Maïwenn in Chanel on Elle France May 4th, 2023 by Claudia Knoepfel

Maïwenn in Chanel on Elle France May 4th, 2023 by Claudia Knoepfel

May 4, 2023
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Acclaimed actress and filmmaker Maïwenn Le Besco, known mononymously as Maïwenn, captivates readers as the cover star of Elle France’s May 4th, 2023 issue. Photographed by Claudia Knoepfel, the cover showcases Maïwenn in a sophisticated yet casual ensemble from Chanel, featuring a vest and tank top that exude a modern elegance.

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Inside the magazine, stylist Margaux Dague continues the Chanel theme, dressing the ”Jeanne du Barry” actress and director in a variety of the French fashion house’s latest designs, paired with jewelry from Bvlgari. The result is a chic and alluring aesthetic that reflects the actress-director’s unique style and personality.

Maïwenn in Chanel on Elle France May 4th, 2023 by Claudia Knoepfel

The hair styling is the work of Perrine Rougemont, with make-up by Angloma and manicure by Christina Conrad, showcasing Maïwenn’s stunning beauty and style.

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Maïwenn tackles the life of Jeanne Du Barry, the last favorite of King Louis XV, in her latest period drama. The film, which stars Johnny Depp as Louis XV, delivers a unique and intimate portrayal of the controversial historical figure, highlighting her determination, impulsiveness, and scandalous nature. This bold interpretation is expected to spark lively debate at the Cannes Film Festival, where the movie is set to open.

Maïwenn in Chanel on Elle France May 4th, 2023 by Claudia Knoepfel

Maïwenn’s interest in Jeanne Du Barry began in 2006, after watching Asia Argento’s portrayal of the character in Sofia Coppola’s “Marie-Antoinette“. Despite feeling a sense of illegitimacy and inferiority, Maïwenn ultimately decided to embrace these feelings and bring them to the forefront of her film. The director admitted to feeling a connection to Du Barry’s desire for recognition and validation from her peers and the elite.

The filmmaker took inspiration from other period dramas such as “Barry Lyndon” by Stanley Kubrick and “La Mort de Louis XIV” by Albert Serra. However, she struggled with balancing historical accuracy and her own artistic vision. Ultimately, Maïwenn chose to focus on Du Barry’s tumultuous relationship with Louis XV, which led to her tragic downfall.

Maïwenn in Chanel on Elle France May 4th, 2023 by Claudia Knoepfel

In a recent interview with Elle France, Maïwenn discussed the casting of Johnny Depp as Louis XV, stating that it felt like an “evidence” once they met. She also touched on the challenges she faced in directing a period film for the first time, including working with elaborate costumes and a more “academic” approach to filmmaking.

The director further explored Du Barry’s character by emphasizing her authenticity and down-to-earth demeanor. According to Maïwenn, Du Barry brought a sense of naturalness to the court of Versailles, which is depicted in the film.

In addition to Depp, Maïwenn’s son, Diego, makes an appearance as Louis XVI. The director shared her excitement about working with her son, praising his lack of interest in materialism and glamour.

Maïwenn in Chanel on Elle France May 4th, 2023 by Claudia Knoepfel

Addressing the ongoing controversies surrounding Johnny Depp and the Amber Heard case, Maïwenn asserted her admiration for Depp as an actor, stating that her decision to cast him was not influenced by the legal battles.

Maïwenn also expressed her views on feminism and the #MeToo movement, advocating for a more balanced approach that allows for debate and forgiveness.

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