sensational susan

photography - Hugh Stewart for HB
Scotland's Musical Bird - the bonny Susan Boyle made her maiden fashion shoot for Harper's Bazaar last month at Cliveden, the luxurious Italianate mansion, once the home of Waldorf Astor and his bride, Nancy Langhorne, and now an old-world hotel just outside London.

Boyle has suffered a few bumps while taking the high - road to fame since she shocked the world when she belted out her first notes on 'Britain's Got Talent'.

"It does feel unreal," she tells Harper's Bazaar. "It will take a bit of adjusting to because I've led a sheltered life, I know. I've got life experience, but mentally I have to adjust. But it's all good. All good." Is she glad she did it, auditioned for the show? She looks at me in amazement. "Come on!" she chides. "It goes without saying. Come on now!"

"When you sing a song, you're telling a story," she explains. "That's what I was doing when I sang 'I Dreamed a Dream.' But that wasn't me singing about becoming a singer. It was about the position I was in after my mother died."

Boyle lived with her mom until her death at age 91 in 2007. "I did the audition for her because she always wanted me to make something of my life, but I had to wait a bit because her death prevented me from singing for a while. I couldn't put my heart into it. So I was singing about wanting things to be like they were before she went. You know, it was a double-edged sword because it was about what I wanted to do, but it was also about wanting to turn back to when she was with me." Boyle pauses. "Powerful stuff," she adds, as if to make light of it.

For this unassuming 48 year old woman from Blackburn, Scotland, a small former factory town (population 5,000) not far from my husband's home of Aberdeen, life will never be the same indeed. There is something so magical about a unknown rising to stardom, being transformed into a swan. Boyle is slowly and tentatively stepping out into the world. She goes on to tell HB that she is taking "baby steps". I could watch her 'Britain's Got Talent' video a million times and I would still cry each and every moment as her voice spills into our hearts. I hope the world is kind to her.

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Susan Boyle @ home in Blackburn, Scotland

Hugh Stewart photography for HB
more of Susan's fashion shoot with Harper's Bazaar

Hugh Stewart photography

Hugh Stewart photography

Fact; Boyle 'moonwalks' during her shoot in
towering Giuseppe Zanotti heels

read the entire interview with HB here
more about Boyle's life here

To Harper's Bazaar - for sharing these lovely photo's of Miss Boyle and the video showing us her tremendous love of life & incredible whit - a round of applause.
To Susan - a huge dose of gratitude for sharing your passion for singing with us all ~

{go forth & live responsibly}
live your dreams


Keith said...

I think Susan is incredible. Such a wonderful post. I love these pictures. I wish Susan the best. She's amazingly talented.

The Townhouselady said...

Good for her. She deserves it.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

What a beautiful and brave soul she is, and certainly a talented one. She looks gorgeous in these photos, but the 2nd last b&w... stunning.. her lovely heart shines through in this one! Great post Deb.. Hope your week is improving x Julie

Couture Carrie said...

She looks lovely!


Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Oh yes. Buckets of tears each time I see that video. I wish her much joy. It is a rough sea that flows between talent and celebrity. I hope she is a wise sailor.

SpryOnTheWall said...

Great minds do think alike - however your post is WAY better than mine! Love it and love her! She looks divine in that purple Michael Kors dress. So happy for her!! You are awesome!

Dionne said...

Wow - i didn't even recognize her in that first pic! She looks lovely! I am so happy for her. I hope she goes far!

LenoreNeverM♡re said...

Isn't she lovely...isn't she wonderful...lalala (I'm singing here!)
She is a true inspiration!


Jg. for FatScribe said...

Awesome. I was afraid she had gone into hiding b/c of those "bumps" as you say. But, she's from good stock, and I can't wait to see what she ends up doing the next 5-10 years. Great post!

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

Just stopping in to say hello and thank you for your kind comments and for checking in with me.....all is well. Love your post on Susan and such glamour shots for Harper's. She looks fabulous. XO S~

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

She does have an incredible gift.

Janet said...

well isn't she cute

This chick's got style said...

She's looking cute!!

Averill said...

These photos of her are so lovely -- the first in particular. I'm definitely rooting for her!

debra@dustjacket said...

Wonderful post, what a lady. The photo's are great I love that last b&w one, I think she comes out in that one.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Deb... I left you a little acknowledgment on my blog... Have a great weekend. Julie

Maya said...

I'm so glad to hear from Susan Boyle again..., and look how gorgeous she looks!

Christy said...

Great feature - she's amazing!

lisa golightly said...

What a doll ... she seems to shine even more with this new confidence. Does my heart good !
Have a most lovely weekend. Lisa

{tig} said...

had just browsed through these photos yesterday and was so taken with the one in the black gown and sequins -- how lovely! adore this post and the way your put everything together -- beautiful!