Margot Robbie is a woman of many talents and she’s almost unrecognizable when she plays figure skater Tonya Harding in the biopic I, Tonya. “I couldn’t do a triple axel like Tonya, but I was able to master her laugh,” said the Australian actress about her new challenge. Over the course of four months, she trained four hours, five days per week.
The movie tells a true story. In 1994 Tonya Harding was banned from the sport after her abusive ex-husband Jeff Gillooly (Sebastian Stan) and her bodyguard Shawn Eckhart (Paul Walter Hauser) hired a hitman to injure Harding’s Olympic teammate and rival Nancy Kerrigan (Caitlyn Carver) so she would not be able to compete in that year’s Olympics. Tonya Harding was an early-'90s ice skater from Portland, Oregon who came from a poor and abusive home but catapulted to success through sheer athleticism and determination. But the ice skating community did not feel she was delicate or pretty enough to be the face of America like Nancy Kerrigan, a beautiful girl from a blue-collar family who won competitions as well as sponsorships.
In I, Tonya there’s another aspect that makes every single scene incredibile. It's Margot Robbie’s complete '90s-style and attitude, from her fluffy mullet hair to airline-altering wig, bleached eyebrows and wardrobe looks. She wears crafty, bright and colourful skating costumes but also the masculine, everyday wardrobe in the '90s. “You can walk into any Urban Outfitters and adorn yourself with the perfect, on-the-nose ’90s outfit. For the film, in particular, that just wasn’t interesting to me. I wanted to make it feel real and not a millennial fashion moment,” said costume designer Jennifer Johnson. So here’s your vintage, authentic, 90s lessons: large sweaters, sports bombers, candy-stripe shirts, worn-in denim jeans and tennis shoes.
If it’s not easy to learn how to ice skate, jump into the cinema on March 22.
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