Tilda Swinton pays tribute to Ukraine with yellow hair at the Venice Film Festival

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  • Tilda Swinton debuted a bright yellow hairstyle at the Venice Film Festival on Tuesday.
  • The actress said the look was a tribute to the Ukrainian flag during a press conference, per Variety.
  • Swinton stars in “The Eternal Daughter,” which will premiere at the festival this week.

Ahead of her new film’s premiere at the Venice Film Festival, Tilda Swinton debuted neon yellow hair in homage to the Ukrainian flag.

The actress, who stars in upcoming mystery drama ‘The Eternal Daughter,’ revealed her new color during a photocall for the film, pairing it with a blue striped shirt and red pants. She wore her pixie cut slicked to the side, allowing the sun hue to have a real impact.

Tilda Swinton in blue shirt and red pants

Tilda Swinton attends ‘The Eternal Daughter’ photocall at the 79th Venice International Film Festival on September 6, 2022 in Venice, Italy.

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According to Variety, a reporter at a press conference for the film praised the actress for her new dye job. She replied that it was “my honor to carry half of the Ukrainian flag”.

On the red carpet, Swinton wore her locks up in a gravity-defying hairstyle, revealing her bleached blonde roots under the yellow locks. The “Suspiria” star also wore a figure-hugging dress in a contrasting shade of lilac for the occasion. To complete the ensemble, she added matching shoes and statement rings with colorful jewelry.

Tilda Swinton on the Venice Film Festival red carpet in a purple dress and yellow hair.

Tilda Swinton attends the red carpet for ‘The Eternal Daughter’ at the Venice Film Festival on September 6, 2022.

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Swinton’s decision to honor Ukraine, which was invaded by Russian forces in February, comes months after a woman stormed the premiere of her film ‘Three Thousand Years of Nostalgia’ at the London Film Festival. Cannes to denounce sexual violence in the country.

Photos from the May 20 premiere of the film, which stars Swinton and Idris Elba, show the topless protester shouting at the festival crowd with the words “stop raping us” written all over her body.

The actress also wore a blue and yellow jumpsuit at a press conference for the film, but it’s unclear if it was a reference to Ukraine.

Tilda Swinton in blue dress and yellow bag

Tilda Swinton at the press conference for “Three Thousand Years of Longing” during the Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2022.

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It is not the first time that celebrities or political figures have chosen to pay tribute to Ukraine during the Italian film festival. The New York Post reports that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky kicked off the event on August 31 with a powerful appeal to filmmakers and actors in attendance.

The outlet writes that Zelensky described the war as “a horror, lasting not 120 minutes but 189 days” in a pre-recorded video, asking “culture figures” to speak out against the conflict.

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