Making the magazine rounds right now is Michelle Williams, who is staring in the upcoming biopic My Week With Marilyn (Check out my earlier Marilyn Monroe post here). I love Michelle’s ability to bring her characters to life by infusing them with both strengths and vulnerabilities. This balance makes her a captivating artist.
As she has been promoting the film, I was not surprised to see Michelle Williams on the US Vogue October 2011 cover, channeling the blonde bombshell. Michelle looks gorgeous; every bit the sex symbol.
And while that cover is striking, it is the December issue of Elle UK that has left me awed. In the photo there is no trace of Marilyn. The hair, the jewels, the lips and the cleavage are all gone. In their place is a stunningly angelic Michelle Williams. The photo is fresh and unadorned.
Clearly Michelle Williams is able to move successfully between vixen and innocent. The extreme contrast between the images captures how important styling is and how it can be used to create completely different images. This isn’t true only for magazine covers! Both sexy and sweet are options.
It is an empowering realization. As individuals, we have the ability to decide what image to project. Whether it is an extension of who we are on the inside, or even a case of playing dress up. We are not limited. It is a choice to be made.
How about you—are you more Marilyn or Michelle? Or do you prefer to move between the two?