As Schmidt once said on New Girl, there are youths EVERYWHERE. But in this case, I’m not exactly mad about it. Newly-minted Chanel ambasadress Willow Smith, Mad Men‘s Kiernan Shipka, and COVERGIRL and CHI‘s Zendaya are on the cover of W Magazine‘s April 2016 issue representing “fashion’s cool new attitude,” and we’re here for it, bold lipstick colors and all.
The issue serves to spotlight who’s next and who to watch in the worlds of fashion, film, entertainment, and more, so it certainly makes sense that these three young women would be at the forefront of the W team’s mind when selecting cover stars. Willow Smith is quickly proving how much of an influence she can have on the fashion world, Zendaya is a beauty and musical powerhouse, and Kiernan Shipka is rising up and beyond her most well-known role as Jon Hamm’s daughter on the beloved AMC show.
Each comes with her own distinct background as well, so if diversity was the goal, they certainly reached it. Read one for some highlights from each individual interview!
On her bold style (yes, those are real safety pins adorning her navy blue hair:
“[The pins were] my idea. I was in my bathroom yesterday and saw some safety pins on the counter and was just like, ‘Let me stab a dread real quick.’ When I did it, I was, like, ‘Oh, this is dope.’”
A girl who’s willing to match her blue lipstick to her blue hair? That’s definitely a new look for Chanel, and I’m excited to see what else she brings to the table.
“Mad Men introduced me to the power of fashion. I realized that style could tell a story. In the last season, Sally wants to impress a boy, so she dresses up. In the scene, I had to smoke a cigarette—and I’m not a pro in the slightest. They used these herbal cigarettes, and during the first take, I smoked it backwards.”
Is this where I admit that I’ve never seen more than the first season of the show? #Spoilers.
“After my Oscar moment, Mattel contacted us. They specifically wanted to make a Barbie that looked like me, in my exact outfit from the Oscars. I was so excited that Barbie wanted to diversify their brand. Now all little girls can have a Barbie that looks like them. My Barbie is in a box. I never let anyone touch her.”
(Photos: Courtesy of W Magazine)