Nicole Kidman was very on board with all the fashion choices for — because she pushed for them herself.
With red Mill director Baz Luhrmann for Australia vogue, the Oscar-winning actress opened up about the controversial look, which featured her in a Miu Miu ensemble that included a black and white mini skirt and matching bralette top. At the time, Kidman was promoting his film Be the Ricardosin which she played comedy legend Lucille Ball.
While Luhrman, who also directed Kidman in the film Australia, said he “loved” the look, Kidman acknowledged the controversy surrounding the cover. However, she said she was completely in control of what she wore that day.
She recalled, “I showed up and they had another outfit for me and I was like, ‘No, no, I like this one! Am I allowed to wear this? And [the stylist] Katie Grand, who is just fantastic, was on Zoom, and Katie was like, “Are you ready to wear this?!” And I said, ‘Wear it?! I’m begging you, wear it!”
While she said she walked away wondering if what she was wearing was “ridiculous”, she ultimately decided she didn’t care.
“Because you know that part of me where I’m like, ‘I’m just gonna do what I want to do, eventually!’ And just have fun,” she continued. “And engage, like really engage when I show up, do it. But it has to be fun. And sometimes it’s gonna work, and sometimes it doesn’t work, but I like the idea of being bold and not fitting into a box.
Kidman said she felt the same way about accepting Ball’s role. In 2021, she explained why she decided to delve into the biographical film, written and directed by Aaron Sorkin.
“I was like, ‘Oh my God, what an amazing gift of a role and an opportunity.’ And then it was like I had to climb the mountain and be like, ‘Am I really going to be able to climb it? So that was kind of what I was struggling with,'” Kidman told the “And then I kind of started to absorb her and watch her and fall madly in love with her and her talent and what she was capable of doing.”
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