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Taylor Momsen

Taylor Michel Momsen (born July 26, 1993) is an American child actress and model. She portrays the character Jenny Humphrey on the The CW television series Gossip Girl. Momsen was born in St. Louis, Missouri to Collette and Michael Momsen and lives in Potomac, Maryland. Her younger sister Sloane Momsen is also an actress. She began acting professionally at age 3, with a national commercial for Shake 'N' Bake. Then she got a role in The Prophet's Game. In 2000 Taylor got the role of Cindy Lou Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Two years later she got parts in two more motion pictures: Hansel & Gretel, in which she played Gretel, and Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams, in which she played Alexandra, the President's daughter. Taylor's career came to a halt for over three years until she got the lead role in the never-aired The WB series Misconceptions. In 2002, Momsen recorded "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" & "One Small Voice" featuring Myra & Camille Winbush for School's Out! Christmas. Momsen appeared in the 2006 film Saving Shiloh and as Molly in the 2007 Walt Disney Pictures film Underdog. She currently plays the character of Jenny Humphrey in the CW television series Gossip Girl, which is based on the book series by Cecily von Ziegesar. In June 2008, at the age of 14, Momsen signed to IMG Models.

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HOUSE OF BLUES BABE

Taylor Momsen seen on Mar 14 2012 in Los Angeles, CA. Taylor Momsen was spotted taking the stage at the House of Blues with her band The Pretty Reckless in LA on March 14, and the 18 year old singer continues her risque style streak. For her outfit, Taylor paired a sheer patterned blouse with a black bra and a pair of tiny black shorts, and then wore thigh high black socks under buckled platform boots. Mile long blonde hair extensions and heavy black eye makeup (of course) completed her on-stage ensemble. If you like the idea of pairing a sheer blouse with black shorts, check out one of the options here on CoutureCandy; Tysa's Swan Caftan in Feather Print, Zoa's Peasant Blouse in Black, and Kimberly Taylor's Cairo Top in Cobalt are all great sheer options. Then, if you're feeling as daring as Taylor, pair with Bleulab's micro mini Shortcut Cutoff Shorts in Hydron Black. What are you feeling about Taylor's outfit here everyone, rock and roll edgy or simply inappropriate? TM recently sat down with Perez Hilton to talk about everything from her music to touring, and had this to say about her songwriting process: "I mean, every song is written so differently that there isn't a direct process writing means, but it starts with an idea whether that be a riff, or a melody, or a lyric, or a concept; whatever it is. But it starts with an idea, and then it goes from there. So I mean, every song is kind of done so differently that it's hard to describe." Perez also asked Taylor about what the most rewarding part of recording music was, and she replied: "Finishing the record was the first thing. When it was actually done it was you know, that's one of ó I was so excited. But then, you know writing any type of song ó anytime you finish something that's like the best feeling in the world. And then what comes after that is playing it live, and then from, translating from playing it live to having the fans sing every word to every song back to you is just the most incredible feeling in the world." It seems like music is her true passion!

LADYLIKE AT MARCHESA

Taylor Momsen seen on Feb 15 2012 in New York, NY. It's been a long time since we've seen Taylor Momsen in a look that doesn't involve ripped fishnet stockings and stripper heels, yet the former "Gossip Girl" starlet cleaned up nice for Marchesa's show at New York Fashion Week on February 15. Proving that some things never change, however, Taylor did rock her signature raccoon eyes for the fashionable afternoon. The 18 year old Pretty Reckless singer looked downright ladylike in a midnight blue Marchesa number that was paired with multiple rings and a nude pointed toe heels. For a look that's inspired by Taylor here, try a ladylike lace dress such as Alexia Admor's 3/4 Sleeve Lace Dress in Black/Nude, or for a pop of color go with Meghan Los Angeles' Bradie Dress in Purple. From there, add on a few statement rings, like Satya Jewelry's From the Depths Ring in Onyx or Femme Metale Jewelry's Black Snake Ring in Silver. Although Taylor doens't look too happy to be there, in fact she looks downright pissed in the photo on the right, it's nice to see her dress a tad (to say the least) more demure. What are you feeling about Taylor's transformation here, everyone? At the Marchesa show, Taylor spoke out about her feeling on the designs, saying: "It was f--kingóexcuse me... It was beautiful. It was gorgeous. There were so many [designs] I loved. Marchesa is ladylike. [They make] you feel like a woman. Everything [they do] is beautiful and it crosses so many different styles. I think any woman can wear Marchesa and look beautiful in it." Who knew Taylor was such a fan of the glamorous designer?

