In sitting through the 133 minutes of oft-implausible action that is Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, I couldn’t help but think that Lea Seydoux’s pouting, childlike lips should have had prime billing. A few mintutes of Seydoux’s sweet Gallic features, framed by a curtain of messy bangs, were as visually appealing as the sweeping landscape shots and as mesmerising as the all of the rest of the cast’s screen time combined (Simon Pegg excepted). If the typical beguilements of Parisian beauty are your thing, Seydoux is likely to draw your eye. Carving out a career as an actress has been relatively fast work for the also-model, who has more films in production, and more fashion editorials likely on the way as well.
Perhaps it was Seydoux’s innate allure, the same allure that makes a cliche sexy-yet-dangerous female assassin character still likeable, that gave this editorial for Vogue China its name. Sweetness & Light. Lea is the sweetness, or perhaps both, in brightly coloured vintage-inspired outfits made up from ’50s and ’60s prints like florals and peppy ginghams.
Photographed by Max Vadukul, you can see more of Lea Seydoux at the gallery above, or by picking up a copy of January 2012 Vogue China.