Winfrey is streamlining her look for this year's makeover issue and the big wig says she is happy to do it. "I like pretending I'm a movie star," Winfrey told E! News behind the scenes at the shoot.
The The Butler actress's hair was sleekly styled into a low ponytail and makeup artists gave her a smoky eye with glossy lips as photographer, Ruven Afanador, snapped away. Winfrey also had her nails done in the of-the-moment cat-claw, which fit right in with the black Capezio catsuit she donned.
While Winfrey admitted she was "feeling pretty phenomenal on this cover," that's not to say she faced the event with no qualms. "I was a little bit apprehensive about doing this cover in a bodysuit because as Maya Angelou says in her 'Phenomenal Woman,' 'I'm not built to suit a fashion model size,'" Winfrey said. "But it's like something I've never done. It's really kind of exciting."
The former talk show host most likely summoned her confidence for the shoot by calling on the power of Angelou, who Winfrey counts as a mentor and hero. "I've been so blessed to have Maya Angelou as my mentor, mother/sister and friend since my 20s," Winfrey said of Angelou around the time of the famed poet's passing in May. "She was always there for me, guiding me through some of the most important years of my life."
Though this shoot may have been a tad nerve-racking for Winfrey because of her outfit, she's certainly no stranger to being photographed for the mag. She appears on the cover of every issue.
The September makeover issue of O magazine arrives on newsstands on Aug. 12 and you can see stunning preview photos of Oprah's shoot at eonline.com.
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