Christina Hendricks for Lucky Magazine

Posted on May 14, 2013

Hey, Christina. Don’t look so wary, now.


‘Mad Men’ star Christina Hendricks covers the June/July 2013 issue of Lucky magazine photographed by Ben Watts and styled by Eleanor Strauss.


Her expression’s all, “Okaaaaaaay. I guess you can take my picture. Who did you say you were again?” Which is funny, because she not only looks great in these pictures, but she got quite chatty in the accompanying interview:

On what she thought her life would be: “I just thought I would work in a hair salon and do community theater, she says… “There were so many actors, why do we need one more?”

On struggling to get a job in Hollywood: What she remembers most about her audition was the conversation she had with a friend beforehand. “I was crying before I went in [to her Mad Men audition] I was just so desperate. I was like, ‘I’m not going to get this,’ and my friend said, ‘It’s your role.'”

On the discomforts of fame: Being the center of attention is not easy for Hendricks. She has to remind herself again and again: “Just walk down the hall and try to imagine that you know everyone is looking at you.”

On her favorite designers: L’Wren Scott is her go-to designer… A fan of strapless dresses, she has especially warm feelings for pieces that are so well-constructed they don’t require a bra. “Christian Siriano makes his dresses that way,” she says gratefully. “It makes me feel so taken care of.”

On what she hates when shopping: Her nightmare? A salesperson suggesting an unconstructed piece that can’t accommodate a bra. “I want to say, ‘Excuse me, but are we standing in the same store?'”

On keeping her husband happy: Yes to pants, however, does not mean yes to sweatpants. “I can’t do that to my husband, not after three years of marriage. At home, I put on a low-cut caftan, and he’s like, ‘Babe, you look great.'”

On learning to love her character, Joan: “Joan used to be Peggy,” Hendricks says. “She just wants the next girl to not get trampled on like she did.” Now that she’s no longer scared of Joan, Hendricks loves her. “Joan is fascinating. I would play Joan forever,” she says.

It’s refreshing to see her in simple pieces that aren’t cutting off her circulation.  Just because a lady’s an hourglass doesn’t mean she needs to wear skin-tight clothes all the time.


[Photo Credit: Ben Watts for Lucky Magazine]

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  • marlie

    She’s gorgeous. And I love that she’s wearing pieces that are showing off her figure. Also, simple, not too fussy clothes are her friend.

  • Kate Andrews

    Maybe I’m old, but I don’t like seeing bra straps. I like the third look a lot!

    • Jaeda Laurez

      Those of us with significant boobs just don’t have a choice in this spaghetti strap era.

      • Sobaika

        Yeah. I used to feel self-conscious about it but these days I give zero fucks.

        • Rand Ortega

          I swear to God you BK’s & PUF’s are a writer’s dream. Stealing the “zero fucks” line, JSYK. Kthanxbye! Mwah! ; )

          • Sobaika

            All of us should use the phrase in both theory and practice :)

          • Rand Ortega


      • RebeccaKW

        I’m fine with it, seeing it and wearing it, but I prefer it not to be an old beige bra. If I’m going to do it, I prefer it to be black or a color, a pattern.

      • charlotte

        And those of us with much less than significant boobs as well, if we don’t want to look like ten year-olds.

      • Aurumgirl

        The spaghetti straps are easy to ignore. What isn’t easy to ignore is why they are ubiquitous in any plus size clothing store, where every patron is guaranteed to need not just a bra, but one with built in cantilevering. I’m insulted that they decided to show Christina in a spaghetti strap at all (maybe the kind way to describe that photo is “ironic”. The unkind way is “you have to be fucking kidding me”). She deserves better and it’s not like they couldn’t find something for her to wear that wouldn’t look amazing on her.

    • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      I’m not old, and I don’t like it. It’s not classy, to me.

      • irinaslutsky

        i’m with you on that one, tho i’m medium old.

      • Dorothy Damage

        As someone with Christina-sized boobs, sometimes they’re just unavoidable. It doesn’t make me trashy, it just means that most clothes aren’t made with my figure (and bra) in mind. And I can’t wear cardigans and grandpa jumpers all the time (and that’s saying a lot from someone who wears more cardigans than Shelley O.)

        • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

          It wasn’t meant to be an insult, merely and opinion. I have Christina’s bust as well. Just a preference, for me.

        • Candice Booth

          Also with the bras they make now the straps are meant to be seen because they are so beautiful.

    • Vlasta Bubinka

      If you look closely at those straps, you’ll see they’re pleated. It is possible those are straps that are part of the dress or its built in bra. Of course, there are designer, fancy bras with such details, but here, they mimic the piecing detail on the neckline of the dress.

    • marlie

      I’m not a fan of visible bra straps, but I give them a pass (with casual, non-work-wear only) as long as the bra is neutral or matches the top being worn. And a racerback top needs a racerback bra, etc.

    • BrooklynBomber

      I don’t like it, either. Strapless bras don’t always work, but I really try to avoid that.