TAYLOR SLAMMED FOR SMOKING

Taylor Momsen seen on Feb 01 2010 in New York, NY. Taylor Momsen was photographed staying warm on the set of "Gossip Girl" yesterday, February 1, in NYC, sporting a fierce long leather coat along with a pair of motorcycle boots. While the full-on leather coat is (to quote Tim Gunn) "a lot of look," Suzabelle's Nicolet Trench Coat in Black or Eva Franco's Front Bow Coat in Kitty Noire are two more wearable options. From there, TM grabbed a mini houndstooth scarf (I love the look of Raw 7's Long Shredded Scarf in Grey) along with a chain bag (check out Carla Mancini's Flap Over Bag with Chain Strap in Black), fishnet stockings, and a pair of Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses. My favorite part? Her supercute pigtails. Love it! What do you think of Tay's look here, love it or leave it? Taylor has found herself in the middle of a fiery controversy lately, as picture of the 16 year old actress smoking away on a cigarette made their rounds on the internet recently. Patrick Reynolds, the director of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free America, told Us Weekly: "She really has an extra responsibility to bear as an actress idolized by little girls out there. For her to be smoking sends the wrong message to kids. Evidence shows that stars do influence kids to smoke." I'm sure that's true! Taylor recently spoke out about the fact that she's a role model, and said: "To be honest, I don't f--king care. I didn't get into this to be a role model. So I'm sorry if I'm influencing your kids in a way that you don't like, but I can't be responsible for their actions. I don't care." Yikes! Check out the picture of Taylor smoking here - come on Tay, put it out!

TOO RISQUE FOR A 16 YEAR OLD?

Taylor Momsen seen on Nov 30 2009 in New York, NY. "Gossip Girl" star Taylor Momsen was swarmed by photographers outside of the MTV Studios in Times Square NYC earlier today, November 30, heading in for an appearance on "Itís On With Alexa Chung." I can't wait to hear what you think about Taylor's outfit, readers. What do you think, is T's barely-buttoned (and bra-exposing!) shirt dress (and the lack of pants altogether) a bit too risque for this 16 year old? It's crazy to think that Little J is only 16! For a take on Tay's look that's a bit more, ahem, polished - start with Da-Nang's Printed Shirt Dress in Trench under a warm coat with a fur collar (try Rebecca Taylor's Fur Collar Coat in Charcoal). From there, Taylor donned a pair of reflective aviator sunglasses, carried Novella Royale's studded black Mister Handbag in Black and sported a majorly chipped blue manicure. She finished her ensemble off with a pair of lace-up flat boots and her signature rosary necklace (check out Queen Baby by King Baby Studio's Small Cross and Crowned Heart Rosary in Silver). Okay everyone, I'm ready for your thoughts on this! Allegedly, Taylor is not too pleased with her network, the CW, due to the fact that they are playing her co-star Leighton Meester's music on "Gossip Girl," but are not playing hers. A spokesperson for the CW said, "The show will support Taylor and her music when the time is right, but her music is not ready yet." Ouch! Better get back to rehearsal, Tay!

DISHING ON BOYS AND MUSIC

Taylor Momsen seen on Aug 17 2009 in Brooklyn, NY. Taylor Momsen AKA Little J was spotted heading onto the "Gossip Girl" set (escorted by a burly bodyguard, natch) earlier today, August 17, in Brooklyn, looking a bit listless as she flashed a subtle (or maybe not-so-subtle?) message for the paparazzi in the photo on the left. Do you see what I see? For her outfit, the "GG" costumers put together a purple look for Little J, starting with a flowy violet frock (check out Single Dress' Long Sleeve Tie Neck Tunic Dress in Fuchsia or Amberlynn's Midnight Maiden Dress in Plum) that was then paired with cage-like heels and a classic pair of Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses. An ample amount of jewelry was then added, such as a pearl necklace (like Kuo Ting Jewelry's Freshwater Pearls Necklace in Gold) over an edgier, more eccentric necklace (I love Castaway Jewelry's Pyrite and African Glass Bead Necklace in Brass), finishing up with a handful of bangles (try Ettika's Braided Leather Wrap Bracelet with Charms in Turquoise and Accessories & Beyond's Button Leather Gold Plated Bracelet). Do you like the look that TM is rocking here, or is she not pulling it off? I know that my readers are always love-it or hate-it with T. Tay recently sat down with "Access Hollywood" and dished on topics such as dating and rock and roll. When it comes to the dating world, Taylor says, "I would eat a boy my age alive. Iíve had lots of relationships. Boys are so much less mature than girls as it is. Thereís just no way." But is there a possibility that Taylor would leave the world of acting forever to pursue her career as a rockstar? "It would be crazy to cut it out completely. And I love being on the show ó I hope it goes on for a couple more years. But as for the future, I donít know. Iím at a point now where Iím not doing anything just for money or fame," she says. At least she was able to fine-tune her look in accordance to her rocker spirit, as she says, "I had long, pretty hair, and it didnít fit me. Iím pretty, but Iím not, like, a Ďpretty girl.í So I pulled up a bunch of photos of Joan Jett and said, ĎDo that to my hair.í I decided to start being myself. Now I do my own makeup, my own hair, and dress myself, and it feels better." I'm all for being yourself and being authentic, but I must ask the question - do you like Taylor's hair and makeup when she does it herself? It's a little heavy on the raccoon eyes, normally!

