The correct answer to that question is fashion and freedom. And Katie Holmes' intention to execute this newfound lifestyle is not a recent development.
Six weeks prior to serving Tom Cruise with divorce papers, Holmes sat with ELLE Magazine to primarily discuss her fashion line Holmes & Yang. Foreshadowing the split in the interview which was previewed by Page Six on Thursday, Holmes stated, "I'm starting to come into my own," adding she was entering a "new phase" in her life.
The 33-year-old actress and mother said to the publication in mid-May, "I definitely feel much more comfortable in my own skin. I feel sexier. I think in my 20s, it's like you're trying too hard to figure everything out." Holmes' ease with herself certainly shows in the August issue of ELLE, which went from a solid feature to scorching-hot commodity after last Friday's earth-shattering entertainment news. We wouldn't be surprised if this turns out to be ELLE's best-selling issue in 2012.
On the Carter Smith-shot cover, Holmes dons suspenders, bares some cleavage, rocks fierce bangs, and stares into the camera with her doe-like, naive eyes that have frequently and notably appeared weary through much of her five-year marriage to Cruise.