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Saturday 30 August 2014

Tilda Swinton: I never felt beautiful

Tilda Swinton

Tilda Swinton’s unconventional appearance led her to believe she had been born on the "wrong side" of beauty.

The actress is known for her unconventional appearance and acknowledges that she didn't find many women attractive growing up.

The 52-year-old poses in the new issue of W magazine, as part of a series of surreal images in homage to some of her favourite artists.

“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," Tilda revealed. “[A drawing of Elsie, by John Singer Sargent, once hung in Tilda’s family’s sitting room] 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.”

The accompanying photoshoot shows Tilda playing up the unconventional beauty notion.

In one shot the star wears a blue and white Francesco Scognamiglio dress as birds pluck roses from around her.

In another image, the pixie-haired blonde is captured from her left side with gremlin-like teeth and claws and dressed in a padded gold gown.

In one of the strangest pictures, Tilda holds a piece of black mesh onto her face to allow real life centipedes to crawl onto her complexion.

"Though they may look as if they were mechanically placed, we waited hours for these centipedes to crawl into their meaningful positions, decking me out with eyebrows and moustaches," she revealed.

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