At 11 months, Brooke Shields entered the spotlight as an Ivory soap baby. At age 12, she courted controversy with her risqué nude role in Pretty Baby. But it’s only now, at 49, that the showbiz veteran feels she’s coming into her own. “Embracing my body and owning my sexuality—it’s taken me this long to get here,” she says. “But better late than never!” The face of the ’80s was pleasantly surprised to get a say in every detail of her new, limited-edition M.A.C makeup collab, which hits North American counters October 2.
Read on for the best bits from FLARE’s convo with the iconic beauty.