If you’ve been on the internet at all in the past year, you’ve probably seen the gorgeous British actor/singer/songwriter/designer/social media personality Robert Pattinson. The 27-year-old has been in high demand since he made his debut on the big screen in 2011’s Twilight, and he’s since gone on to appear in numerous commercially and critically successful films. A self-proclaimed hermit, Pattinson rarely ventures far from his remote Scottish homes, which fans may have suspected was due to his famous shyness. But as the demands of his career have increased, Pattinson has had to find ways to combat his social anxiety. He’s slowly been opening up more and more about his life, and his fans have certainly been benefiting from it.

The latest evidence that Pattinson is comfortable being his authentic self comes in the form of his Instagram account, which has over 600,000 followers. On the account, Pattinson often posts solo photos of himself in various states of undress, ranging from just his underwear to full-blown lingerie and lingerless shots. He’s even gone so far as to post a topless photo of himself as the Joker from the movie Joker, which won an award at the Venice Film Festival in August 2019. In the image, Pattinson’s eyes are covered by dark, oversized sunglasses, and his hair is done in a messy bun. You can tell that he really is enjoying himself and isn’t trying to hide anything.

What Is Behind The Vogue Spreads?

Pattinson’s love for self-expression and willingness to bare all for the camera seem to have stemmed from a desire to break out of the “Twilight bubble,” as he calls it. The actor has long been influenced by designers such as Miu Miu and has said that he’s always tried to incorporate her aesthetic into his fashion choices. It seems that the designer’s aesthetic has infused itself into Pattinson’s Instagram account, and he’s been showcasing his stylishness through a series of vogue spreads.

In the first vogue spread, Pattinson posed for photographer Annie Leibovitz in the buff. For the shot, Leibovitz used a long lens to capture Pattinson from head to toe, displaying his beautifully athletic physique in all its glory. In another vogue spread, titled “Sunrise,” Pattinson posed in nothing but a series of gorgeous boudoir shots. The photos were taken by photographer Luke Fan, and they feature Pattinson looking directly into the camera with a knowing smile. In the photos, he’s wearing a classic black lace bra and panties set, and his beautiful long hair is flowing in the wind.

Why Is So Much Focus On The Actor’s Looks?

It’s well known that Twilight and its subsequent adaptations were responsible for redefining the way people viewed vampires and their relationship to society. The craze for vampires quickly turned into a craze for all things Twilight, leading to a deluge of fashion-related content regarding the beloved film series. Naturally, this also included a focus on the hot Canadian actor who played Edward Cullen, Chris Colfer. Although Colfer is the male protagonist of Twilight and its sequels, fans quickly began to idolize Pattinson, who was originally set to play the role of Jacob Black. Even today, while Colfer has continued to gain notoriety for his wit and charm, Pattinson’s name still pops up on social media when people reminisce about their love for Twilight.

Pattinson’s Shyness Hasn’t Impeded His Career

Pattinson has been open about his social anxiety, and in interviews, he often shares how he battles it. In 2018, he told Paper magazine, “I have social anxiety, which is horrible. I don’t like going out of my comfort zone, meeting new people, or saying ‘no’ to things—even things I want to do.” He continued, “I’d rather stay in my apartment and read a good book or watch old films than go on a fun night out. Most people my age feel the same way. It’s totally normal. And it’s made even more normal by the fact that I’m so gorgeous. Even when I did guest performances on TV shows, I always wanted to be alone in my dressing room. I’d walk on set, and everyone would go ‘Omgoodness’ and make these uncomfortable friendliness gestures. I just wanted to throw up.”

So, while Pattinson’s social anxiety may have made him an introvert, it hasn’t prevented him from securing a dedicated fan base. In fact, the opposite may be true. Pattinson has said that his public personality and confidence in front of the camera is directly connected to the support he’s received from his fans. As he told Entertainment Tonight in 2017, “I don’t put myself out there to be seen. It’s more about connecting with people. Because if I don’t connect with people, I have no chance of being in a meaningful relationship, do you know what I mean? It’d be nice to just be able to do that and not have to worry about my looks.”

Most Popular Instagrammers Show Their Skin In Different Ways

While Pattinson may draw inspiration from Miu Miu and other designers for his fashion choices, he doesn’t limit himself to one aesthetic. Across his Instagram account, fans can see that he regularly posts photos of himself in different, interesting outfits, ranging from floral-print pants to polka dots and everything in between. This apparent variety may be what makes him so attractive to his fans—and maybe even the opposite of “too cool for school.”

Take a look at some of the most popular Instagrammers in the world today, and you’ll notice that they don’t all display their skin in the same way. Of course, this varies from person to person—some prefer to post selfies, while others may showcase themselves in artistic shots with friends or lovers. But what these accounts have in common is that they don’t feature just one or two skin tones. The Instagrammers featured here exhibit a sense of variety that draws the eye and creates interest among their followers.

How Has The Twilight Frenzy Benefited Fashion And Design?

It’s clear that being compared to an iconic film figure such as Robert Pattinson can be a great boost to a designer’s or fashion house’s reputation. Naturally, this can lead to an increase in the demand for their products. In the months following the premiere of Twilight in theatres, luxury accessories brand Coach received a significant bump in sales, which ultimately led to a 22% increase in revenue for the group. In 2018, Forbes valued Gucci at US$16.84 billion, a value that increased by 7% from the previous year.

On the subject of luxury brands, Miu Miu reportedly had a 40% increase in orders for her ready-to-wear collection in the weeks after the Twilight premiere. In general, the fashion and design industries have experienced a boost in interest and sales in the wake of the hysteria surrounding Twilight. While it may be hard to quantify the impact that the film had on the fashion industry, we can at least say that it was significant.

Final Takeaway

While it may still seem like Twilight is at the height of its popularity, it’s important to remember that these things eventually pass. The craze for vampires reached its peak in the year following the premiere of Twilight, and while it continued to be a craze, it never reached the same level of prominence again. This is true for nearly all pop culture phenomena, including fashion and design. If you’re looking to break into the industry, you may want to avoid being associated with pop culture phenomena, since the value of your expertise will be judged based on whether or not you’ve been “relevant” in the past.