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Rapper T.I. Talks Sex On The Beach, Fatherhood And Marriage

Rapper T.I. may get down and dirty on the mic with collaborators like Nelly, 2 Chainz, and Eminem, but, as Mickey Rapkin learns in the November issue of ELLE, the unexpected family man is really all about the love. Mickey Rapkin chats with Rapper T.I. about sex on the beach, fatherhood, marriage, and much more in this month’s Cherchez La Femme.

Via Elle:

T.I. on his definition of “mediocre ho” in the song “No Mediocre”:
“Sometimes it’s a fashion thing. Sometimes it’s the attitude thing. I think women are born on a pedestal, and the only thing that can remove them is a lack of respect for themselves.”

T.I. on sex on the beach which he raps about in the song “No Mediocre”:
“I’ve had sex on a beach. Not exactly in Bermuda. It was more of a metaphor…You gotta have your utensils together, you know what I’m saying? A towel, a blanket—come prepared for the elements. It’s the kind of thing you do once, say you’ve done it, and then say, “Okay, okay, it’s enough. Let’s go somewhere else.”

T.I. on the hardest part about having teenage daughters:
“Knowing when to allow a little room for maturing and when to step in and put your foot down and discipline.”

T.I. on his time in prison and the lesson he learned from it about women and relationships:
“I saw so many guys worrying about their women and what they’re doing and all that shit. They end up making their time so much harder on themselves. You don’t know where they’re at, so there’s no use worrying yourself about it.”

To read the full Q&A with T.I., head over to ELLE.com here or check it out on the digital newsstand, and at newsstands nationwide on October 21st.

*All quotes have been excerpted from ELLE’s November issue*

Image via Getty Images

Kristen Stewart Explains Why She Never Smiles For a Paparazzi Photo

For the September issue fashion extravaganza, ELLE and photographer Michael Thompson took over Fields Market in West Hills, California, turning aisles of organic produce, tuna cans, and soda into an everyday-glam backdrop for Kristen Stewart’s cover shoot. At once the ultimate tough girl and the vulnerable everygirl, Stewart has been bringing emotional, undeniable real characters to the big screen for more than a decade. She has millions of fans and a slew of new projects big and small, but the actress’s most impressive feat to date may be her ability to tune out all the noise and just be herself, no matter what.

Writer Lili Anolik spoke with Stewart about her world and what it’s actually like to be, well, Kristen Stewart—discussing among other things; if having a private life is even possible for someone like her, how the sudden fame brought on by the Twilight phenomenon shaped her and her public image, and what actually makes her want to “fucking hang out and chat all day” with strangers.


Check out the highlights from the interview below via Elle.

Stewart on letting her career evolve naturally:
“Never at any point have I sat down and plotted how I should proceed from here on. As soon as you start thinking about your career as a trajectory—like, as if you’re going to miss out on some wave or momentum—then you’re never doing anything for yourself anyway. Then you’re truly, actually, specifically working for the public. You’re turning yourself into a bag of chips.”

Stewart on not being able to please all the people, all the time:
“Now I feel like if I smiled for a paparazzi photo—not that I ever would—that’s exactly what people would be desecrating me for. They’d be like, ‘now you’re going to give it up, now you’re a sellout.’ like, okay. What do you want? What would you like?”

Stewart on when she realized how big Twilight would be:
“The day the movie came out there was a picture of me—in the New York Post, I think. I was sitting on my front porch, smoking a pipe with my ex-boyfriend and dog. And I was like, Oh shit, well, I have to be aware of that.”

Anna Kendrick Talks Family And Divorce And Sex Appeal

With a sharp sense of humor and serious smarts, Anna Kendrick has turned herself into the savviest social-media star of her generation and makes her ELLE cover debut for the magazine’s first-ever Social Issue. Now, with seven projects on the horizon (Happy Christmas is out this month), the acting, singing, joking sensation is about to go supernova. Kendrick garnered an Oscar nomination at 24 with Up in the Air. Her hit song “Cups,” recorded for the Pitch Perfect soundtrack, spent 44 weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100. Her Saturday Night Live debut this April—a barrage of musical skits—unleashed skill after seemingly limitless skill. But Kendrick also has found a way to meld the famous-person world with the one the rest of us live in, taking every opportunity to remind us—largely via social media—that she’s still an occasionally weird and sometimes flawed human, not just a body hosting an increasingly desirable brand. Tweet by tweet, joke by joke, Kendrick, now 28, has carved out a space in which to define herself. And the result is that despite living a life most of us can’t relate to, she herself seems entirely relatable.

