Mia Wasikowska for ELLE Canada Magazine

Posted on August 04, 2014

ELLE Canada does right by Miss Mia. First, they put a fantastic picture of her on the cover:


Mia-Wasikowska-ELLE-Canada-September-2014-Magazine-Editorial-Proenza-Schouler-Valentino-Christian-Dior-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Mia Wasikowska covers the September 2014 issue of ELLE Canada magazine in Proenza Schouler photographed by Max Abadian and styled by Ryan Hastings.

That is some Cool Attitude showing on that face. The lady equivalent of Blue Steel. Love the Proenza Schouler too. It’s not a great dress on its own:

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But it’s editorial as hell and looks fabulous on the cover.

Inside, they give her multiple opportunities to give good soundbite:

On living in LA and dealing with paparazzi: “When Alice in Wonderland first came out, they were at the airports and stuff, but I think they just figured I’m pretty boring and left me alone. [Laughs] When I promote a big enough movie, they kind of show up to see if I’m going to stumble out of the cab or flash my underpants, and then they leave again. I think they always want to test the new young actresses…”

On something that she knows now that she wishes she could go back and tell herself at 15: “I would just tell myself to be nicer to myself. I think everybody could probably do with being nicer to their younger selves. Adolescence is a profoundly lonely time for most people.”

On her drive to become an actress: “I think all actors experience a certain amount of discomfort within themselves. I’m more comfortable in myself now, but as a teenager, I felt so much more secure in somebody else’s clothes than I did in my own. I got the chance to express all these emotions that otherwise were very difficult to express, like anger and rage and sadness.”

(Looks like we got ourselves a smartypants here.)

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Mia-Wasikowska-ELLE-Canada-September-2014-Magazine-Editorial-Proenza-Schouler-Valentino-Christian-Dior-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (4)Valentino Fall 2014 Collection

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Mia-Wasikowska-ELLE-Canada-September-2014-Magazine-Editorial-Proenza-Schouler-Valentino-Christian-Dior-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (6)Christian Dior Fall 2014 Collection

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Then they dress her up in some perfectly quirtky-cute (yet still dramatic somehow) getups, all of which play to her strengths.  That Valentino was practically tailor-made for her. It would be a shame if she never wore it in the real world.




[Photo Credit: Max Abadian for ELLE Canada Magazine, IMAXTree]

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  • Emily Giovanni

    Is she related to Her Highness Ms. Blanchett? Those cheekbones!

    • Thomas

      I had the same thought! A young Cate!

    • Anne At Large

      Me three, like a fab little sister, this styling is great for her! I need to ho watch Jane Eyre and try and copy this eye makeup, stat (not the eye makeup from Jane Eyre though, obvs.)

    • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

      I can’t believe what I’m about to say, but there’s a lot of Kate Moss in her face bones too. But she definitely has that Blanchett ethereal quality that makes her so intriguing.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      It’s as if Mia is the daughter Cate ought to have had. Really liking this editiorial. I’m evening liking that puffy Dior dress on her-Mia’s in on the joke, so to speak.
      I remember watching her on the first season of “In Treatment”-she was a powerhouse in that series.

      • demidaemon

        I’m glad someone found something to like about it, but I can’t. I think it’s pretty much hideous all around and doesn’t do Mia any justice (unlike the Valentino, which sings on her).

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          When I look at that photo I can see Mia putting that on and laughing to herself about how totally ridiculous it is. The Valentino, on the other hand, really is a great look, and looks smashing on her.

          • demidaemon

            I think I can go with that, as long as she is one the joke that is Dior and doesn’t wear it in public.

          • smayper

            Yup! The Dior is even worse because it is in the same series as those perfect, gorgeous outfits. It’s glaring as hell how stupid it is.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Let us consider this to our Bitter Kitten ‘save”, ala the Tim Gunn save. A celeb gets one carefully considered free pass, awarded at our considered discretion.

          • demidaemon

            I could agree to this. Obviously certain stars (Cate, Tilda, Lupita, Queen Helen) get more than one save.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Yes, these divinities get extra saves-no question.

        • Aurumgirl

          So true, the Valentino pieces are perfect for her. But the Christian Dior stuff is horrible on just about everybody–less so on her than on most.

          • demidaemon

            I guess that’s something…

    • Watts

      Given that they’ll be playing lovers in “Carol,” the mother/daughter resemblance could get icky real quick.

      • Mhairi

        Her dark mirror Rooney Mara is playing that part now.

        • Watts

          aw, man. I was looking forward to Mia in that

    • Renaissance_Man_ATL

      She’s definitely giving us Blanchett level clothes wearing in these pics. She’s even making that Dior work!

