#WomanCrushWednesday: Bryce Dallas Howard

#WomanCrushWednesday: Bryce Dallas Howard

Ethereal girl

Text: Renée Batchelor

Bryce Dallas Howard has been flying under the radar for years, but we are in love with her timeless beauty and formidable acting chops

Bryce Dallas Howard possesses what so few women have in this selfie-obsessed age: mystique. With an otherwordly charm — it's no wonder M Night Shyamalan cast her as a water nymph in The Lady in the Water — Howard seems to float like a breeze through her roles, untouched by even that particular cinematic failure. She doesn't have to worry about that blip in her resume, now that her latest movie Jurassic World has had one of the biggest global movie debuts of all time, grossing US$511 million at the box office to date.

Maybe it's her shock of bright, red hair and pale, almost icy stare, but Howard has always seemed slightly alien to us. Don't mistake her delicate beauty for passivity though, as the daughter of acclaimed director Ron Howard has proven her acting chops in smaller, but memorable roles in films like The Village and 50/50, and has even cried on cue for Conan O'Brien on his talk show.

As for her beauty style, like the rampaging dinosaurs in Jurassic World, Howard is slaying it. Working her pale, milky complexion, glassy-eyed gaze and aforementioned flaming, red hair to her advantage, Howard's vintage pin-up features seem to work well with bold makeup looks. We love her daring and fresh makeup at the movie's premiere — especially her choice of a deliciously dark lip.

Bryce Dallas Howard

Although the actress has drawn flak and spawned a debate for spending the entire movie running around in high heels — Howard felt it was in character for Claire Dearing — we can't help but have a style crush on Claire's all-white, silk pantsuit that's straight out of Phoebe Philo's runway. Not to mention her über-chic, fringed bob that rivals Uma Thurman's in Pulp Fiction. And with that mix of stylish aplomb and controversy, a beauty icon — who runs from dinosaurs in heels no less — is born for a whole new generation of filmgoers.

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