Rooney Mara for Vogue

Posted on October 18, 2011

Wow. This editorial is gorgeous, but we don’t think any mere mortal can rock those super-short bangs Rooney’s sporting. You need to be genetically superior and in the hands of world class photographers and stylists to pull those things off. Lorenzo was a bit on the nonplussed side when he heard they were remaking The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Tom hasn’t seen the original), but this set of pictures has him a bit excited by the prospect just because she looks so intense and is working that camera like it took her parking space.


Rooney Mara for Vogue

Rooney Mara featured in the November 2011 issue of Vogue photographed by fabulous duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Hair: Paul Hanlon. Makeup: Charlotte Tilbury. Fashion Editor: Tonne Goodman.

Rooney Mara for VogueRalph Lauren Fall 2011 Collection/Model: Hanaa ben Abdesslem

Rooney Mara for VogueAlexander Wang knit top.


Rooney Mara for VogueMarchesa metallic sequined dress. Fred Leighton earrings.


Rooney Mara for VogueCalvin Klein Collection silver-framed halter dress.


Rooney Mara for VogueMarchesa silk-tulle dress with crystal beading.


Rooney Mara for VogueBottega Veneta strapless dress.

Rooney Mara for VogueVera Wang one-shouldered dress with pleated bodice.


[Photo Credit: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott for,]

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  • Sobaika Mirza

    She shot of her lying in the Marchesa practically looks painted – that is not a compliment. But she looks striking and is working the clothes, rare enough for a celeb editorial.

    • Anonymous

      I guess the painted look was deliberate – a tribute to all the Ophelias by Waterhouse, Millais etc. But something doesn’t work for me either – she looks more like a plastic mannequin than some stylish drowned body

    • Anonymous

      It looks like virtual paint – it’s not light or ethereal enough to evoke the Ophelias so the result is her looking dead or like a wax figure.

    • Anonymous

      That photo reminds me of a scene from…end of the second book, I think?   I don’t want to overly spoil, but I assumed that was the reference they were going for…

  • Adriana Blair

    I am so excited for this movie! Also, here’s Rosario Dawson rocking short bangs in Death Proof:

  • shawna ready

    She is very striking, but I find those bangs very odd…

  • Chloe K. Evil

    I think I had those bangs once, after my sister told me I could trim my own just fine and I foolishly believed her.

    They look much better on her.

    • Sara Munoz

      I was going to say, my daughter cut her bangs and I had to cut them this short in order to even them back out. It was an awkward few weeks while they grew back in.

    • Anonymous

      I too, did that once. It was a terrible mistake. I wore a lot of headbands for the next couple of weeks.

  • Anonymous


    But wait – didn’t somebody release a “Girl with Dragon Tattoo” movie a couple of years ago?  How can we be in remake mode already? Or am I confusing this with a different book?

    • angela rose sarno

      it’s the english language version- there is a swedish version out there.

    • Anonymous

      In Sweden, where the books originated, they made the 3 books into a series of movies. The lead actress in that set of flicks spent over a year filming all 3 movies. The part is so emotionally intense that she was happy for someone else to play her in the Hollywood version.

      BTW the original title in sweden of the first book was actually entitled Men Who Hate Women. The title is apt

      • Mich

        i wish they would have kept that title. apt is the word.

      • Anonymous

        That movie was intense. It was good but it left me very disturbed. The worst part is that yes there are an awful lot of men who hate women out there and what happens in the book/movie isn’t as uncommon as people might like to believe. I wonder how watered-down the Hollywood version will be.

        • Anonymous

          It was an intense and disturbing film and it stayed with me for a while. I don’t think I’ll have the stomach to watch the Hollywood version. Such a bad track record.

        • Aaron Blair

          I seriously doubt, with David Fincher at the helm, that it will be watered down much at all.  The man can make a disturbing serial killer movie in his sleep.

      • Malve Lyborg

        I read the books in the original and was taken aback when I saw the translation! The author chose the titel *decidedly* because he was a profound promoter of equal rights and a opponent of violence against women.

        In Germany the translation was as bad. “Verblendung”, which means something like “getting someone blind”.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t like the bangs, and I don’t know why we need an English version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but she is very pretty and these are very nice pictures.

    • Jen R

      We don’t need an English version. American studios smell money with this series (the books are excellent) and they know that most Americans who go to see movies made by major studios are unwilling to read subtitles. For those of us who are willing to read the subtitles, I recommend putting it on your Netflix queue, waiting for the English version to go to DVD and then have a viewing party, to compare the 2.