“Anna is the total package—funny, beautiful, talented, sexy, smart, and has a great voice. She is genuine and relevant, a critical thinker in 140 characters. She has the power vibe of a ’40s femme fatale and is undeniably an It Girl for the social generation.” -ELLE editor-in-chief, Robbie Myers (@robbie_ELLE)

Whether Kendrick is talking about her childhood and teen years, or commenting on her so called ‘approachable hotness,’ she offers an interesting look at the woman who describes herself to her 2.5 million Twitter followers as “Pale, awkward and very, very small.” Check out the following excerpts for a sneak preview, and read the full interview exclusively in ELLE’s July issue, available digitally and at newsstands in select cities starting June 17th, and nationwide on June 24th.

On family and divorce:
Kendrick grew up in Portland, Maine, in a house sandwiched between the pond where she and her older brother, Michael, ice-skated in the winter and the baseball diamond where they watched Little League games in the summer. Their parents—Janice, an accountant, and William, a teacher—divorced when she was 15 but stayed on good terms. “I hate when people think you’re broken because your parents are divorced,” Kendrick says. “And I really reject the idea of staying together for the kids. If they’re growing up in a house that’s not healthy, it’s better to know that’s not the model of what marriage should be.” – Excerpted from ELLE, July 2014

On her sex appeal:
This lack of ego, coupled with the stealth hourglass shape, the porcelain skin, and the smart mouth, add up to a very specific kind of sex appeal. Kendrick, who hasn’t publicly dated since she and Edgar Wright broke up last year, says she hasn’t been hit on since Up in the Air, “honest to God.” For the 5 million-plus people who have YouTubed her Newcastle Brown Ale Super Bowl ad, this will be hard to buy. In it, the actress is simultaneously sexy and hilarious, twirling her movie-star hair and deadpanning that she’s “approachable hot, like the-hottest-girl-in-your-improv-class-hot.” [@RyBrockington: “Breaking News: I can indeed confirm that @AnnaKendrick47 was the hottest girl in my improv class.”] “I’ve never felt like I’ve exactly traded on my looks,” the actress says matter-of-factly. “When I was a teenager, I was an ultralate bloomer, and my mom would say it was a blessing, because it means you never have to wonder if guys are only interested in you because you’ve got boobs. I would have been thrilled if guys were interested in me because of my boobs!” But maybe it’s for the best. “Similarly, I think I’m lucky that I’ve never had a crisis about whether the only reason I’m successful is because I’m crazy hot. It’s not something that crosses my mind.” – Excerpted from ELLE, July 2014

Via Elle

James Franco Talks Monogamy, His Favorite Sexiest Movie and Social Media


Let me just say, I love me some James Franco.

James Franco is featured in ELLE’s June ‘Cherchez La Femme’ discussing he talks monogamy, technology and what movie he finds sexy.

Check out the highlights from the interview below.

On finding Last Tango in Paris to be a very sexy movie:
“Brando is inevitably sexy. When he’s completely uninhibited both with what he does and what he says, then he reveals a being full of intelligence who moves like a dancer and speaks like a poet.”

On believing in monogamy:
“I mean, I believe in it if that’s what you want. There a lot to be gained from various scenarios. A certain kind of intimacy and trust. But it’s not to say that monogamy is necessarily the ultimate.”

On regretting a text message that he’s sent a woman:
“Um, yeah. I have to remind myself not to text when I’m angry. Don’t do any social networking when angry.”

Miley Cyrus Says She’s Fine Without Liam Hemsworth AND Disney

Miley Cyrus covers Elle magazine and hey look, she’s WEARING CLOTHES! WOOHOO!

Everyone seems to have an opinion about Miley Cyrus these days, so for ELLE’s May Women in Music issue, we asked writer Tavi Gevinson to meet Cyrus on the road and try to get inside her head. The result was an honest, surprising, and revealing conversation between two young women of the same generation. No topic was off limits: Cyrus, 21, and Gevinson, 17, talked intimately about everything from Cyrus’s childhood and the strong connection she has with her fans to depression, heartbreak, sexual freedom and race politics.

