To define actress and performance artist Tilda Swinton is an impossible and futile task—though that doesn’t mean we don’t love trying. A magical elf priestess arrived from a magical land created by C.S. Lewis, Swinton can be whoever and whatever the occasion calls for: An alien goddess, a neoclassic absurdist, a mysterious pagan queen, a terrifying corporate mogul, a gender nonconformist fashion icon, and so very much more. Tilda is large, she contains multitudes.
Between dancing with the absurd and delighting in the bizarre, Swinton takes time out to make us all rethink the meaning of fashion, expression, and gender. She’s a beacon of creativity, uniqueness, and self-expression in a world of fillers and clones—a powerful ball of odd, unpredictable energy.
In saying all this, there is really only one way to describe the glory that is Tilda Swinton: She’s highly Tilda and just very…Swintony.
Here we’ll explore our favorite Tilda Swinton moments.