    • ConnieBV

      She looks just like Kate Moss to me.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Face indeed. She’s a bit like January Jones less bitchy, higher fashion baby sister….

    • Glam Dixie

      Shit, should have read the comments!

  • NMMagpie

    She looks awesome. GREAT makeup, especially with heavy lids. And she can work the crap out of clothes that would be all kinds of wrong in the real world.

  • Glam Dixie

    Gorgeous, she is reminding me of January Jones a bit facially here.

  • Sarah

    She is making a cherry red sleeping bag trapeze dress look good. And yeah, she’s right about the fifteen year-old former me needing a swift kick in the ass for being chock full ‘o’ self loathing.

    • random_poster

      She looks good, but damn if that’s not one of the most ridiculous articles of clothing I’ve ever seen. I mean, really, who thought that was a good idea and why? And then it ends up in a fashion spread…

      • Sarah

        Because the House of Dior is obviously handing out free drugs and fine delicacies in addition to large piles of cash to anyone who promotes/features their work. That dress IS perfect for “glamping” though. You can act all fancy in the woods then lay down for a nap without changing yer clothes.

        • random_poster

          I totally looks like a bedspread for a bed with a mirror above it.

        • demidaemon

          As a comforter, I see possibilities, As clothing, it makes me want to reach for gasoline and a lighter.

          • Leah Elzinga

            I’m fairly certain you wouldn’t need the gasoline. That thing looks flammable enough.

          • demidaemon

            Maybe. I kind of thought it resembled one of those things you use to put out fires.

    • conniemd

      I don’t think the Dior dress is even good in an “editorial” sense. It doesn’t do anything for her shapewise. I love your comment below about glamping, because it would make a soft mattress to sleep on.

      • demidaemon

        Thank you. Thank you so much for saying what I’ve been thinking (and posting).

    • Bridget Smith

      See, I just want to give fifteen-year-old me a hug. A hug that she would not accept because she didn’t think she deserved it. (How do any of us survive that age?)

      • Sarah

        See, I deserved a slap/kick/come-to-Jesus moment because in addition to being horrendously insecure, I was cruel to my mother. I apologized profusely for years following that most heinous period, but one doesn’t like to recall how awful their behavior was. Makes my MUCH older self squirm, still.

        • fursa_saida

          In the words of a beloved tv character, “Kids aren’t supposed to be grateful. They’re supposed to eat your food and break your heart.” Obviously I have no idea what went down, but kids are cruel to their parents, nearly all of them, sooner or later but not for forever.

          • Sarah

            You’re right, I know, and Mom said she didn’t need any apologies, although I gave them in every way I could once I was old enough to be ashamed of myself. It’s just that I realized that she was actually an incredible woman and a dear friend after I’d already done wrong. Kids! So short-sighted.

          • fursa_saida

            Teenagers in particular are frankly nonsensical. Nothing to be done, really.

            At least you appreciate and cherish your mom now, and it sounds like you guys have a good relationship! That’s the most important part, I think.

          • FibonacciSequins

            Individuating from your parents is a crucial step in development, and most kids are cruel to their parents at some point in that process. Speaking as a parent, I feel pretty sure in saying any pain you caused your mother is far outweighed by her pride and love for you. Stop feeling guilty! :)

          • smayper

            Agree completely. It’s like labor — you have this amazing ability to forget or just let go of how bad it was, because you are so utterly delighted to see the baby (or in the metaphor, the adult) emerge!

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          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I still occasionally blush when I think about one absolutely fatuous letter that I wrote to my mom during my first year in college;of course I thought I was imparting great wisdom, but that goes with the business of growing up, doesn’t it?

          • Sarah

            It is indeed. We were quite close before I lost her, so Those Years are best forgotten. Except for the totally awesome fashions I sported during them, cuz I could rock a mean pair of jorts with tights.

  • http://angrynerdgirl.net/ Jessi03

    She looks fabulous. Now, let us unite in raising our fists above our heads and shouting “DIORRRRRR!”

    • sugarkane105

      That one was a needle-scratcher for me too. “Let’s make her look pregnant?”

  • http://fibonaccisequins.storenvy.com/ Danielle

    Here’s a statement I haven’t made in a while: Luv that Dior, especially on her.

    • Kent Roby

      It definitely wins the “Satin Quilt” challenge!

      • http://fibonaccisequins.storenvy.com/ Danielle

        It looks okay in motion, but on Mia it’s singing. Too bad it would look hideous on any other human being.

  • Kent Roby

    The Schouler and the Dior should be labeled “for editorials only”. She looks great in every picture, but the beauty of her face with the simplicity of the black turtleneck particularly takes my breath away.

