The Queen’s Gambit star Anya Taylor-Joy spent the bulk of award season wearing stunning haute couture looks by Christian Dior. Now, the French fashion house has given Taylor-Joy a big new role: global ambassador of women’s fashion and makeup.
Dior wrote in a statement on the news that “Anya will partner with the brand, celebrating the iconic heritage of Dior, and showcasing the designs and creations of women’s creative director, Maria Grazia Chiuri and creative and image director of makeup, Peter Philips.” In sum, expect more big Dior moments from Taylor-Joy as she continues her busy career.
Anya Taylor-Joy in Dior at the Emmys
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Taylor-Joy was candid with ELLE in an interview earlier this year about how she almost quit acting once, but her friend and Emma castmate Mia Goth kept her going.
“She was the first actress close to my age that I met, and we had a very cool conversation where I was like, ‘I love you,’ and she said, ‘I love you,’” Taylor-Joy recalled. “And I said, ‘I’m always going to have your back.’ And she was like, ‘I’m always going to have your back.’ It was like, ‘Okay, cool. Let’s progress in this very wild industry, knowing that we’re going to take care of each other.’”
Around the time Taylor-Joy was starting to film Emma with Goth, “I had been working back to back—just before Emma, I’d done two projects at the same time, and I was going through some emotional relationship stuff,” Taylor-Joy said. “So at the beginning of 2019, I was just really broken and frightened of everything, and Mia and I were driving back from rehearsal. I turned to her and said, ‘I think I’m going to quit acting. I don’t think I can do this.’ And I’ve never seen Mia look so worried in my life. She was like, ‘But…that’s what you do. You can’t not…what are you talking about?’ I was like, ‘I think I need to back out now and just let it be and try to take care of my heart.’ And she was like, ‘No, that would be really bad. You can’t not have the thing that is your oxygen.’ I’m really glad she said that.”
Alyssa Bailey News and Strategy Editor Alyssa Bailey is the news and strategy editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton).
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