Noomi Rapace: I wrote a vow at 20 that I wouldn’t try to fit into ‘girly’ culture of fame
Noomi Rapace has revealed she wrote her own manifesto to cope with the pressures of Hollywood.
The 39-year-old Swedish star of movies Prometheus and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo said she wrote the letter to herself when she was feeling compelled to “fit in” and “be more feminine”. She told A List: “I believe most women in most industries are under pressure to be more feminine. It doesn’t matter if you’re famous or not, you have a pressure to look good and behave a certain way, and fit in. “There was a moment where I felt like I was surrendering to adapting myself into something that would fit in. I decided when I was 20 to never let my vanity dictate my choices.
“So I wrote myself a manifesto that I read out loud to myself. It says, ‘It’s only me that knows myself and where I want to go, and what makes you original makes you strong’. “Now when I do red carpets — I did one recently for a movie in a menswear suit from Dior — I don’t do the girly thing. Nowadays I do it my way.” She was speaking as she hosted a CÎROC vodka-sponsored event at The Painting Rooms in Soho last night to launch her own fragrance range, which is unisex as she does not believe people should be “put in boxes”.
Rapace founded NCP Olfactives with three friends, but it will not have her name on it. It features seven different fragrances which can be combined to create new scents and will be exclusively available at Selfridges. Rapace insists she is not in it for the money. She said: “I’ve been working with fragrance for 10 years. I realised when I was quite young that my sense of smell is really strong and I remember the smell of people and places more than I remember faces or the actual places.” She added: “I dress in menswear and I like wearing things that are not for girls. The fragrances are all unisex and people can decide what they are… it’s not a celebrity brand — it’s all of us.”
“I do it my way”: Noomi Rapace says she resists Hollywood pressure to be more feminine