Taking center stage in Vogue US’ Summer 2023 issue is the Greta Gerwig–directed ”Barbie” star Margot Robbie, captured brilliantly by photographer Ethan James Green. Robbie illuminates the cover in an enchanting Versace ensemble. Her spellbinding smile, paired with the magnificent Chopard Haute Joaillerie earring, brings a dazzling aura to the shoot.
For the cover story, fashion editor Gabriella Karefa-Johnson masterfully curates an array of awe-inspiring designs from renowned labels like Valentino Haute Couture, Maison Margiela, Proenza Schouler, Carolina Herrera, Marni, Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello, Miu Miu, Fleur du Mal, Bottega Veneta, Marc Jacobs, Christopher John Rogers and Chanel Haute Couture. With hair styled by Shay Ashual and make-up by Pati Dubroff, Robbie’s beauty shines through. The impeccable set design by Julia Wagner and production by Holly Gore from Rosco Production bring an enchanting backdrop to the captivating visuals.
In an exclusive interview with Vogue, Margot Robbie opens up about her role in the highly anticipated live-action Barbie movie, set to release in July 2023. Robbie, who also serves as a producer on the project, shares her unique perspective on the iconic doll, her childhood experiences, and the challenges she faced in bringing Barbie to life on the silver screen.
Robbie admits that she wasn’t a Barbie fanatic growing up, and her decision to produce and star in a Barbie movie wasn’t driven by a childhood dream of playing the character. Instead, she saw the potential in the globally recognized Barbie brand and was intrigued by the challenge of developing a project that would honor Barbie’s 60-year legacy while also acknowledging the criticisms and controversies associated with the doll.
The actress also reveals that she didn’t envision herself in the role of Barbie until years into developing the project. She describes her approach to the character as “counterintuitive“, emphasizing that she wanted to avoid portraying Barbie as a conventional blonde bombshell.
Robbie’s portrayal of Barbie is influenced by her belief that the character is sexualized but should never be sexy. She explains, “Yes, she can wear a short skirt, but because it’s fun and pink. Not because she wanted you to see her butt“.
The interview also provides a glimpse into the collaborative process behind the movie. Robbie’s production company, LuckyChap, worked closely with writer-director Greta Gerwig and her partner, Noah Baumbach. Robbie praises Gerwig and Baumbach’s creative freedom, noting that their script was “so genius” that she initially feared they wouldn’t be able to make the movie.
In the end, Robbie’s dedication to the project and her nuanced understanding of the Barbie character promise to deliver a unique and thought-provoking interpretation of the iconic doll. As she puts it, “This is going to sound stupid, but I really didn’t even think about playing Barbie until years into developing the project“.