Tilda Swinton, The Woman Who Fell to Earth

This month, timeless alien beauty Tilda Swinton (the polyamorous, gender-defying star best known for starring as the hero/heroine of Orlando, based on the Virginia Woolf novel of the same name) appeared in a photo shoot for W Magazine by Tim Walker inspired by David Bowie’s The Man Who Fell to Earth. In the interview accompanying the shoot, Swinton cites both Bowie and her father as figures who influenced her style. “They are individuals with whom I share the same planetary DNA,” she says. Of her father’s uniforms, Swinton says: “from childhood, I remember more about his black patent, gold livery, scarlet-striped legs, and medal ribbons than I do of my mother’s evening dresses. I would rather be handsome, as he is, for an hour than pretty for a week.”

This is not the first time that Tilda Swinton has appeared in a David Bowie-inspired shoot. Previously, she emulated Ziggy Stardust-era Bowie in a 2009 shoot with Craig McDean.

I don’t know if I’ll ever understand Tilda Swinton being a Roman Polanski apologist, but these photos sure are stunning.

14 Responses to “Tilda Swinton, The Woman Who Fell to Earth”

  1. Alysa Says:

    Oh Tilda! My daughter’s middle name is Swinton, for that is how much I adore thee.

  2. myprettypinkponies Says:

    agreed. her range is beyond belief.

  3. Meredith Yayanos Says:

    Guuuhhhhh. *swoons*

  4. Juha Arvid Helminen Says:

    A wish to the wishmaster: Some day I wish to have a photo shoot with Tilda!

    She is just… no real words… a GOD!

  5. Paul Komoda Says:

    These are positively stunning. She continues to amaze me! I realized that I hadn’t watched this Orbital video with her in it, for awhile….. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q25Zx6B5HJA

  6. Chrimson Crabtree Says:

    Amazing well done a beautiful person.

  7. Jennifer dG Says:

    She is from another planet. I was just thinking, “She would be perfect in a movie version of Orlando!” Then I realized, “She WAS in a movie version of Orlando!” Yay.

  8. Jessica Says:

    She has the same mesmerizing sexuality as David Bowie. Beautiful shoot, fascinating woman.

  9. Vulgaire Says:

    my boner just exploded… whew!

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  11. Amanda Says:

    She’s just…well, words fail me. I remember ‘Orlando’.
    Also was brilliantly cast as the angel (Gabriel?) in Constantine.
    She does the androgyny thing like nobody else…

  12. Ayanna Nahmias Says:

    Simply breathtaking. Tilda is the embodiment of transcendent beauty. To me her ethereal nature is captured in Voltaire’s quote “Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination.”

    Thanks for sharing.

  13. Tom Says:

    WOW – what a fantastic article. I LOVE TILDA – I have seen I am love twice and I feel like I could watch it again. She is AMAZING.

  14. Ayanna Nahmias Says:

    Tilda Swinton is truly an enigma. I love her approach to acting as well as the privacy she employs when it comes to her personal life.

    I believe her unavailability to us through the tabloids or other gossip venues makes her even more intriguing.

    She is such an accomplished actress, and despite her unorthodox appearance, lands some really weighty and complex roles.

    I loved her as the angel Gabriel in the movie “Constantine.” I really enjoyed looking through the photo collection.

    Be well,
    Ayanna Nahmias