In case you missed it, the new David Bowie video dropped this morning, and it co-starred none other than Tilda Swinton, who we’ve long suspected of being, y’know, David Bowie. It’s the first time that we’ve actually seen Swinton and Bowie in a room together, and it goes some way to dispelling our cherished theory that they’re actually the same person. Or does it? It’s amazing what you can do with CGI these days, after all, and we’re still not entirely convinced. Anyway, we’re clearly not the only people to whom this idea has occurred, and so we thought we’d enlist the assistance of Nat Baruch, who runs the excellent Tumblr Tilda Stardust, to help us in our examination of ten reasons why the two are one and the same.
They blur sexual boundaries
The most obvious similarity, and one that has come to define the careers of both halves of the Bowie/Swinton gestalt. Bowie played with gender and sexuality throughout his ’70s heyday, in particular – take the rather fetching dress he sported on the cover of The Man Who Sold the World, and the general sexual otherwordliness of Ziggy Stardust. Meanwhile, Swinton’s iconic role in Orlando, in which she quite literally changes gender overnight, is something that few actors could have pulled off — but, you suspect, a certain David Bowie is among those who could have given it a pretty fair shake.