Taylor Momsen insists she doesn't use her sexuality to shock.
The 20-year-old singer posed naked for the front cover of her band The Pretty Reckless' upcoming album Going To Hell record, causing a storm on social media when she posted the artwork. On the LP sleeve Taylor is seen showing off her back which has a giant cross emblazoned on it with an arrow pointing to her bare bottom, but she is adamant the risque pose is artistically motivated.
"Everyone was like, 'Woah, she's naked.' But everything I do has an artistic purpose behind it, from clothing to my new record cover. I don't set out to shock - I've definitely matured and evolved. I'm just a person, I make art. My sexuality is there for a reason it's not just about lewdness," she said.
The former Gossip Girl actress admits she was perplexed by her sexuality in her teens but used clothes and fashion to learn about herself. "In the beginning it was me in corsets and stripper heels and all that - I was a kid, everyone thought it was so shocking because I was young and you have to be older to wear that stuff. I was a kid confused about sexuality and all of that and expressing that confusion in all of it. I think all teenagers express themselves in that way, I was just being very overt about it," she explained.
Gossip Girl actress-turned-musician Taylor Momsen doesn’t care what people think of her.
The 17-year-old star has been criticized in the past for her provocative outfits and outrageous behavior, but she insists she isn’t bothered by any of it as she is just being true to herself.
“It’s about owning it no matter what anyone says. This is who I am and this is who I am going to be. It’s about every girl being true to themselves.”
Taylor has previously said she has “no interest” in being a role model after she was slated for being pictured smoking when she was 16:
“I smoke, so what? Why do people give a s**t what a 16-year-old girl who they’ve never met does? It’s not like I’m sitting there going, ‘Kids, you should go buy a pack of cigarettes.’ When I walk outside with a cigarette and someone takes a picture of it and puts it on the internet, it’s not my problem. I’m just living my life and I’m not gonna live my life for other people. I don’t read that crap that describes me as having an attitude, but I don’t know why that’s a bad thing. I didn’t get into this to be a role model for seven-year-olds. I have no interest in doing that. If parents don’t like some of the stuff I do then they shouldn’t let their kids watch me.”
For today’s installment, we have Gossip Girl‘s Taylor Momsen on the left and the Bride of Chucky (a.k.a. Tiffany) on the right.
One plays a character who’ll stab you in the back while the other is a character who’ll simply stab you.
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In most cases, working in a fashion-driven environment usually has its benefits. Unfortunately, Taylor Momsen has not yet reaped any of those. These two pictures clearly show that the Gossip Girl hasn’t walked away with anything from her CW show - whether it be clothes from the drama’s wardrobe department or knowledge from the costume designers.
Ironically, both of these outfits were worn during New York’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. (The black deal on the left was worn at the Fashion Rocks event last Friday; the potato sack on the right was worn earlier this week at one of the runway shows.)
Sorry, Jenny Humphrey. If you really want to be accepted in Blair Waldorf’s inner circle, looking like Tara Reid isn’t the way to go.
Earlier this year, Vanity Fair devoted one of its issues to the ‘Fresh Faces of 2008.’ Now the magazine is focusing its attention on ‘Hollywood’s New Wave.’ What’s the difference? I have absolutely no idea.
In the August edition, readers will be able to find some of the younger generation’s brightest stars (e.g. the cast of Gossip Girl, the Jonas Brothers). They’ll also be introduced to others still making their mark.
Will all of the chosen be names still heard years from now? Probably not. But that’s what makes these issues quite interesting to me. I always find it fun trying to predict those who’ll have lasting power and those who’ll burn out quickly.
You can see some of those youthful stars after the jump. The rest of them can be found here.
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