Less than a day after we (lightly!) poked fun at Kristen Stewart’s penchant for awkwardly pairing sneakers with formal dresses at red carpet events, here she is looking more gorgeous and feminine than we ever expected to see her.
The Twilight star’s first solo Vanity Fair cover and the accompanying story are basically a big eff you to critics–not of her films–but of her appearance. While we doubt anyone would call her ugly (well, people probably would, but that’s ridiculous), she catches a lot of flack for her tendency to look a little awkward and, at times, miserable, in photographs. We’ve been guilty of such critiquing ourselves. If even yesterday you had told us that Kristen Stewart could pose in glammed-up dress while holding a puppy without looking awkward, we wouldn’t have believed you. And if these Mario Testino-shot photographs of her clad in couture and dripping with diamonds aren’t enough to prove she isn’t sullen and graceless 100% of the time…well, she doesn’t really give a shit. She tells Vanity Fair‘s Ingrid Sischy:
I have been criticized a lot for not looking perfect in every photograph. I get some serious shit about it. I’m not embarrassed about it. I’m proud of it. If I took perfect pictures all the time, the people standing in the room with me, or on the carpet, would think, What an actress! What a faker! That thought embarrasses me so much that I look like shit in half my photos, and I don’t give a fuck. What matters to me is that the people in the room leave and say, ‘She was cool. She had a good time. She was honest.’ I don’t care about the voracious, starving shit eaters who want to turn truth into shit. Not that you can say that in Vanity Fair!
Robert Pattinson sweetly comes to her defense as well. How Edward Cullen of him: “People have decided how they are going to perceive her,” he tells VF of Stewart. “No matter how many times she smiles, they’ll put in the one picture where she’s not smiling.”
Fair enough. In an accompanying behind the scenes video from the gorgeous shoot (which you can watch below), she says that “doing a photoshoot that has a story is so much easier,” so perhaps she was able to avoid looking like this because she thought of it as acting? She also poses with Karl Lagerfeld at one point and says of the experience, “It was the first time I had an actual conversation with him. He’s incredibly sweet. It felt like such an important moment in my life. It was very cool.” We wonder what they talked about. Maybe that time she gave him the finger?
Click through to watch the video and to see more images from the shoot. Are you as impressed as we are?
Photos: Mario Testino/Vanity Fair