We have to hand it to Penelope Cruz: the woman must have excellent lungs.
The Spanish actress tells Harper's Bazaar in the May 2012 issue that she picks her red-carpet outfits based on just one criterion: "All I look for is to be able to breathe!" It's surprising, given how often Penelope steps out in those gorgeous, figure-hugging gowns.
(Such dresses, of course, makes things especially difficult after the party's over. Penelope once told Vogue, "You have to remove the tight dress to eat a Double Double monster cheeseburger with everything on it." In-N-Out Burger is her post-Oscars ritual -- our kind of girl, that Penelope.)
But breathing and snacking aside, Cruz is pretty comfortable in high fashion, telling Bazaar that her favorite designers include L'Wren Scott, Azzedine Alaïa, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Karl Lagerfeld and John Galliano. Another recent fashion obsession: those ubiquitous Isabel Marant wedge sneakers. "They are sold out everywhere! Tell her to make more!" she exclaims.
Unfortunately there are no sneakers involved in Cruz's Bazaar shoot, snapped by Terry Richardson for the May cover. There are, however, plenty of tight dresses, including the gold leather Versace stunner below.
For more Penelope -- including her pick for her favorite red carpet dress -- visit HarpersBazaar.com or grab the mag on newsstands April 24.
In related news, although Cruz is a bit less glamorous in this shot, she's still stunning!
See Penelope's style evolution!