For Sofia Boutella, a knockout body is the ultimate front row accessory. The actress turned heads today at the Roberto Cavalli show in Milan, her rumpled peroxide bob (replete with abbreviated bangs) and bold brows acting as simple preludes to the main event: a set of enviably toned arms born of a well-honed workout routine—or, more likely, a series of star turns in critically acclaimed action films that range from indies to bonafide blockbusters.
A dancer-turned-model-turned-actress, Boutella’s chosen roles are all about women’s empowerment. Last year brought The Mummy, in which Boutella—who has called her 5,000 year old anti-heroine “a feminist”—gives Tom Cruise a run for his money with a series of cardio stunts. The martial arts training she underwent for 2015’s Kingsman: Secret Service were good training for her buzzed-about role as a steely, seductive, punch-throwing French spy opposite Charlize Theron in 2017’s Atomic Blonde (not to mention that in the graphic book from which the thriller was adapted, that character was male, natch).
Simmering at Cavalli with a rimming of kohl liner, tinted pink lips and a body-hugging, strategically sheer black dress, Boutella is the best kind of reminder that there’s nothing sexier than female strength.