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        I wasn’t happy about a standard ‘Hollywood’ remake either but I do feel that there is room to improve on the adaptations of the books.  I felt that some of the characters in the Swedish version were miscast (Ricky for example) and they ditched so much of the second book that some of the third movie didn’t make sense!

        • Anonymous

          The books left a lot to be desired, I thought. Perhaps they’re better in their native language; apparently Larsson’s partner was appalled by the translation. Also, since he died after submitting the manuscripts, maybe there wasn’t as much editing done as there should have been. Gripping plots, but they needed some severe cutting.

          Anyway, I so, so, SO wanted Kristen Bell to get this role, partly because I want her out of crappy romcoms and back into ass-kicking mode, and partly because she and Noomi Rapace look quite a bit alike. But after seeing Mara in “The Social Network” I decided she’d do, and these pictures are helping with that. Now the poor girl is going to go through that same awkward phase Kristen Stewart did post-Joan Jetting it up, growing out that hairstyle is going to be painful.

      • Anonymous

        I understand what you’re saying… but I just want to spend more time with Lisbeth Salandar!!

  • Anonymous

    I loved the original too, although the books were much better. I wasn’t kin on the idea of a remake but she does have a Salander vibe. She got the attitude, I guess the clothes and make up will do the rest.

    Beautiful photos, beautiful gowns. The knit top is not for the winter, I gather :-)

  • Anonymous


  • angela rose sarno

    this is pretty striking and original.  And I LOVE “like it took her parking space”.  Brilliant.

  • Sarah Tyrchniewicz

    That shot in the Vera Wang looks straight out of the poster for Melancholia with Kirsten Dunst. 

  • Anonymous

    Did they cast her to look as much like Noomi Rapace as possible? She looks fine. But Noomi IS Salander and we didn’t need another one.

    • Mike M.

      I don’t think so…the physical appearance of Lisbeth Salander is so specific that I think any actress to be cast would have to have had a very specific look to begin with.  Not that I didn’t love Noomi, but she was a little old for the part

  • Bitsy Carver

    The bangs are for the movie.

  • Anonymous

    Actually in that 2nd shot with the dragon lace top she reminds me of Isabella Rossilini

    • Sobaika Mirza

      Are you referring to the model? Because in that case, I know what you mean.

      • Anonymous

        yes I was refering to the model

  • Anonymous

    Watch the original if you possibly can.  Noomi Rapace – now SHE was fierce.

    • Anonymous

      TOTALLY agree.  Am skeptical about Hollywood remake.  In the original, the characters look real, and while actors, aren’t TOO pretty.

    • Susan Fridy

      they’re on netflix instant!

  • Anonymous

    The dragon lace top is the sign of things to come.  Move over swans, now it’s going to be Rooney Mara in dragon-themed clothes for the next year.

  • Vaniljekjeks

    Fantastic.  I am really looking forward to seeing Dragon Tattoo.  She looks so strangely captivating in the trailer.  I could not take my eyes off her.

  • Anna Maria Diamanti

    The pictures are great, but the cover is a throwaway. Should have had her posed like the model in the Ralph Lauren to show off her profile as well as the beautiful detail on the back of the dress. Anna Wintour has not been on top of her game lately.

    The article is pretty creepy though.

    • Sobaika Mirza

      I’ve only read excerpts, including the bit about her practically starving in order to look like the character. That was creepy enough.

      • Anonymous

        sadly that’s what the swedish actress ending up doing as well. (And also cutting and dying her hair.) But partly to prove she would look convincing in the part

        • Anonymous

          Talk about wanting to feed someone a hamburger, she looked ill in the nude scenes. You could count her ribs from the front and the back.

      • Anna Maria Diamanti

        It doesn’t bother me that she had to drastically lose weight for the part (only because Lisbeth’s appearance is so central to the character), what bothers me is that she still clearly has issues with food. That and Fincher’s svengali-like hold over her.

  • Anonymous

    I’m with you on the bangs, but wow, she really looks gorgeous.

  • CQAussie

    I’ve seen the original Dragon Tattoo movie – you must see it.  I fear Hollywood will cock it up with a remake, as usual.

    Great editorial though!  Agree, the photos are gorgeous and Rooney Mara looks amazing in all of them.  Well done!

    • tw125

      It’s too late for Hollywood to do anything to the originals, so I wouldn’t worry about that.  If the new movies turn out bad (which is unlikely given David Fincher’s record), you can just ignore them.

