been held up since the director
quit last week four days into shooting. But there wont
be much of a respite for the star. She has signed on to do
Emmas War, Wedding Season and American Darlings this
Celebrating ten years in Tokyo for creative director, designer
and drag queen Anthony
of Tokyos creative crop looks back at ten outrageous
years of fun and fashion as Anthony steps out of his nocturnal
spotlight at The Orbient in Aoyama. Clockwise from top
left: Performers Mitz and Chihiro; music producer James,
artist manager Teresa and musician Orlando; Mark Dythem
of architects KDA with financier Joe; CIA producer and
party promoter Monty with design professor Rachel; Anthony
with photographer and creative director Raymon
The brains behind Womenfest
A full-time university teacher and part-timemusician, Helen
Northeast first organized WomenFest in 1998.
What is WomenFest?
I thought that something should be done in Tokyo to support
the womens community, promote women artists and celebrate
International Womens Day.
What brought you to Tokyo?
Id lived in England, Australia and Canada and I guess
Id finally had enough of Canadian prairie winters! I
was ready for a completely different culture and new opportunities
and here I am, 12 years later, still enjoying life in Japan.
Tell us about your musical roots?
Im a self-taught musician. I learned to play drums as
a kid in England on my brothers drum set. Later I taught
myself the bass and guitar and started writing songs and singing
What performers have you lined up for WomenFest?
Akaonidaiko, Spring Day, Zilli, Momosen, Café Crème
Tokyo, The Insistuz and more.
How do you think Japanese women can get ahead in a male-dominant
society such as Tokyo?
The same way they do in other male-dominated societies: Be
smarter, faster and more flexible. Find a way to become self-employed
which, I think, can lead to true self-fulfillment. Surround
yourself with the kind of people who will support you. Thats
part of what WomenFest is all about. WomenFest takes place
on Mar 13 at Ebisu What the Dickens. See festival listings
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