Before Taylor Momsen hit the road with her band, The Pretty Reckless, for this summer’s Warped Tour, she stopped by the MTV.com studios to chat about her style. After all, her look comes under fire pretty often, whether she’s wearing T-shirts as dresses with garter belts or clear heels with tip jars in the platforms. Sure, mimicking her style isn’t appropriate for school or the office (at all), but we’ve got some serious admiration for her look. Why? Because this girl doesn’t apologize for who she is, what she looks like, or how she acts. She’s does what she wants and she’s confident. That’s pretty rare as a teenager (or an adult, for that matter) — and her 17th birthday is Monday. RESPECT, girl.
+ ON HER STYLE:
“I don’t really think that much about it. I kind of just dress in whatever makes me feel comfortable. I like a lot of leather, I like a lot of dresses. I guess it’s been known to be provocative. But it’s not for any other purpose than I dress for myself, and I do myself up kind of like a doll. I have a doll collection and I look at their outfits and kind of imitate them.”
+ ON HER BEAUTY ROUTINE:
“I don’t use a specific brand. I use whatever black eyeshadow and black eyeliner and whatever I can find in my closet that isn’t empty — or my makeup case — that isn’t empty now, and I just charcoal it on. When I go into a store, I just go, ’What’s the blackest eyeshadow and eyeliner you have?’ And whatever that is, I buy it at the time.”
+ ON FIRING HER STYLIST:
“My music reflects my style because my music reflects me and so does my music. I don’t think being in a band has allowed me to be more free, I think firing my stylist has allowed me to be more free. I now dress myself, and told everyone who was telling me to look a certain way and fit a certain mold for the niche that I was being put in, and I said f— that. … I was getting molded into this thing that wasn’t who I am, and fitting into the world that can make you popular or something. I was never the popular chick so I don’t even know what that means. … Just making that mental decision that I’m going to be myself and if people hate it they can hate it but at least I’m happy with how I’m walking down the street.”
+ ON DOING MORE FASHION CAMPAIGNS, LIKE MADONNA’S LINE, MATERIAL GIRL:
“I’ve now started to do more campaigns and things, and I enjoy it, I’m not against it. Where it will go, I have no idea. I’m playing rock shows all summer, so that’s what I’m doing now.”
+ MTV.COM PHOTO SHOOT:
Photo: MTV/Gregg Delman
Taylor Momsen is wearing a John Lennon tee, available at WornFree.com.
Photo: MTV/Gregg Delman