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Cover Snob: Jessica Biel for Vogue


When will celebs stop covering our favorite magazines you ask? When supermodels start acting, I guess. At least February’s cover girl is a glamour girl worthy of covering. Jessica Biel has been a fave of mine for a while now– I’ve always loved the earthiness of her beauty. You really get what you see with her, which in this case is a classic All American girl (she is the girl I wanted to be when I immigrated here from Taiwan!).  We got a sneak peek of the interview with Jess from Jonathan Van Meter (jump to read) and I have to say, kudos to her for refusing to discuss what’s sacred and dear to her heart.

What do you think of the cover? Let’s discuss the denim on denim jacket/vest combo from Ralph Lauren. A bit too retro?

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Highlights of Vogue interview with Jessica Biel:

In a candid interview with Vogue Contributing Editor Jonathan Van Meter, Jessica Biel explains why she won’t discuss her relationship with Justin Timberlake (“It’s the most precious thing that I have in my life”); the pitfalls of posing nearly nude at eighteen (“It was terribly embarrassing”); and being at odds with her va-va-voom image (“On the red

carpet, I’m playing a character”).

Biel and Van Meter hit the slopes of Whistler, in Canada, where Van Meter describes her as a “mellow creature, a young woman who appears to be completely at ease with herself.” As her latest movie, the star-studded Valentine’s Day, gets ready to hit theaters, photographer Mario Testino captures Biel’s two sides: as the bombshell (in an Oscar de la Renta gown) and as the natural beauty (wearing Ralph Lauren Collection overalls) in a stunning spread. Jennifer Garner says it best: “She’s not just beautiful, she’s kind of on another level, but there’s an earthiness and a strength to it.” 

When he asks about Biel’s relationship with Timberlake, Van Meter is met with a steely resolve: “I don’t want to talk about it. I don’t feel the need to clear anything up. It’s the most precious thing that I have in my life, and I care about it so much that I don’t care about what anyone says or thinks. I have just not addressed it in any real way, and I’m not going to. It’s mine. And I really like that about it.”

Other Highlights from the article:

On posing nearly naked for Gear magazine at seventeen, which freed Biel from her contract after the fourth season of 7th Heaven:

“I really wanted to go to college, and it all kind of happened at the

same time. I did this photo shoot; the photo shoot came out; it was

terribly embarrassing. I had to apologize to everybody, including my

parents. It was a big learning experience: learning how to have boundaries

and how to say no.”

On her va-va-voom image and being at odds with it:

“When I see myself in pictures with makeup on, even to this day, I

think it looks weird. My eyes get squintier and smaller. On the red

carpet, I’m playing a character. As soon as I get off that thing I think,

Oof, wipe that gloss off. I’m wiping and wiping and pulling my hair

out and trying to change my outfit. I’m immediately trying to get

comfortable. It’s really a part I play.”

On wanting to diversify herself as an actress:

“The last year in this business has been harsh. There’s no material.

Nobody wants to make dramas. And that’s what we all want to do.”

What is getting produced, she says, are “commercial movies–horror

movies, big romantic comedies, and action movies. Those can be

great, but you don’t want to do only those kinds of films. You can’t

live on éclairs alone. You have to have a spinach salad every now

and again.”

Jennifer Garner, friend and costar of Valentine’s Day, says of Biel’s acting

skills: “She’s incredibly girly and warm and open–all of the things

she seems to buck against when she’s looking at roles. The first scene

that I did with her, she was drunk in the scene. It’s hard to play drunk,

not to overdo it. But she did it in such a subtle, real, kind of pathetic but

very, very deeply funny way. I was, take one, totally impressed.”



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