Gevinson, eight years old when Cyrus made her debut on the Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana and a senior in high school when Cyrus’s VMA performance made jaws drop around the world, met up with the singer in Phoenix for the interview and a night of her Bangerz tour. Gevinson offers a unique point of view on Cyrus’s evolving position in our culture, writing: Cyrus is neither a lost train wreck nor completely sure of her place in the world. She’s just searching for it on an extreme scale, and, actually, in a much more unique, unprecedented way than her critics might think.

Read Gevinson’s entire essay on Cyrus and their full conversation exclusively in ELLE’s May issue, available on newsstands in select cities and digitally on April 15th, and nationwide on April 22nd. But first, a sneak peek at the shoot and a few of the things Gevinson and Cyrus got to talking about:

On being stronger than she used to be…
TAVI GEVINSON: Did you feel that limitation under Disney?
MILEY CYRUS: You know, I’m really thankful that I started on Disney. I got the most intense training. There’s times where I wish I could have just started as a new artist, but the world has kind of allowed me to do that. I feel really lucky—a lot of kid stars get all crazy or stuck in what they were, so they can’t actually become what they’re meant to be. When I went through a really intense breakup—you know, I was engaged—and when I was with him or when I was on Disney, the thing that gave me the most anxiety was not knowing what to do with myself when Disney wasn’t there to carry me anymore or if I didn’t have him. And now I’m free of both of those things, and I’m fine. Like, I lay in bed at night by myself and I’m totally okay, and that’s so much stronger than the person three years ago, who would have thought they would have died if they didn’t have a boyfriend.

On her connection with her fans and what gives her purpose…
MC: I have guys and girls that come out, and they’re like, “The only reason I’m able to admit that I’m gay is because you’ve made me feel like that’s okay.” That is so intense, because that is a part of this generation—it wasn’t always accepted—and I feel like I am a big part of that change. Or they know that I’ve struggled with depression, and that helped them get over theirs. That gives me a big purpose—a reason to wake up in the morning that’s bigger than to put on my fucking feathers and my little outfits.

On feminism and double standards…
TG: I read that you consider yourself a feminist. What does that mean to you?
MC: I’m just about equality, period. It’s not like, I’m a woman, women should be in charge! I just want there to be equality for everybody.
TG: Right! And that’s what feminism is.
MC: I still don’t think we’re there 100 percent. I mean, guy rappers grab their crotch all fucking day and have hos around them, but no one talks about it. But if I grab my crotch and I have hot model bitches around me, I’m degrading women? I’m a woman—I should be able to have girls around me! But I’m part of the evolution of that. I hope.

To be continued in the pages of the May issue of ELLE. Pick up the new issue to read the entire interview.

Photo Credit: Photographed by Michael Thompson for ELLE

Rita Ora Talks Finding Love With Calvin Harris


Rita Ora covers Elle UK magazine’s May 2014 issue and talks about her love story with her current boyfriend Calvin Harris. Apparently she’s smitten.

What…Bruno Mars and Rob Kardashian didn’t do it for her?

Check out the highlights from the interview below:


For more, be sure to pay a visit to ELLE UK!

On Current Boyfriend Calvin Harris:
“There are so many things. The fact that he got something out of me that I never thought I had. Yes, like falling in love. I just didn’t think I had it. I’d never experienced it before. And I was just like in the wilderness thinking, ‘Will it ever happen?'”

On her new album:
“I didn’t know what the f*ck I was doing on my first album. Let’s be honest. I was a kid having the time of my life. And I made a party album – party and bullsh*t. This time I’m still having a great time, but I’m in a great, loving place. Now I want people to see you can have fun and be in love at the same time.”

On her famous tattoo:
“This is Rosetta. It’s based on an original piece by Alberto Vargas, who was an incredible illustrator in the 1930s. He was one of the creators of the pin-up image. That’s our build, our power. That’s why I was obsessed with it; learning what men don’t understand about women and what women don’t understand about men. I was obsessed with the painting a long time ago, and then I got it done six months ago. I just love pretty things, whether it is art, a song or a pair of shoes.”


I must have been living under a rock because I sure didn’t know that Rita Ora was dating Calvin Harris. I thought she was still reeling from her breakup from Rob Kardashian. Eye roll.

You’ll Never Guess Who Emma Watson Is Jealous Of!


She survived the child-actor maelstrom and, instead of taking a quick trip to grown-up stardom, decided to spend a few years in development (at Brown, no less). Now Emma Watson, is back – smarter, stronger, and ready to prove herself. ELLE’s April issue hits national newsstands on March 25th.

Yay for a child star not taking the dangerous, nasty downward spiral!


