WHEN Gossip Girl hit our screens in 2007, it wasn’t just the outfits or the backdrop of the Upper East Side that captivated us; it was the beauty of the main characters especially Blair Waldorf played by Leighton Meester and the gorgeous Serena van der Woodsen, played by Blake Lively.
Four years later, Lively is one of the most famous actresses on the planet, has been rumoured to date A-list celebrities such as Ryan Reynolds and Leonardo di Caprio and is a muse and model for Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel.
The actress, born in 1987 in California, has acted in films like The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants and the Green Lantern and has won three Teen Choice Awards. But the last couple of years, Lively’s main focus and achievements have been on her fashion career.
In January this year, Lagerfeld chose Blake Lively personally to become the official face of his ‘Mademoiselle’ handbag line because of her youthfulness and spontaneity and in March, her infamous Chanel campaign was launched. The beautiful work relationship between the two began at the start of this year but it was back in 2007, when the Gossip Girl franchise first kick off where she was introduced to Anna Wintour, editor of US Vogue, by Michael Kors and through Anna, she met Karl.
The fabulous star, who is renowned for not having a stylist, certainly has an eye for fashion and although she was offered other contracts, she always turned them down as she was ‘holding out for Chanel’. Since, she has become and style icon and regularly features on the ‘Best Dressed’ list, as well as featuring on the Time 100 Most Influential List in 2011and winning an Elle magazine Personal Style Award.
Every avid watcher of both Gossip Girl and the red carpet knows who Blake Lively is and craves her wardrobe on and off the set. At the end of September this year, she was named as the new brand ambassador for Stella McCartney and will now represent the brand inAmerica, having bonded with the fashion designer over their vegetarianism. She was recently photographed wearing her designs in a magazine shoot and will continue to represent Chanel, fulfilling her quota as the all-American beauty. She has starred in magazine covers the world over including Elle inFrance,SingaporeandJapan, US Vogue and Rolling Stone with her Gossip Girl co-star Leighton Meester. She even has a Louboutin shoe named after her. Not too bad for a 24-year-old girl from California, is it?