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Lorde Will Roll Her Eyes At You If Necessary

ELLE Oct 14 Cover Lorde

For ELLE’s October Personal Style Issue, and Lorde’s first major fashion magazine cover, ELLE and photographer Thomas Whiteside took over an East London rooftop to capture the ultratalented teenager’s distinctive style. With her haunting voice, and beyond-her-17-years wisdom, Lorde is one of the biggest pop stars in the world, and has been since last year, when her song “Royals”—written at age 15 in her native New Zealand—became a kind of post-financial-crisis anthem, earning her numerous accolades, including two Grammys.

For this month’s cover story, writer Jessica Pressler met up with her on the road to learn what makes the real Lorde (Ella Yelich-O’Connor) tick, and find out what it’s actually like to be a preternaturally talented and keenly self-aware 17-year-old with the entire world watching.

The full interview and fashion feature can be found exclusively in ELLE’s October issue, available digitally and on newsstands in select cities starting September 16th, and nationwide on September 23rd.

Here’s a sneak preview of what Lorde had to say…

Lorde on standing up for herself and maintaining authenticity in the music business:
“A lot of times when people meet me, they’ll definitely try to make me feel young or inexperienced. Like, ‘It’s all taken care of’. Teenagers are such a discerning group of people. They’ll immediately sniff out anything that feels contrived. I’m, like, constantly scanning myself to see if I’m some corporate executive version of a teenager. I’ve developed something of a fearsome reputation. People know that if you talk down to me, I will roll my eyes or whatever.”

On self-constructing her persona:
“It’s something people my age have grown up with. You can go on the Tumblr of any young person in the world and see people marketing themselves. Everyone my age is like that now. We’re all hyperaware of how we’re being seen.”

On the upside of being known for expressing her opinions:
“People have told me that I’ve helped them feel confident, like they can say things they want to say. They can talk about feminism in class without people calling them a lesbian. That’s so amazing that I can make someone feel like that.”

On figuring out how to navigate career, fame, the media, and being a teenager all at once:
“It’s very specific. I have definitely learned how to be flexible. Before, I would just be like, ‘Fuck it.’ I have such a strong idea of what is cool and great for me. If I think something is shit, I express that. But now the circle of people I work with all the time is huge and spans continents, and you have to be quite conscientious. So it’s, like, learning not to hurt people’s feelings. Obviously, I am hanging out with more people now who are not teenage; I’m in different circles. But I am a teenager. My brain is, like, a certain age. Everyone is talking about you. You have to learn not to care as much.”




Rihanna Reveals Her Pick For “World’s Sexiest Woman”

At 26, Rihanna is the most-streamed female artist on Spotify, with more than 10 million albums sold, 13 number one singles, and seven Grammy awards. And that’s just the music. With her frosty new Viva Glam collection for M.A.C, everything Rihanna touches turns platinum. From the fall runways to Twitter feeds worldwide, Rihanna’s influence is impossible to ignore, and her fans now have access to that magnetism via her new collection. In the September issue of ELLE, Julie Schott, ELLE’s Beauty and Fitness Editor, chats with Rihanna about her beauty secrets and favorite products, her picks for Hollywood’s sexiest women and men, and her new Viva Glam collection for M.A.C.

Via Elle:

Rihanna on her picks for “world’s sexiest woman”:
“Penélope Cruz is the shit. If I could wake up and look like her tomorrow, that would be great. Mia Wallace [Uma Thurman’s Pulp Fiction character] is gangsta. She’s epic. I’m going to do that bob again. Those bangs.”

Rihanna on words she lives by:
“‘Avoid obviousness.’ That is a quote by Leonardo DiCaprio. That’s what makes you create something, that’s the excitement, that’s the thrill.”

Rihanna on her favorite product:
“Lipstick. It draws attention away from any flaws. When someone is wearing lipstick, you just assume they’re wearing a full face of makeup. And guys are stupid—they won’t notice when you’re not.”

