Cover Girl: Tilda Swinton for W Magazine

Posted on April 16, 2013

Yea, though we have walked through the valley of Tilda-free fashion magazines, we feared no evil, darlings. For we knew Our Lady of Fierce would come back to us some day.

Tilda Swinton covers the May 2013 issue of W magazine photographed by Tim Walker and styled by Jacob K.

Thank you, your fierceness.

We are not worthy.

By the way, just in case anyone ever posed the question, “Do you think Tilda’s fierce enough to make an old piece of tissue paper work?” There you go.


[Photo Credit: Tim Walker for W Magazine]

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  • another_laura

    For me, the T Lo Line of the Day: “By the way, just in case anyone ever posed the question, “Do you think Tilda’s fierce enough to make an old piece of tissue paper work?” There you go.”

    I am prostrate at the altar.

    • MikeW_Vegas

      When I first read that I read “a piece of old toilet paper”…. been one of those days.
      But Tilda looks flawless!!

      • JosephLamour

        I mean, I’m pretty sure she could make that work too.

  • Andrew Schroeder

    I just wanna weep, it’s so flawless.

  • formerlyAnon

    She has beautiful bones in her face. Just beautiful.

    • Introspective

      and what I love is that said beauty is never over sexed, never infantilized, never comforting to conventional viewpoints. She is always a challenge. For that alone this bitch is fierce.

  •árez/100002964685796 Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    Sorry, did you say something, guys? I was busy listening to the choir of angels and praying for fierceness.

  • Jeff Warhurst

    She’s insanely fabulous. What the fuck Tilda. Stop making it look so easy.

    • AudreysMom

      modeling AND acting! Fucking Fierce Tilda makes it ALL look so easy!

  • SewingSiren

    Yes. Yes she is.

  • rkdgal
  • SewingSiren

    And now i want some of that tissue paper too.

  • Kiltdntiltd

    Such magnificence is beyond the power of words.

  • stubbornthoughts

    She’s a walking piece of art.

  • MoHub

    Bowing down and not getting up!

  • Lori

    My response to seeing “Tilda Swinton for W Magazine” was, “This is going to epic,” Bless her, Swinton did not disappoint.

  • sockandaphone

    have we made sure she’s human? we are not worthy of this. thank you, space alien tilda

  • MilaXX

    If she can make sleeping in a box interesting, tissue paper is a cake walk.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Tilda, my goddess. Please make it another shoot where you wear impossibly gorgeous haute couture dresses while balancing on a hidden stool.

  • TheAmericaness

    Is that tissue like the shroud of Tilda now?

  • MK03

    It’s a couture version of The Flying Nun.

  • Kathryn Tewson

    reminds me of Nina Katchadourian’s “Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style.” Which is an ENORMOUS compliment, that’s one of my very favorite works of contemporary art ever.

    • Qitkat

      Unfamiliar with her, I had to do some research. Hilarious and so very creative. Love.

  • marlie

    Those EYES. That FACE. Love her.

  • MinAgain

    The fierceness. It threatens to consume me.

  • embers618

    That is some Dutch Masters realness. Only Tilda could be so classic and so modern at once.

    • VicD

      Somewhere, Gwyneth, with her “pilgrim realness”, gnashes her teeth and weeps. Or – at least if she had any self awareness at all – she would.

  • PrunellaV

    How she can turn “ridiculous” to “fabulous” I don’t know.

    • TAGinMO

      RIGHT?! I mean, she looks like she has a freaking dowager’s hump, and yet here we all are singing her praises.

  • MzzPants

    Praise the LAWD! Cuz there’s been some ugly shit today.

  • pattyw

    I hate to admit that I’m distracted by the cover lines “Filler Up!” and “Does SPF Matter,” which seem patently beneath our Tilda. The image alone sells the magazine — and that’s coming from a writer.

    • charlotte

      SPF sure matters to Tilda!

    • foodycatAlicia

      Dressing the new erogenous zone caught my eye too.

    • Heron

      She transcends everything on that damn cover. Summer fashion – nope! Erogenous zones – meh! SPF – who cares! Fillers – hah!

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName


  • Little_Olive



    On a side note, do you think Tilda sometimes gets tired of being called every time an editor needs to make sometlhing… well… difficult, work?

  • e jerry powell

    SICKENING. I need something in an IV drip.

  • quiltrx

    Shoot…that ratty piece of tissue paper started out flat, and Tilda WILLED it into that shape atop her head!

    • Kevin VanOrd

      This comment is amazing and must be recognized for its amazingness.

  • Le_Sigh

    And all is right again with the world.

  • julnyes

    She is magnificent.

  • Beverly Kozma

    I love that she can stare down a camera with no (apparent) make-up. She’s so cool.

  • MissAmynae

    Her bone structure is as good as Carmen Dell’Orifice. Which means that it is that of a timeless, ageless goddess.

  • Carla_Charlton

    She really is the most striking woman around these days.

  • ankali

    That her face is amazing is a given, but my favorite element in this photo is the weirdness of the arms, sort of cartoonish in their proportions.

  • TieDye64


  • Anniebet

    On seeing this, I had an instant picture flash into my mind of her piloting an old biplane, with God in the back seat.

  • the_archandroid

    She is living art.

  • Christine Beswick

    Shutting it DOWN

  • Ruff

    Our lady of post-plague. she is like a white couture kervorkian angelus, come to put you down. Beautifully, of course. But this is less terrifying than the spread last year with the decimated earth and rubber suits. I know this is heresy, but, whoomp, there it is.

  • zenobar

    So I take this to mean that abs are the new erogenous zone?

    Well, fuck.

    • lobsterlen

      Well I am screwed then and not in the good way.

  • Janet B

    She leaves me speechless.

  • carnush

    She’s like a painting. I want to put this up on my wall. I also want to know “What to Inject Where!”

  • DeTrop

    I’m glancing through my issue of W right now. The one with Tilda S on the cover. On page 33 is a Miss Dior ad and the model is wearing a dress that looks like a very refined version of Patricia’s ‘Paris’ jacket. Anybody?

  • lobsterlen

    Post modern futuristic flying nun. Love it.

    • Iroqhard

      Perfect discription of this look. Tilda is of another planet, in the most fierce and fabulous way.

  • padma sallah

    I have needed this. It’s like a shot of something glorious to the veins.

  • Shawn EH

    Got to run and buy that issue today!

  • marilyn

    She has a classical face. She should never be out of work as an actress in historical dramas. She has that face. She also has a willowy build. I know it is strange, but her face reminds me of Tim Gunn. Are they distant relatives by any chance?

  • luluransom

    She’s AMONG us, but she sure isn’t OF us. So beautiful she broke Disqus.

  • lilazander

    “Our Lady of Fierce” !!!yes!