Scarlett Johansson for W Magazine

Posted on May 26, 2011

ScarJo is the latest in a long line of celebrities and models to be put through the “make her up like stars of yesteryear” editorial; this time, for W Magazine. It’s not the most original idea in the world, but credit must be paid for avoiding the cliches here. Oh sure, there’s a Dietrich, but we have to doff our hats (if we had them) in respect for doing her up like Giulietta Masina. That’s not one you see too often. She’s not the most electrifying model in the world, but this was a fun and eye-catching way to do her up.

W Magazine June 2011 Issue
Woody’s Other Woman: A Study in Scarlett
Photographs by Tim Walker
Styled by Jacob K
Hair by Orlando Pita for Orlo Salon
Makeup by Val Garland

Johansson as Giulietta Masina in La Strada. Vintage hat and overcoat; Dries Van Noten’s silk jacket; Moschino’s cotton and silk top; Escada’s wool trousers.

As Marlene Dietrich. Oscar de la Renta’s silk tulle bolero; Yohji Yamamoto’s Tencel dress with silk and cotton detail; Dolce & Gabbana’s silk satin bodysuit. Erickson Beamon for Richard Nicoll earring, Cornelia James glove

As Sarah Bernhardt. Calvin Klein’s silk and twill coat; Viktor & Rolf’s organza and cotton blouse; Tao’s polyester, organdy, and cotton dress; Escada’s linen and viscose pants. Ellen Christine hat, Burberry belt.

Johansson As Buster Keaton. Boss Black’s silk suit and cotton shirt. Vintage hat, vest, collar, and tie; Falke socks; Early Halloween vintage shoes.

[Photo Credit: Tim Walker, wmagazine.com]

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  • Anonymous

    unrecognizable

  • Anonymous

    I give them points for getting her to close her mouth and muster a facial expression as Buster Keaton. The Giulietta Masina look found a way to make her typical doughy moue interesting. Well done, W. Typical, ScarJo.

  • Anonymous

    Yes these are damn more original then the typical referential layout. She probably was more willing to push herself becuase of it

  • Lisa

    I like it!  The clothes are fabulous and runway worthy on their own.  But combine them together in a certain way and add stage makeup, and it takes you to a whole ‘nother world!

  • http://joansbooks.blogspot.com/ lilithcat

    Buster Keaton!  That’s even more unexpected than Giulietta Masina.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PFPESDH4EDCW3UEDVNWWSHB4XQ Michaela T.

    oh, these are awesome. Love the idea, the makeup and clothes, everything about the execution, and love ScarJo in them. *happy chinhands*

  • http://twitter.com/sou773 s

    i think she looks much more like edith piaf than dietrich

    • margaret meyers

      I’m with you.  I don’t see Dietrich at all.

    • Anonymous

      Other than the eyebrows, not Dietrich at all. And why brown hair? Dietrich started as a redhead, went blonde, and eventually ended up platinum.

      Keaton, however, was brilliant and instantly recognizable.

  • Anonymous

    I’m curious. How does one do pencil-thin brows without shaving or plucking?

    • Anonymous

      Glue stick, then makeup. I watched RuPaul’s Drag Race obsessively.

      • Anonymous

        Ahhh, good to know!

      • margaret meyers

        Or you soften the corner of a bar of Ivory soap, rub that into your eyebrows so they lie smooth, then put on the makeup.

    • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

      photoshop.

      or–lots of makeup. my exhusband {the first, the best} was the great originator of this rather unfabulous idea….. i’m fond of my first exhusband, but, you know, it looks really silly. foundation over eyebrows never really works.

      edited to add: in black metal, not drag. he’d be embarrassed about all of it, i imagine; then again, i didnt name him.

  • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

    Four clowns? The Dietrich looks more like maybe Talullah Bankhead.  

  • Anonymous

    I think the Dietrich looks more like Dunaway (as Crawford).

  • http://profiles.google.com/angelarosesarno angela rose sarno

    just weird.

  • Anonymous

    Fun layout.  I love the Sarah Bernhardt outfit and the nod to Giulietta Massina.   The Keaton image didn’t work for me (cause I know his films inside/out).  She’s all sad scowling, while Keaton wasn’t wasn’t dubbed “Stoneface” for nothing.   Also, the hat is all wrong.  He wore a porkpie, but this looks more like a boater.  Oh well, I’ll recover.

