Margot Robbie’s cover for Vanity Fair’s August issue has been criticized for being “sexist” and “creepy.”
According to Us Magazine, journalist Rich Cohen focuses on the actress’ looks in a way that disturbs readers. His emphasis on her physical features ventures into near-obsessive territory.
“She is 26 and beautiful, not in that otherworldly, catwalk way but in a minor knock-around key, a blue mood, a slow dance. She is blonde but dark at the roots. She is tall but only with the help of certain shoes. She can be sexy and composed even while naked but only in character.”
At one point, Cohen appears to allude to the fact that he was admiring Robbie in a sexual manner as they did the interview.
“We sat for a moment in silence. She was thinking of something; I was thinking of something else,” he writes in the story.
Some Australian readers weren’t too pleased about Cohen’s description of Robbie’s home country, either. He refers to Australians as “throwback people” and the nation as “sunny and slow,” prompting semi-joking comparisons of his research methods to an episode of The Simpsons.
Vanity Fair readers took to social media to express their disapproval of Cohen’s piece, and none of them held back on their feelings.
Magazine profiles of famous people, actors especially, are almost uniformly awful. No surprise Vanity Fair whiffed on Margot Robbie.— John L. Pitts (@JohnLPitts) July 7, 2016
I read parts of the vanity fair profile on margot robbie I can not believe this made it to print— dania (@cblanchetts) July 7, 2016
Words fail me.. 100% Ignorant - A breakdown of that terrible Vanity Fair article about Margot Robbie | SBS Comedy https://t.co/wXC7ZInZ0j— Sue z q (@fountainclown) July 7, 2016
Rich Cohen sounds like the stereotypical creepy uncle you see once a year throughout the Margot Robbie Vanity Fair piece.— Lydia Snapper (@bendandSNAPPER) July 7, 2016
EXCLUSIVE: Photo of Vanity Fair writer doing research on Australia pic.twitter.com/8MO87yB1wx— Petra Starke (@petstarr) July 6, 2016
Did the author of Vanity Fair's Margot Robbie article watch The Simpsons Australia episode and think it was a documentary?— Michael Byrnes (@MichaelByrnes) July 6, 2016
Juxtapose Robbie’s cover for Vanity Fair with another cover done on the actress in April of last year for Harper’s Bazaar UK. The writer acknowledges Margot Robbie’s stunning beauty in a more tasteful manner than Cohen does, without lingering on it and implying it’s what’s most important about the star.
“One doesn’t have to be a professional casting director to recognise that Robbie is as perfect a specimen of young womanhood as a film-maker could hope to find. With her honeyed skin, her mega-watt eyes and her widescreen smile, it’s almost as if she’d arrived pre-CGI’d, a Disney princess sprung to life. Were the makers of Frozen ever to consider a live-action version of their animated phenomenon (as if they aren’t already), they could do worse than cast Robbie as Elsa, the vanilla-haired ice queen, so uniform are her features, so uncomplicated is her appeal.
“As a lunch date Robbie is equally fit for purpose. She’s sunny, lively, unpretentious – in a word, Australian – and obviously determined to extract the maximum enjoyment from any situation. But she’s no pushover: as will become clear, Robbie is also driven, dedicated and resolute. There is grit behind the grin.”
Robbie has continued to solidify her stardom in Hollywood since the HB cover story, and even Vanity Fair’s questionable coverage can’t diminish that.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Margot Robbie stars in DC Comics’ Suicide Squad about an aptly-named group of super-villains recruited to complete a mission together. The 26-year-old will play Harley Quinn, the Joker’s equally dysfunctional and insane other half.
“She loves causing mayhem and destruction. She’s incredibly devoted to The Joker. They have a dysfunctional relationship, but she loves him anyway,” Robbie described Harley to NME recently.
Robbie stars alongside Will Smith, Viola Davis, and Ben Affleck in the David Ayer-directed film (known for writing The Fast and the Furious and Training Day). The highly-anticipated Suicide Squad hits theaters nationwide on August 5, 2016.
Margot Robbie also stars in an adaptation of one of Disney’s greatest movies, The Legend of Tarzan, playing Jane Porter to Alexander Skarsgard’s Tarzan.
During an interview with the New York Daily News, Robbie described how determined she was to ensure Jane wasn’t just a damsel in distress.
“For the purpose of the plot, I needed to be held captive and used for bait for Christoph Waltz’s villain to get his hands on Tarzan. But (director) David Yates and I spoke at length that even when she is tied up or shackled or being held captive, she’s always going to be fighting her way out of it — not just physically, but also with these mind games going on between (Jane and Waltz’s Captain Rom),” she explained.
The Legend of Tarzan opened earlier this month.
Despite Margot Robbie’s cover for Vanity Fair, she is clearly much more than that representation.
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