Natalie Portman Smells Of Vegan And Dior Fur
NATALIE Portman, star of Black Swan and an all round babe, is the new face of Miss Dior perfume. Nice work. Only, Portman is a vegetarian activist. And she does not use animal products, like fur and leather:
I’m often interrogated about being vegetarian (e.g., “What if you find out that carrots feel pain, too? Then what’ll you eat?”).
She tells InStyle magazine:
One of the things that’s been so nice is that Dior made all of the shoes for me with no animals and no leather or anything because I don’t wear any leather… They remade all my shoes so I can wear Dior shoes without taking lives.
Phew! Good job Dior never stuck her in its fur range. Still, Portman agonised:
“It was definitely a war inside my head for a long time and finally, I was like, we can actually do something very positive with this, especially given the kind of company Dior is, which is truly elegant.”
Smell that, readers? Now that’s a perfume…
“One of the things that’s been so nice is that Dior made all of the shoes for me with no animals and no leather or anything. They remade all of my shoes so I can wear Dior shoes without taking lives.”
One of the reasons the 29-year-old beauty decided to work with Dior was because they share the same ethics as her.
She said: “It was definitely a war inside my head for a long time and finally, I was like, we can actually do something very positive with this, especially given the kind of company Dior is, which is truly elegant.”
You won’t find many diehard fashionistas argue with that. But it must have been quite a feat to convince John Galliano to remake everything with vegan-approved materials, considering what he sent down his runway this year. Let’s just say it’s not the type of company a true vegan would associate with. Especially when the activist in question has compared eating meat to rape.
But don’t take my word for it. Consider Style.com’s narrative of Dior’s Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear collection:
After Karlie Kloss had swept on, swirling a brown leather highwayman’s cape over a ruffled pink chiffon dress and brown thigh boots, the narrative was established: This was to be a brisk albeit slightly perfunctory trot around the circuit of Galliano’s longtime favorite eighteenth-century redingote shapes, hacking jackets, and jodhpurs, interspersed with many more of the little chiffon dresses. …
As the show took a detour into citified country clothes—checked wool pencil skirts, baker boy caps, and a blanket coat in mohair—it was the knitwear that ended up commanding the most attention. This is, after all, the season where unexpected ways of knitting have been a focal point in such influential collections as Prada and Dolce & Gabbana. Dior’s answers were a cream oversize cardigan-coat, threaded through with blue satin ribbon, and two lacy raschel-knit dresses.
The whole impression? Item by item, there was plenty to go on, from the furs—treated to a new technique that mimics dressy layered frills, edged with an eyelash fringe—to the heavily reiterated thigh boot to the dirty-pastel georgette evening gowns.
Leather, silk chiffon, wool, mohair, and fur — it takes imagination to incorporate that many animal products in one collection. Not to mention that Christian Dior Beauty — which manufactures the very perfume that is lining Natalie Portman’s pockets — is on animal-rights group’s Uncaged U.K.’s boycott list for its policy of testing on animals. In all, Dior sounds like PETA’s worst nightmare. And it would be Natalie’s as well if she could only see around those dollar signs that are clouding her vision.