Check out the highlights of the interview below:

On the importance of having a life outside of her acting career:
“I remember reading this thing that Elizabeth Taylor wrote. She had her first kiss in character. On a movie set. It really struck me. I don’t know how or why, but I had this sense that if I wasn’t really careful, that could be me. That my first kiss could be in somebody else’s clothes. And my experiences could all belong to someone else.”

On coming of age in the public eye:
“There are all these actresses who have emerged in the last year or two, and they get to emerge as this complete human being. And I’m so jealous!”



On Noah, Darren Aronofsky’s $125 million dollar blockbuster, and what it was like playing Noah’s adopted daughter, Ila:
“It’s Shakesperean, what happens to this family when they’re put in this confined space for 40 days and 40 nights. It’s the end of the world – how these different human beings are dealing with the impact of that. Are humans good? Are we bad? All of these themes are epic.”

Darren Aronofsky on Emma’s steely nerve while filming Noah:
“We started off with one of Emma’s hardest scenes. We shot in Iceland on a beach with an extremely difficult weather situation. The force of the wind – we could barely hear the actors. The sun kept coming in and out. We had to wait for the right light, then, Go, go, go! Then, Wait, wait, wait! She was able to block out all those ridiculous external forces and just focus on the emotion at hand.”

For more of Emma Watson’s interview with Elle, visit here.

Photo credit: Carter Smith
Styled by ELLE’s Creative director: Joe Zee

Lea Michele Is BFF’s With Kate Hudson

ELLE Dec '13 Cover

On stands November 19th, ELLE’s December issue features a sexy Lea Michele who gives an incredibly candid interview about how she’s coping with Cory Monteith’s death, her role on Glee and how she started out in the entertainment industry. Check out the highlights below.


On how she’s handling Cory Monteith’s death:

“I never thought I would be in this position in my whole life. Now that I am in this position, you can choose to rise, and that’s what I’m going to try to do. I know that Cory would want nothing more than for me to take this situation and use it to help people.”

On relying on friend Kate Hudson during the difficult time after Monteith’s passing:

“I called [Kate Hudson] and said, ‘I don’t know where I’m going to go because my house is swarmed [with reporters].’ She was like, ‘Oh, you’re going to stay at my house.’ Like it was nothing. No one knew I was there. I’ll never really be able to thank her, truly, for what she did for me.”

On taking time to heal:

“It’s very hard. And you have to be very strong to come out of this alive, but I think by doing the best for myself, by showing that you don’t have to lose yourself, maybe someone else will feel some sort of strength or comfort.”

On why she never expected her career in television to take off:

“I was told my whole life I would never do television because I was too ethnic. I was 100 percent focused and ready to be the best in the world [of Broadway] I was in.”



Credit: Carter Smith

Reese Witherspoon Knows Who She Is Now That She Has Kids

Reese Witherspoon ELLE WIH Nov '13 cover

November marks ELLE’s annual Women in Hollywood issue, honoring women who have made extraordinary contributions to the film industry this year. Icons Reese Witherspoon, Penelope Cruz and Melissa McCarthy, alongside emerging star Shailene Woodley, look stunning in Versace, The Row, Marina Rinaldi and Calvin Klein. The icons opens up about their unique experiences as female leads in Hollywood, the women they love to watch, and their hopes for the future.

Check out the highlights via Elle below:

Reese Witherspoon, on what inspired her to begin producing movies:

“I started noticing a couple years ago that I wasn’t seeing women as the stars of movies. I’m seeing them as the guys’ girlfriends, or so-and-so’s wife. I just thought: God, if I don’t start buckling down and start producing some movies, what’s my daughter going to see in the movies?”

Reese Witherspoon, on how her children changed her life:

“Somebody was saying to me the other day, ‘Oh, people get less interesting when they have kids.’ I just don’t think that’s true. I feel like I was so confused before I had kids, I almost got in my own way. Having kids made me clearer about who I was as a woman. I just wanted to exhibit good qualities for my daughter. I was a little competitive before I had kids- probably really competitive, to be honest. It really made me let go of that.”

Melissa McCarthy ELLE WIH Nov '13 cover

Melissa McCarthy, on playing nontraditional female comedic leads:

“A lot of times, women have had all their tools taken away (in Hollywood comedies). It’s like you’re never inappropriate, you have the greatest job, you look great, your hair is amazing, and now go be funny. And it’s like, with what? You have to fall down for us to want to watch you get back up. And it’s like they never let you watch women fall down.”

