COVERGIRL: "BREAK THE MOLD" TESSA THOMPSON FOR NET-A-PORTER MAGAZINE

COVERGIRL: "BREAK THE MOLD" TESSA THOMPSON FOR NET-A-PORTER MAGAZINE

Photo Credit: Nagi Sakai

Styling: Catherine Newell-Hanson

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TESSA THOMPSON

Dress Paco Rabanne; briefs Baserange

Brief excerpt from cover story:

Tessa Thompson’s nails are not her own. They belong to Bianca, her singer-songwriter alter-ego in the film Creed II, she explains, as she waggles the extravagant, pink-polished talons at me from across the table. She wrapped filming on the follow-up to 2015’s Creed yesterday, in Philadelphia. “I can’t do anything with them on, and I break them constantly,” she says. “But Bianca’s fairly close to me. She enjoys solitude, has dreams of making a mark, and she’s somebody that is cautious with her heart.” Thompson looks down at her hands. “So it’s nice to have something that’s very unlike me, as a physical transformation and anchor into her.”

After almost a decade of roles in smart but relatively small films such as For Colored Girls and Dear White People, last year Thompson, 34, was catapulted into the mainstream. On the small screen, in HBO’s big-budget drama Westworld, she plays executive villain Charlotte Hale – “A proxy for corporate greed and the ways in which corporations can totally dehumanize folks” – at the mysterious theme park, where the androids have gained sentience and are going rogue. And on the big screen, in Thor: Ragnarok, she subverted superhero stereotypes as Valkyrie – her iteration of the traditionally white, blond Norse goddess is mixed race and bisexual.

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Dress Cecilie Bahnsen

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Blazer Christopher Kane; pants JW Anderson; sneakers Nike; earring (sold as pair) Laura Lombardi

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Dress Cecilie Bahnsen; pants Iro; bra Baserange; earring (sold as pair) Laura Lombard

Janelle and I love each other DEEPLY. We’re so close, we vibrate on the same FREQUENCY. If people want to SPECULATE about what we are, it doesn’t bother me. ~TESSA THOMPSON
— Net-a-Porter
    Top A.W.A.K.E.; pants Maison Margiela; earring ( sold as pair ) Laura Lombardi

 

Top A.W.A.K.E.; pants Maison Margiela; earring (sold as pair) Laura Lombardi

COVERGIRL: BODY &  SOUL ANGELA BASSETT ELECTRIFY NET-A-PORTER COVER FEATURE

COVERGIRL: BODY & SOUL ANGELA BASSETT ELECTRIFY NET-A-PORTER COVER FEATURE

COVERGIRL: JANELLE MONAE "LOVING OPENLY" ALLURE MAGAZINE'S (FREEDOM ISSUE) JULY 2018

COVERGIRL: JANELLE MONAE "LOVING OPENLY" ALLURE MAGAZINE'S (FREEDOM ISSUE) JULY 2018

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