Blake Lively Heats Up July's 'Marie Claire'

Blake Lively covers the July issue of Marie Claire.
Photo: Courtesy of Marie Claire

Gossip Girl may be on summer vacation, but don't worry- Blake Lively hasn't gone all MIA on us until the show returns in the fall (whew!). In fact, it's kind of the opposite, since the actress has been popping up EVERYWHERE recently onscreen and off. She's already graced the cover of the new issue of Bullett-sharing the honors with Alexander Skarsgard- and now the actress is seeing red on the cover of July's Marie Claire magazine. Sporting everything from a cherry red satin tuxedo dress to a glittery Jenny Packham gown to a statement leather corset, the attention-grabbing spread is enough to make us forget about Serena Van Der Woodsen for the next few months. This summer, it's all about Blake.

Blake Lively in Marie Claire.
Photo: Courtesy of Marie Claire

Inside the Red Hot Fashion Issue, Blake tells Nina Garcia about her choice to not use a stylist on the red carpet. According to the actress, unlimited access to clothes is just another perk of being on GG. "Maybe it sounds jerky, but I'm lucky to be on such a fashion-centric show [Gossip Girl]. There's no designer I don't have access to." Um...we didn't think we could be any MORE jealous of Blake Lively, but clearly we were wrong. And although the 24-year-old explains that she likes to have her own individual style, she admits she takes fashion inspiration from free spirits like Florence Welch. "I always admire people who make really strong choice," she says. "When you do something bold, it's usually because you feel really good in it." She's definitely taking her own advice in the mag, working a Dolce and Gabbana leather bodysuit, a Calvin Klein Collection skirt, and layered Lorraine Schwartz necklaces. Bottom line: clearly a little bit of confidence (and a lot of fashion sense) goes a long way. Check out a sneak peek of Blake Lively's Marie Claire feature here, and grab the issue when it hits newsstands on June 19.

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