Chloë Sevigny for OUT Magazine

Posted on July 18, 2012

T Lo obsession Chloe Sevigny landed herself the cover of OUT:

 

Top by Opening Ceremony. Underwear by Calvin Klein Underwear. Boxing handwraps and gloves by Everlast.

Chloë Sevigny covers the latest issue of OUT magazine photographed by Terry Richardson and styled by Grant Woolhead. Hair: by Jeff Francis. Makeup by Maki.

On her role as a transgender hit man in the British series Hit & Miss: “I was worried people would be angry that they didn’t cast a real person who was transitioning. I asked why they didn’t, and the producers said they didn’t find the right person. It’s a big responsibility toward that community, and I wanted to do them right.”

On working mostly on a string of art-house flicks: “Hollywood does not know what to do with me. They do not like me. That’s why I end up in these seemingly difficult movies. That’s what is offered to me, and I need to make a living.”

On knowing her place in the fashion food chain [For the British premiere of Hit & Miss she requested about 20 dresses for consideration, but only received two.]: “Aren’t I one of the top searches on Style.com, for crying out loud? How hard is it to get a fucking dress from Valentino?”

Oh, kittens. If we loved her before (and we did), we now adore her. How could we not? Anyone who utters the line “How hard is it to get a fucking dress from Valentino?” immediately rises to the pinnacle of the T Lo Pantheon. Brava, dear. Although it would have been a LOT funnier if she’d said “Who do I have to blow to get a fucking Valentino dress?” Because then we would have said “Definitely not Vincent Gallo, darling.”

Anyway, the quotes are better than the pictures. Whatever interest can be found in the latter comes from Chloe’s Blue Steel. Otherwise, the backdrop, styling and concept are a little tired. They’ve been doing Olympics-themed editorials every four summers for the last 40 years.

 

Sweatshirt by Maison Martin Margiela. Handwraps by Everlast.

Yellow dress by Versace. Shoes by Louis Vuitton.

Cobalt blue top by Paco Rabanne. Underwear by Calvin Klein Underwear. Shoes by Yves Saint Laurent.

 

Cute, but not good enough to spur on a decent “Chloe and her alters” post. She looks the same in every picture, which should tell you something about photographer Terry Richardson’s penchant for pure surface in his photos. He’s not very good (as in, not good at all) at tapping into his subject’s personality or psyche.

 

[Photo Credit: Terry Richardson for out.com]

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  • Imasewsure

    At least she’s not wearing meat or doing some sort of Richardson fetish photo crap… he kinda sucks, don’t he…. anyway she’s adorable even with a single personality…

  • Pants_are_a_must

    I LOVE her quote about the trans community. You don’t hear a lot of celebs defending that section of the rainbow nation, do you.

    Too bad about Uncle Terry. He’s a crap photographer and a disgusting excuse for a human being.

    • Sobaika

      Why do people still hire him????

      • http://twitter.com/arodenha Alli

        I don’t know, but he’s the reason I didn’t renew my Harper’s Bazaar subscription since he seems to be their go-to and always has at least 1 editorial in every issue. Yuck!

        • http://howtofaint.tumblr.com/ How to Faint

          I hope you let them know that was the reason you didn’t renew your subscription.

          • http://twitter.com/arodenha Alli

            I @ tweeted them but never received a response so who knows….

      • Candigirl1968

        I’ve seen better shots from kids in taking a high school photography class. I almost feel like taking a “Terry surcharge” from my subscriptions to magazines that use him on a regular basis.  I don’t want them to use my subscription dollars to pay his fees. 

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

           He’s such a terrible photographer! Even if he weren’t such a grossball, I’d still say his work was awful. Add in the grossball factor and it’s like, why do they hire him?

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    I gotta say, after the quotes I read, I may be jumping on the Chloe train!

    • mjude

      save some room for me cause i will be joining you!

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        Sit beside me!

        • mjude

          would you like an adult beverage? 

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            Oh, but yes! Champagne, please.

          • mjude

            omg..champagne is my favorite…swear :) 

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            My current favorite? Ste Hillaire, Method Ancien.

  • RebeccaKW

    Well, I was always sort of on the fence with her, but the interview-now I love.  The photos are sad-not her, but the looks, the ‘set.’  I mean, fashion olympics and…a grey sweatshirt?  

  • SewingSiren

    It almost looks like he was trying to get you to do a Chloe and her Alter Egos post. Next time let Chloe be Chloe and T Lo be T Lo. Terry failed.

  • gabbilevy

    I do not get Terry Richardson. 

    I’m not sure get Chloe, either, but at least I *thoroughly enjoy* not understanding where planet she’s son. 

  • Anathema_Device

    Great post you guys. You don’t even need to reference her alters to be hilarious.

    As for not being able to get a Valentino, maybe the big fashion houses have seen how you style yourself, Chloe my dear.

    • LesYeuxHiboux

       That was interesting to me because the assumption on the judgements here is always unlimited access to clothing. If she only gets two dresses out of ten, and maybe neither suits her? Not so easy to look put together.

      • http://twitter.com/vileseagulls Frances

        Does she have to wear one of the offered dresses? If neither suited her, perhaps she should choose her own.  To be fair price would be an issue but it’s also possible to look chic without specifically getting one of the top labels.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

    This is just a question, not a judgement against Chloe: are actors paid for these kinds of spreads, the way a model would be paid? Or is it considered publicity and therefore, the actor would (supposedly) benefit from the exposure? 

  • nannypoo

    Although these pictures look like something I might take with my phone, I actually think she looks better here than she usually does. True, I don’t usually think she looks very good, but the makeup here gives her a softer, cleaner appearance.

  • alyce1213

    Very funny post, even without the alters.

