Celebrity Uma Thurman's New Outlook By InStyle Editors InStyle Editors Instagram Twitter InStyle's mantra is "Everybody's in," and that means anyone who finds their way to our stories should find themselves reflected in them. We prioritize bringing the right writer to every story and sometimes collaborate as a team to ensure we're including points of view across race, gender expression, body size, skin and hair type, and more. Our editors and writers comprise decades of expertise across the beauty, fashion, lifestyle and wellness spaces in print and digital. We prioritize journalistic integrity, factual accuracy, and also having fun with every story we share. For more about our team, click here. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on November 17, 2009 @ 05:15PM Pin Share Tweet Email Photo: Jenny Gage & Tom Betterton Uma Thurman's New Outlook 01 of 05 Uma on Fashion vs. Style Jenny Gage & Tom Betterton "Fashion is the machine that drives the business. Style, on the other hand, is an unconscious gift that money can't buy. It's being comfortable not only in your clothes but in your own skin. I've always admired how European women have such effortless style, as though they've been culturally raised to wear clothes gracefully and effortlessly. There's something wrong about trying too hard to be fashionable. When people are too 'outfitted,' it comes across as self-conscious." -Horacio Silva Go behind the scenes of Uma Thurman's cover shoot. 02 of 05 Uma on Her Taste in Clothes… Jenny Gage & Tom Betterton "It has changed over the years. I used to be a bit more devil-may-care—more wild and hippie. I have always been attracted to beautiful—and beautifully made—things, but I prefer comfortable, simple clothes. I don't want to wear something that makes me feel tortured, overexposed or uptight… I try to find the perfect balance between being hemmed in by clothes and being set free by them." Go behind the scenes of Uma Thurman's cover shoot. 03 of 05 Uma on the Paparazzi… Jenny Gage & Tom Betterton "They can definitely be annoying, but at the end of the day these photographers are just doing their job, one they probably never imagined they would have. Still, I'm sometimes confused by what they choose to photograph. On the set of Motherhood, I was in a hippie floral dress and Birkenstocks. I can't imagine who would be interested in seeing me like that, and yet they photographed me in that same dress every day for over a month!" COVER SHOOT SOUNDBITE "amp#91;Umaamp#93; was in her element-she had fun hanging in the grass." -Photographer Jenny Gage (at left) Go behind the scenes of Uma Thurman's cover shoot. 04 of 05 Uma on Aging… Jenny Gage & Tom Betterton "For an actress, every developmental stage is a culling of the herd. New people are found and pushed to the forefront... It makes it easier having gone through working as a teenager and being told that there would be no career for me as a 20-year-old. And then working as a 20-year-old and being told that was it. And then having children and being told there wouldn't be a career for me now. I feel fortunate to have been able to have a creative life during all those different periods. And the characters I get to play as a mature woman are so much more interesting than the ingenues I got to play as a kid, so I feel OK about it." Go behind the scenes of Uma Thurman's cover shoot. 05 of 05 Uma on Her Looks… Jenny Gage & Tom Betterton "It's the same with all actresses. Whether it's their beautiful long, wavy hair or their extraordinary lips or their sparkling green eyes or warm laugh, they're pegged to some physical attribute. I think the important thing is not to think of it as blessing or a curse, and to deal with it and have a mechanism for managing. Obviously, if I looked distinctly different I would have a different kind of career and have different kinds of challenges. But there are plenty of challenges that come from being a tall girl. Nobody would have thought I would have a 20-year career in front of me when I started!" Go behind the scenes of Uma Thurman's cover shoot.