Guess the Oscar-winning actor/actress in this Candy Magazine photo shoot?

I think we’ve discussed the magazine CANDY before. Like, James Franco was on the cover once? Yes. It’s a magazine for (and done by) transgendered individuals, with pictorials devoted to… well, you can guess. I’m not judging anything, seriously. This magazine is not for me, so I don’t have a real opinion on the content. Only this: CAN YOU F–KING BELIEVE THIS IS TILDA SWINTON????? OMG.

If you were going to guess the “star” of this pictorial, who would you have guessed before even considering Tilda Swinton? I have a list.

1. Florence Welch.
2. David Bowie.
3. Cher.
4. Lady Gaga.
5. A random drag-queen that Candy picked up at a LGBT Spelling Bee.
6. Adele.
7. CHER?!
8. Chaz Bono.
9. Any of the contestants of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
10. RuPaul.

The fact that it’s Tilda, and that she wore these wigs and had her makeup done (by drag queens) and wore these clothes… does it make you love her more? In my case… kind of. She really is a chameleon, isn’t she? Amazing.

Candy Magazine photos courtesy of The Fashion Spot.

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  1. Green_Eyes says:

    Wow! Love her! She has the best complexion ever!

  2. Eleonor says:

    I love love Tilda, but here I don’t think it’s her credit, it’s photoshop + dragqueen makeup.

  3. Cherry says:

    Actually, The Swinton was my first guess! Love her!!

  4. heatheradair says:

    I’d love it if she pulled out the stops like this on a red carpet sometime. shock ‘em with eye makeup…….would be fun to see.

    But there’s no mistaking that nose/mouth combo — Swinton all the way.

  5. Jackie says:

    Florence Welch, for sure. wow.

  6. bros says:

    love it especially the one in the black wig. very sofia loren. gorgeous

  7. brin says:

    LOL@Chaz Bono! Tilda looks ahmazing!

  8. Pedge says:

    I thought it was Anjelica Huston. Cool pictorial, though.

  9. DreamyK says:

    Tilda is glorious no matter what she does. Stunningly beautiful in a most unconventional way. Nothing but love for her.

    In the 3rd picture she actually looks like Leslie Ann Warren:

  10. GoodCapon says:

    11. Madonna

    I love the photos, especially the fourth one.

  11. TheOriginalKitten says:

    This woman is effin fantastic. Period. End of story.

  12. orion70 says:

    I thought this was Susan Sarandon for a minute.

  13. LAK says:

    I thought Angelica Houston or Tilda Swinton (actress) or Adrien Brody (male) before I opened article!!!

  14. Trillion says:

    I just saw “We Need To Talk About Kevin”. She is definitely one of the greatest actresses of all time.

  15. Lindy says:

    Wow. Amazing! She just has it, whatever it is.

  16. Embee says:

    Annie Lenox

    She’s absolf–kinglutely amazing.

  17. deva says:

    My guess was a PS’ed Glenn Close. Thin lips.

  18. corny says:

    ah, Tilda! i thought it was carrot top, oh well.

  19. Ailine says:

    Love the photos. The lighting is great!

  20. Bookworm mommy says:

    I love her, she is just so awesome

  21. Barbara says:

    HA ! I guessed it at first glance….but then I had caught an old movie of hers on Netflix and knew she could look very different with makeup.

  22. wiedz says:

    OMFG ! That’s really amazing! She really can be just

  23. Dee Cee says:

    Bland faced android empty of emotion, often a genderless dresser.. Katherine Mathilda with her big blue albino eyes hides the greatest mysteries..

  24. Darlene says:

    Really, really stunning.

  25. DavidBowie says:

    I thought it was Jimmy Fallon! LOL

  26. Mouse says:

    Love Tilda! She makes me think of Jean Marsh in these photos. Return to Oz anyone?

  27. CandyKay says:

    My guess was Janet Jackson!

  28. claire says:

    Holy crap! I love Tilda, but had to open the article to see who it was! She really is a chameleon, for sure. Great pics!

  29. Me says:

    She creeps me out. Shes got sci-fi beauty.

  30. Jaxx says:

    So she doesn’t have to be homely as a dog’s bottom?

  31. Palermo. says:

    she looks like a young Leslie-Anne Warren (showing my age)

  32. Karen says:

    I need this magazine. She looks so amazing!

  33. Agnes says:

    i would have gone with “totally amazing random drag queen”. great pictures!

  34. Electra says:

    I think she looks stunning!

  35. Alexa says:

    Wow! A woman dressed as a woman!(?) I don’t get it. Or is it a dis (although nobody’s offended) about how Tilda is so man-like that decking her out in over-the-top glamwear (long curly wig, fake lashes and other stage makeup, vampy clothes) is similar to being a biological male presenting themselves to the world as female. ?????? I’ve not seen any Tilda movies (so that MUST be why I’m missing all the excitement) -but I’m over her already!

  36. QQ says:

    Jesus Minty Christ She Is AMAZING!