    My favorite quote: “Aren’t I one of the top searches on Style.com, for crying out loud?”

    Yeah, for the laughs, girl.

  • jw_ny

    Her body is slammin! 

    • PuttyGalore

       She has pretty much the best pair of legs ever.

  • butterflysunita

    The photographs are terrible–what a waste of Chloe’s charisma and personality.

  • AthenaJ

     I’m straight and even I am finding that cover photo a turn-on…

  • Vlasta Bubinka

    From lighting to styling to clothing to composition, these pics may be the most boring ever shot.  I have such an overwhelming sense of ennui now that I can’t even taste my coffee.

  • unbornfawn

    PIctures are lousy.

  • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.wordpress.com Catherine

    DAMN. Soooo disappointed more of her alters didn’t come out!

  • greyhoundgirl

    Love her and yes, the photos aren’t good–but take it from this femme–she looks damn hot.

    • http://twitter.com/vileseagulls Frances

      Oh god yes.  I had to keep flicking back up to the cover shot halfway through reading.

  • tereliz

    I’m underwhelmed by this spread. And frankly surprised there isn’t more “spread”, considering photographer and subject. But that’s probably for the best. Meh. 

    • http://twitter.com/Alloyjane Alloy Jane

      Well she’s not some barely legal model with a limited sense of self.  She’s Chloë Fucking Se-vin-nyay, a woman who demands that Valentino robe her on command, lol.  And he’s Terry Richardson, or as I like to call him, Scary Dick, and he’s used to barely legal models who are too afraid of losing work by telling him they don’t want to get naked and to put his god damn pants back on.
      Also, I love how many of you are as horrified by him as I am.  He is disgusting.

  • lamamu

    The problem with Terry Richardson photos is that they’re never about the subject (model/actress/actor/etc). They’re about him and his very specific aesthetic. He has zero interest in tapping into a psyche other than his own. Just a form of masturbation, really.

  • kirkyo

    He made Chloe booooooooooooooooooooring. What a waste!

  • MilaXX

    Please no Brown  Bunny references. I’ve had major hate for Vincent ever since he claimed to have cause Roger Ebert’s cancer.
    Chloe looks okay here but they tamed her cray cray for this & I kind of like her brand of crazy.

  • formerlyAnon

     These aren’t nearly as fun as the “alter” – appropriate photos, but I have to admit she’s pretty in these and she doesn’t always photograph pretty.

    And, I know this is purposefully obtuse – seeing as how there are major restrictions on how an Olympic athlete can appear in the media during/right around the actual games – and that athletic bodies are not necessarily the best bodies to show off clothing. But it always strikes me as a waste when Olympics-themed spreads don’t include the incredible bodies of young & very fit athletes. That would be much more interesting than these shots.

  • janetjb

    Why does any one hire Terry Richardson?

  • Judy_J

    Hard to believe anyhone could make Miss Sevigny boring, but Terry Richardson has somehow managed to accomplish this.  The quotes are great; the photos are yawn-inducing.

  • kingderella

    richardson defender here, and i like these pictures quite a lot.
    i think sevigny looks better (read: saner) here than she has in ages.
    i like the ballsiness of her quotes, but she seems bitter, which is not a good look on a celeb (or anybody, really).

  • sweetlilvoice

    I like that she looks like a sexy regular woman on the cover. No super toned abs….just a sexy lady stomach. It makes me feel sexy too.  Love her comments too.

  • Aurumgirl

    ” He’s not very good (as in, not good at all) at tapping into his subject’s personality or psyche. “  He’s never been interested in anyone’s personality or psyche–it’s what he sees his subjects to be that he finds interesting.  He imposes himself on those he photographs–he doesn’t go in with the idea that he should let the camera tell him what he sees in his subject.  And that’s really why he sucks.

  • guest2visits

    Well there’s one Versace dress I don’t think I’ve seen –  pretty; can hardly see her though.

  • Call me Bee

    “Aren’t I one of the top searches on Style.com, for crying out loud? How hard is it to get a fucking dress from Valentino?”

    This is why we love her. 

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    i love me some sev.  even though i’m a big fat gay bear and she’s a girl, i’d find some way to marry her.  we might be a male and a female, but it would in no way be heterosexual.

  • snarkykitten

    my fucking cat can take better photos than terry richardson
    I’m really happy to read that Chloe is aware how frustrating it is that producers keep casting cis people in movies about trans* folks

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Chloe comes across as having a healthy perspective about herself and her profession.  Love the quote about Valentino!

  • quiltrx

    Obviously he’s never heard of or seen Chloe, or he could have done something much more interesting with the material, so to speak.

    And I didn’t understand until just now that “Out” meant your PANTIES.  I get it now! :)

  • http://6things.blogspot.com par3182

    i love chloe but come on, out magazine; if there was ever a time to put a gay athlete on your cover….

  • TieDye64

    Best interview quotes ever! Ms. Multiple Personalities has completely won me over.

  • bellafigura1

    The thing about Terry Richardson is that he tries to make you think that his choice to leave the electrical outlet in the shot is cool, when really, it’s just a distracting electrical outlet and translates to “poor composition,” not artsy.

    • http://twitter.com/vileseagulls Frances

      Oh. I liked this a lot better when my screen was angled such that I didn’t notice that.

  • Laylalola

    Well, I can kind of understand a designer being hesitant to freely give her their goods. She often is an utter fashion disaster. Now, if she chooses to pick it out and pay for it that’s another thing altogether. But thinking of her as good free advertising? Not so sure.

  • Laylalola

    And, because it really needs to be repeated: OUT magazine really couldn’t find anywhere in London right now a gay or lesbian athlete to feature on the cover?

  • H3ff

    Just looks like an American Apparel ad, with athletics props.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    I want to be her best friend.