DISHING ON HER TUNES

Taylor Momsen seen on Jul 06 2009 in New York, NY. Taylor Momsen AKA Little J was spotted heading to set of her hit show "Gossip Girl" on Monday, July 6, in NYC, while sipping on a Diet Coke and chatting away on her BlackBerry. For Tay's warm-weather look with a rock and roll edge, she started with an oversized striped pocket tank (if you are into the bold striped look, check out Rails' Deana Striped Tank in Navy / White or Autumn Cashmere's cotton Rugby Striped Capsleeve Sweater in Black / Bleach, or for a similar, pocketed silhouette with an in-your-face graphic tank, try Lauren Moshi's Gun Rose Pocket Tunic in White - Rihanna is a fan), and accessorized with chunky heeled black leather booties, black aviators, a black and silver beaded rosary (similar to Jessica Elliot's Wrought Iron Clover Necklace in Silver), and a few funky bangles. The finishing touch? A blood red lip. What are your thoughts on TM's look here, readers - are you a fan? If you are a fan of Taylor, I'm sure that you are aware that her band, The Pretty Reckless, have already started touring. Must be kind of difficult with Tay's busy filming schedule! Of her tunes, Taylor says, "In everything I do, Iím influenced by music. Music feeds my soul. As far as style, Iím influenced by eras that had music [I] liked. Music became a persona to me." She continues, "I grew up listening to the Beatles on vinyl with my dadÖ So I grew up kind of listening to good records. I worked my way into Joan Jett and the Runaways records and Blondie and Garbage. Garbage became a huge influence on me." Very interesting! Have any of you heard Taylor's tunes?

AN ALBUM TO COME SOON

Taylor Momsen seen on May 15 2009 in New York, NY. Taylor Momsen AKA Little J on "Gossip Girl" was seen strolling through NYC with mom Collette yesterday afternoon, May 15, doing a cute little strut for the paparazzi as the two made their way from a coffee shop. TM kept her outfit simple and flattering, pairing a high waisted black mini skirt (like Black Halo's High Waist Pleated Pocket Skirt) with a simple white tank (I love the extra detail on P.G.D. Style's Babydoll Tank in White) and nude heels. Taylor then completed her look with a classic black trench coat (similar to Suzabelle's Umbria Trench Coat in Black), a black hobo bag, a pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers, and a black and silver beaded rosary (for an Irish inspired necklace with rosary influences, take a peek at Jessica Elliot's Wrought Iron Clover Necklace in Silver). What are your thoughts on Momsen's street style here, is this something that you would wear just kickin' around town? It seems like all of the "Gossip Girl"'s are super into dabbling into the world of music lately, as Leighton Meester will be coming out with an album this fall (her single "Good Girls Go Bad" is a collaboration with Cobra Starship and is already generating positive buzz) and Taylor's band, Pretty Reckless, has been signed with Interscope Records. Taylor calls this an "honor," and Jimmy Iovine, the chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records, echoes her sentiments. He says, "Taylor has an incredible presence and when she decided to make Interscope her musical home, we were thrilled." Are any of you out there excited to hear what Tay's band has to offer?

TAY IS RECKLESS

Taylor Momsen seen on Mar 18 2009 in New York, NY. Taylor Momsen AKA Little J was spotted on the "Gossip Girl" set in between takes in NYC on March 18, rocking a disheveled hairstyle and a pair of seriously high heels. Taylor's stylist picked out a pair of slouchy pinstripe trousers (take a peek at Signorelli's more figure conscious Pin Stripe Pants in Teal) with a maroon tank (for a sexier, lingerie-inspired top, check out Gold Hawk's Basic Lace Tunic in Merlot) under a cropped leather jacket (like Gold Hawk's Belted Leather Jacket in Moonless Night). For the rest of her ensemble, Little J hid her peepers under an oversized pair of aviators, toted along an oversized hobo bag (similar to Linea Pelle Collection's Lola Double Handle Bag in Midnight), and sported some randomly multicolored nails. What are your thoughts on this look for Tay - yay or nay? I do like the contrast between the toughness of her leather jacket and the femininity of her pearl necklace (check out Kuo Ting Jewelry's Freshwater Pearls Necklace in Gold). In other Momsen news, it seems that the 15 year old is interested in music as well as acting and modeling. Soon, she will be touring with her rock band, The Reckless. Taylor says, "Itís really exciting - weíre called The Reckless. Weíre putting out our album this year and hopefully starting to tour around April. I do write it [the songs] all 100 per cent myself. Iím the lead singer and I play guitar and I totally oversee it. Itís a huge passion and totally important to me. Itís really exciting and probably not what people are gonna expect. Kinda dark, a little bit heavier - but we have our lighter, fun stuff too." Very interesting! What do you think - does this sound promising for Little J?

