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It’s surprising to learn that Kerry Washington’s Elle US June 2013 cover is her first for a major title despite having a very successful career, with recent achievements including her blockbuster ‘Django Unchained’ being nominated for an Oscar, and being the first black woman to be cast in a lead role in a network drama for ‘Scandal’, which was just renewed for a third season.

For someone who has such amazing style on the red carpet, I feel she was let down with this editorial.

The cover shot by Horst Diekgerdes which sees her wearing Marc Jacobs is just OK, but inside the mag her Tom Ford, Balmain and Armani looks could’ve all been much better.

Kerry opens up to Elle about her early years, her career success and, of course, fashion.

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.”

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 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 modelling or becoming a film actress: “I was not that girl. I was a kooky theater kid, silly and goofy and academic.”

Credit: Elle US

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On the second of three covers for Elle magazine’s Women in Music May 2013 issue, Rita Ora wears a textured and feathered Chanel Couture frock – the same Chanel dress we saw recently on Charlotte Casiraghi – with a blossoming headpiece by Ken O’Rourke, black leather gloves and open-toe over-the-knee leather boots.

On her second cover, the British singer was photographed in Calvin Klein and a glittering, ultra-chic Mickey Mouse headpiece by Philip Treacy, with black whiskers pencilled in on her nose. The rest of her high-fashion photo shoot – which was shot by Thomas Whiteside – sees her wearing Dior Couture and Valentino Couture.

Inside the magazine, the singer opens up about her personal style, meeting Jay-Z and even her childhood idols, the Spice Girls.

You can read more over at Elle.com or read some of the extracts below.

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 meeting Jay-Z in 2009 after her ‘big break’: “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.”

On not allowing her label to dictate her music: “That should never be allowed! It’s like somebody telling you what to sing.”

On her Marchesa MTV EMA dress: “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.’”

Credit: Thomas Whiteside for Elle US

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Adele Elle US May 2013

UK singer-superstar Adele covers the May 2013 issue of Elle US for their Women In Music issue, which also features Alicia Keys and Rita Ora.

The Golden Globe, Academy Award and Grammy winner was shot by Thomas Whiteside at L.A.’s EastWest Studios – the studio made famous by icons like Frank Sinatra – wearing a black lace vintage Alberta Ferretti dress and sporting a beehive ‘do and smoky eyes.

The music issue includes a tribute to Adele and the thoughts of fellow musicians – including Katy Perry, Britney Spears, John Mayer and legend Barbra Streisand – on her meteoric rise to fame.

Adele talks to Elle about taking her time with her third album, the highest point of her career, the worst show she ever performed and the song which always gets her on the dance floor.

Here are some extracts from her interview.

On her third album: “I’m writing the songs now, and then I’ll want to rehearse them for a while. As much as I love my first album, there are still things that I wish I had done differently. So I don’t want to rush anything. You’re only as good as your last record, so if I put out something that’s shit, nobody’s going to buy it. If it’s crap, people will be like, “Why was she ever such a big deal?” So I have to take my time. I mean, if it takes me three years, I imagine people will start getting a bit nervy… but I’ll do my best to avoid that.”

On the high point in her career: “Winning the Grammys! To be nominated for a Grammy would have been a highlight, but winning just blew my mind.”

On the worst show she ever played: “One of my first gigs, in 2006, in a dinky little pub in East London. I didn’t realize that I was headlining: I thought I was on at 8 p.m., but it turned out that I wasn’t on until about 2 a.m. It was a Friday night, so I had invited all my friends and my family, and there were probably another 300 people there who had heard about me and come to watch me. Anyway, I got so drunk between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. I played three songs, I forgot the words, and I fell off my chair. It was a free show, thankfully. Can you imagine paying to see someone forget their own lyrics and fall off their chair? Worst thing ever. That’s why I stopped drinking”.

On her go-to party song: “When I want to party, I play “Crazy in Love.” That’s always been the song that my friends and I get ready to; or before I go on a first date, I play it to feel sexy.”

The publication will be hosting it’s annual ELLE Women In Music event in New York City this evening with Kelly Rowland, Rita Ora, Mia Moretti, and Jourdan Dunn all expected to attend.

Elle’s May 2013 issue hits newsstands April 23.

Credit: Thomas Whiteside for Elle US

Rihanna Elle April 2013

Rihanna covers the April 2013 cover of Elle UK wearing a mixture of high-end designer pieces and her River Island Spring 2013 collection.

Mariano Vivanco captures the fashion-and-music rebel on two covers wearing black River Island skirts: one paired with a Louis Vuitton chequered top; the other with a Louis Vuitton striped bra with a Prada stole.

The rest of her editorial sees her wearing Maison Martin Margiela, Louis Vuitton and Givenchy.

In her interview Rihanna comes clean about her tempestuous relationship with singer Chris Brown, sharing her private thoughts on why she went back to her ex-partner, her mother’s disapproval and her hopes for her future – including plans to start a family.

The hit-making singer, best known for her rebellious attitude and fierce style, also talks about her unique brand of feminism, her attempts to be authentic and why she feels compelled to share so much of her life through social media.

Here are some extracts from her interview.

On Chris Brown being the person she loves: “Stay [new single] is a story about having love that close and wanting it to last forever. You don’t have that feeling with everybody so when you have it you don’t want to let go of it. I would definitely say that he [Chris Brown] is the one I have that kind of relationship with.”

On wanting a great friendship with Chris Brown above all else: “…right now that’s just what we want, a great friendship that’s unbreakable. Now that we’re adults we can do this right. We got a fresh start and I’m thankful for that.” Read more…




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