Cover Girl: Jessica Biel for ELLE Magazine

Posted on December 13, 2012

We STILL can’t sign off on her hair, but this is a killer cover:

Jessica Biel covers the January 2013 issue of ELLE magazine photographed by Thomas Whiteside and styled by Joe Zee. Jessica Biel wears an embellished silk and tulle dress with a lacquered metal, plexiglas, and crystal necklace by Christian Dior.


On plans for the future: My goal now is to work with great directors. Small role, big role, medium-size role—it doesn’t matter. I just want to work with someone who’s going to push me to a scary, exciting place that I’ve never been before.”

On Justin Timberlake’s domestic side: “He bakes pies. He’s Southern, so he’s got all this influence from his grandma. He does a three-layer pie…and blueberry crunch cake, which is pretty unbelievable. It doesn’t happen all that often, thank God. Otherwise, it would be a big problem.”

On choosing her wedding dress: “I wanted the dress to be very romantic and feminine and a shape that I very rarely wear. I have never been crazy about all-white wedding dresses, for me at least. [Giambattista Valli] had created that same fabric in a fuschia-and-pink combination for a dress in a previous collection, and I asked him if he could create that same pattern in a white combination, and he suggested pink. It was a bit of a leap of faith at the time, but it turned out better than I could have ever imagined. [Putting it on], I felt like I had made the right choice. I felt elegant. And it moved like a dream.”

Christian Dior Spring 2013 Collection/Model: Vlada Roslyakova (WOMEN)

Christian Dior Spring 2013 Collection Necklace

 That’s a gorgeous dress and she’s just the gal who can rock giant pieces of jewelry like that. Justin bakes PIES, you guys!


[Photo Credit: Thomas Whiteside for ELLE,]

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  • MrsMaxPower

    The dress is killah, but THAT HAIR!  

    • RebeccaKW

       To me, it looks less like hair than fur in that cover shot. 

  • Mismarker

    She’s eyebrows-to-hips gorgeous.  Cannot wrap my mind around JTimbo baking a pie.  

    • l_c_ann

      I’m southern and many, many guys are great cooks.  Not just BBQ and pre-football.  (And they rock in other ways.)

      • Mismarker

        I guess that’s not the way we grow ’em in the midwest! Jealous. : )

        • frederieke

          I dunno, my cousins can bake. But their mother is a professional baker…they might be an exception

        • akprincess72

          My Ohioan husband LOVES to bake, but he largely sticks to breads, rolls, buns & such.  Mostly because he knows I love to bake the cakes & cookies.  He also makes home made pastas.  He says he finds it relaxing, he’s an engineer & when he’s mentally working through a problem, breads especially help him sort his thinking.  I love it!!!

      • fallen_ikon

        Yep. My husband used to make pies all the time. He’d take them to work, give them to friends and family..his doctor told him he had to cut back on the sweets so he doesn’t do it so much anymore.

      • ohayayay

        So true. My dad is basically Hank Hill, and while he is limited in a lot of ways, he actually bakes cakes!

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Oooooh, mister Zee put his foot down on flashing that moon rock she calls her wedding/engagement ring. Good for him.

    • Kristin McNamara

       Ooh! Interesting point!

  • MilaXX

    I don’t think she is killing it in that dress and I can’t stand her. Also she can’t act.

    • Kayceed

      The quote about wanting to henceforth work with great directors cracked me up. 1) Way to burn all your previous directors. 2) A change in directors does not help those without requisite actorly skills.

      • MilaXX

         someone recently reminded me of how she tried to get  out of her 7th Heaven contract and it flared my dislike of her up several notches

        • rawrgrowlrawr

          What did she do? 

          • Sobaika

            She tried to get out of her contract, producers said no, so she posed for a scandalous photoshoot in hopes that they would fire her. You could see some bits.
            She was a teen so I don’t really care, but I think it’s hilarious considering that show is the only reason we know her name.

          • rawrgrowlrawr

            I surely hope she was at least eighteen, or else most of the shame falls on the photographer. Still, ew. And basic biology be damned, the idea of sexualized teenagers always creeps me out. It just makes me think of pervy old men. 

            I’ll unclutch my pearls now. 

          • Little_Olive

            Eh, and on her parents. 

        • ankali

          If you’re referring to the racy photo spread she did, she’s actually talked about that. She was 17 when those pictures were taken, and she says that the photographer talked her into them. Something along the lines of “It seemed like a good idea while I was following his suggestions, but I was only 17, and on the way home from the shoot I realized I’d made a very bad decision and started crying.” She says her father and manager tried to keep the photos from being published, but the magazine wouldn’t cooperate.