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      In real life I’m the acting editor* of the Keaton Chronicle – the quarterly publication of the Damfinos – so have been grinding my teeth about the straw boater too.  Very happy for Buster to get so much attention though – my daily Google alert has been going bonkers…

      *Whilst the actual editor and President of the society recovers from a particularly nasty surgery.

      • http://twitter.com/pinup_ghoul Pinup Ghoul

        I was unaware such a publication existed! Thank you for sharing!
        Is it weird that I am super excited about your post?

        • Eclectic Mayhem

          I can give you a sneak preview of the spring issue which is still with our layout guru: we have a great article about Keaton’s first cameraman; an in depth review of Sherlock Jr on Blu-Ray; a piece on collecting Keaton memorabilia and something from our regular contributor John Bengtson (author of Silent Echoes, Silent Traces and Silent Visions – film location books about Keaton, Chaplin and Lloyd respectively). But if anyone asks – you didn’t hear it from me! *draws index finger across throat*

          If you don’t fancy joining the Damfinos there’s always the yahoo group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/busterkeatonfans/

    • margaret meyers

      Yeah.  Keaton wore a felt hat with a very low crown. It was part of his signature look.

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        And anyone who wants to can buy one here!

        Apologies TLo – it’s all in a good cause… smooches!

        Eclectic

    • Anonymous

      Okay okay, my bad then. You’ve outed me as a Keaton non-aficionado.

  • Anonymous

    Love, love, LOVE the Buster Keaton!

    –GothamTomato

  • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

    Cute.

  • Anonymous

    I actually really like these – except for the Keaton. I’m a huge Buster Keaton fan and her expression is all wrong. Love the La Strada look, though. 

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      *high fives another Keatonaut*  

      Looks like the Venn Diagram subset of People who read TLo and People who like Buster Keaton is pretty healthy.  I wonder whether it intersects with the whole TLo & Doctor Who fan subset at all…!

      Eclectic

      • http://twitter.com/pinup_ghoul Pinup Ghoul

        I should say so, as I am a big fan of Buster Keaton and Dr. Who alike! But I travel in many, many nerd circles.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=113300185 Lauren Maier

          I wonder if TLo would add Doctor Who to their roster of TV Shows They Review.  Maybe?  Can one hope?  :D

          • Anonymous

            I would be in Heaven!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=523566011 Dawn Grimes Stough

        love love love LOVE doctor who and tlo… i don’t really know much about buster keaton, though :(

      • Anonymous

        Not to mention People who use Venn Diagrams.

  • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

    the dietrich is so very off it would be unrecognizable w/o the caption.

    perhaps it is time that someone acknowledged that, over decades, not only fashions change but the physical & facial structures of the people who wear them? & this would be nearly a century, scary as that sounds.

    i dunno, my comment is not about scarlett johansson–she looks nice. prettier, but as off as misty rowe as marilyn monroe {aeons ago, if anyone remembers}.

    tired, here.

    ps. she does look better as giulietta masina, but thats cos the costume & cosmetics, such as they are, carry it. again, it’s not that she looks bad, she doesnt, just–jarring.

  • Anonymous

    Huh. I hate the Sarah Bernhardt photo so much I can’t be fair.  In the original of that pose, Bernhardt’s face is an entirely different thing, conveying so much more emotion – http://www.neh.gov/news/humanities/2008-11/Curio/SarahBernhardt.jpg.  Plus my mental image of Bernhardt is so tied to her hair that it just doesn’t work for me if it doesn’t show.

  • margaret meyers

    Masina is wonderful in Nights of Cabiria.  The scenes where she is picked up by the movie star crack me up.  What a great little actress.

  • MilaXX

    I like the Buster Keaton shots.

  • http://twitter.com/pinup_ghoul Pinup Ghoul

    I LOVE this. It’s more daring than most beautiful young starlets would ever attempt, because she doesn’t look blazing hot in every picture, which is something she can certainly do. It’s nice to see something totally different from her, and it turned out beautifully, in my opinion.

    Also, I’ve always had a wicked huge crush on Buster Keaton, and I literally ‘Awwwwwwe’d when I saw her pictures. That’s hard to do.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NUC3QSNPBHNLIVAQVFIHIYIACA Ellen

    Meh.

