I think it might have been Lost in Translation that made me fall in love with Scarlett Johansson. She was gorgeous, yes, but she had a range of emotions as well as a lyrical grace. She knew the power of nuance. She reminded me of the Goddess Pelé, a volcanic being whose calm exterior belies her smoking interior. She’s lava in lipstick.
And she’s going to be Black Widow in Iron Man II! I am so happy! Especially after Entertainment Weekly featured her on the cover (and inside the issue)! I think her costume is well designed, but then it’s hard to get a black bodysuit wrong. The wrist bracelets are a tad small, but designed well. We can’t see her belt to judge whether she has the Black Widow hourglass symbol yet, but here’s hoping! As for the girl curls, at first I was a bit taken aback, because I think they add a youthful (almost teenager) dimension to the look which is hard to reconcile with my idea of Natasha (I think curls would be too much maintenance for her), but it’s still pretty. At least they didn’t recreate the short cut she sometimes sports in the comics. That would have been too severe a look for my taste.
Scarlett is also featured in the new issue of fashion magazine W in a Dolce & Gabanna ad that is very Marilyn Monroe inspired (not that you needed to be told that). The picture above is almost like the one in the magazine, but Scarlett is looking more at the viewer instead of to the side and the background is a leopard print instead of white silk. I actually prefer the print version quite a bit more. I came across the one above while looking for a copy of the print ad online and did not find it. This one is lovely as well. There’s more pictures from this promotional shoot at Fashion Week Daily. And you might want to peruse some of Steven Klein’s photography while on W magazine’s site. There’s some gorgeous work there and one shoot actually features the designers Dolce & Gabbana that is simply stunning.