COLD WEATHER CUTIE

Taylor Momsen seen on Jan 15 2009 in New York, NY. Lil J aka Taylor Momsen was spotted on the icy cold streets of NYC on the set of her hit show, "Gossip Girl," on January 15 - braving the freezing temps and looking fabulous while doing so. Sporting a killer pair of fingerless leather gloves and Ray Ban aviators (hey, there is such a thing as snow glare!), Taylor layered a long black coat (check out Suzabelle's Umbria Trench in Black) over a chunky sweater dress (I love Autumn Cashmere's Color Block Turtleneck Dress in Black). T accessorized with simple gold drop earrings, strategically ripped tights, and a fringe bag (for a pop of color, check out Posse New York's Vanessa Tote in Plum). Don't forget the platform booties - like walking in the snow isn't hard enough! While most people tend to forget that Taylor is only 15 years old, she has responded to the fact that the media is painting her as a partygirl acting too wild for her age. She says, "Itís like, yeah, Iím really going to go to a party with my cast and crew and all the executives at the network and dance on tables. [Tabloids] all want to make me out as this party girl, and Iím not. Iím underage! All I do is sit at home and play guitar. Thatís seriously what I do. Iím a Leo. Iíve always been independent, and this is the lifestyle I have grown up with since I was 3." What do you think, do you believe T's claims?

NATURALLY THIN

Taylor Momsen seen on Oct 12 2008 in New York, NY. Taylor Momsen was spotted, along with co-star Leighton Meester, at the New York City premiere of the upcoming comedy Sex Drive last night, October 12, looking fresh and youthful as always. While her dress kind of borders on "French maid Halloween costume," Little J still looks adorable. For a similar dress that's not so costumey, check out Tricia Fix's Siva Cocktail Dress in White. Accessory wise, Taylor wore a pair of black peeptoe heels and kept the jewelry to a minimum, pairing a dainty silver necklace (White Trash Charms' Cute As A Button Necklace in Sterling Silver must have been named after Tay Tay!) with a few rings and a wrap-around bracelet (like Accessories & Beyond's Magnetic Leather Bracelet in Black). Not sure how much I'm loving Tay's current cut, there's kind of an 80's-mullet vibe going on, no? Either way, this girl is definitely one to watch. While there have been rumors spreading on the internet lately that Taylor is looking a little bit too thin, the young starlet is speaking out about how she is "naturally thin." Taylor says, "I mean, Iím just kind of naturally thin. My momís really thin, and Iím tall. Good genes- I just eat healthy. I walk a lot because I live in New York. So I try to walk a lot instead of taking cabs. I should probably start working out or something. I dance, so I guess thatís a full workout. Iíve been dancing since I was three, so I guess that would be it." What do you think- is Tay too thin? I think she looks great, personally!

LITTLE J HAS BIG STYLE

Taylor Momsen seen on Sep 22 2008 in Soho, NY. My favorite on "Gossip Girl" (sorry, Blair), Little J, also known as Taylor Momsen, was spotted strolling around Soho sipping a Redbull on September 22, looking chic and edgy and way beyond her mere 15 years. Sporting Alexander Wang's Baggy Denim Shorts (check out True Religion's similar Sophie Short in Dark Drifter) with a black sequined tank (like LaROK's sheer Beaded Tank in Black) and a biker-esque leather vest (Gold Hawk's Ruffle Leather Jacket in Moonless Night is similar), Tay-Tay accessorized with a guitar pick necklace, black shades (similar to Nour's Baba Sunglasses in Oro Bianco), and black lace up booties avec black socks. Who knew Little J had this edginess in her? Loves it! Later that night, Taylor attended the Metropolitan Operaís 125th Season Opening Night Gala at the Lincoln Center Plaza, looking stunning in a bright red tiered silk Marchesa gown with matching cherry red lips. Taylor is definitely not living a typical 15 year-old's life, wearing thousand dollar designer gowns and attending opera galas... another day, another soiree for Little J!

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