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Nigella Lawson appears on the cover of British Vogue. (VOGUE)

Cooking maven Nigella Lawson, fresh from her highly publicized divorce from businessman Charles Saatchi and a messy, losing court case against two assistants last year, graces the cover of the April issue of British Vogue.

Long famous for her vampy, heavy-on-the-eyeliner makeup and big hair, Lawson models a new, stripped-down look for Vogue. She was shot for the cover wearing a green Burberry Prorsum dress and what the magazine calls “only the most minimal makeup.”

That dare-to-bare assertion has already drawn mocking catcalls in the British press. The Guardian dismissed the sans makeup claim as “clearly nonsense,” adding, “She’s wearing lots, as are most celebrities posting ‘no makeup’ shots.”

For her part, Lawson told Vogue, “I was terrified of being photographed without makeup.” She also said that she hates having her looks talked about and analyzed in the press. “It always makes me feel I’m going to be a disappointment in the flesh.”

The popular cookbook author, who’s also a panelist on the ABC cooking competition, The Taste, said she’s looking to the future and is working on developing an app. (Her book publisher, Random House, already offers two apps featuring Lawson’s recipes, Nigella Quick Collection and Nigellissima.)

The April issue of Vogue, where Lawson has been a columnist since 1995, goes on sale in the U.K. on March 10.

What do you think of Nigella Lawson’s new look?

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By Leah Rozen