“Captain Marvel” Star Gemma Chan Covers Allure’s April Issue

Posted on March 19, 2019

“Captain Marvel” star Gemma Chan covers the April 2019 issue of Allure magazine photographed by Paola Kudacki and styled by Karen Kaiser.

 

 

 

 

On Internet trolls who took issue with her playing Queen Elizabeth’s confidante, Bess of Hardwick, in the period piece Mary Queen of Scots because she isn’t white: “Why are actors of color, who have fewer opportunities anyway, only allowed to play their own race? And sometimes they’re not even allowed to play their own race,” Chan says. “In the past, the role would be given to a white actor who would tape up their eyes and do the role in yellowface. John Wayne played Genghis Khan. If John Wayne can play Genghis Khan, I can play Bess of Hardwick.”

On ending whitewashing: “If we portray a pure white past, people start to believe that’s how it was, and that’s not how it was. If people understood that, my parents might not have been told, ‘Go home, go back to where you came from’ multiple times.”

On representation: “I love opening up a magazine and seeing a whole mixture of body types, gray hair, dark skin, wrinkles — we’re saying that we find these things beautiful.”

 

Style Credits:
Cover: Tom Ford Dress from the Spring 2019 Collection | Faris Ring on Alighieri Earring | Ellery Earring
First Image: Valentino Dress from the Spring 2019 Collection | Oscar de la Renta Rings | Dries Van Noten Ring
Second Image: Hillier Hartley Top from the Resort 2019 Collection

Hair: Kevin Ryan
Makeup: James Kaliardos
Manicure: Casey Herman

[Photo Credit: Paola Kudacki/Allure Magazine]

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