Melissa McCarthy, on which comediennes she enjoys watching:

“I watch Julia Louis-Dreyfus on Veep and she is so good, because she is playing the world’s biggest asshole narcissist, and yet you can’t take your eyes off of her. In fact, you still strangely like her and almost want to hang with her.”

ELLE WIH Nov '13 Penelope Cruz

Penelope Cruz, reflecting on her Hollywood stardom:

“The concept of a ‘star’ will always sound foreign and surreal to me because growing up in my country, you’re an actor, not a star.”

Penelope Cruz, on the best piece of career advice she’s ever received:

“How important it is to learn to say no. You’re going to have to put a lot of your time into a project, and you have to know if it’s something you really feel connected with, because it’s not a job you can do like you press a button- no.”

Shailene Woodley ELLE WIH Nov '13 cover

Shailene Woodley, on staying true to herself in Hollywood:

“There’s nothing like walking into a meeting and people expecting me to shake hands, and you hug them. For me, a hug is to disregard all of that bullshit and be like, This is me, Shai. This is who I am. Now let’s talk about real situations. Let’s not talk about all this surface-level stuff.”

Shailene Woodley, on the next five years:

“I’m so young, and I’m single, and I just want to drift. I’m just going to be a drifter. I want to do something totally different before Insurgent [the second film in the Divergent trilogy]. Maybe I’ll work in a tea shop. Or live in Amsterdam. Or be a nanny. Life experience only helps us as actors. I need new experiences to draw upon.”

On newsstands nationwide October 22nd!

True Blood’s Joe Manganiello Appreciates What Women Go Through After Thong Wearing


In the October issue of ELLE, True Blood’s Joe Manganiello opens up to the magazine about his first crush, his appreciation for women’s undergarments, and the real benefit of his role in Magic Mike and we’ve got the details below.

Via ELLE.com:

On his first crush:

“Princess Leia from Star Wars. I actually met Carrie Fisher a couple of years ago. When I told her that she was my first crush, she insisted that we get married and have a reality show about it. I’m lucky to have made it out of that weekend without getting married.”

On appreciating what women go through after wearing a thong in Magic Mike:

“Yes, they’re insanely uncomfortable. But women do a lot of uncomfortable things for men – and I appreciate it all. I appreciate high heels. I appreciate thongs.”

On playing a part in Magic Mike named Big Dick Richie:

“Hell yeah, women ask for proof. That’s one of the reasons you take the part.”

Ohhhh Joe. Excuse me here while I wipe up my drool. How can you not picture Joe in a thong with his Big Dick Richie intact?

Manganiello photo credit: Rodolfo Martinez/CPi Syndication

Amber Heard Doesn’t Intend On Marrying Johnny Depp


Or anyone for that matter…

Amber Heard strikes a pose in ELLE magazine’s September issue, on newsstands nationwide 8/20. Heard met current boyfriend Johnny Depp on the set of 2011’s The Rum Diary- in October, she’ll appear as a double agent alongside Lady Gaga and Antonio Banderas in Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills. In her interview, she opens up about the types of characters she likes to play, her relationship with Johnny Depp, and even her decision to come out publicly as bisexual.

Highlights from the interview:

On the characters she likes to play:

“I try to play characters who are somehow empowered or strong. People want to put me in a wedding dress and make me the object of affection, but I’d much rather shoot the gun and save the world.”

On whether she sees herself getting engaged and/or married:

“I don’t imagine myself, my work, or my life, fitting into any kind of standardized path. In fact, the idea of there even being a standard freaks me out a lot.”

On publicly coming out as bisexual in 2010:

“I didn’t want to look like I was hiding anything. I’m not, as wasn’t ever, ashamed.”

For more on Amber Heard’s interview go here.


Credit: Cedric Buchet

Amanda Seyfried Warns Girls She’s Not Going To Not Talk To Her Ex Boyfriends


Amanda Seyfried smolders on the cover of ELLE August, on newsstand nationwide 7/23. The Lovelace star opens up to the magazine about her rules for sexual attraction, her current crush, and her decision to take on the title role in the racy new film Lovelace. Check out the highlights of the interview below.

On accepting the title role of Linda Lovelace in the upcoming feature film Lovelace, in theaters Aug. 9:

“I read the script and I was like, ‘Wow, this is the riskiest thing that’s happening [in Hollywood] right now.’ The first thing you think about is that it could have ruined my career. At the same time, I was like, ‘This is my chance to show them, to show the industry, to be recognized.’”

