She’s won two Oscars and is one of Hollywood’s most influential women – and now Meryl Streep, 62, has landed her first ever US Vogue cover. The actress posed in a grey Caroline Herrera dress for the piece, which sees her talking about taking on the role of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. The actress has spoken at length about how worried she was about taking on such an iconic character but her performance has already been hailed by critics as worthy of another Academy Award nomination.
Streep has spoken at length about identifying with the former British Prime Minister beating the prejudice within her profession. ‘It was a men’s club. There were women there but I think it was 16 or 17 out of 630,’ she said recently. ‘The world was changing. You could feel the old order breaking down. There were many people who really didn’t want to change it. You could feel it. White-hot rage that didn’t speak – just emanated. I’m sure she experienced that. It’s hard to quantify which prejudice kept her out of the inner circle more. But for her to achieve that at the time was incredible. Incredible. And to stay there. To be the longest-serving prime minister of the 20th century. Amazing.’
With her royal blue suits, pearl earrings and boxy handbags, even Thatcher’s closest friends – who aren’t pleased about the portrayal of the former leader suffering from dementia – say Streep’s nailed her look. Hmmm… Wonder what Anna Wintour herself thinks of Mrs T?
Watch the Iron Lady trailer below