Cover Girl: Emilia Clarke for InStyle UK Magazine

Posted on March 20, 2014

Killer brows and lip dresses, darlings! It’s apparently all the rage this month.

“Game of Thrones” actress Emilia Clarke covers the April 2014 issue of InStyle UK magazine in a Giles dress photographed by Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello and styled by Heathermary Jackson.


Sorry, Lily. Emilia wins this one, hands down. And we would not call that an easy dress to wear at all. In fact, we’re pretty sure it would look silly anywhere but a runway or an editorial.


On dating: “People keep asking me who I’m dating right now and the truth is… wait for [it]… no one. And that’s OK. I’m figuring out a lot of stuff right now. I think as a woman it’s in our nature to nurture someone else. Sometimes at the expense of ourselves.”

On her hobbies: “The other actors on the show are my family and, when I’m not on set, I’m reading. My father always said, ‘Never trust anyone whose TV is bigger than their book shelf – so I make sure I read.”

On getting ready for her role in “Terminator: Genesis”: “I’ve been spending all day, every day, in weapons training. I’ve been shooting guns, weightlifting, kick-boxing, and generally kicking a lot of ass.”


Giles Spring 2014 Collection

Christopher Kane Spring 2014 Collection



Ditto on the second dress, which manages to be even trickier and more whimsical. Girl is working the shit out of it.



[Photo Credit: Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello for InStyle magazine, IMAXtree]

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  • Heron

    She’s purdy.

  • Glam Dixie

    Stylists are lemmings apparently.

    • @Biting Panda

      We’ve known that. Much like highschool, there’s only a few truly unique seers and the rest all wish they’d thought of it first.

      • Glam Dixie

        I suppose some days it just seems so much more glaringly obvious.

  • @Biting Panda

    She’s working the dresses but I still feel like these magazines are not finding a way to show her devastatingly beautiful face.

  • abfidy

    I hate the Photoshopping on the cover. She’s a beautiful girl with a beautiful figure. You don’t need to cut off half her left side for us to get the picture.

    • Laura Renee

      WOW. Thank you for pointing that out. I’m ready to kick some ass now.

    • marlie

      I hadn’t read the comments before I posted, but seriously. Not only was it completely unnecessary, but it was also just badly done.

    • MartyBellerMask

      SERIOUSLY. That is just distracting and unnecessary.

    • CT14

      How I long for Photoshoppers to take a few anatomy classes. Draw from nudes for a year before being allowed to chop like that.

    • Clash D

      Agree with all the comments here. I can’t believe someone at InStyle UK is getting paid for exercising such poor judgement of Photoshop.

  • Joanna

    Aside from the photoshopping, that cover is amazing! She wins the battle of the lip dresses.

  • BlairBear

    kind of love the tv vs bookshelf comment the rest is boilerplate celebrity pr speak

    • Tapetum

      I loved that too – though by that metric, I may be the most trustworthy person on the planet. All of our TV’s together are smaller than our smallest bookcase, and at last count we had at least 17 bookcases.

      • BlairBear

        Haha I used to have a big bookcase but now I switched to an e reader mostly. But I am a huge reader. and my tv isn’t that big. So she won points with me

        • Tapetum

          Ah – you see, as a family we have two Nooks, one Kindle, AND the 17 bookcases (and more books than will fit in them). Adding e-readers to the mix just let us add even more books without having our house declared a fire hazard.

          • BlairBear

            haha I have a lot of books at home home . but I move around a lot these days so I try to be somewhat portable. I have way to many books on my e reader though. reading addiction its really and messy

          • marlie

            Same here. There are always going to be cases where I want the physical book, no matter how convenient an e-Reader is.

      • kimmeister

        The Executive Boardroom they are currently constructing in my building is getting a NINETY inch flat screen. The Board of Directors will need to have a Library of Congress to be deemed trustworthy, I guess!

    • Beardslee

      Yeah, I love her dad for that. I don’t understand houses without a lot of books in them. How do they keep the walls up?

  • SewingSiren

    Not to mention Rihanna and Kristen Stewart wearing the Saint Laurent Lip/Tumor blouse.

  • International Model

    I love that the teeth on the dress are GAP teeth. I’ve had a fascination with them since I first saw Lauren Hutton and first questioned my sexuality.

  • DTLAFamilies

    She’s gorgeous. Those dresses are terrifying.

