Gossip Girl Blake Lively has accomplished a huge personal goal: She's the new face of Chanel's Mademoiselle handbag line.
“I had other opportunities and I would say, ‘Thank you so much, but I am holding out for Chanel,’” Lively told the New York Times. “That’s who I want to be the face of. And people would say, ‘Well, that’s unrealistic, they only hire Europeans,’ and I said: ‘Well, how great. I’ll be the first then.’”
The actress was personally chosen by Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel's head designer and creative director, who deemed her "an American dream girl." He shot all the campaign photographs himself at Chanel's Paris headquarters.
Lively's Chanel Mademoiselle ads will appear in April in magazines everywhere.