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Sissy Spacek's awkwardness as a model

Published 04/07/2016

Sissy Spacek
Sissy Spacek

Sissy Spacek signed onto star in Marc Jacobs’ Fall 2016 campaign because she likes the way the designer attaches meaning to his imagery.

Sissy Spacek feels "awkward" when she has to pose for photoshoots.

The American actress has spent over 40 years in front of the camera, gaining attention in the 1970s for her role in Badlands before rising to super stardom when she played the title character in Brian De Palma’s horror film Carrie.

Speaking about fronting Marc Jacobs’ Fall 2016 campaign, Sissy admits that modelling is something she’ll never feel comfortable doing, even if it’s for a longtime friend like Jacobs.

“I'm just as stiff and awkward in front of the camera as I always was,” she told ETOnline. “In film, you're ignoring the camera. It doesn't exist. And so suddenly, when you're playing to a camera, it's a real testament to the photographer's talent that they can get a good picture out of me.”

For the campaign, which also includes images of Susan Sarandon and Missy Elliott, the 66-year-old poses for a portrait by photographer David Sims, wearing a patterned coat with dramatic faux fur collar. Going make-up free, Sissy’s hair is tinted with a variety of striking hues, including burgundy and electric blue.

The Oscar-winning star, who is currently starring on Netflix’s Bloodline, said she appreciated Jacobs’ decision to include a wide representation of women in the campaign, an unapologetic statement against ageism in the entertainment and fashion industry.

“Marc Jacobs doesn't just do a campaign for campaign's sake,” she explained. “He attaches, always, some deeper meaning to it.”

Though she had some test shots for French fashion house Chanel at the beginning of her career and briefly became part of Andy Warhol’s Factory scene in the early ‘70s, Sissy, who stands at 5’2, found that success in fashion eluded her.

“I would have failed miserably as a model,” she added with a smile.

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