Blake Lively Covers Glamour, Talks Being Her Own Stylist

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Blake Lively on the July cover of Glamour.

Blair Waldorf, be warned: Blake Lively has found a new BFF in singer Florence Welch.

Fresh off her appearance on Nylon's latest cover, the Florence and the Machine front woman happily takes a backseat to play interviewer for the July issue of Glamour, which sees new gal pal Lively sporting a shimmering cream Michael Kors tunic and gold Lorraine Schwartz bracelets.

Luckily, Welch wastes no time in getting Lively to open up about her style ("very moody"), being the face of Chanel Mademoiselle handbags ("such an honor"), and why hiring a stylist is a "terrible idea." (Alas, the singer neglected to get the dirt about that rumored romance with Leonardo DiCaprio.)

"You know, my mom modeled and made clothes, so I always had such an appreciation for design," the actress says.

"And then Gossip Girl completely blew open the door to fashion for me. I’d go to fashion shows and call my publicist and say, 'Can I wear that?' I think I became my own stylist by not knowing any better. And once I was told it was time to get one, I thought: This is one of my favorite hobbies! And I’m going to pay someone to steal my hobby from me? That’s a terrible idea!"

The 23-year-old seems equally low-maintenance when it comes to dressing for a big event.

"I like it to be easy," she tells Welch. "I don’t feel like I have to do so much with hair and makeup, because I’m the mannequin for these beautiful clothes, so I never want to do anything too distracting. Most of the time, I put my hair in a ballerina bun, and I take it down and it’s wavy, and then I leave. I feel shy when people are fussing on me. And my diet of choice before events is a chicken potpie from Tea & Sympathy, because they never have enough food at these things."

Photographed by Terry Tsiolis pre-strawberry blonde dye job, Lively rocks a blonde beehive and smoky eyes for the accompanying '60s-inspired fashion spread, which sees her modeling retro sweater-and-shorts combos from the likes of M Missoni, Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti, and Marc by Marc Jacobs.

And though she's a dead ringer for Brigitte Bardot in a sheer white polka-dot Stella McCartney blouse paired with fitted white American Apparel jeans and red Christian Louboutin heels, it's a different iconic blonde who inspired the starlet's recent teal Versace dress at the Met Costume Institute Gala.

"I loved that dress, but I am far too shy to walk around in a dress like that with a slit up to my neck," she says. "So I thought, The only way I can wear this is to pretend I’m someone else. Who is somebody who completely owns her sexuality? I thought, Marilyn Monroe! So I’m going to be Marilyn Monroe tonight."

For more of Blake Lively's interview and fashion spread, visit Glamour online and pick up the July issue, out June 7.