Kristen Wiig Opens Up For Elle, Looks Hot On New Cover!


Though immensely private, comic genius Kristen Wiig has taken on a series of raw, revealing dramatic roles that may profoundly alter the way the world appreciates her huge talent, and she’s opening up about all that and more in the August issue of ELLE. Wiig spoke candidly with writer Ivan Solotaroff about delving into the dramatically dark characters she embodies in her latest films—The Skeleton Twins, which hits theaters on September 19, and Welcome to Me—her formative pre-SNL years (she was neither cheerleader nor theater nerd), the “meditative” and “therapeutic” effects of teaching herself guitar and writing songs, and one of her latest pursuits—trying her hand at directing.

“Putting Kristen on our cover was an easy choice to make, because she is such an ELLE woman—wickedly smart, brutally honest, funny, profane, and profound. Plus, she loves fashion and wears it with a relaxed ease.” -ELLE editor-in-chief, Robbie Myers


Considering Kristen Wiig’s talent for creating original, out-of-this-world characters, only one shoot location could do her justice: Grey Gardens, the legendary East Hampton, New York, estate made iconic by the 1976 documentary of the same name, where socialites Edith and Edie Beale lived—and donned whimsical outfits daily—for 25 years, rarely leaving the grounds. Wiig’s ELLE feature marks the estate’s debut as a fashion shoot location, and also, the first time Grey Gardens has been shot at all since that original documentary.

The following excerpt offers a sneak preview of the article, as Wiig and Solotaroff discuss comedy vs. drama and the self-exposure—both emotional and literal—she exhibits in her upcoming roles:

Wiig understands being categorized. “It’s not necessarily a bad thing. You have to have some sort of context for a person to register in your brain, and I was introduced to the world as a cast member of SNL. But I’ve always wanted to do dramatic stuff, to write and direct, do a lot of different things. Comedy is where my heart lies, but there’s also something really satisfying about being able to step away with a small crew, become a character and get to know her for a few months at a time.”


I’m still surprised by Wiig’s sheer self-exposure in these roles: A few Skeleton Twins scenes are the emotional equivalent of full-frontal nudity. I’m even more surprised to learn that’s a step she will, in fact, take in the upcoming Welcome to Me, in which she plays a woman with borderline personality disorder who wins the lottery, quits her meds, and starts a TV talk show. “I’d never read a character like that. I got to a scene where it read, ‘She’s fully naked,’ and I remember thinking: If I do this movie, I have to do this scene, because it’s really important to this script.” Via Elle

Photos Carter Smith for Elle

Ed Sheeran Says There IS Something That Felt Better Than Losing His Virginity

And yes, he has lost his virginity!

Being that Ed Sheeran sits firmly in the Twitter top 100 – and, recently, atop the Billboard Hot 100 – it’s no surprise his followers and ELLE readers alike tweeted in droves when we asked what they wanted to know about him for our first Social issue. In ELLE’s ‘Cherchez La Femme,’ we turned the column over to Sheeran’s fans and he weighed in on what’s sexy, losing his virginity and considering himself a sex symbol.

Check out the highlights from the interview below via Elle:

Ed Sheeran on what felt better than losing his virginity:
“Probably selling out Madison Square Garden three times.” Sheeran says that losing his virginity was a benchmark in his life but, “it wasn’t the best thing I’ve ever done.”

Sheeran revealed that a quote from Bill Cosby is the guiding sentence by which he lives his life:
“’The key to failure is to try and please everyone.’ Be selfish…the rest will follow.”

His favorite quality in a woman:
“I have more sense than that [to date a woman with no sense of humor]. I don’t want to be friends with somebody like that.”

On considering himself a modern-day sex symbol:
“I wouldn’t say that I am. I think men with guitars who sing sensitive songs will just always have that sort of potential.”

