Nicole Kidman appears on Vanity Fair like a ‘naughty schoolgirl’, the response was not what editors hoped for

In a post-“Me Too” world, in an age bursting with female empowerment, maybe dressing up a 54-year-old accomplished actress in a naughty schoolgirl outfit isn’t the brightest of moves–even if the “schoolgirl” is the undeniably gorgeous Nicole Kidman.

That’s the harsh lesson Vanity Fair is learning after unveiling on Instagram its bizarre concept for its 28th annual Hollywood cover issue.

“Presenting our 28th annual Hollywood issue, starring Academy Award nominee Nicole Kidman,” Vanity Fair announced. “The ‘Being the Ricardos’ star has held the keys to Hollywood for decades, and her latest role as Lucille Ball clinched her a fifth Oscar nomination. Still, after 40 years of acting in more than 80 film and TV projects, Kidman says she approaches each role like she is fresh out of theater class.”

See what they did there? A Miu Miu-styled schoolgirl fresh out of theater class?

Well, it appears the idea wasn’t nearly as clever as Vanity Fair thought.

People immediately took to social media to scratch their virtual heads and bash the magazine for infantilizing an elegant, respected, adult artist.

At issue for many is the apparent liberal use of Photoshop, which makes Kidman look more like an anime creation than an award-winning professional.

“Nicole has a great body, and that’s not her body,” tweeted one user. “Her shape is not like that at all. Why they have to Photoshop?”

“‘How much touching up do you want to do?'” another user asked. “Vanity Fair: Yes.”

“This is like someone has tried to paint a copyright-free Nicole Kidman on the side on an ice cream van,” tweeted journalist Stuart Heritage.

For other critics, the problem is the Miu Miu outfit, with one user saying, “THIS SKIRT NEEDS TO GO.”

And, as other sharp-eyed Twitter users pointed out, the look isn’t exactly new. Zendaya already did it.

Skirt and touchups aside, the bigger issue is the message Vanity Fair is sending.

“Talk to me about the @VanityFair cover that features an infantilised Nicole Kidman – why would they put an accomplished actor & strikingly beautiful 54-year-old woman in a midriff, a micro mini & school girl outfit. Am I missing something?” asked a user by the name of “nicolacoop.”

No, you aren’t missing a thing.

“I agree,” replied another user. “She is an icon and although she has amazing abs and legs (clearly works on her phsique!) she didn’t need to go for this look. She’d look great in something slightly avant-garde and high fashion. This is too ‘teen vogue.'”

“She is beautiful, talented & powerful. I just don’t understand why they would literally ‘strip’ that away for her to represent a coquettish school girl, it’s just weird,” Nicolacoop stated.

“It is the Hollywood edition but how did they get to that? It’s weird & the clip is even weirder,” she added.

Yes, yes it is.

As another user tweeted: “I see what they were trying to do but sadly it just didn’t happen.”




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