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How Julia Roberts Thought She Had a ‘Big Butt’ Led to This Iconic Detail of Her ‘Pretty Woman’ Wardrobe

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Roberts recalled fun facts about her character’s clothes in the classic 1990 rom-com for ‘British Vogue’ as she told her ‘Life in Looks’



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Julia Roberts reveals some surprising details about one of her most iconic looks in Beautiful lady Unpleasant British Vogue.

Roberts sat down for the magazine’s “Life In Looks” video segment on Thursday and recalled how her character Vivian Ward’s ensemble came into being before she met Richard Gere’s character Edward Lewis.

Vivian played a sex worker in the film and often wore a blue and white dress that she sometimes covered with a red jacket tied around her waist. But as Roberts recalled, the extra item was less a function of her character and more of her own insecurity at the time.

“I thought I had a big butt, so that’s why I wore that jacket in the movie,” Roberts, 56, admitted.



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Roberts also recalled other details about the outfit, which is one of the most memorable ever put to film. (Even her niece Emma Roberts paid tribute to it in a Halloween costume!)

“The funny thing about this dress is I think it cost about $20,” she continued. “It was, I think, black and white and the costume designer changed it to make it a little bit different.”

The Erin Brockovich star also has a clear memory of the footwear. “The boots were really uncomfortable,” she said of the thigh-high black leather boots with the thin high heel.

Related: All of Julia Roberts’ Outfits from ‘Pretty Woman,’ Ranked

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Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman: Boots and Necklace

However, there are some things about the outfit’s accessories that she can’t explain.

“Why I have a plastic chicken leg as an accessory, I don’t know,” she said at one point about the character’s layered necklaces.

Roberts has only fond memories of working with the Beautiful lady costume designer Marilyn Vance, who according to her created the iconic red dress that Vivian wears after her transformation and also the brown and white polka dot dress from the polo match scene.

“I remember her being very concerned about how I felt in the clothes because I don’t really feel comfortable wearing such naked things and she was very conscious and respectful about that,” Roberts recalls.

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Vivian and Edward eventually fall in love in the Cinderella-esque story about an escort who is hired to accompany a businessman to social events, who saves her and she saves him right back.

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But Roberts recently mentioned it CBS mornings she doesn’t think Vivian and Edward’s love story had exactly a fairytale ending.

“I think he died peacefully in his sleep of a heart attack, smiling,” she said of the fate of presenter Gayle King Edward.

“And now she runs his business,” Roberts added from Vivian.

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