Is Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Vogue’ Jungle Cat Real?

Scarlett Johansson for “Vogue.”
Photo: Courtesy of Vogue

Hot on the heels of last night’s L.A. premiere of Marvel’s The Avengers, Vogue has just revealed their May issue cover girl: Scarlett Johansson. The Girl With A Pearl Earring turned action heroine is ravishing in this old Hollywood-inspired shoot with soft finger waves, deep red lips, and luxurious floor-length ensembles. ScarJo co-stars with fellow Avenger Mark Ruffalo for many of the inner page snaps, as well as a different kind of scene-stealer: a fully-grown LEOPARD, seen above toted on a leash.

With all things LOUCHE and EXOTIC parading before our eyeballs in this shot (I meannn, silk Vionnet dress + perfectly matching over-the-elbow Gaspar gloves + Delfina Delettrez jewels + Judith Leiber clutch + MASSIVE FELINE), our brains are momentarily working in overdrive to compute it all. We’re too engaged with the beautifully alien perfection of Scarlett’s hourglass shape, the spatial intelligence riddle that is that cape-sleeved gown with full-length gloves and the indeterminate location to take any good hard looks at that suspect jungle cat.

Scarlett Johansson for “Vogue.”
Photo: Courtesy of Vogue

Sure, we’ve seen starlettes pose with kings of the jungle for the sake of fashion before (*cough* Bulgari time and time again *cough*), but this one makes us squint our eyes a little and kick our heads to the side. Not to kick up a lot of dirt about something that is big-picture utterly trivial, but we’re reeeeeally tempted to call shenanigans on this whole Gatsby leopard ruse. The first shot is fairly believable if only from a lights-and-angles perspective, but do we honestly think Prabal Gurung’s PR team would let this silk charmeuse and its impossibly gorgeous train within 3 feet of this clawing kitten baby?? We’re not so sure. Also, we’re looking back and forth between these two images and can’t seem to shake the feeling that the once knee-high leopard is now half its previous size in the second snap at the bar.

Scarlett Johansson for “Vogue.”
Photo: Courtesy of Vogue

And then there’s this. This is where we start flipping tables and pouring gasoline on our keyboards. At the base of this is a beautiful Mario Testino photograph of ScarJo lounging against an unused fireplace in an expertly ruched Dolce & Gabbana satin dress. The off-the shoulder neckline, the breath-taking shadow play around her collarbone, shoulders, and face, that feminine and yet empowered relaxed hands-on-hip stance. All of it. We love. And then, our eyes travel down to this leopard, staring up at us, looking all sorts of super-imposed and CatPaint-y. I mean, are we crazy or is its light source not even coming from the same direction as Scarlett’s?? What do you guys think?

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