A mostly unrecognizable Christina gets yet another mid-Century-inspired editorial. We have to think there’s a small part of her that isn’t going to miss this when Mad Men’s over.
“Mad Men” actress Christian Hendricks in the latest issue of The Edit magazine photographed by Yelena Yemchuk and styled by Lawren Sample. Cardigan by Simone Rocha. Dress by Oscar de la Renta. Ring by Maria Black Fine Jewelry (right hand).
On “Mad Men”: “I would like to think we were contributors in raising the bar. [...] It was never a question that viewers wouldn’t get it – that combination of intelligent writing and amazing interior design, mixed with extremely well put-together fashion. I don’t think we’d seen men like Don Draper for a long time. And the women in tailored dresses [...] I think people were craving that tailored sense of style.”
On what she gained from playing Joan Holloway: “I think some of her ability to bounce back after something horrible arrives in your life. That and her confidence.”
On keeping some of the set props: “I’ve put in a request for several items from her [Joan's] apartment that I would like to purchase, I’d like those reminders.”
Not that we’d want to cast her in an ungrateful light, but some part of her must be crying out for modern clothes when she gets asked to do these things. Having said that, she looks … good. Just good, we’re afraid. We don’t like the long hair on her and while the clothes are all pretty, they’re also pretty standard for this kind of editorial. No shocks or anything of interest. It could be another series of Johnny Walker Red ads, for all we know.
But what really gets us here is that shot of her sitting with her legs crossed. Those are not Christina’s legs. Not even close. Digital enhancing and manipulation on fashion and celebrity editorials is so ubiquitous that we don’t always feel the need to point it out, but that’s a fairly glaring example of trying to turn her body into someone else’s body. Smooth out wrinkles and correct lighting or blemishes all you want, post-session. But when you jack up the head and slide an entirely different body underneath it, you’re going too far.
It really doesn’t help that she looks like she’s battling some serious depression in these pictures. It’s all rather a downer, isn’t it?
[Photo Credit: Yelena Yemchuk for The Edit Magazine]