  • Anonymous

    The Dietrich reminds me more of Gloria Swanson, and I bow to the Keaton experts’ damnation of the straw boater (and on top of that enjoyed Eclectic Mayhem’s “whilst”), but it’s a fun shoot—something a bit different–and I agree  it’s a rarity to see a Giuletta Masina reference. I like the Bernhardt, too. 

    • Anonymous

      I also thought they were going for Swanson, BB. Love the shot either way.

      What a fun layout. I groaned when I saw the Dietrich photo, assuming it was Johansson channeling yet another movie star/sex symbol from decades ago. It’s good to see a new take on the idea.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=523566011 Dawn Grimes Stough

    she looks like jena malone in the buster keaton pictures… anyone else think so??

    • Anonymous

      Yes!

  • Anonymous

    Nice expression in the Keaton photos, though I am no aficionado.

    As to the rest, I can’t be fair, I dislike the Bernhardt photo so much. The original has
    so much more emotion in the face:
    http://www.neh.gov/news/humanities/2008-11/Curio/SarahBernhardt.jpg  
    (sorry, I’ll link properly next time)  Also, my mental image of Bernhardt is so tied to her (glorious) hair, it
    just doesn’t seem right to do Bernhardt in a pose with the hair
    obscured.

    (if something close this posts twice, apologies.)

  • Anonymous

    The Marlene is the most obviously ScarJo. I applaud her and the team for stepping out-of-the-box a bit and being willing to not make her up to be a glorified version of herself. I don’t know anything about Keaton, but she looks totally unrecognizable, and they did a great job with her there. There really isn’t a whole lot in here to not like, IMO.

    –M

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CYJ7ITV4O32RKHP3ZVJEEZB6DU Anna Karenina

    Her hand in the Marlene Dietrich shot looks really huge and strange to me… anyone else?

  • Anonymous

    Interesting shoot. The Buster Keaton is amazing! Not really seeing Marlene Dietrich though. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/thisiscelia Celia

    These are very well done, but I don’t understand the point. Is it Halloween? I’m not picking up any insight or commentary. It seems less like an homage than an exercise of Johansson’s willingness to take the standard starlet-as-classic-star shoot to its most pedantic extreme.

  • Anonymous

    A bit different so I quite like them. I always think these type of shoots are just to give the make-up artists and stylists a bit of fun, and it’s good to see them pick people other than the usual Monroe, Hepburn, Brooks cycle.

    Looks like they’ve got a bit of Keaton/Lloyd confusion going on though. And, even when Marlene Dietrich’s hair was darker it was never that dark.

  • Anonymous

    I think it’s interesting. Maybe the clothes aren’t that important here though.

  • Anonymous

    I love these!  I am a huge Scarlett fan, I think she is very talented and very sexy.  My fave role of hers was in Woody Allens “Match Point”, a great film worth seeing again.  I like the fact she was very willing to stretch into territory that most young Hollywood women won’t.  That is being made up alomst unrecognizable and in man drag.  Very striking.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=66100189 Joslyn Bloomfield

    She just looks like a group of clowns to me.

  • Lisa Sabatier

    Ew.  She looks silly.

  • Ozski

    Also, she’s doing an excellent job distracting us from Sean Penn’s demon spawn in her belly!!!

  • Judy_J

    I love her as Buster Keaton!

  • Anonymous

    Although her expression looks nothing like him, I kind of like the Buster Keaton get up the best. I think ScarJo is kind of sexy in men’s clothes.

  • Anonymous

    I love!

  • Anonymous

    Good for her, very un-celebrity-like, she looks interesting!

  • Anonymous

    They’ve got Scarlelett Johansson — a woman who very well could inspire magazines of the future to dress starlets to make them look like her for their gimmick photo shoots. That is, they’ve got the chance to actually take those iconic photos of ScarJo and instead W puts her in clown makeup. Fire the photography editor.

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  • Anonymous

    Like these but there should be a least one where they just let her be a glam superstar.

  • Anonymous

    Quite original, not at all selections for the typical copy-shots. I think these shots, especially Buster Keaton, where her face is expressive, speak to her acting ability as well as her photogenic qualities.