    • Lucinda Head

      I’m indifferent to the first dress, but the second caught me by surprise and I laughed *hard* for a solid 5 minutes. What is this, some homage to what you learned about photosynthesis as a stoned sophomore?

  • marlie

    Brava, Emilia. But the PhotoChoppers get a D for ‘chopping out the right side of Emilia’s waist on the cover.

    • SugarSnap108

      Whoa, I didn’t even notice that because I was distracted by her face. Ridiculous. If she needs to be Photoshopped into oblivion, I guess I shouldn’t be allowed to leave my home.

      • demidaemon

        Same here. Also her working of the dress.

  • Danielle

    I have major brow envy.

  • SewingSiren

    I have to say that she looks beautiful in both of these. Especially the flower appliqué.

    • Qitkat

      I would completely love the flower applique dress if the words were removed.

  • Sarah

    If my TV was as big as my book(shelves) I could charge admission to watch it. Love that piece of advice! That crap about nurturing hurts me, though. I sounds like something she was told, or read somewhere, rather than anything she knows/believes. As far as the dresses, I am in total awe of where her nips are at in #2. Like, if she shifted a half inch, it would be a peepshow. Then again, I guess there’s nothing subtle about a big red flower on your ladyjunk.

    • Qitkat

      <3 for your first four sentences.
      I must admit I stand in judgment on people who have no discernible book collection. Last Saturday we went to a free book exchange, for charity. Most people brought more books than they exchanged for. We donated 47, and brought home 14, and there is absolutely no apparent difference in all our book shelves. I would be bereft without books.

      • marlie

        Are you in the Philly area? My three (rather large) bookshelves are overflowing, and I’ve finally gotten up the courage to thin the herd a little, but I don’t know what to do with the books that I’m going to get rid of.

        • conniemd

          I’d love to know, too. I have like 6 plastic bins of books we packed. We’re moving and my husband died and I wanted to know what charity might want his books, plus my daughter and I both have Nooks, which we managed to download a lot of our old books onto. I wanted to donate them to the prison, but they won’t take them – stupid.

          • Qitkat

            I’m sorry for your loss Connie.
            After my mom died we donated her poetry books to the local junior college library. I have also donated cookbooks to a college library in Denver that has a huge collection, and quilting books to a quilt museum. People donate books to other specialty libraries, such as philatelic. Maybe this will help you generate ideas, especially if your books are in a specific topic area.

          • Beardslee

            My husband also died. It is awful. My condolences. I give books to my public library for their book sale all the time. All my bookshelves are still very full, though.

          • Qitkat

            I’m sorry for your loss too Beardslee.
            It is very hard to give away loved books that someone you loved owned. It seems like such a personal thing. I’ve kept books just because my dad put his signature in them, and they were in German. And I’ve kept a couple of my mom’s dresses that will never fit me, because they are just so her.

          • Beardslee

            I also have books like that, just keeping them for the signature. And one of my mother’s partly used lipsticks.

          • SierraDelta

            I have the flag that covered my father’s coffin at his funeral. It’s the only thing I have that causes me actual pain when I touch it.

          • SierraDelta

            I’m sorry for your loss, too, Beardslee.

          • Sarah

            I know I’ve said “sorry” before Connie, but I still am. I took all of my mom’s books when she passed, but when my dad is gone, there will be a world of pain in going through all his beloved books and deciding what to do with them. Re: prison, you could try the county jail? I used to donate to them. It has to be paperback and not too smutty, because they don’t want ppl banging each other on the head or getting too het up.

          • Qitkat

            All I can do is echo your feelings about a world of pain.

          • SierraDelta

            The house we moved from seven years ago had 24 built-in book shelves, but the condo we moved to had none. I had over 400 books that needed new homes, and I wept bitter tears during the culling process. (I still have 10 fully stocked, freestanding bookcases, but the ongoing necessary weeding out process will always be painful.)

            I took books to the St. Vincent dePaul Society, and my aunt suggested also donating to her continuing care retirement community (where they had an actual library with a resident who served as their librarian).

            My condolences on the death of your husband. I’m sure the move isn’t making your life any easier.

        • Qitkat

          You trying to pawn your books off on me? 😉
          No, Denver. But I would assume Philly being larger than Denver that there would be places to donate books. Try your local public library, also homeless shelters, also Catholic Charities. All these places take books in Denver area.

          • marlie

            I’ll look up some of them. I seem to remember looking at public libraries a few years ago, but they weren’t taking them. But I’ll definitely look into shelters and other charities. Thanks!

