Timothee ChalametThis is a game-changer. The actor was the first man to grace the cover for British Vogue — all by himself.
The fashion publication’s editor-in-chief, Edward EnninfuIn a letter published Thursday, September 15, l, revealed the October 2022 issue. “For the first time in British Vogue‘s 106-year history, this month a man is flying solo on our cover,” Enninful, 50, wrote. (While men have been on the front cover of British Vogue in the past, they’ve been accompanied by models and actresses.)
The cover features the 26 year-old DuneThe star is seen in a stunning pose with his signature full-length curls. The New York native complemented his crown by a pearl necklace, and a Louis Vuitton blazer with an embossed design. In the issue, Chalamet sported streaky pink hair and teamed it with leather pants and a fringe vest by Balmain. Another shot shows the movie star sporting a Gucci crop top and a mullet.
Speaking on his decision to put Chalamet on the cover solo, Enninful explained that he wanted to break free from “tired old gender boxes.”
“I always held off from a man-only print magazine cover,” he wrote. “Forever conscious of Vogue being a space that celebrates women first, I didn’t want it to be a stunt or a statement. I wondered if men need more places to shine on their own. The answer is no. Yet, in turn, it increasingly felt to me that there was something at best old-fashioned, at worst dangerously retro, about these tired old gender boxes.”
He continued: “Fashion doesn’t always work that way – is every last piece in your wardrobe strictly designed for the gender with which you identify? I doubt it. Sex and fashion these days is no longer about va-va-voom dressing, it’s about expression and personal ease. It’s about politics and playfulness. It’s about dressing to make yourself feel good.”
With that message in mind, the Ghana native said he realized: “Perhaps I was waiting for the right man.”
“Certainly, I was waiting for us all to evolve a little further, for the moment to feel right, to have it feel like less of a ‘thing.’I wanted it to feel effortless. And then, one day, it… did,” Enninful wrote.
He went on to praise Chalamet as not only a “modern” man and an incredible actor, but also a person with a “feverishly followed fashion persona.”
True to Enninful’s point, Chalamet made the 2022 Venice Film Festival his own personal runway, attending the premiere of his new film, Bones, AllWearing a silky red halter and matching trousers made by Haider Ackerman, Fans were impressed by the bold ensemble. tweeting: “Please take a moment to pause and appreciate what Timothee Chalamet does for the people. Damn. He’s been missed on a carpet.”
In his interview with British VogueThe Little WomenThe actor spoke candidly about the movie and his busy career. (Bones and All, which will officially hit theaters in November, stars the coming-of-age romantic horror movie that also stars Taylor Russell.)
“I had a delusional dream in my early teenage years to have, in my late teenager years, an acting career,” Chalamet told British Vogue. “And in my late teenage years, working on Homeland and starting to do theatre in New York, I felt like I reduced my goal to something more realistic, which was to work in theatre and hopefully make enough money doing either a TV show or something I could sustain myself [with].”
He added: “And then it felt like every dream came true, exponentially. And then life is moving at six million miles per hour.”
The complete feature can be found in the October issue British VogueDigital download available. Also available on newsstands Tuesday, September 20, 2018.