Guess the Drag Queen for Candy Magazine (UPDATED)

Posted on May 18, 2012

Guess who’s on the cover of Candy magazine, getting in touch with their inner drag queen?


Go on. Guess.









 Tilda Swinton covers the 4th issue of Candy Magazine, The Extra Extravagance Issue, photographed by Xevi Muntane and styled by Jerry Stafford. Hair: Odile Gilbert at L’atelier. Make Up: Lloyd Simmonds at Agence Carole. Tilda Swinton wears an Antony Price gold plissé lamé couture ‘Rolls Royce’ dress created especially for this issue.


How fucking awesome is THAT?

Candy is the world’s first “Transversal Style Magazine,” and it’s “dedicated to celebrating transvestism, transexuality, crossdressing and androgyny in all their glory.”

Well shit. It doesn’t get much more glorious than that, amirite, ladies?


[Photo Credit: Xevi Muntane]

    • Jenny Martin

      Yes! I knew it was Tilda!

    • Eileen Duffy

      YOW.  I bow down.

    • PeaceBang

      No, it does not get any better than that. F-ing AWE-SOME.

    • enuma


    • Jen Hughes

      Whoah! I thought it was Susan Sarandon for a minute. Great pic!

      • Lisa Dugan

        Me too!!

      • Melanie Suzanne

         Ditto. I’m still having trouble seeing SWINTON for all the Sarandon.

        • AudreysMom

           and (shows her age) I saw Leslie Ann Warren for a moment.

          • Sara Munoz

            Ah, Lesley Ann Warren… for when you don’t have the budget for Sarandon.

          • Diane Lynch

            I can see that. It’s the cheekbones.

          • Melanie Suzanne

             Yep, I can see her, too.

        • Sara LaBatt

          Yup, me too!

        • Julie Chase

          Me also.

      • nancymae

        Me too!!!

      • Jen Freeman

        Now that you say that, I totally see it.  My first thought was “It’s Queen Mombi from Return to Oz!”

        Then I remembered that almost NO ONE has ever seen that movie.

        • Sara Munoz

          Just googled it. That is hilarious. But even better? The first picture of Tilda (and this article) come up on page 3 of image results. :)

    • TropiCarla

      Holy Crap! I guessed Sarandon. lol
      Swinton is magnificent!

    •árez/100002964685796 Josefina Madariaga Suárez

      I wasn’t sure if that was Tilda or David Bowie. Love the cover <3

      • amywinns

        Bowie certainly would be appropriate for this wouldn’t he?? And considering his style history, I bet he’d be game.

      • Pants_are_a_must

         There’s a whole tumblr dedicated just to how awesome Tilda would be in a Bowie biopic.

        • guestela


        • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

          what what what is the link?
          edit: tilda stardust, of course! oh my god.

      • chelwi

         I was thinking Bowie too! LOVE IT!

    • Flavia Pantoja

      Queen of Style and Queen of COOLNESS! 

    • foodycatAlicia


    • tammalee

      I have the first two issues of Candy and I have to say, it’s an awesome magazine. Tilda looks like a sun-goddess! 

    • Rina

      Tilda, you fabulous creature you.

    • cmb92191

      In the thumbnail, I thought it was Flo

    • mmc


    • Deedles

      WHOA! Heat coming off of the screen! At first, I thought, “It looks like a Ziggy Stardust era Bowie, but that has to be the glamazon SWINTON!”

    • K Lupardus

      Even after you know it’s Tilda Swinton, it still hard to recognize her. Sidenote: This is how I imagine a young Kate Hepburn would look in drag.

      • ballerinawithagun

        I like that idea!

    • BeeBeauNYC


    • Rhonda Hanson

      Tilda is amazing!

    • Teri

      I also thought it was Susan Sarandon! I gasped a big dramatic *GASP* when I scrolled down. Love her thumb claws. 

    • BazoDee

      O_O WOW! 

    • joenray

      I knew it was Tilda from the shape of her mouth (yeah I have a thing for that) and all I can say is that she’s off the charts fabulous.  It gave me chills……

      • Lizzie

        The mouth was what gave her away to me, too.  (Swoon!!)

    • janetjb


    • Jenna Chapman

      I had chills when I saw this. Trans-cendental fabulosity. 

    • Gus Casals

      And  they found the Most Appropiate Cover Subject EVER

      • MissAnnieRN

        Totally! She is androgynous glamour at it’s finest.