  • J D

    She looks pretty amazing.  That second shot of her, in Marchesa, leaning against the statue is pretty amazing.  I do find myself wishing that Vogue would do something else besides shoot models in fields or against a solid color backdrop.  I don’t really feel like I’m seeing anything new here.  She has such a striking look, why not give her a more striking editorial? 

  • Anonymous

    I’m googling hairstyles, and while the ultra short bangs aren’t an option for me (not being genetically gifted), they look great on her.  Gorgeous face and angles.

  • Jenna Ryan Boatman

    This is gorgeous, but the bangs are a bit off-setting. She looks like an extremely chic Vulcan.

    • Rand Ortega

      Are there any other kind? ; )

  • gillian holroyd

    I’ve always liked a good set of short bangs but she just looks like she has a low hairline here.

    The cover gown with the dragon embroidery on the back is brilliant.

  • Maria Smith

    The shot of her standing by the tree would have made a striking cover. Most Vogue covers are a snooze. Anna Wintour, where is your mojo???

  • MilaXX

    The pictures are gorgeous and I love the short hair, but the high cute bangs are giving her 5 head

  • Anonymous

    I saw the trailer for this movie the other day. Having loved the books, I was skeptical, but the trailers made me want to see the movie.

    I could never wear my bangs that way, but I think they look fabulous and interesting on her. Not a fan of Marchesa, but that sequined gown? On her?  It is to die.

    And finally, in the last photo, are those hostas Photoshopped in? I have never seen hostas that big. And now I want them.

    • Anonymous

      There are some hosta varieties that get that big — ‘Komodo Dragon’, ‘T Rex’, ‘Sum and Substance’, ‘Empress Wu’, ‘Mammoth Blue’ and ‘Mr Big’ to name a few off the top of my head. ‘Empress Wu’ gets truly enormous.

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        I love the names!  And I bloody love how well informed the bitter kittens are, there’s always something new to learn on every posting.  Yay you TigerLaverda!

  • nancy

    These are lovely photos, she looks ethereal here.  I can see her as Lisbeth, but as much as I adore Daniel Craig, I don’t see any need for an English remake of that movie. The Swedish original was perfect. 

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      I think there’s definitely room to improve upon the movies of the second and third novel.  

      I don’t think Nyqvist captured all the playfulness and charm of Mikael so I’m interested to see what Daniel Craig does.  He’s a bit too ‘rugged’ for my liking but the fact that he actually turns up with bagels the first time he goes to see Salander (as he does in the book, but didn’t in the Swedish version) makes me optimistic.  For some reason it was one of my favourite scenes in the book – who but Mikael would find out that someone had done a thorough investigation of him then turn up with bagels?!  

  • Anonymous

    That’s a beautiful cover. I also think the last one is actually quite a striking image, but it immediately evokes another image in my head, which is the one where the photographer is standing there shouting, “Yes, darling! Be the stream! BE the waterfall!”

  • Roadkill Writer’s Camp

    Gorgeous fashions and very pretty actress. But she’ll have to go some to be a better Lisbeth than Noomi Repace. 

  • Robert Sanchez

    I think the bangs could work if they were choppier, but as they are, they look like a really weird, unfinished helmet.

  • Anonymous

    Wow. Beautiful.

    Also: working that camera like it took her parking space.

  • glennethph


  • Anonymous

    Captivating! She fills the spot in the style universe Cate Blanchett seems to have vacated.

  • Anonymous

    Stunning pictures.

  • Rand Ortega

    WOW. Wow…
    Noomi Rapace is still the quintessential “Girl”, though.
    No 1 can compare.

  • Anonymous

    Both the Marchesas are miles prettier than anything I’ve seen of theirs in ages. More like this, please, Marchesa.

    • Anonymous

      I thought the very same thing about the Marchesa entries! Wouldn’t have recognized them sans all the usual frippery. More, please.

  • skadi1

    I cut my hair like that once when I was 4.  My mother was not pleased.  Now I can tell her I was just ahead of my time.

    • Anonymous

      me too, and then i trimmed the stripes off the cat….so much trouble….

      • Karenlibrarian

        Can’t imagine a cat sitting still long enough to cut its hair off!!  LOL!!

    • Karenlibrarian

      Yes!  It just occurred to me this is like a hairdressing malfunction!  

    • Anonymous

      I cut off my widow’s peak in the fourth grade! My mother was also not pleased.

