Riccardo Tisci almost broke the internet last night when he announced, via Instagram, that Julia Roberts is the new star of Givenchy's Spring 2015 campaign looking more androgynous and, pardon our French, but badass than ever.
In a forthcoming interview with Style.com, Tisci admitted he was "literally" shocked" and still very surprised that Roberts said yes to being the new face of Givenchy. Tisci also said that given her status as America's sweetheart, he specifically wanted to forgo the bubbly, glamorous Roberts we all know in favor of an edgier, makeup-free look, shot by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott.
"We wanted her more cool, more masculine, more real...the way she arrived: black jacket, men’s shirt, jeans, which is really what we have in common. No makeup, no hair. I said to her, 'because your smile is so beautiful and everybody knows you for that, I think it should be no smile,' and she was really cool. She said we should go for it. We did it, and there we are, I’m very happy. It’s a powerful picture," he said in the interview. "It was a very pure message...a powerful woman, with sex appeal but at the same time with masculinity."
The internet went crazy over the image last night, and in an age where glossy, oiled-up derriers go viral and women taking their clothes off seems to be the only thing that gets people to pay attention, it's nice to see that the power, strength, and beauty represented by the unconventionally sexy image can still resonate, and go viral.
"The world is so full of images, so full of everything, if you don’t have an identity, it’s very difficult to find the point of where you want to go," Tisci said. "I respect [Julia] a lot as a beauty and as a woman. She’s a very intelligent girl. And a very funny girl. Super-funny. And very confident of herself, which is very much my woman."
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