    • beebee10

      the sign of a god is that she takes many forms… tillie, now we all know!!

    • gabbilevy

      That gown, that hair is INCREDIBLE. Gorgeous. Brava to all involved. 

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      How crazy! 

    • Ozski

      Timeless. Plop her down to Berlin in the 30’s or New York in the early 70’s and she would thrive.

    • vanjar

      Would not have guessed Tilda and what a cover that is! Would love to see that dress in motion.

      • foodycatAlicia

        It’s like the one in the Thierry Mugler Alien print ads, but so much more fabulous!

    • Kiltdntiltd

      How could she is subtly get many more fabulous? And yet, she manages it!!!!!!

    • Anathema_Device

      Whoa. Never would have guessed. She does look like a drag queen, which I guess was the intention. But still, she is such a chameleon.

      • Kiltdntiltd

        Which is part of her ineffable allure,

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      i literally gasped.  literally! at first i was thinking ‘did sharon needles do something fabulous’? because she is such a chameleon with drag, and then it was tilda. i mistook tilda for sharon needles. this is going to be a GREAT friday!!!! seriously!!!!

    • amywinns

      Damn, that is epic. I think I need a subscription to this magazine. My life benefits mightily from regular little doses of fantastical, transgressive, fuck-the-Establishment glamour and/or butch grit.

    • Chaiaiai

      How fitting, then, that I did the gay gasp.  And I’m a straight woman.  That’s one of those covers to frame, for sure.

    • F. Ryan

      La Swinton. She is the best (understatement).

    • dramamajor

      I love everything in this post. Tilda, the AMAZING dress, hair and makeup and concept! The glorious, glorious concept!

    • claudemtl777

      I thought Carmen Dell’Orefice…
      Id buy that magazine if i saw it on the rack…

      • MsMajestyk

        I was trying to figure out who she looked like in that cover shot and Carmen came to me as well.  The fifth picture was driving me crazy of who she looks like, and I’m getting Francesca Annis.  SWINTON is a chameleon!

    • SapphoPoet

      Now THAT is a dress. Wow. 

    • enid soto

      MIND BLOWN. 

    • TheOriginalLulu

      OMG she looks AMAZING! lovelovelove

    • Charles Purdy

      I love this so much it hurts me. 

    • Ivona Foster

      WOW I’m dying to see “transformation” photos

    • Lina_bee

      LOVE. I also dig that she’s such a chameleon — you’d never expect red carpet SWINTON, Orlando, Isabella in Edward II, and the person on this cover all to be the same person.  <3

    • SewingSiren

      LuV HUh.

    • Pants_are_a_must


    • SpcilK

      Hot Grits!

    • Cortney Dean

      It took me a few minutes to recognize those cheekbones! Brava Tilda!

    • Ana R.

      Wow! BOW DOWN!!

    • Nicole Walraven

      i think i could die happy right now. the level of fabulous in the world just jumped 1000 points.

    • MilaXX

      Orlando for the win!

    • Le_Sigh

      fucking amazing

    • stephanie

      Her lips and her cheekbones gave her away. Tilda is gorgeous no matter how she’s styled.

    • Gaby

      Fab. Gagging on her eleganza. I feel like she looks like a silent film star – actually, more accurately, I feel like she looks like a Hirschfeld drawing, which is the exact amount of wit and character I like in my drag. Maybe Tallulah Bankhead: 

    • Bill Curtis

      I was hoping it was Jude Law.  But I’ll take Tilda!

    • Paula Pertile

      I’m kinda speechless. (I won’t say who my guess was.)

    • Susan Crawford

      I guessed right, I guessed right! And now I am once again groveling at St. Tilda of Swinton’s feet, praying that she will use me as a scatter rug. Is there absolutely NOTHING this woman can’t do/be/say/become? Including an iconic hood ornament?

    • VicD

      Dang, so that’s what she looks like with eyelashes.

    • TAGinMO

      This makes me wish La Tilda would experiment with a wider range of red-carpet looks/faces. Not that I don’t love her go-to androgyny, but how great would it be to see her glam/fem it up a bit on occasion?! This pic clearly demonstrates that she can stun in that wheelhouse, too.

    • Aurumgirl

      The mouth gave her away!  So glorious.

