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Oscar-winning actor Nicole Kidman caught the Internet’s attention this week with a new shoot for Perfect Magazine.
Kidman, who turned 55 this summer, flexes her impossibly sculpted triceps on the magazine’s cover — a cascade of red hair falling over one shoulder with a section cropped bluntly at her chin. Not a power suit or black turtleneck in sight: Kidman is styled in pieces from fashion brand Diesel’s Autumn-Winter 2022 collection, which debuted at Milan Fashion Week this February — a highly praised array replete with Y2K-inspired trucker hats, denim trench coats and the buzzy belt-skirt Kidman wears.
The actor wore head-to-toe Diesel for the first cover. Photography by Zhong Lin, styling by Robbie Spencer and creative direction by Katie Grand. Credit: Zhong Lin
It’s all in celebration of a new accolade bestowed on her by the magazine. Dubbed as its “Perfect Icon” — one of 23 new awards launched in an attempt to spotlight industry talent across the board — Kidman is praised for her unrelenting curiosity and versatility.
“I make my decisions the way a teenager would,” she said in an accompanying interview. “Not playing out the consequences. I approach things like, ‘I want to do this, I’m gonna try it. It’s had its ups and downs. It actually makes for a really tumultuous career — which I’m into.”
Kidman won the “Perfect Icon” award recently launched by the magazine. Photography by Zhong Lin, styling by Robbie Spencer and creative direction by Katie Grand. Credit: Zhong Lin
During Paris Haute Couture Week in July, Kidman joined Bella Hadid, Kim Kardashian and Dua Lipa on the runway to model for Balenciaga.
Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman on the red carpet for the 69th Academy Awards in 1997. Credit: Vnice Bucci/AFP/Getty
Deeply intertwined with narrow beauty standards, fashion is often considered a young person’s game — with the expectations on what to wear growing evermore restrictive as you age. But Kidman said for her, fun takes priority over fitting in. “As I always say, ‘I’m gonna do what I want to do,'” she told Perfect. “That’s probably why I click with photographers, as I’m not here to stamp myself on you, but rather you stamp yourself on me and for us to grow together. Let’s play!”