          • Qitkat

            I’m surprised the public libraries don’t take them. Out here, donated books and culling the shelves is used as a money raising opportunity for libraries. They hold a giant sale during the year, which is very popular, and brings in a lot of money. Of course it is a lot of work for them, and storage is an issue. I think volunteers do a lot of the work.

          • Sarah

            Yes, volunteers are what we use, too. Couldn’t do without them – the ongoing sales we have are always needing sorting, and the big semiannual book sale is a HUGE undertaking.

          • Sarah

            My public library will take any and all books you want to donate. We sell them in our Friends of the Library book sale to raise money for the system. We also have a used book store that sorts through them to see which ones might be worth real $$, and then they sell them and give us 75% of the returns. If we don’t think they’re in good enough shape, we recycle them (in secret, so as not to hurt anyone’s feelings). We often take whole collections from family members of deceased people who tell us their loved one loved their books so much, they felt the library should have them. Sad, but I’m glad we can find a place for them. Sometimes, we’ll even pull a particularly nice/popular edition to add to our permanent collection!

          • MilaXX

            also try freecycle.

        • Sarah

          Try old folks’ homes, too if you get a chance. They often have lending libraries for residents and will take donations. Also, Goodwill or Salvation Army will take them.

          • marlie

            Thanks for the suggestions!

          • Sarah

            No problem! What’s cool about books is one person’s not-best-loved volume could change someone else’s life. So worth trying to pass them on.

        • Alicia

          Our local Sea Scout group has a twice-yearly jumble sale. I was SO pleased when the flyer came through the mailbox yesterday that it’s collection time again! 6 months worth of unsatisfactory books and poorly-planned ebay purchases out the door!

          Also, look up Better World Books – they sell on Amazon, but the funds go to literacy programs and they accept donations of books.

        • MilaXX

          Wait, you’re in Philly too? I haven’t done it in a while, but you used to be able to donate books to goodwill. I wonder if the mayor’s commission on literacy would be able to use any. You could try contacting them and ask.

          • marlie

            I’ll try Goodwill… I actually have clothes that I need to donate too. I hadn’t thought about the Mayor’s comm. on literacy. Thanks for the suggestion!

      • Sarah

        Hey Qitkat – my bff lives in Denver and she’s a poet. She co-founded a reading series called The Bad Shadow Affair that runs on certain Saturdays at the Lost Lake Lounge on East Colfax. Really great poetry readings if you’re interested. (Google it and it comes right up)

        • Qitkat

          Thanks Sarah! I’ve not heard of it, but will check it out. Sounds interesting. My oldest son and his wife and youngest grandson live in that part of town.

    • fursa_saida

      Yeah, I didn’t like that either. If she’d said we grow up expected to nurture others at our own expense, that we’re socialized to behave that way, I could totally get behind it, but no thank you to this gender essentialism stuff.

      • Sarah

        That’s what I meant, thanks. Didn’t want to offend anyone re: women and their capacity to be nurturing, but it is a fallacy that that is our directive or some kind of biological imperative. I’ve met plenty of extremely UN-nurturing women, so it just bugs me to think she might have said that because of what the world has shoved down her throat.

  • StarburstLady

    I love the irony of the word “elegance” floating over a dress that features beaded embellishments depicting a vintage Madonna tooth-gap.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Cover shot is nice, even if I’m not a huge fan of the lip dress. Second one is doing nothing for me.

  • Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

    she’s flawless here and those are some ugly ass dresses that on her i am all “thats pretty.”

  • MoreShoes

    Why does she have the same make up like on the cover of Flare?

  • SugarSnap108

    Today I’ve learned: 1. I like dresses covered in red lips, 2. I do not like dresses covered in the purple lips of gap-toothed mouth-breather.

    Also, Emilia Clarke’s head is glorious, which I already knew.

  • PinkySlinky

    but them cheekbones, though…

  • CB

    Whatever is happening on her left boob in that second dress is INSANE.

    • Sophie

      Photoshop might have been used there as well. I’ve been staring at it for a while, and it looks like it’s exploding in blue and pink fireworks. Strangely enough, I do like the dress.

    • conniemd

      The model has little boobage, so the arrow covers the nipple area. In Emilia’s case, she has some nice ladies, so I believe they had to pull up the boob and tape the nipple, because it looks like where her left nip would naturally be is all sheer material.