    • erinbinek

      Her mouth was the giveaway.  Nice to see her in makeup!

      • kimmeister

        I have literally never seen a shot of her with eye makeup on.  Amazing.

    • RichStrathmann

      How do I get my hands on this magazine?!?

    • guestela

      Ho.Ly.F. She’s a chameleon.

    • nannypoo

      Even knowing who it is, I wouldn’t guess Tilda. Fabulous.

    • Zippypie

      Fucking FABULOUS.  I bow down to the ground.

    • lesmaha


    • alyce1213

      Shock and awe.

    • Rand Ortega

      Christ on a cracker! I’m in. Where do I get a subscription?

    • Stan

      I really thought/hoped it was Fassbender.

    • Kristy Evans

      I knew it was her! SO FUCKING FIERCE.

    • ballerinawithagun


    • aimee_parrott

      Bow the fuck down, indeed.

    • ChelseaNH

      I am now torn between the Church of Jesus is a Biscuit and the Church of SWINTON!  

    • sockandaphone

      WOAH that is amazing!

    • Julie Chase

      WHAT?! …WHAT?! Amazing.

    • LuisaNL


    • Joyce VG

      OH MY GAWD.  Maybe there is hope for us after all.

    • GorgeousThings

      I kept thinking “Susan Sarandon – no, that isn’t right. Who IS she?”

      Tilda is a roiling cauldron of awesomeness, regardless of whether one is trans-anything or not.

    • BrightsideSusan

      No mistaking that mouth – Tilda

    • ginnyt20

      I thought Flo Welch for sure

    • j_anson


    • joe_tey83

      I thought it’s Bowie. Obviously. Then I thought it’s Fassbender – for no apparent reason.

      Anyhoo, it’s FIERCE AS SHIT.

    • Caaro3


    • XPT

      Unless ‘Candy’ is also the mag for teen Filipinas, I can’t seem to find the right website…

      • formerlyAnon

         Though you’ve probably found it by now, add “Luis Venegas” to the google search. He’s the editor/publisher.  Though the magazine website I found was not updated past Issue 3, so this one did not appear.

    • giiiirrrr

      Reverse drag queen planet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I want to go there!

    • granddelusion

      Oh, yeah. Now I see it….

    • Thombeau


    • mjude

      OMG.. at first i thought it was susan surandon (sp?)  BOWING DOWN

    • ChaquitaPhilly


    • another_laura

      holy freakin’ cow!

    • JD

      Wow.  Swinton is even more amazing than I dreamed. 

    • poggi

      That’s so cool.  I love that she seems unconcerned about looking conventionally pretty and therefore ends up looking absolutely gorgeous.

    • Dani Colman

      I think it’s freaking fabulous that Tilda Swinton wearing a dragtaculous dress is on the cover of a magazine celebrating transversal style – and I’m honestly not being sarcastic.  Tilda’s so known for her androgyny that seeing her dolled up like this is as much of a needle-scratch as seeing a man dressed as a woman, and I think that’s what celebrating transversal style is all about: going beyond the bounds of the expected and making it FABULOUS.  I loved that moment when I thought, “Oh, it’s Tilda in drag, how brilliant…but wait, is it still drag if she’s a woman?  Yes?  Am I conflicted about that?  Am I quietly redefining my perception of accepted gender norms, just like what drag is all about?  AWESOME!”

      Sorry for all the caps.  SWINTON does that to me.

    • Jaeda Laurez

      Love. Huh. 

    • allisankelly


    • marlie

      She looks AMAZING! I couldn’t tell it was her — at first I thought it might have been Fassbender. But Queen Tilda looks FAB. 

    • D. Robinson

      She looks amazing. Fierce is Tilda!!

    • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

      God, she is so fabulous one could weep.  Love.Huh.

    • ccm800

      Sweet Baby Jesus in Heaven! *passes out*

    • D. Robinson

      I would LOVE to see an high fashion editorial with Fassbender and Swinton. I think both of them would burn the pages of the magazine with their combined hotness.

      • Lilak

        They’d have to be in separate eds.  I think The Divine Tilda would burn even Fassie off the page!  😉

    • Melanie

      How can she see how awesome she looks with eye makeup and then insist on wearing NONE on the red carpet?  I think it’s cruel.

    • Tiger Gray

      best. thing. EVER.