  37. Aiobhan says:

    You cannot mistake that bone structure for anyone but Tilda from the first photo. Plus the red hair was a dead give away. Now if you have shown her in the last set of photos I would have been stumped.
    She looks amazing by the way.

  38. reddmasters says:

    I thought it was Karen Elson!

  39. Ginger says:

    Wow! I guessed it right off the bat before I scrolled down…I’m really surprised! She looks so fierce here!

  40. Shannon says:

    I thought it was William Dafoe.

  41. Christina says:


  42. alison8701 says:

    They’re obviously lying to us, so…

    I guessed Susan Surandon after staring at it for far too long.

  43. Minky says:

    I’ve always loved this beautiful alien queen, but holy cats!! This shoot just makes me so … happy, giddy, excited, and more in love with her! I’m not just fangirling here, I mean, I love that she just transforms and we have no idea who she is… Love it!!

  44. I Choose Me says:

    Amazing! That woman has the most magnificent bone structure. I honestly think that she’s the most versatile and one of the most talented actresses out there.

  45. Queen of Superficial says:

    I thought the actress looked like a mixture of Cher and Susan Sarandon.

  46. Queen of Superficial says:

    I thought the actress looked like a mixture of Cher and Susan Sarandon. Never would have guessed that is Tilda Swinton, but after seeing her name I recognized her lips and nose shape. lol

  47. iseepinkelefants says:

    I guessed right! You could tell by the nose and cheekbones.

  48. Jordan says:

    Wow! These are great pics. Not boring, beautiful…Vogue should take note.

  49. MeMeME says:

    BOW TO THE GODDESS !!!!!!!!!!!!

  50. tmbg says:

    Wow, put some makeup on her and she looks like that gorgeous model Carmen Dell’Orefice. The lady is 80 and I would take her looks over mine any day! Tilda looks just like her.

  51. VIktoryGin says:

    God. She has such astounding versatility. There is something about her transcendent androgyny that makes me want to drink in her presence.

    Love this woman. I discovered her over a decade ago in this small indie film that she did called Female Perversions, and I’ve been hooked ever since. She restores my faith in the possibility of legitimate creativity in the film industry.

    I think I’m going to go out and snag a copy for myself, and I don’t typically buy mags.

  52. emma says:

    ooh I love the funky fro one.

  53. Lisa says:

    I was torn between Blanchett and Swinton. The cheekbones!

  54. Original Lucy says:

    Okay, don’t everyone hate me…but I don’t get all the fawning over Tilda…she is a good actress…but she is NOT attractive and she is very odd…don’t get me wrong, I don’t not like her, but just don’t get all the amazement! sorry…

    • Jordan says:

      I think in a world that adores the talentless and superficial (Kardashians), it’s nice to see someone was has talent and doesn’t rely on her looks or fitting into a particular mold. The amazement comes from her doing these pics that are so unlike her, yet she rocked them without looking awkward and out of place. She’s a talented woman.

  55. runswithscissors says:

    rockin’ the rolls royce hood ornament look… have loved her since Orlando came out and i was five.

  56. teehee says:

    I saw it :) I guessed it right after clicking the banner pic. :)

  57. gobo says:

    Hmmm- don’t like it. She doesn’t look enough like herself. If you had a chance to photograph the Swinton, would you do this?

  58. Eileen says:

    OMG I said Tilda the first pic -u can’t miss that nose! Shes so awesome.

  59. Original Lucy says:

    My first guess was Travolta going out in disguise…

  60. danielle says:

    So I’m the only one who thought it was Michael Caine?

  61. Marianne says:

    I thought it was pretty obvious that it was Tilda.

  62. Gar says:

    Totally Florence Welch *looks away*

  63. Luke says:

    My first thought was heavily ‘shopped Angelica Huston because of the lip/cheek proportions. I love her for being out there, but I how amazing would Tilda look in some of this eye makeup for an event?

  64. ldel says:

    I thought it was Florence Welch; never would have guessed Tila Swinton. But, she does have gorgeous features and skin so not surprised she can look so hot.

  65. Mourning the Death of Music says:


  66. Cinesnatch says:

    I got Tilda right off the bat. Not gonna lie.

  67. Cinesnatch says:

    Just saw the other pictures … MY GOD. Thank you for sharing this. This woman is amazing.

  68. some bitch says:

    Oh, my goodness, this woman has the most incredible bone structure ever. And her complexion is constant motivation to use lots of sunscreen!

  69. Adrien says:

    My guesses were: Faye Dunaway or Tim Curry.
    Love the concept. Normally, I don’t like making the covergirl unrecognizable and styled like a dead superstar. But this is different. Loving the Amy Winehouse inspired beehive look.

  70. blenheim says:

    Wow! Now I guess every self-respecting drag queen can stick these photos on her dressing-room mirror and pray every day that she will one day look as pretty as this!!! Fa-a-aabulous!

  71. SmartGirlsAlwaysWinInTheEnd says:


    I am absolutely queening out over this.