      • marlie

        It cracks me up that we’re all looking so closely at her nipple. 😛

  • RoseJB

    How did she make that flower dress work so well? I am in awe.

  • MilaXX

    She looks better than the model in both shots but what is with the color wash on her magazine covers? The last one had her looking as pink as the dress, this one has her looking purple.

  • shirab

    Second shot is totally HBC circa “A Room with a View.”

  • KinoEye

    These are great photos, and even better interview answers. As a good bitter kitten, I’m usually pretty cynical about celebrity interviews. But I totally identify when she says she’s OK with not dating anyone and figuring herself out. That’s where I’m at right now, and it feels good. Also, “never trust anyone whose TV screen is bigger than their bookshelf.” Love it, and sounds like something my own father would have said.

    The placement of the little arrows on that second dress is unfortunate, though. It looks like instructions for where her nipple should go. Also, top 15 denim jackets? Why not 10? Maybe I’m just not imaginative enough, but it seems there are only so many ways to design a denim jacket.

    • demidaemon

      Her interviews have been pretty universally good, intellectual, and thought-provoking. Which is a nice change from the MIley interviews of yore. I hope she can keep it up, as she seems to be having a couple of major poledances coming soon.

      • Alicia

        With a nice little dollop of humility – she knows that her first gig is amazing and how lucky she is.

  • decormaven

    Props for making two tricky dresses work. Wish the lighting on the inside shot wasn’t washing out the details.

  • stubbornthoughts


    It is known.

  • Let it out

    Why is the interior shot not the cover? She looks devastating!

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    She has a flower over her flower. It was a fantastic decision to put her in front of a graffitied wall in that dress.

  • CatherineRhodes

    She actually sounds quite interesting.

  • Sofia

    in the second shot she is a dead ringer for a young lisa bonet

  • susu

    Somehow I misread this and thought you said Lily – not Emilia – won the battle of the lip dresses. I thought it was that rare moment when TLo got it wrong. Silly me! Anyway, I adore everything about that cover. Actually makes me want to buy InStyle after months of bla covers featuring Taylor Swift and other bores.

  • French_Swede

    The big gap in the front teeth on the dress really, really bugs me.

  • mickiemonkey

    I like her dad.

  • quiltrx

    Is that first one supposed to be Madonna’s mouth?

  • demidaemon

    InStyle is the first magazine to do her right, amazingly. Kudos all around.

  • LadyLuck777

    Wow. I didn’t think anyone could work that second dress, but she makes it look so much better than the model does. The first one is hideous but she looks good.

  • judybrowni

    Glad they tucked in the turtle neck. Us little gals need our necks to enlongate us.

  • formerlyAnon

    SHE’s beautiful. And she is managing not to be overshadowed by either dress.

    But I’d have to count that a hollow victory, as I loathe the cover dress, and like the second one only as a curiosity which (for me) evokes back drops meant to evoke a hopeful Spring in the gritty city. I am waiting for the school’s competitive dance team to take the stage in front of her.

  • deech_sea

    “Ditto on the second dress, which manages to be even trickier and more whimsical. Girl is working the shit out of it.” She made it look luscious and erotic–which sort of reflects flowers’ function.

  • kingderella

    That second frock is ugly as fuck, tho.

  • Stacey Summerville

    Lurve both of the dresses!! And what a fantastic quote by her father. I love me some TV, but it is nice to see someone (starring in a TV show) acknowledge the importance of reading and mind power.

  • Clash D

    I haaate her makeup on the cover, makes her look like Alan Cumming in drag. The second photo’s not bad, and she’s working that dress. Wish they’d had photoshopped away that metal box behind her cos it’s distracting as hell.

  • pop_top

    She’s killing both dresses, though I only really like the second one.

  • ubreyn12

    She is beautiful. Those are the ugliest dresses ever made. Seriously.

  • Glammie

    Don’t like the eye make-up on the cover. Her eyes seem a bit overwhelmed by her brows and I know she doesn’t always look that way. But, love to see an actress who can really wear clothes–cuz those clothes rank high on the can-only-be-worn-by-a-young-Naomi-Campbell index and she’s pulling it off.

    But, hell, she pulls off platinum braids on a regular basis. No, my fellow bitter kittens that is not a good look for most real people.

  • Fuchaforever

    I love these dresses!

  • VioletFem

    I just love that cover and I want that dress in my closet.