Ooooh, we just got a chill—and it's not because there's an autumnal frisson in the air, either. It's just that Vanessa Hudgens looks so flippin' fabulous on the cover of October's Marie Claire, where she took part in a smoking-hot photoshoot featuring cutout leotards, bondage booties and various other fashionable items that are decidedly un-Disney. But according to Vanessa, it's all part of her goal: to stay positive, focused, and fully herself as she navigates the transition from high school musicals and teenage growing pains to more grown-up, gritty fare.
"I am so comfortable with myself—honing in on what I love and what makes me powerful. Things I've been doing lately, I’m super-proud of," she declared. "So I don’t really care if someone doesn't like it, because I love it."
Or in other words: those who were hoping to shame the actress into submission for her boundary-pushing role in "Spring Breakers," you're out of luck. (And good riddance to ya.)
And as for Vanessa, she says that she wants three things out of her future—"A vintage Mustang, kids, and an Oscar!"—and when it comes to making the magic happen, she's got a plan she intends to stick with:
"You have a choice whether you want to be happy or not," she explained. "I choose to be happy. And it’s been working out pretty well."
What do you think of Vanessa's latest appearance in Marie Claire?