Josh Hartnett IS Still Alive, Doesn’t Mind Being Naked On Screen


Josh Hartnett is featured in ELLE’s May ‘Cherchez La Femme’ discussing his penchant for dating female co-stars and his nude scenes in the new Showtime series, Penny Dreadful. Check out the highlights from the interview below.

On making a habit of dating female co-stars:
“I don’t recommend it to young actors. You can make a lot of enemies in the business that way. But when you work with somebody every day, it’s like trial dating. You develop a fantasy about them. It doesn’t always work out, does it?”

When you’re dating someone like Scarlett Johansson, you’re not allowed to complain about it:

“Your friends want to hear all about what you’re doing. But they don’t want to hear any complaints. Back when I dated a few very beautiful, very famous girls, I said something once – it wasn’t really a complaint – and my buddy said, ‘Oh my God, my diamond shoes are too tight.’ He coined the phrase.”

On being comfortable naked in the new Showtime series, Penny Dreadful:

“I’m comfortable naked – in my life. On film, if it doesn’t help the story, it’s not my favorite thing. I do show some stuff in the show, but I fight to make sure that it’s funny or character driven.”

Joan Smalls Knows How To Werk


On stands December 17th, ELLE’s January issue features Joan Smalls looking gorgeous and giving an incredibly candid interview on the lack of diversity in the fashion industry and how she wants to evolve her career. Esteemed photographer Michael Thompson has signed a multi-title deal with Hearst and ELLE’s January issue, featuring Joan Smalls, is Michael Thompson’s debut cover shoot.

Via our friends at Elle:


On the fashion industry’s lack of diversity:

“People hide behind the word aesthetic. They say, ‘Well, it’s just that designer’s aesthetic.’ But when you see 18 seasons in a row and not one single model outside a certain skin color…? There are people in the industry who are advocates, who support diversity. And there are people who do not. I don’t get it. Beauty is universal. These doors have to open.”

How her modeling career started:

“I came to New York with a dream. I came to do what I saw girls doing in campaigns, in editorials – great things, challenging things.”

Her motivations to eventually get into acting:

“I want to be clear that I don’t want to act just because it’s the typical move for a model. My desire comes from a place of wanting to entertain people on a different level.”

Estee Lauder’s Richard Ferretti on Smalls:

“The word supermodel is overused, but if there is any woman of our generation who deserves the title, it’s Joan. She has the perfect face.”


Robin Thicke Talks Sex, Wants You To Love Him

Robin Thicke is featured in ELLE’s November ‘Cherchez La Femme’ discussing growing up with his ladies’ man father, Alan Thicke, and what his wife likes to listen to in the bedroom.

On his childhood with father (and reputed ladies’ man) Alan Thicke:

“My dad was single my whole pubescent period. He had Ms. Alabama, Ms. Dominican Republic – every week. I was like, Dang Pops. He had an indoor Jacuzzi, and he frequented it. The first time I saw a naked woman was when I went to take a shower one morning before school. I was like, Who is this girl in my shower?”

On his wife wanting to listen to his music in the bedroom:

“She likes to do it more than ever now. Sometimes she’ll even play groupie for me.”

What he considers his gift and his curse:

“I really want to be loved. What drives me to make music is love – whether it’s shallow or deep or whatever. I want to do things that make people love me.”

Image via Wireimage

Lou Doillon Desperately Needs Men


Lou Doillon is featured in ELLE’s November issue discusses her impossibly cool pedigree, her music career and desperately needing men.

Highlights via Elle below:

On the bohemian, fantasy childhood she grew up in with two free-spirited 60’s artists as parents:

“I was raised by muses. Women who had men in awe of them and who wrote them movies and wrote them music.”

On using vulnerability and sadness as a path to real power:

“My role models are Patti Smith, Nina Simone and Fiona Apple – the girls who have the balls to say they’re girls. In a modern world where a majority of women say, ‘I don’t need you, I’ve got my money, I’ve got my stuff,’ I say, I desperately need men. My whole album is a tribute to men. It takes a man in me to tell you that I’m on my knees for men.”

