I shot Natalie Portman in this onetime ritzy, now semi-rundown former hotel in downtown Los Angeles, as she posed for the January Vogue cover. In dance-inspired looks drawn from her much-talked-about performance in the new film Black Swan, Natalie talked about how difficult it was to train for her character's pliés and jetés, and what keeps her feet on the ground.

Filmed & Directed by Brian Quist
Photographed by Peter Lindbergh
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