Jamie Lee Curtis Shedding Skin
Jamie says there was a deeper message behind the cover. "The idea was, it's shedding skin. And I think that's where the misnomer came from because the idea of shedding skin is peeling away the layers," she says. "Peeling the layers away to get to that beautiful essence. The more you peel away, the stronger the scent—the stronger the message, the mind."
"I never represented glam," she says. "That's the thing, you'll never see me in the front row of a fashion show. I'm uninterested in it. I find it trivial and banal and boring. I find it to be the least interesting thing that a woman can pay attention to, is clothing. I'm so much more interested in what's going on in the world today and what we're thinking and how we're feeling. And so for me, I think glamming down is really diminishing what I'm talking about, which is really paring down the sort of detritus of my life."
While Jamie says she finds nothing wrong with corrective surgery, she thinks cosmetic surgery is a shortcut that doesn't fix the problem—and she knows from experience. Jamie says she has had cosmetic surgery on her lower eyelids as well as liposuction. "The fraud is, it doesn't work. It doesn't work because there are complications, and I got them all. It doesn't work because you still look in the mirror and you see the fraud of what you were trying to do."
Although it's her birthday, Jamie says she is planning on being the gift-giver. "I'm making beautiful books of photographs as my gift to my friends," she says. Although Jamie's friends tell her she should show her photographs publicly, Jamie says she doesn't need any more attention. "I think for someone who's been this public eye her whole life, trying to sort of evolve in public, really, it's kind of a weird thing to do."
More than 5 million copies of her children's books have been sold, and Jamie isn't planning to stop writing anytime soon. Her next book Big Words for Little People comes out in September 2008. Jamie says her new book will examine language. "Words [like] consequences, respect, responsibility, appropriate, inappropriate—these are words that I want little people to understand so, when they grow up, they can make better choices as the big people."