How she’s learned from her famous mother’s flaws and insecurities:

“If your aim is to be the most beautiful one, you’re fucked. The outside shell is not going to stay faithful to us.”

I like the way this girl thinks. It seems as if she really has the right attitude to take on Hollywood.

Marion Cotillard & Naomie Harris Get Their ELLE On Too

Marion Cotillard ELLE WIH Nov '13 cover

ELLE revealed four of its November Women in Hollywood covers, all honoring women who have made extraordinary contributions to the film industry this year. We are pleased to share these additional shots of Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard and Naomie Harris. The ladies pose in The Row, Dior, and Calvin Klein Collection and open up about their unique experiences as female leads in Hollywood, the women they love to watch, and their hopes for the future.

Via Elle:

Marion Cotillard, on why she became an actress:

“When I was a kid, I started to have a lot of questions about human beings, and I was a troubled child because of all of these questions. I guess that’s why I became an actress. Not only because my parents were actors and, yeah, it’s a beautiful thing to tell stories, but I think I became an actress because I wanted to explore this- to explore what a human being is.”

Naomi Harris ELLE WIH Nov '13 cover

Naomie Harris, on standing up for herself on set:

“On my first film, I played a stowaway on a ship heading to Germany, and the director told me I was going to be thrown into the sea. But he didn’t have any stunt coordinators! I told him I would agree to be pushed over the side, but only if I could watch him getting pushed over first. Both of us stayed dry.”

Photo credit for Marion and Naomie: Thomas Whiteside

Ireland Baldwin Says Her Mother’s Body Is Scary


Hollywood royal Ireland Basinger Baldwin – daughter to Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin – is growing up in the September issue of ELLE, on newsstands 8/20. Just 17, she’s making a name for herself in the modeling world, signing with IMG earlier this year. Ireland opens up to the magazine about her career, her famous parents, and staying grounded despite her success.

Check out more and highlights from the interview below.

On why her mom (Kim Basinger) wanted her to try a modeling career:

“She thought it would be good for my confidence because I never really thought of myself as a pretty girl.”

On her mother being one of the world’s most beautiful women:

“She looks like she’s my age. Her body, I swear, it’s scary.”

How she looks at fame with a little ambivalence:

“Even when I get to the point where I’m acting and performing, where I want to be with my career, I’m never going to think of anyone as lower than me. Everyone’s the celebrity of their own life, you know?”

She sure has turned into a beautiful woman! Wow!

Credit: Thomas Whiteside

Shakira Says She Can Offer Her Man Nothing Beyond Her Womanhood

ELLE July '13 cover Shakira

Introducing to you ELLE’s July cover girl- Shakira! The Colombian songstress and judge of NBC’s The Voice opens up to the magazine about being a new mom, her relationship with Spanish soccer star Gerard Pique, and what’s next for her music. Check out the highlights from the interview below.

On her co-workers, the male coaches on The Voice:

“In general, I think I’ve treated the boys with mercy.”

On her relationship with Spanish soccer star Gerard Pique:

“He has his own world and that’s actually one of the healthiest things about the relationship. I know that he’s the one person who is with me not because of any interest other than the love than unites us. There’s nothing I can offer him beyond my womanhood – does that word exist in English?”

Her experience as a new mother:

“I’m still trying to figure it out. And I have a feeling I will try to do the same for the rest of my life. Some people put it like it’s very idyllic, some people put it like it’s a torturing experience, but it’s not quite one thing or the other. It’s like life – it comes with everything.”

On her music and what’s next:

“I have no idea of where I want to go musically, but I’m fine that way. I don’t need to remain faithful to any concept, you know.”

For more Shakira and Elle magazine go here.

The issue hits newsstands nationwide on June 25th.

Credit: Carter Smith / ELLE