    • StellaZafella

      It’s very Jody Foster in a Hepburn kind of way…

      • Leah Elzinga

        “Jody Foster in a Hepburn kind of way” is my life’s ambition.

  • sugarkane105

    This is the exact makeup I try (and fail) to perfect each weekend.

    • MilaXX

      Try attending some of the makeup classes that MAC and Sephora have. (Check their websites or call the stores) They may want you to pay a small fee ~$40, but you typically get to use that towards product. It’s a great way to get some hands on training.

      • sugarkane105

        Aw, thanks for the tip! I’ve been trying to fight the urge to go to higher-end makeup stores (I typically stick with drug store brands), but the classes would probably help me step it up a little!

        • fursa_saida

          The good thing is that if you did the classes, you can still carry right on buying drug store makeup afterward! I’ve found that investing in high-quality primer means I can get away with cheaper products otherwise. It’s not all or nothing!

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I signed up for a make-up session with a Bobbi Brown makeup artist several years ago and it was definitely worth it.

          • MilaXX

            a lot of the makeup counter offer them. It’s a good way to learn the basics.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Most definitely. I still use some Bobbi Brown products but mix in the drugstore brands, too.

        • MilaXX

          Once you get the basics you can work with both high end and low end. I do a mix of both. FYI – NYX is a *really* good drug store brand.

          • Chaiaiai

            Yes! NYX is Smashbox’s “off label”.

  • ejsesqueer

    Baby January Jones Bitchface in the house!

  • jorinde

    if they ever will make a Björk biopic, she should play her.

  • Denise Rambo

    That COAT!!! Oh my …

  • Samantha Klein

    Her HAIR. Why doesn’t my hair look like that??? (Rhetorical question. Still.)

  • Kitten Mittons

    This is beautiful. She’s beautiful, the styling is lovely, the clothes are interesting and well-suited to her, and the quotes are not eye-roll inducing. I’ll take it!

  • hughman

    Gagging over all the Valentino. So “Rosemary’s Baby”.

  • Anna

    That’s the first time I’ve really liked that Valentino colour-blocked dress. And I love the overall mod/’60s vibe.

  • alyce1213

    These are absolutely stunning shots of Mia, especially the one in the black turtleneck. Great styling, makeup and photography. I love the clothes — she’s pulling off even the very editorial red quilt Dior.
    I frequently complain about vacant eyes. Hers — they’re alive! There’s someone home in there.

  • MilaXX

    I really like these. The appear to capture her personality and it looks like whoever was in charge managed to show some restraint with the photoshopping.

  • Sam Smith

    Great photos, although I don’t care for the belly on the cover, seems totally random.

  • Nicole


  • FibonacciSequins

    Photos and quotes are both top-drawer! (clenching my teeth and channeling Gloria Upson)

  • nannypoo

    She looks very pretty and sounds smart and interesting. Love the clothes, except for the big red bedspread.

  • Tricia Rose

    I’ve never seen anyone be able to pull off comforter with fierceness! She is positively breathtaking!

  • Julie Chase

    I love her face, such gorgeous bone structure! That Valentino is impeccable.

  • kimmeister

    This is how Claire Danes has always wanted to look as a blonde, but hasn’t achieved.

    I would love the Valentino more if the waist seam didn’t look so wonky.

  • Freynika

    I love the Valentinos, but not either of the other ones. I don’t care much for the cover shot and the weird things the dress does to her body. I love the cleanness and preppiness of the Valentinos.

  • Corinne Bourgoin

    I’m getting Claire Danes in the Valentino, and Ellen Barkin in the Dior. Both in a great, chameleon like, transformational way since she still looks like her gorgeous self.

  • Tricia

    I’m so smitten with her. She gives some serious face. I love the cover and the second pic.

  • Gatto Nero

    She looks gorgeous. (Very attractively feline on the cover.) Love her in all the clothes, even the eccentric Dior. Well done.

  • KT

    GORGEOUS. This is the best she’s ever looked, hands down. Excellent hair and makeup, great clothes, and she’s giving primo face, too. Love it all.

  • Aidan B

    Damn. She looks fantastic!

  • demidaemon

    Well, the Dior pretty much died on the runway, on her, and on film, but that’s no surprise really. Loving everything else here (including the soundbites).

  • Sophie

    Beautiful face, especially in the Christian Dior photo. And I like the Valentino, as well as the smaller heels she’s wearing in that picture. She looks fantastic.

  • SewingSiren

    She does weird and cute really well. And there is some of both here. The quilted house coat is looking really good to me just now. I was stung by wasps yesterday when I was sweeping my front porch and my wrist is about 1-1/2″ bigger around than it usually is today. I’d like to seat on the couch wearing that thing with the a/c on full blast and have someone bring me gin martini’s until I either pass out or stop itching.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      And that someone bringing you the gin martinis should be a Gaga’s Hot Ginger Handler, or his equivalent.

