BARBIE Star Margot Robbie is VOGUE’s Summer 2023 Cover Star!

Posted on May 24, 2023

The indomitable Margot Robbie is set to put her spin on the world’s most famous doll this July. But if it seems like the role she was born to play, well, there’s a bit more to the story.

For Vogue’s Summer issue, Robbie opens up about the “Barbie” movie’s winding road to the screen, including how her production company, LuckyChap, finally got the long-discussed project off the ground, and her part in persuading Greta Gerwig to both write it (along with her partner, Noah Baumbach) and direct.


On approaching the production of Barbie: “We of course would want to honor the 60-year legacy that this brand has, but we have to acknowledge that there are a lot of people who aren’t fans of Barbie. And in fact, aren’t just indifferent to Barbie. They actively hate Barbie. And have a real issue with Barbie. We need to find a way to acknowledge that.”

On reading the script for the first time with her husband, Tom Ackerley: “We just looked at each other, pure panic on our faces. We were like, Holy fucking shit. I think the first thing I said to Tom was, This is so genius. It is such a shame that we’re never going to be able to make this movie.”

On the sexualization of Barbie: “I’m like, Okay, she’s a doll. She’s a plastic doll. She doesn’t have organs. If she doesn’t have organs, she doesn’t have reproductive organs. If she doesn’t have reproductive organs, would she even feel sexual desire? No, I don’t think she could. She is sexualized. But she should never be sexy. People can project sex onto her. Yes, she can wear a short skirt, but because it’s fun and pink. Not because she wanted you to see her butt.”

On Gerwig’s advice to Robbie to find her inner Barbie– listening to an episode of This American Life: “I was like, Greta, I need to go on this whole character journey. And Greta was like, Oh, I have a really good podcast for you. You know how you have a voice in your head all the time? This woman, she doesn’t have that voice in her head.”


Writer: Abby Aguirre
Photographer: Ethan James Green
Fashion Editor: Gabriella Karefa-Johnson
Hair: Shay Ashual
Makeup: Pati Dubroff

Vogue’s Summer 2023 issue is available on newsstands nationwide on June 6th.


[Photo Credit: Ethan James Green/Vogue Magazine]

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