Reflection for today…Questioning Identity -Tilda Swinton

21 Apr

“I’m basically interested in identity, and I still find fascinating the question,

how do we identify ourselves, and how do we settle into other people’s expectations for our identity?”

Tilda Swinton


Tilda channels David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust alter ego…

Tilda is a Rebel Rebel…

Tilda is a huge David Bowie Fan…

“The other day, I was going through the airport security and I was searched by a male security guard. I’m very often referred to as “Sir” in elevators and such. I think it has to do with being this tall and not wearing much lipstick. I think people just can’t imagine I’d be a woman if I look like this.”

“You’re always playing yourself.
It’s all autobiography, whatever you’re doing.
It’s using them as a kind of prism through which to throw something real about yourself, or something relaxed at least.
Because the last thing you want is to look like you’re acting.”

Tilda Swinton in Candy Magazine

Tilda is a Futuristic Cosmic Mermaid…

Tilda as a Cosmic Space Goddess…

Tilda Laughs At The Status Quo…

Tilda Transforms Through Make-up Artistry…

“These photographic performances and the opportunity they afford me to play with the shapes and attitudes of this lexicon are thrilling to me.”


Tilda Swinton is a brilliant actress and performer {one of my favourites}.

She has performed “the maybe” where she sleeps in a glass cage for performance art.

Tilda’s recent performance at MOMA {Museum of Modern Art}…

Tilda is a fascinating artist and human being.

“It’s a real comfort zone for me to feel alien.”

It should come to no surprise that she is a writer.

If you have ever hear her speak, you will be struck with her grace, intelligence and eloquence.

Her natural beauty radiates outwards.


Tilda tends to favor a more natural and androgynous look.

The pictures from Candy magazine depict her in drag make-up.

These pictures are in juxtaposition with her usual natural aesthetic.

Scottish actress Tilda Swinton relishes in androgyny, artistry and creativity…


Tilda is so intriguing to me not only as an actress/artist but as a thinker and human being.

She says that a recurring theme in her work is the question of identity and the question of transformation.

Tilda Swinton in W Magazine {August 2011}

In this clip, she discusses identity and transformation….

“Society circumscribes us and we play into this feeling that we have to pick one identity and stick with it and any natural transformation within our spirit is to be resisted at all costs.

If there is some great shift in someone’s life one is to feel nothing, but shame and failure, that’s the thing I am constantly drawn back to.”

“There is something insane about a lack of doubt. Doubt, to me anyway, is what makes you human, and without doubt even the righteous lose their grip not only on reality but also on their humanity.”

What keeps her engaged in performing and acting is the moment of shift and doubt in one’s identity.

“There’s such an effort to try and explain people.”

Tilda Removes The Wig/Veil/Metaphorical Mask…

Tilda The Transformer…


Gender, identity and beauty are such an intriguing topics which I hope to explore in future posts.

“Tilda does not always play women; she has played Mozart on stage, an Elizabethan nobleman in Orlando (1992) and an androgynous angel, Gabriel, in Constantine (2005).”
-Internet Movie Database


Please enjoy the fascinating video of master make-up artist Joseph Harwood as he transforms himself from a male/androgynous appearance into a female appearance.

{Joseph really shows us how make-up is art and how you can express yourself and construct our own identity}.

Joseph answers questions about androgyny and gender…

To watch more of Joseph’s make-up artistry videos…

For more information on Joseph Harwood…


Please enjoy David Bowie’s new song “The Stars Are Out Tonight”…

Tilda Swinton & David Bowie…An Artistic Dream…


I am most grateful for a class I took called “sociology of gender relations” because it enlightened me about gender.

This class also brought to my awareness the struggles of women, gay people, transgendered people and other types of minorities.

More than anything this class convinced me that everyone deserves equality, there needs to be more love, compassion and acceptance in the world and that we should collectively fight discrimination of all kinds.


For more information on…

Tilda Swinton…

Tilda and Bjork…

please visit her internet movie database page…


David Bowie…


I would love to read your thoughts on this post or about gender, identity, androgyny and/or beauty.

What are your favourite Tilda Swinton performances/films?

What are your favourite David Bowie songs/albums and alter egos?

What are your alter egos?

Tilda Swinton…a brilliant artist/actress/chameleon

Peace & Namaste…

9 Responses to “Reflection for today…Questioning Identity -Tilda Swinton”

  1. Slayer Muser April 25, 2013 at 2:10 AM #

    The only thing I know or remember about Tilda Swinton is her (Sal’s) wonderful line to Leo di C (Richard) in “The Beach”:

    – – –

    SAL: OK, it’s like this. Bugs is my boyfriend, my partner, and you? You’re someone I just screwed. Is that OK?

    [She turns on her side again.]

    RICHARD: That’s fine. That’s absolutely fine.

    SAL: Good, now get some sleep. I may wish to have sex again before we eat breakfast.

    • MYSOULSONICE April 26, 2013 at 11:00 PM #

      Tilda Swinton is a boss…

      Love her 😉

      I really want to watch We Need To Talk About Kevin.
      “Kevin’s mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly vicious things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined.”

      It is on my immediate to-watch list.

      I saw Ezra Miller in another movie called After School and he was brilliant.

      “An Internet-addicted prep-school student captures on video camera the drug overdose of two girls.”

      We all know how brilliant Tilda is.

    • MYSOULSONICE May 16, 2013 at 5:16 AM #

      Slayer Muser…
      You really need to watch more Tilda Swinton films 😉

  2. Jas Baku May 9, 2013 at 5:54 AM #

    Tilda is brilliant! Loved her in Constantine (pic up there) playing Gabriel (?)
    I even dreamed she came to see me as Gabriel. Very cool 🙂

    • MYSOULSONICE May 16, 2013 at 5:23 AM #

      Jas Baku…
      Tilda is brilliant.
      The more I learn about her and see her in films, the more convinced I am of her brilliance.

      I recently found out that she wanted to be a writer.
      Perhaps she will become one in the future.
      {However, I don’t want her to quit acting.
      I would love to read her writing though}.

      If you watch her in any interview, you will see how intelligent, eloquent and graceful she is.
      Love her 😉

      I love how she is so herself.

      Tilda is such an individual and so fiercely creative, confident and intelligent.
      Everything from her fashion style to her creative expression is completely her own.

      Yes, that picture is from Constantine.
      You dreamt about Tilda?
      That is cool.
      She hasn’t made any appearances in my dreams- yet.

      I recently watched We Need To Talk About Kevin.

      Tilda and Ezra Miller were spectacular.
      It was a great film.

      What is your favourite Tilda film thus far?
      You mentioned Constantine…

      More Tilda posts hopefully to come in the future…

      • Jas Baku May 22, 2013 at 10:52 AM #

        Yes! It was a suitably bizarre dream. Gabriel picked me up in a taxi. I got in and recognised her, but it wasn’t until I realised that those luscious white wings were sticking up out of the sun roof and side door that I realised I was dreaming. (All perfectly normal up until then ;~)
        I think it is my favourite part of hers as well.
        I didn’t realise what an amazing person she was until I read this article and your comment though. Thanks for all that extra information.

  3. Slayer Muser May 26, 2013 at 5:59 AM #

    • MYSOULSONICE May 28, 2013 at 12:00 AM #

      Thank you for this clip.
      I adore Extras and Ricky Gervais’ comedy.
      Bowie + Gervais= Brilliant.
      {I love Bowie’s voice}.


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