      • MilaXX

        I either don’t buy spaghetti straps or I take them to the tailor and get them changed to a wider, more bra friendly strap.Also those clear strap bras are a godsend

        • BrooklynBomber

          I rarely buy them anyway, as I don’t think it’s a great look for me. But there’s also the cut-in armhole and razor-back. Nothing for it but a convertible bra.

  • Adrianna Grężak

    She’s so beautiful!

  • MK03

    Nailed it.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Love this photo spread! She looks really good, which I know, can always be iffy for her, fashion-wise.

  • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    To hear her talk fashion, you think she’d always be spot on on the red carpet. Quite the contrary.

    • bxbourgie

      I thought the same, but I’m giving her a pass because it always appears that she DOES try, just misses the mark. A for effort I guess.

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  • MilaXX

    She looks great in all these pictures. Hire that stylist.

    • Janet B

      Yes. Please hire Ms. Strauss, pronto!

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    I could watch her play Joan forever…

    • Candice Booth

      We all could.

  • gabbilevy

    Amazing how easy it is to forget how itty bitty this woman is. Weiner shoots her like she’s eight feet tall. Love how breezy and comfortable she looks here.

    • MelVT

      5′ 7″ is itty bitty? I must be microscopic.

      • gabbilevy

        She’s 5’7”?! She’s looked positively tiny in everything I’ve seen other than MM.

        • Dora K.

          She’s not short, and a big bust can make you look quite tall and imposing if you stand up straight.

      • MK03

        I thought she was taller. On MM she looks like she’s the same height as the boys.

        • marlie

          A lot of it is the camera angles they seem to shoot from on MM. When they’re fuul-body shots, it seems like the camera angle is always a little lower than the average eye-level, so she seems really tall.

          • Dora K.

            In the season 1 commentary Weiner mentions how they deliberately blocked some shots so that Joan looked ten feet taller than Peggy (or whomever Joan was trying to intimidate in that moment). :)

          • Heather

            I was noticing in this week’s episode, in the hospital scene, she seemed to be the same height as Bob Benson, who is supposedly 6’4″. Joan had on heels, but 5’7″ in 3-4″ heels is still under 6′. Interesting.

  • alyce1213

    She looks amazing, just fantastic. I won’t bother with minor quibbles, the overall is stunning.
    Love the last shot – very sassy.

  • Pennymac

    All of these are quite lovely. #3 is my fave.

  • elizabeth s

    She will always be Mrs. Reynolds to me. #fireflyforever

    • Jennifer McClory

      Yep. My first reaction was, “Saffron looks really good here.” Browncoat for life!

    • m c

      In my household, she is referred to as Yo-Saff-Bridge.

  • Diego!

    She looks gorgeous when tonning down things on her. She should go this way. I love her face with less make up, it’s refreshing and she looks amazing!

  • Gaby

    I love that last look – it’s very nautical chic! Plus I love a good horizontal stripe – this is basically a breton stripe without getting too cliche about it. She just looks so cute!

    • Ashley Alvarez

      Seriously everything she’s wearing in that photo makes my heart sing for her. She looks killer.

    • Meg P. W.

      She looks like she’s ready for a barbecue by the pool on warm, lazy summer night. I want to BE her in that picture. So effortlessly gorgeous.

      • Gaby

        Right? I adore her hair – makes me almost wish mine were long again. That coral skirt really brings out the depth of her hair color, also. GOOOORGEOOOUS.

  • thecitysleeps

    So pretty! I love the white dress from the cover. Effortless!

  • j_anson

    Those interview responses are making me want to cry. I don’t really have an opinion one way or another about her (she was good in Firefly, can’t stand Mad Men) but you can tell Hollywood has really done a number on her. I can’t imagine it helps that any photoshoot the fashion industry does is going to involve them shopping the hell out of her natural figure. :

  • AutumnInNY

    Absolutely beautiful!

  • Julie Chase

    Love the orange skirt on her. She’s stunning.

  • Qitkat
  • MajorBedhead

    *Girl crush ratcheted up to 11*

    • bxbourgie

      Me too. I just want to stare at her like all the time.

  • annabelle archer

    Her creamy complexion is the stuff of dreams.

  • Dora K.

    Fresh, relaxed, and beautiful. I like seeing her dress young/casual because right now on the show she is so buttoned-up and trying to look older.

    Bah to Christian Siriano and structured strapless bodices (that are too small for her and push her bosom into her chin). She should wear what she likes, but I do wish what she liked fit her better and was more flattering.

    • filmcricket

      I actually think Siriano’s done the best by her in terms of gowns. They haven’t been perfect, but there was a black one from the techie Emmys from 2010 that looked fab, and another from – I think – the 2010 Globes maybe? in peach that was also pretty stunning.

      • MilaXX

        I think his over the top, fussy style really doesn’t work well with her figure. But she is a girly girl and seems to like the frills.

  • PastryGoddess

    Christina Hendricks in a V-neck forever and ever please.

