They're here—well, at least one of the first of them is. We're talking September-issue covers—arguably the most important and influential magazine cover of the year, not to mention the issue your mail person dreads lugging around. And this morning, Glamour revealed that its 2017 cover star is none other than Blake Lively.
While Lively's no stranger to September issues, having covered magazines like Marie Claire and Lucky (RIP), this one marks her first as an actor and executive producer on her upcoming film project, The Husband's Secret. And though it's hard to not first notice the beautiful, natural photos in the accompanying shoot, including Lively wearing fall's most daring color trend—red, and lots of it—it's her interview that's worth taking note of. Particularly, the three quotes below that stood out to us.
Lively’s honest responses and feminist statements are just the kind of spark we could use to fire us up on a Monday. Read on below, and then click through to Glamour for the full feature.
Lively on authentically representing women:
"I think that onscreen—at least in the mainstream—complicated women are black-and-white. They're villains, or they’re heroic. And that's just not real life…. We all have a lightness, and we all have darkness, and we all have plenty of shades in between."
Lively on allowing her daughters to dream big:
"We're all born feeling perfect until somebody tells us we're not. So there's nothing I can teach my daughter [James]. She already has all of it. The only thing I can do is protect what she already feels."
Lively on finding work that supports women:
"Any day you employ women, to me, is a good day."
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