Taylor Momsen On Teen Vogue: Cover Story

By Haley Murphy

“Gossip Girl” Taylor Momsen is keeping busy filming the third season of the stylish CW show and just landed a role on the new cover of Teen Vogue (see the full image after the jump). This time, however, she’s being touted for for her music. The 16-year-old singer-actress has glammed up her wardrobe (on the cover, she wears a Burberry trench, a Topshop shirt and a DKNY skirt) and is breaking away from her wholesome image to discuss her role on “GG” and her pop-rock band, the Pretty Reckless.

Taylor says music has always been her first passion and recorded almost all of her freshman album before signing with Interscope Records. “I wanted to have it all done so I could say, ‘Here’s who I am, either you like it or you don’t.'”

She recently told MTV News her music is inspired by everyone from the Beatles to grunge bands like Soundgarden, Audioslave, Hole, Nirvana and maybe a little Joan Jett. Still, her music is very much her own work: “My lyrics are my diary—you’re hearing every detail on my life,” she admitted to Teen Vogue.

Taylor has been acting professionally for nearly a decade and feels her adult lifestyle has made her completely independent. “Yeah I kind of grew up in front of the camera: I started modeling when I was two,” she said. “I was never pushed into it, but I never really chose it either. That’s why music is so different for me. I’ve known since I was little that this is what I want to do.”

As for her alter-ego Jenny Humphrey on “GG,” Taylor doesn’t seem to think they would have a whole lot in common. “I live a very adult life. I just can’t relate to what [high school kids] talk about—it seems so petty.”

What do you think about Taylor’s cover? What’s your favorite “Pretty Reckless” song?