Scarlett Johansson and Kate Winslet sans makeup for Vanity Fair Hollywood issue

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Vanity Fair’s 20th annual Hollywood issue is finally emphasizing the diversity of Hollywood and in another refreshing move or experiment or whatever one wants to call it, has gotten twenty top name celebrities to devoid themselves of any makeup at all, and have their photographs taken, and the results are truly interesting.

In the March 2014 issue, glamorous beauties like Scarlett Johansson and Kate Winslet are featured sans makeup as per request of world-renowned American painter and photographer Chuck Close, who used a rare and impressive 20-by-24-inch Polaroid camera to take the bare faced portraits.

The photographer told the magazine: “I don’t do glamour shots, and they’re not airbrushed or whatever. So they can be, um… they can be rough. So I need to talk people through it. They have to give up a great deal of vanity in order to do it. And it takes a real act of generosity and faith on the part of the subject to go with it and to give me their image without having any control over what’s gonna happen.”

The famous stars who had to pose while sitting on a little stool also had ground rules laid out: entourages were banned, transportation was not provided and they had to make do with coffee and a sandwich for lunch and of course no professional styling or hair or makeup.

True to the rules, Johansson’s and Winslet’s close-ups prove that they don’t really don’t have to rely on makeup artists and photoshop to be beautiful, which is comfort for the rest of us ladies.

A grinning and utterly fascinating Scarlett is wearing her blond hair down looks a lot younger than her 29 years wearing a simple grey sweatshirt and pendant necklace, while a much more serious looking Kate, 38, who was pregnant at the time of the shoot, donned a plain black scoop T-shirt with her hair in a loose ponytail.

Other celebrities that were shot without makeup included Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Annette Bening, Javier Bardem, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman and Robert De Niro.

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