Who's that girl Tilda Swinton channels her inner drag queen for transgender magazine
17:18 GMT, 21 May 2012
She's often snapped fresh-faced, without a scrap of make-up.
So after a drag queen makeover British actress Tilda Swinton is barely recognisable on the cover of Candy Magazine.
Celebrating 'transvestism, transexuality, cross dressing and androgyny, in all its manifestations' the publication features the 51-year-old sporting eyelash extensions, lashings of eyeliner and fake nails.
Tilda Swinton channels her inner drag queen for the fourth issue of Candy Magazine
Spanish photographer Xevi Muntane,who has worked with some of the most glamourous women in the world including Diane Kruger, Kylie Minogue and Milla Jovovich, was recruited to shoot the spread.
Meanwhile Jerry Stafford styled the 'Extra Extravagance' feature. He has previously worked with Swinton on projects for W Magazine, L'Officiel Hommes Paris Magazine, Dazed & Confused and BlackBook Magazine.
On the cover Swinton strikes a confident pose wearing a long and curly auburn wig and a theatrical burnished gold couture gown specially created by Antony Price.
Swinton's theatrical gold couture gown was created by London designer Antony Price
'I would rather be handsome, as he is, for an hour than pretty for a week,' Tilda said
The London-based fashion designer, who is best known for evening wear and suits, has collaborated with a number of musical performers, including David Bowie, Steve Strange, and Duran Duran.
Launched in 2009, this is the fourth time Candy Magazine, billed as 'the first transversal fashion magazine,' has been published.
Past issues have featured James Franco and Chloe Sevigny in drag. Terry Richardson shot Franco with his hair slicked back, wearing blue eyeshadow and thick scarlet lipstick.
Also included in the latest edition is a male pregnancy editorial photographed by Steven Klein, and drag superstars captured by David Armstrong.
Over the years, Swinton has worked her androgynous style, appearing on the red carpet wearing either sophisticated gowns or tailored men’s suits.
Describing her style influences as David Bowie and her father, Sir John Swinton, she told W Magazine last year: 'From childhood, I remember more about his black patent, gold livery, scarlet-striped legs, and medal ribbons than I do of my mother’s evening dresses.
'I would rather be handsome, as he is, for an hour than pretty for a week.'