  • GTrain

    Very flattering. Good for her

  • M. H. Leader

    She is SO gorgeous! I love it when she wears clothes that don’t quite so blatantly sexualize her. She is already drop-dead sexy–she doesn’t have to pour herself into skin-tight clothes to look absolutely AMAZING! She’s just so beautiful–one of Hollywood’s most beautiful actresses IMO.

    I love that soft hairstyle in the middle photo in the black top against the pool. And the gorgeous orange skirt photo. And that fabulous white dress. She looks relaxed and confident and simply stunning.

  • Anniebet

    Luscious. Like an ice cream sundae. First time I saw her was in Firefly… Our Mrs. Reynolds. She was luscious then, too.

  • charlotte

    We can barely see her boobs on the cover and she still looks gorgeous. Editors of the world, take note. It’s a shame you haven’t already.

    • Dora K.

      In Joan’s immortal words to Jane: “There’s still plenty to see, and you know that.”

  • Raanky

    Simple and not so fussy is KEY for her!

  • BrooklynBomber

    She looks amazing in these. What TLo said (” Just because a lady’s an hourglass doesn’t mean she needs to wear skin-tight clothes all the time.”)

    But, also: Yes to pants, however, does not mean yes to sweatpants.

    What? I’m fine with her saying she doesn’t wear sweatpants, but “yes to pants”? What are they taking about? We got that figured out 40 years ago.

  • Ozski

    I love both Christina AND Joan, and she is WAY overdue for an Emmy, already. Anyways, I also LOVE the nautical look, her waist is one of her best features (next to complexion and mouth) and she really shines here!

  • frannyprof

    Lovely. Although the interview snippets were bit disconcerting. Sometimes it seemed like she was talking about herself in the third person.

  • jtabz

    Does the gold necklace in the last photo call back to the gold pen necklace she wears on the show, or have I just ODed on Mad Style?

    • marlie

      Nope, I thought that too.

    • MilaXX

      TLo has taught you well

  • 3boysful

    I want the second and third necklaces.

  • Therese Bohn

    I love how the white dress actually de-emphasizes her bosom -and makes her look almost petite! She is so gorgeous, I wish the editors picked a better smile for the cover; I bet there were dozens.

  • bxbourgie

    Look at this beauty. I love her so much, it’s scary. I need a striped top and cute orange skirt pronto.

  • Turtle_Island

    LOVE the one of her in the sunglasses.

  • crash1212

    She should put whoever was responsible for her clothes for this shoot on staff – permanently. She’s NEVER looked so good. That last look is pretty close to perfect.

  • Candice Booth

    Holy shit I am so in love with her sexiness! She just owns it and I hope it’s not an act and she really does love her curves.

  • lobsterlen

    Christina looks fantastic in orange. On my list for summer stripped tee and orange skirt.

  • jw_ny

    i hope she got to keep all the outfits, because they all look fantastic on her.

  • KayEmWhy

    I Love it! Beautiful these clothes actually complement her shape and make her look smaller.

  • formerlyAnon

    She is so lovely. Independently of that, these all look great on her. If they look nearly this good without photoshop and stylist’s tricks I hope she bought at least one of them.

  • Shannon Long

    I gay gasped at the striped top. Good god, she is just a staggeringly beautiful women. And she seems genuinely sweet to boot.

  • Tee

    She’s so pretty she makes me giggle like a little girl. And nice shout-out to Christian Siriano.

  • marshmallowjane

    She’s sooooo gorgeous. It’s nice to see her in slightly looser clothing.

  • Contralto

    Could you not just sop her up with a biscuit? I can’t stop looking at her.

  • Stitches

    Ok, where do I find an eyebrow pencil that matches red hair so beautifully?

  • Tere Kirkland

    This is her second Lucky, and this one is so much more fun than the last one. I don’t remember so many interior pictures, and the one with the striped top is so cute! Great interview.

  • quiltrx

    She’s so gorgeous! Nice clothes–flattering and showing off her figure without sucking to it. I hope she sees how well these open necklines work for her–sometimes she goes for too much foofaraw around the neck.

  • decormaven

    Brava, darling. You own your looks, and you are centered in your life. Huge sigh of gratitude for this.

  • sweetlilvoice

    Amazing photos! Love the last pic with the skirt and striped top. I own a similar top and I’m glad to know us large chested girls can really wear stripes.

  • MartyBellerMask

    God she is lovely.

  • CatherineRhodes

    They really “edited” her with Photoshop. In the last shot, she looks like barely a B cup.

    • demidaemon

      I don’t think it’s Photoshop. I think it’s an optical illusion created by the pattern of the blouse/shirt.

  • Fatima Siddique

    She looks amazing in that high-waist orange skirt.

  • BattyMamzelle

    That shot of her in the black top is divine. She just looks so causally beautiful :)

  • A. Valera

    I’m fairly certain that if I walked around the house in a low-cut caftan my husband would be all like, “What up, Mrs. Roper?”