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]

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  • 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


  • 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.