    • Judih1

      FANTASTIC!! She should wear make up mor often

    • Elizabeth Silverstein

      Shut the fuck up. I die. This is fabulous beyond words.

    • Damien W

      My first thought was Hugh Laurie. *puts head down on desk* 

      • formerlyAnon

         Oh dear, you made me laugh!  But maybe it’s time for a break with a cup of tea? Or better yet, a cocktail?

    • Mylynka Kilgore Cardona

      Holy Tilda!  That is unbelievably AWESOME (in the true sense of the word!!)

    • formerlyAnon

      Love. Very late ’70s on into the ’80s feel for me.

      THIS is what one hopes to get when an actor models – the little punch of personality & emotion for which models are not chosen. 

    • Puckndc

      I want to come back as her in my next life!!!!

    • Rain Jezek

      Oh my god, she looks amazing! I didn’t know it was possible to have a bigger crush on her.

    • Puckndc

      And Jesus wept….

    • joything

      Tilda can do anything. She can do me, anytime, anywhere.

    • TigerLaverada

      Ha! I guessed right! And doesn’t she look fine.

    • Julaine Morley

      Yersorite that this gloriosity cannot be topped!

    • Ass Kicking Adviser

      OMG! That is the most fabulous thing I have ever seen. There is just no one like her – amazing make up. Wow!

    • Megan Patterson


    • PastryGoddess

      This bitch just won the interwebs forever and ever AMEN

    • CQAussie

      Tilda here is how I imagine the Queen in Snow White & the 7 Dwarves.  FAB.

    • elzatelzabelz

      HOLY What? Damn. Those are awesome photos. And, this, class is why Swinton shall everafter be referred to as “bow the F- down.”

    • MissMariRose

      HO. LY. SHIT.

    • Michelle Newell

      No fucking way. I LOVE Tilda. <3

    • LittleKarnak

      Fab!!! I see a young Vanessa Redgrave in the redhead shots…I guess that REALLY shows my age!!!

    • Michelle Cunningham

      So THAT’S what she looks like with makeup on…… still luv her!

    • quiltrx


      If we needed more reasons to bow down…geez, here they are!  Who knew she was such a chameleon?

    • Vera

      The “Rolls Royce” dress is a stunner.

    • fiestyfashionfem

      Called it in a second. Cause she is the queen of the world.  No, seriously, she is the most fabulous, gorgeous, sexy bitch EVAH!  Lord, i love her. Think I’ll start some kind of cult now.  

    • NurseEllen

      Holy Mother.  What great photos, and Tilda has GOT to be kin to a chameleon.  

    • GTrain

      Wow I am so used to seeing her w/ no/minimal makeup I didn’t recognize her. She worked the hell out of those photos.

    • butterflysunita

      Amazing.  And what an amazing cover photo.  

    • Kirsten Kirsten

      Awww. Sum.

    • Gotham Tomato

      This reminds me of that classic photo of (I think it was) Gloria Swanson or Greta Garbo.


    • MmmmmmmmK

      The designer did an amazing job! I would have loved to have seen a little more Victor/Victoria gender-bending, Tilda in full-tilt andro-masculinity mode.

    • LaVonne Ellis

      She looks just like Carmen Dell’Orefice to me. Fabulous.

    • VioletFem

      So this is how a woman does drag. Awesome! The picture second from the bottom is my favorite.

    • TieDye64

      Queen of the effing world. WOW.

      ETA: make that the universe.

    • jjfg

      Holy. Shit.  *bows down*

    • e jerry powell

      As the drag queens put it, “Well, alright, goddammit.”

    • Cate

      HOLY FUCKING SHIT! I had NO IDEA that was her! THIS IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!
      and now I sink to my knees and kiss her feet.

    • Alyson Epstein

      I want to be her when I grow up

    • Sara Munoz

      Holy shitballs!! I thought it was great before but I just saw the update. I think I might die of Fabulous.

    • TheDeanBright

      Im Transfashion and love this

    • ri_dic


    • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

      I guessed right!  I am in love with her.

    • La Piquante

      She is at least a Duchess of Fuckingfantastica. Seriously.

    • ecallaw

      Wow, wow, wow.  

    • sweet_potato


    • LilyPad

      The cover look reminds me of an entry from Project Runway that was described as a “bowl of hair”…anyone remember this?

    • lilazander


    • kathrineb

      Fun! But the first picture is why I don’t wear frosted eyeshadow.