      • SewingSiren

        In the nude.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Bien entendu!

  • smh4748

    Wow, she’s got some GORGEOUS face going in these photos. It’s hard to believe she played a literal Plain Jane in Jane Eyre, because she’s so stunning here. Some of the dresses are fug (like that cheap bedspread thing), but the last outfit and the second outfit are absolutely things she should wear.

  • evave2

    I like the two Valentinos but the Dior is whackadoodle. I remember when you posted the Dior show that I thought it was wackadoodle.

  • SophieCollier

    So pretty! It took three different viewings before I noticed she has no eyebrows.

  • ellisd123

    I have adored her since In Treatment, season 1. I’m squeeing that this is making me adore her even more. She looks fabulous here!

  • understateddiva

    Anyone else seeing Kate Moss in the cover shot?

  • Little_Olive

    Wearing clothes like nobody’s business. While variating face expressions. With her mouth shut.

    I wast’t expecting to love it, but I really do.

  • frannyprof

    These pics are giving me life!

  • msdamselfly

    Love her

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    Wow, she looks fantastic here, such beautiful bone structure. I love that they styled her hair differently for each shot.

  • flamingoNW

    Best I’ve seen her

  • quiltrx

    She looks terrific, and she gives great soundbite. I liked her as Alice, and she keeps giving me reasons to like her. Great editorial.

  • GemFemme

    I just watched her in Jane Eyre with Michael Fassbender as Mr. Rochester. She was wonderful in it. She’s got her own unique vibe. It makes her stand out among all the pretty young things of Hollywood.

    • TwiddlyStun

      I always think of that movie (rather than Alice) when I see her. It’s a weird story and hard to bring to life, but I love that version for helping me to understand Jane better.

  • http://stylishsass.blogspot.com/ TAKippy

    This is some Betty Draper realness.

  • Pudgy Possum

    A good cover makes you look at an actor/actress in a fresh perspective. Thanks, Elle Canada!

  • carpediva

    For me she’s giving off a strong Claire Danes vibe. Like they were sisters, but Mia got to go to school abroad in Paris.

  • Shannon Long

    Gosh, she looks stunning. Her hair is perfect.

  • livesarah

    That old quilt repurposed as a Dior dress is real laugh-out-loud material.

  • NinjaCate

    January Jones bitchface™ in that red dress. Damn. I love it.

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  • ktr33

    Agree re the Valentino. She looks incredibly chic and sophisticated. I like this young lady!

  • Bonnie Blue

    I really like this girl. I think she looks great, love both Valentinos on her. The styling is really good.

  • Scott Cooper

    Looks like Blanchett has someone to pass the mantle to.

  • RussellH88

    Tilda and Cate better watch out. She is the next Supreme.

  • merciblahblah

    CHEEKBONES. I’m so jealous.

  • decormaven

    Joining the chorus. That second shot- gorgeous in every way.

  • crash1212

    Girl, that IS your hairstyle. I think she’s grown into her looks – as my mother would say. These are gorgeous and she’s wearing the hell out of those clothes.

  • fananafanafophalec

    deeply impressed by her ability to make that duvet pregnancy smock work

  • http://www.readbarbara.com/ ReadBarbara

    Stunning in the pictures and words. The world needs more Mias (perhaps we could trade in a few spare Kardashians?)

    • Kikishua

      I think you’d need at least 648 Kardashians to equal a Mia. And I REALLY don’t want to imagine that.

  • MoHub

    I don’t know whether I’ll be dodging rotten tomatoes, but I am blown away by the red quilted Dior. It may not be everyday practical, but it’s stunning and conceptual and totally moves me.

    • moxie_lady

      I’m in total agreement!

  • Pablo

    The next time someone says turtlenecks are fuggly I’m gonna show them that Valentino. Super cool.

  • Lauren Frankel

    I NEED that last Valentino look.

  • Julie Parr

    The bob looks fantastic on her. It looks so good that it makes me want to get my hair cut, which I have been growing for years. No, I must tell myself. I do not look like Mia Wasikowska. A bob will not look like that on me. And, the skirt paired with the black turtleneck – amazing. I love it all.

  • http://www.momforless.com/ Crystal

    Love the Dior. Hate the shot where her hair is giving her a mustache.

  • Michelle Lim

    The styling’s a winner here. And yes, these structural editorial looks can totally work for her in real life. Like Cate Blanchett.

  • Lisa

    Love the Valentino.

  • deech_sea

    I love the Dior! I just recently watched her in both Jane Eyre and In Treatment. I think she’s wonderful. Also, I have a huge crush on Gabriel Byrne.

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