America's Sweetheart – also known as Reese Witherspoon – is the cover girl for the October 2011 issue of Marie Claire. In the magazine, Witherspoon dishes on everything from self-confidence to her ill-fated marriage to Ryan Phillippe.
The magazine follows the Oscar-winning actress as she travels to Russia and Poland for her duties as an Avon Global Ambassador. Hundreds of women travel miles to see their favorite actress in person.
"A dream unexpectedly come true," fan Elena Zvarycheva said of the chance to meet her idol in person.
However, Witherspoon admits she's not a great public speaker.
"I'm scared to speak in public," she said. "I'm really nervous about it. It's weird, because on a movie set, I'm fine. But I get really nervous in front of crowds."
She's feeling a lot more confident these days, thanks to her age and new husband, Jim Toth.
"I always had a lot of confidence when I was younger, and then I think I got a little nervous in my 20s," she said. "But now I feel better. Now I'm in my 30s, totally better. A little more confident again. Not as scared."
Witherspoon is known for her fresh-faced beauty. How does she achieve such an easy look?
"I'm such a girly girl," Witherspoon said earlier this year. "I really enjoy it."
She likes to keep it simple, though.
"I like to keep things quick and easy so I can be up and out in five minutes," she added. "I'm lucky to have other people who worry about how I look. That's pretty nice!"
Sounds like every mother of two out there.
One thing she always rocks? Gorgeous strands. We really dug her curls in this year's Water for Elephants. It's actually pretty easy to get the style.
Divide hair into small sections. Use a curling iron with a 1 ? inch barrel to curl each section of hair, starting at the nape of the neck.
Wrap each section of hair in the same direction to ensure all curls are similar. Make sure the top section is curled away from the face to keep a consistent pattern.
Use a mason pearson brush to brush out the curls for Witherspoon's vintage Water for Elephants style. Top off with a flexible hold hairspray.
Images courtesy Marie Claire and Twentieth Century Fox
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