          I’m no fan of hers — she really cannot act, and she seems so bland in interviews — but I find her version of events totally plausible, and I can’t really hold that Gear spread against her.

          • MilaXX

            It is entirely plausible that she regretted it afterward, but both her and her dumb ass parents consented to it as an attempt to get off the show. I also side eye the whole “talked me into it” conversation since her parents had to be present since she was a minor. If that ws done in a matter of minutes as opposed to “think about it” than not only was she young and foolish (entirely possible), her parents were MAJOR Morons.

      • Little_Olive

        Hahah yes. It sounds like she is admitting she’s done nothing but crappy roles and she’s ready to move from “great body” to “serious actress”.  

    • lovelyivy

      I keep wanting to give her a shot due to my very vague memories of her on Seventh Heaven, and then I watch 5 minutes of whatever movie she’s in and realize that she is terrible. Apparently she is now going to be famous primarily for being married to someone uber-famous. See also: Katie Holmes and Jada Pinkett

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Very cool.  The dress is amazing!!  What is going on with that neck…piece? – is there a clear side with the jewels??  

    • myristica_fragrans

      my barbies used to rock those necklaces in the late 80s.

  • Inspector_Gidget

    Who’s a good little cocker spaniel?  That’s right, you are!  Good girl!

    • Tom Shea

       Classy. Let’s compare the actress we don’t like to a DOG. Jesus H. It’s just a set of bangs.

      • charlotte

         We are kittens, so dogs are the only comparison category available.

        • schadenfreudelicious

          “cocker spaniel hair” is a very commonly used phrase here by both the kittens and our uncles…. no one is saying she looks like a dog… only that style of long hair flopped over the front of the shoulders resembles the ears of a cocker spaniel…..

  • Sobaika

    I will forever side-eye any director who chooses to work with her. She is about as interesting onscreen as a Windows 95 screensaver.

    But she is really fucking pretty. It’s a shame she has that god-awful hair, I wish the Elle team had at least kept it off her shoulders so we could better see the necklace.

    • MilaXX

       cosign ALL of that

    • kimmeister

      Exactly the point I was making about seeing the necklace better!

    • vandeventer

       I’m surprised when people find her attractive.  I think she WAS very good looking, like back when she was on that tv show.  But now all I see is plastic surgery face.  I’m sure it is the pressure of Hollywood, but she had a perfectly flawless face, no need for the nose butchery and lip plumping.  Do love that she represents the more athletic body type though.

      • Little_Olive

        yes! that nose and those lips give me the creeps. 

  • Janet B

    I see a lot of hair, wish I could see more of the necklace on her.

  • Kenisha Hill Phillips

    Am I the only one who likes her bangs?

    • DTLAFamilies

      The bangs don’t bother me, but the too-long extensions do.

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    • StellaZafella

      Bangs can be pretty, bangs can be flirty, bangs can be an asset and/or a personal statement. These bangs on her face seem to have a personality of their own…they interrupt her beauty, they don’t enhance it. They’ve become so thick and heavy now that some feel like she’s trying to hide behind them, or deny her own beauty.
      I, for one, appreciate that you have a different point of view…perhaps you see something some of us don’t.

      • Kenisha Hill Phillips

        For me, they pull the focus to her lovely eyes.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      I’d like them much better if they weren’t so heavy looking. 

    • vandeventer

       I feel like she just doesn’t have one of “those” faces that works with bangs.

    • buildmeatower

       I like them too. Apparently I was indoctrinated into bangs at a young age because I pretty much love them on anyone, including when they get into what TLo call ‘booms.’ I wanted some like that desperately during early adolescence when, swear to God, my bangs were naturally corkscrew curls and all I wanted out of life was straight hair and decent bangs.

  • kschwarting

    She looks superficially great, but so…vacant is the word that comes to mind.

  • charlotte

    She should read the magazine. Prettier hair in minutes!

  • Deitra S.

    Still basically not smiling since her wedding.  That face looks like she was going to smile, but then stepped in something dubious.  She’s afraid to look at whatever it is.  Or was.  

    I wonder if she smiles in the interior pages at all?

    • LesYeuxHiboux

      Reading that interview it seemed like she just really wanted to wear an awesome dress. It seems to be the question that mustered the most energy.

