Winona Ryder Becomes the Face of Brand She Once Tried to Shoplift

Raechal Shewfelt
·Editor, Yahoo Entertainment

Winona Ryder (Photo: Getty Images)

Actress Winona Ryder has always loved the work of designer Marc Jacobs. In fact, a $760 sweater that he designed was part of the $5,500 of merchandise she was convicted of shoplifting from a Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills on Dec. 12, 2001.

If she wasn’t before, the 44-year-old star will surely be getting the friends and family discount now. Jacobs revealed Monday on Instagram that the Reality Bites star is the face of the latest Marc Jacobs Beauty campaign, and he even shared a preview.


Ryder poses for Marc Jacobs Beauty. (Photo: Instagram)

“It is with great pride (and pleasure) that I ‘leak’ this image from our upcoming 2016 MARC JACOBS BEAUTY campaign,” he captioned it. “Photographed here by David Sims and styled by Katie @kegrand, it stars my dear friend (of over two and a half decades), the stunningly beautiful and extraordinarily talented, Winona Ryder.”

Jacobs continued to gush about his friend of many years, posting pictures of them together over the years to prove it, and promised to share additional campaign images soon.


Marc Jacobs pictured with Ryder in 2005. (Photo: Instagram)

“No one I know could exude the adjectives I’ve listed as perfectly as Winona does… She does not model the look she gets into the role- and exudes it! A brilliant mind, talent, and physical beauty like no other, I am delighted to share this image of Winona with my IG fans and followers today.”

Ryder told Allure that the beauty campaign is her first.

“[Shooting it] was a long day, but an amazing one,” she told the magazine. “I hate to sound so clichéd, but it was a lot of fun. Look, I’m not a model, so doing any kind of fashion shoot I need a little bit of help in terms of that fact that I don’t naturally fall into the poses or whatever. I’m always trying to get camera guys to tell me what side is the better one for me because an an actress, it’s important not to be aware of stuff like that.”

What went unspoken was how far Ryder has come in the years since her shocking arrest for removing the security tags from clothes and putting them into a bag with clothes she had purchased. Police also found prescription painkillers on her. At the time, Ryder was just a few years past two consecutive Oscar nominations, with an impressive resume that included a successful transition from teen movies such as Heathers to adult fare, like The Age of Innocence.

Ryder claimed a director told her to shoplift in preparation for a role, according to the testimony of security personnel. That didn’t fly with the court, and she was convicted of felony grand theft and vandalism in 2002. She was sentenced to three years of probation, 480 hours of community service, and more than $10,000 in fines. However, the charges were later reduced to misdemeanors.


The two star in a Virgina Woolf-themed shoot. (Photo: Instagram)

Johnny Depp’s ex declined to speak about the incident until a 2007 interview with Vogue.

“I never said a word,” she told the magazine. “I didn’t release a statement. I didn’t do anything. I just waited for it to be over.”

Ryder explained that she was taking a painkiller to help her cope with an arm she had broken in two places two months before the arrest. The meds left her in a state of “confusion,” she said.

The arrest “in a very weird way, was a blessing,” she noted, “because I couldn’t [take the painkillers] anymore.”

After moving near her parents in San Francisco for a while and taking some time away from acting, Ryder has returned to Hollywood in movies, including the 2010 Oscar-nominated Black Swan and shows such as the well-reviewed HBO series Show Me a Hero.

If this were a movie, the credits would roll right about now.