A decade has passed since Kate Winslet last graced the cover of Vogue US, and now she returns for the October 2023 issue. This reappearance aligns with her role as Lee Miller, the former Vogue photojournalist, in the forthcoming biopic “Lee.”
The cover shoot, captured by photographer Annie Leibovitz, unfolded at Farleys – the historic home of Miller and Roland Penrose in Sussex, England. In the captivating cover image, Kate is seen in a geometric print attire and shoe from Prada’s Fall/Winter 2023 collection, complemented by a Van Cleef & Arpels bracelet.
The cover story unveils Kate, styled by Tabitha Simmons, wearing creations by Stella McCartney, Paige, Emilia Wickstead, John Smedley, Erdem, Loro Piana and Louis Vuitton. Ivana Primorac and Lisa Eldridge are the masterminds behind the hair and make-up artistry, respectively. Mary Howard orchestrated the set design, breathing life into the ambiance, while AL Studio led the production.
Four months post clinching a BAFTA for her stellar act in the television film “I Am Ruth,” Kate Winslet emerges in yet another compelling role. This time, she breathes life into the character of Elizabeth “Lee” Miller, a renowned photographer and journalist, in the cinematic masterpiece, “Lee.”
In this Ellen Kuras-directed drama, not only does Winslet deliver a captivating performance as the famed model turned war correspondent, but she also dons the hat of a co-producer. Speaking to Vogue’s Wendell Steavenson prior to the SAG-AFTRA strike, Winslet described the journey to bring “Lee” to life as an “extraordinary battle”.
Winslet’s journey in the film industry is marked by her resilience and refusal to conform to societal expectations. She embodies characters with a raw authenticity, a trait evident in her portrayal of Miller. The film “Lee” unveils the layers of Miller’s life, from her artistic endeavors in the surrealistic realms of 1930s Paris to the haunting images captured during the war.
Winslet’s meticulous approach to her roles is underscored by her extensive preparation for “Lee.” She immersed herself in Miller’s diaries and letters, ensuring an accurate and heartfelt representation. The film, a culmination of eight years of persistent effort, focuses on Miller’s professional journey, steering clear of the clichéd focus on her personal relationships and beauty.