      And later my kids trimmed the whiskers off (not completely) our poor kitty cat. I was really pissed.

  • Turtle Emily

    I think she looks both Vulcan and like Winona Ryder. Maybe Spock can have a sister in the next Star Trek movie? LOL.

  • Rachel Weiser

    Yes she is striking in that harsh way, and she does a great job of blending beauty and weirdness.

    BUT I think she’s almost too striking. And Noomi Rapace will always be Lisbeth Salander.

  • ali meowmeow

    Love this editorial and I’m super excited for the movie. It’s nothing against the original, but it’ll be nice to see a story that doesn’t, periodically, make me imagine all the dialogue being performed by the Swedish Chef.
    (I can’t help it… my viewing of the original trilogy followed a Muppet Show binge.)

  • Anonymous


    That’s all I can say.

  • Anonymous

    LOVE.  It’s Joan of Arc meets Greta Garbo meets The Little Mermaid.

  • Anonymous

    Wow… loves it.

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    Gorgeous!  Stunning!  I’m getting a bit of a Vivien Leigh vibe from her in the silver Marchesa.  Fabulous!

  • Anonymous

    Stunning, every picture, every outfit.  Love!  Whenever anyone says they can do beautiful draping, they should be shown that last picture.  That is how you drape all you designer wannabes.

  • Elaise
    • Anonymous

      I thought the EXACT SAME THING

  • Anonymous


  • Lisa

    I just can’t get past the weirdness of the super-short bangs. She’s gorgeous, but she looks like she went to a barber.  Now, if she’d gone super super short all over, like the model, then it would have been a hit.

    • Karenlibrarian

      Wonder if she shaved her head for the role and it’s just growing out?  They’re weird.  

  • Anonymous

    Love everything she is wearing.  Those are the best looking Marchesa dresses I’ve seen in years.

    I like the hair, but it is some kind of pixie/mullet hybrid. 

  • Anonymous

    I’m shocked that metallic sequined dress is Marchessa.  It’s gorgeous.  Not sure I’ve said that about a Marchessy before. 

  • Melanie H

    Holy f*ck is she fierce. She had me at the Ralph Lauren dress. I hope the US version of “Girl…” is as fantastic as these photos.

  • Anonymous

    Does she remind anyone else of Leslie Caron?  Just me?  Ok.

    The dragon dress seems atypical for RL, I wonder if he read the book.

  • Anonymous

    So Pretty! I am super excited for the GWTDT movie, but they will have to work hard to top the originals….i do love me some Daniel Craig though, and heard some wacky intense scenes were enacted for the movie, so my hopes are up that his girl can cut it….

  • Anonymous

    I love this editorial, with the exceptions of the Calvin Klein and Marchesa (where she’s lying down) shots. Those I do not like at all. The last shot is breathtaking.

    I refuse to watch the American version of the movie. The original Swedish version was so good, though at times hard to watch, and  even better than the book. Rooney Mara looks like she may be able to get the intensity of the character down but I’m so jaded by Hollywood’s remakes of good foreign films. They tend to dumb them down to the point that they’re pathetic shadows of the original. If I hear raves I may change my mind but it would take a lot of convincing.

  • Kristen Hidalgo

    I think it’s strange that so many are referring to the Fincher film as a remake of the the Swedish films. It seems to me it’s not a remake of a film, but a second adaptation of a novel.

    • Anonymous

      It is also my impression that the filmmakers are adapting the book, not remaking the Swedish films, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see this misconception continue. Once a film is made from a book, it’s probably normal to assume any future films are remakes of the original.

  • Anonymous


  • Daniel Hoerner

    That last shot in the Vera Wang dress is TO DIE.

  • Malve Lyborg

    I thought too that Mikael in the swedish version wasn’t what I expected… He was written as a womanizer with brains and an earnest mission, and the swedish actor had no sexappeal. I hope Craig can pull that off.

    ETA Should have been in reply to Eclectic Mayhem. And I did push the reply-button…??

  • M M

    shot 7:she is lamenting her uber-short bangs, or just trying to keep her wig from blowing off her forehead

  • Anonymous

    She is quite beautiful- the article that accompanies these photos, however, gives me the creeps. 

  • Jessica Rowe

    I’m just mad at her because they are remaking the movie.  So I don’t want to look at her in pretty clothes.  And I don’t care if that’s mean.

  • Anonymous

    Come on America.  Don’t be afraid of subtitles.  Rent the original.  It’s awesome!