Whether she is ambushing visitors at the Museum of Modern Art to sleep gracefully in a glass box or rubbing shoulders with epicene high-fashion models in a David Bowie music video, Tilda Swinton is an artist extraordinaire who is not just limited to being just a film actress.
A self-declared “artist’s model”, the statuesque Scottish thespian has been considered as an iconic fashion muse to many designers (from Alber Elbaz to Haider Ackermann) and has collaborated with various personalities in the field of arts and entertainment. Swinton’s eccentric personal style and otherworldly androgynous features have made her a distinctly influential personality for many people who march to the beat of their own fashion drum. But despite the gushing praise her fans and admirers have thrown her way, Swinton has always viewed her own beauty as a particular anomaly growing up, especially when compared to one of her enduring personal style icons. She recalls in an interview with W Magazine:
Being beautiful was never really something I associated with people I knew—certainly not girls. Boys, maybe. Horses, yes. And certainly my great-grandmother Elsie Swinton, whose imperial grandeur was like a watermark. I saw her looking out of the corner of her eye, straight at me, during my teenage years—a knowing, engaging, and infinitely amused attitude. She was dark and luscious, unlike the rest of us, who are sandy and pale. Not looking like her felt, somehow, like being born on the wrong side of the beauty tracks.
Decades later, Swinton has emerged to become an unstoppable force in the entertainment business. Picking up a coveted Academy Award for her role as an unscrupulous corporate lawyer in “Michael Clayton”, she has run gamut of films that teeter between blockbuster mainstream fare (the White Witch of “The Chronicles of Narnia” series) to beautifully crafted indie films (an haute bourgeoisie matriarch in “I Am Love”). Elsewhere, she revels in doing artistically-oriented projects such as walking the runway for Viktor & Rolf or recording her articulate vocals for indie artist Patrick Wolf’s album.
Once again, Swinton gets to play the role of fashion model by paying homage to famous Surrealist artists like Salvador Dalí, Giorgio de Chirico, Remedios Varo, and Leonora Carrington. Working with noted fashion photographer, Tim Walker, Swinton employs her chameleonic abilities to produce a fashion editorial story in the May 2013 issue of W Magazine. Showcasing a series of haunting and striking phantasmagorias featuring garments from brands and designers that the actress personally loves, Swinton may very well be not of this world—an intergalactic alien being from Planet Fashion.
Consistently challenging the conventional notions of beauty, Swinton can give any established editorial model a run for her money. And for someone who is 52 years old, Swinton’s ageless looks and refusal to undergo any anti-aging procedures give many women her age a good name and putting youth-obsessed females to absolute shame.
Elsewhere, expect Tilda Swinton to ignite your movie screens this year with several movies under her belt. She will star in the upcoming science-fiction thriller ensemble piece called “Snowpiercer” co-starring Chris Evans and Octavia Spencer, among others; she will also star alongside Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska in director Jim Jarmusch‘s arthouse vampire drama, “Only Lovers Left Alive“; finally, Swinton will join forces with Matt Damon and Christoph Waltz in another sci-fi flick entitled, “The Zero Theorem“.
In the meantime, see the rest of the stunning photographs from Swinton’s surreal high-fashion editorial for W Magazine below and be blown away by this flawless androgyne goddess.