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  • veronkimo

    Y’all should cover the pictures inside the magazine! She looks great in most of them! AND I love the theme of each photograph!! seriously, check them out! :)

  • Tamara Hogan

    Does the distance between her chin and boobs seem…extra-long to anyone else? 

    • Introspective

      why no! its just her genetically superior, cgi- & adobe-enhanced swanlike torso. get into it girl.

  • neofashionista

    No until she loose the doggie bangs she looses ALL credit in my book
    I am on a Biel Embargo until the bangs are gone

  • Monday1900

    It’s a great dress but meh on her.  I really don’t see the appeal of her–not very talented or pretty. 

  • formerlyAnon

    My peasant brain just freezes to a dead stop at the idea of commissioning a (name) designer to create a fabric for your wedding dress.

    The rich. Not like you or I.

  • Sarah Caponigro

    She doesn’t look happy.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    She reminds me of a younger Carly Simon.  In looks only.  Not talent.

  • afabulous50

    I have named her the “Douchess” and will always now refer to her as that.  As I’ve said before she is #3 on my irrational hate list, and firmly placed there.  So, I’ll never be able to objectively comment on her…like some (or most) w/Taylor Swift & Lea Michelle.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      Or off a cliff?

  • foodycatAlicia

    The dress is great but I fucking hate the way her hair covers the necklace. Big dramatic piece that you can’t even see, what a waste.

  • Imasewsure

    Great cover. Except for the first question (clueless), she sounds sweet in the interview and I since I know nothing about her (except she is beautiful), this brings her up to “Jennifer Garner” territory for me (in other words: inoffensive, pretty, sweet, bland but you know, pretty and sweet anyway)

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  • crash1212

    Not exactly sure why ELLE would choose to spotlight that awful hair…WTF? Otherwise, killer. Also – PIES!

  • decormaven

    Hon, when CD loans a fab necklace like that, move the hair out of the way so we can SEE it. We can see your hank of hair anytime- this piece is special. 

  • Ass Kicking Adviser

    I don’t get it. Her eyes say, ‘no one is home.’ I just do not find her attractive and am I the only person who thinks it is strange that she got married right when she was pole-dancing for a movie? Work with great directors? Shouldn’t she be able to act first? Yeah I know..meee-ow. Sorry.

  • CheriCPat

    Does anyone have a link to a shot of her wedding dress?  I’m interested now!

    • formerlyAnon

       TLo, working hard to keep those of us (like me) who live in caves, up to date have it covered. Put “Biel Timberlake” into the search box at the top right of this page. The post with her on the cover of People in her wedding dress comes up.

  • librarygrrl64

    I still don’t really “get” her. She has amazing bone structure, beautiful skin, and a wonderful figure, and I’m sure she’s a lovely person, but her acting and everything else about her just leave me feeling kind of…meh. She doesn’t even generate enough feeling for the Irrational Dislike list. Is it just me?

    • Gabriella M

      It’s not just you. 

  • glennethph

    Seriously, I’ve yet to see her happy since the wedding.  But maybe, she didn’t know how much more of a douche he was before they got hitched.

  • shanteUstay

    I don’t mind the hair. I’m a sucker for heavy fringe. I don’t think it works against her here. That necklace IS TO DIE FOR

  • kikisayshi

    Is she waiting for the apocalypse to see if her bangs will prevent the end of the world? That seems to be the only reasonable explanation for why she still thinks they are doing her any favors. She does look pretty fantastic though.

  • quiltrx

    LOVE the dress!  But the hair MUST go.  She doesn’t just look like a cocker spaniel, she looks like a groomed-for-Westminster cocker spaniel.  It’s stupid-looking.

  •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    Brunette Taylor Swift.

    That collar is to die for, though.

  • RzYoung

    The hair writes off the cover for me. I didn’t even bother to read the copy boys (sorry if you had to type it out) she is so utterly vacuous 

  • Gabriella M

    Why do stylists always put nude lipstick on her? I don’t think it works for her as well as they think it does. I feel like if she had color on her lips she’d look a little less bland. 

    • mike__tv

      LOL, she’s stunning but bland. And I don’t know why.

  • guest2visits

    In this case, the heavy bangs are working for her. They do create a certain look that accentuates the slavic cheekbones and
    a dewy, young freshness.  In most other pics though; the bangs are too heavily present and dictate the whole look.

  • Victoria Weinstein

    All I see when I look at her is The Dumb. She radiates nothingness so hard that it obliterates the interestingness of the dress or whatever she’s wearing. 

  • korilian

    Jessica Biel is married to Justin Bieber? I miss all the celebrity news.