On the need for physical attraction in a relationship:

“Everybody I’ve dated I’ve been sexually attracted to immediately. Sparks don’t grow- your vagina doesn’t become more inclined to wanting someone just because you’re around them.”

On her ex-boyfriend Dominic Cooper:

“We love each other… He’ll always be in my life regardless of what his girlfriends or future wife think. I’m never going to be with a guy that can’t deal with my friendship with him.”

On her current crush:

“[He’s] someone separate from my industry life- I’ve known him since he was 16… I picture him as the father of my children all the time. But it is a fantasy right now.”

Credit: Carter Smith

Paris Hilton Lays Her Head On Pillows With Her Face On Them


She’s baaaaack!

Forget Versailles! A new photo shoot in the July issue of ELLE takes a very personal tour of Paris Hilton’s very personalized Beverly Hills home – which makes a cameo in this month’s The Bling Ring – all shot by the film’s director, Sofia Coppola. Paris dishes on what she hopes viewers learn from watching The Bling Ring, and even what she’d say to the thieves that broke into her home if she came face-to-face with them. Check out the highlights from the interview below.



Sofia Coppola on the first time she visited Paris Hilton’s home:

“I saw the pillows adorned with [Paris’] face and I took my picture with them. She’s such a pop icon and has a sense of humor about herself. I think she was the first to really make herself into a brand. She’s so dedicated to her style.”

Hilton on what she hopes viewers learn from watching The Bling Ring:

“There’s much more to life than all of these possessions and everything. And if you want those things, you’re going to have to work yourself, just like I did.”

Hilton on what she would say to the thieves who broke into her home if she ever saw them face-to-face:

“I don’t know what I’d do if I saw them. I’m not a confrontational person. But I would literally be like, ‘You guys need serious help. And I want my stuff back.’”



Coppola on what she wants viewers to take from the film:

“If nothing else, when people see it, everyone wants a Paris pillow. We might have to make those.”

For more of Paris Hilton in Elle, go here.

Photo Credit: Sofia Coppola

You’ll Never Guess What Kerry Washington Wanted To Be When She Was Growing Up

Introducing ELLE’s June cover girl: Kerry Washington! The Scandal star poses for her first-ever major fashion magazine spread wearing Marc Jacobs. In her interview, the actress opens up to the magazine about her current success, getting red-carpet ready, and the career she always thought she’d pursue (hint: it isn’t acting!) The issue hits newsstands nationwide on May 21st.

Check out the highlights below:

On the career Washington thought she’d pursue:

“I imagined I’d be a clinical psychologist, with a focus on how performance shapes identity. I’d figure out ways to use role-playing in the healing of people.”

When asked if as a girl she thought she’d ever consider modeling or becoming a film actress:

“I was not that girl. I was a kooky theater kid, silly and goofy and academic.”

On getting red-carpet ready:

“I found out I enjoy the process. All these people show up at my house, they all have kits, someone has dresses. And it’s like, Let’s have fun. It’s not all about me. We’re able to create stories on the red carpet.”

On her current success:

“I’m the luckiest broad in Hollywood now. To be the lead actor on Scandal and to be in the highest-earning Tarantino movie- I don’t get to ask for more.”

For more on Kerry Washington’s interview with Elle visit HERE.

Photo Credit: Horst Diekgerdes / ELLE

Rita Ora Gets Her Elle On


Watch out for Rita Ora, ELLE’s May Women in Music issue cover. Wearing Chanel, Dior, Valentino and more, the British pop sensation was photographed in London and opens up about her personal style and even her childhood idols, the Spice Girls. Check out the highlights from the issue below.

On never allowing her record label to dictate her style:

“That should never be allowed! It’s like somebody telling you what to sing.”

On her childhood idols, the Spice Girls:

“I just remember watching them – not even meeting them – and I was completely mesmerized. It feels great to meet someone who is not human, but is.”

On scoring that red Marchesa gown she wore to the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards:

“I went up to [Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman] and said, ‘Hi, I’m Rita. Nice to meet you. I need to wear your dress.’ She was like, ‘What dress?’ They’ve got 10 million dresses. I said, ‘Look, I have your dress as the screen saver on my phone. This red dress needs to be on my body.’”

On her 2009 “big break” with artist Jay-Z who signed her to his label:

“I didn’t think in a million years that I’d fly to New York to meet one of the biggest music moguls of our time.”