Natalie Portman on Stepping Out in Custom Vegan Dior Shoes

12/13/2010 at 10:00 AM ET

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With Oscar buzz surrounding her Black Swan performance and the recent announcement of her first major beauty contract, things are just Dior-ific for Natalie Portman these days. But the decision to represent any brand was not an easy one for the star to make. “It was definitely a war inside my head for a long time and finally, I was like, we can actually do something very positive with this, especially given the kind of company Dior is, which is truly elegant,” the 29-year-old actress told WWD Wednesday during the New York boutique’s reopening celebration. And the French fashion house took aptly stylish steps to keep their A-lister feeling comfortable about her role with them. “One of the things that’s been so nice is that Dior made all of the shoes for me with no animals and no leather or anything,” said the vegan actress, who designed her own line of leather-free shoes back in 2008. “They remade all of my shoes so I can wear Dior shoes without taking lives.” —Jessie Goldberg

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Lolie on

Yes Natalia, YOU can. But if anyone wants to wear what you are trying to sell (i.e. the shoes on your feet) THEY will have to buy the leather ones, won’t they?

I love you but COME ON!

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ila conway on

She is genuinely lovely and seemingly wise. But as amazing as Dior garments appear, they still kill animals to manufacture an array of goods. It is still totally a conflict of interest if she is to be true to her convictions. Money makes even the good souls lend a blind eye sometimes. I find it hard to imagine she really needs the financial gain. And there are so many other conscious business entities that would have gladly paid her for her pretty face.

MM on

I think it’s great that Natalie became the new face of Dior AND made sure her own rules were implemented at the same time! Perhaps this will encourage change among designers and consumers.

CMC on

Does she care where all that plastic, cotton, tweed and rubber came from??? Vegan..bah

Lena on

“Taking lives” sounds like humans are being murdered. She needs to find a better choice of words.
The design house will still make all other attire and accessories from animals. I like that she stuck to her guns, but it’s still a little hypocritical.

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christina on

Lena-Taking lives? So because a cow isn’t human it isn’t considered to be alive? I’m pretty sure it dies when you slit it’s throat. Come on, lame!
I generally love Natalie Portman, but it’s hypocritical to represent a company that sells dead animal products as a vegan.

Stacey on

She’s a hypocrite. By being a public face for Dior she’s helping them sell more leather to other people.

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