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    Nigella Lawson Covers British Vogue, Flaunts Fresh Face: "I Was Terrified of Being Photographed Without Makeup"

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    Nigella Lawson, Vogue UK
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    Nigella Lawson is ready for a fresh start, so naturally, the 54-year-old beauty is flaunting her fresh face on the cover of British Vogue.

    "I was terrified of being photographed without makeup," the celebrity chef tells the publication of the photoshoot, in which she's wearing minimal makeup. "I hate having my looks talked up. It always makes me feel I'm going to be a disappointment in the flesh."

    Clearly, Lawson's looks are anything but a letdown on the April cover, although the brunette beauty has dealt a great deal of scrutiny in the public eye over the past year.

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    Her alleged drug use became the focal point of her former assistants' fraud trial (sisters Francesca Grillo and Elisabetta Grillo, who worked for Lawson for more than 10 years, were both found not guilty), and less than one month after the ruling, she told Good Morning America it was "mortifying" to have "distortions of [her] private life put on display."

    She also made headlines after photos of former advertising bigwig Charles Saatchi allegedly grabbing his then-wife's throat at Scott's restaurant in London surfaced, which ultimately led to the former couple's divorce. The images also prompted an investigation by authorities, who ultimately gave Saatchi a warning for assault.

    But the TV chef has put all that in the past and is currently focusing on her work. The longtime contributor to Vogue magazine, who began penning a cookery column in 1995, added a prime-time slot to her résumé this year, serving as a judge alongside Anthony Bourdain, Ludo Lefebvre and Marcus Samuelsson on season two of The Taste.

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    And she's not slowing down anytime soon.

    "I love what I do, but there are other parts of my brain that I haven't flexed in a professional way," the television personality, who stuns on the mag's cover in a jade green Burberry Prorsum dress admits.

    As for her next business endeavor?

    "I do sometimes think that I've let the more analytical part of my brain slump slightly," she says. "I do like writing about food, but there's so much that interests me... I've been working—in a cottage-industry way—on an app, which, if it works, could be deeply thrilling."

    Sounds like a tasty download.

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