Cover Girl: Emma Roberts for ELLE Magazine

Posted on May 08, 2014

Have we ever done back-to-back Roberts family posts before? Let’s do it and see if we can’t start a family fight, shall we?

Emma gets ELLE and winds up styled better than we’ve ever seen her. No one is surprised by this turn of events.




Emma-Roberts-ELLE-Canada-June-2014-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO-(1)“American Horror Story” star Emma Roberts covers the June 2014 issue of ELLE Canada magazine photographed by Max Abadian and styled by Isabel Dupre.

On her teenage years: “It’s funny…I turned 23 this year and I don’t think I realized I wasn’t a teenager until then. It feels like a week ago. My teenage years were fun and interesting because I had such a different life from most people. I was working, and I spent so much time in New York. The city was amazing, and it was the beginning of my adult life. I’m feeling nostalgic now! But my little sister just turned 13—she has become this angsty teenager who has such attitude toward me and my mom. I feel so bad. Now I know what my mom went through with me! My little sister will be like, ‘With my friends—bye.’ I’m like, ‘Wait, I’m cool! Talk to me on the phone!’”

On not getting advice from aunt Julia Roberts: “No. No one said anything to me about acting because they hoped it would just be a phase. But I kept doing it!”

On her sense of self: “I’ve always been very opinionated. That’s what comes from being raised by a single mother. My mom always instilled confidence and told me to have an opinion and to educate myself. But I definitely have my days. I was crying yesterday because I jumped on the trampoline and sprained my foot and was feeling nervous about the shoot today and got some bad news. I was sitting with my foot up, icing it, and being so upset. Then I woke up today and was like, ‘Let’s do it differently.’ There are days when your hair is looking great and you feel determined—then the next day you’re like, ‘My horoscope’s bad, my hair’s bad, I don’t want to get out of bed.’”


It’s adorable when 23-year-olds talk about time and aging, isn’t it? Bless. “It feels like a week ago!” Oh shut up. It was a week ago. Also, her tale of hardship and trampolines was inspiring, no? We feel like we can conquer the world now, having read that.






Bear in mind that when we said she’s styled better than ever for this editorial, that doesn’t actually mean we think she look good. She just looks less bad than her usual style. Some of these getups are more than a little cray.

Were they going for “streetwalker” or are we just reading into it too much?




[Photo Credit: Max Abadian for ELLE Magazine]

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  • Carleenml

    you say streetwalker, I say porn star. tomato tomahto.

    • MinAgain

      You say porn star, I say crack whore.

      • SewingSiren

        You say crack whore, I say door knob.

        • schadenfreudelicious

          You say door knob, I say dim bulb….

          • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

            You say dim bulb, I say dirt nap.

          • Qitkat

            You say dirt nap, I say pot hole…

            [that the streetwalker trips and falls into]

          • Ginmaru

            You say pot hole, I say black hole.

            (Swimming pools, movie stars)

          • decormaven

            You say black hole, I say whack a mole.

          • The Versatile Chef

            You say whack a mole, I say guacamole

          • Dany

            You say guacamole, I say normcore

          • David Kresner

            You say normcore, I say foam core.

          • butterflysunita

            You say foam core, I say albacore.

          • Fuchsiaforever


          • holla

            you say albacore, I say cold sore

          • Leah Elzinga

            you say cold sore, I say hepatitis (also, this thread is giving me life)

          • JynxTheCat

            YAY! Best thread ever!

    • Noah

      This thread just made my whole week.

  • imperfectlaura

    I think things are looking up for her Hollywood longevity because she has the self-righteous unintentional foot-in-mouth disease that seems to infect all of Hollywood.

  • Glam Dixie

    Dead eyes. Dead raccoon eyes.

  • @Biting Panda

    Ah, the Roberts clan. There’s a Thanksgiving I’d like to be a fly on the wall for.
    As long as Hollywood has the “Scrawny Angry Girl” to cast, she’ll do just fine.

    • Lori

      I’m with you about wanting to be a fly on the wall at that Thanksgiving. I wouldn’t want to attend in human form because that would put me at risk for being drawn into their interactions, and I’d rather chew glass. Strictly as an observer though that would be something to behold.

      • Lucía Gavello

        Emma’s little sister sounds cool though 😉

        • Lori

          True. If I was there in human form I would absolutely park myself next to her.

        • Anna

          Pretty sure Emma’s little sister didn’t get any Roberts’ genes – hence her coolness.

          • Lucía Gavello

            Right! that’s probably it 😛

        • Leah Elzinga

          can you imagine what their MOM is like? Sister to Julia, mother to Emma?!

          • Lucía Gavello

            Oh no, her dad is Julia’s brother, Eric Roberts.

      • Ginmaru

        Isn’t that what drones are for?

    • hughman

      “I’m the Pretty Woman and I get the turkey leg so back off Niecey.”

    • Kent Roby

      I’d especially want to be there if Eric was allowed to attend….or better yet, if he crashed the party.

      • holla

        that would be juicy!!!

  • MilaXX

    Why not go for the trifecta and post her dad as a man on the street look?
    The styling doesn’t work because like her aunt, it doesn’t feel organic to her personality. Put these clothes on someone like Solange and they would look chic & bohemian.

    • The Versatile Chef

      He’s actually aged pretty well. He had a story arc on “Justified” this season and I thought hot damn, that can’t be Eric Roberts?

  • Janet B

    Please wash that stuff off your eyes and while you are at it go back to your natural hair color
    /mom rant

  • Ginger

    I totally thought that was Keira Knightly in the cover shot.

    • Alicia

      Whereas I thought it was Zoe Kravitz!

    • paginatrix

      I did, too.
      “What’s Keira Knightly have to do with Julia Roberts,” I wondered.

    • deelup

      Kate Mara in some of the shots.

    • majorbedhead

      Me, too. Dead ringer for her in that shot.

  • Anna

    I love that “Lazy Girls” appears right near her face and in bigger letters than “Emma Roberts.” Seems appropriate.

    Cover look is Rainbow Bright grows up and becomes a streetwalker. I’ll take the necklace though.

  • imspinningaround

    The spirit of the giraffe maillot and sheer skirt look was done first and better by Iggy Azalea. No thank you.

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    She’s the Hollywood incarnation of “born on third base and thinks they hit a triple.” So uninteresting that she becomes a black hole for interesting things.

    • myandyleigh

      First World Problems. She has them. Not the least of which is her dreadful dye job. So. much. bleach.

  • Laura Renee

    That giraffe that looks like it’s seen in a mirror, going in to lick her crotch, is HILARIOUS.

    I mean. Can you imagine hanging out at a waterpark with someone wearing that? Them hugging you? Taking a picture with your boyfriend?

  • sugarkane105

    I never knew I wanted a bathing suit sporting the face of a giraffe, and YET…

    • Erica

      I know, right? If they sell a koala one, I’m so ordering it…..

    • littlestars

      Me neither, but now I must have one!

  • SewingSiren

    Is the giant head giraffe eating the palm leafs on the transparent skirt.

    • girlsaturday

      Is it an outfit..or an ecosystem? You decide!

    • Sarah

      He would be the most gigantic giraffe of all time were that the idea. Godzilla Giraffe. I like that :)

    • Carleenml

      I need the skirt explained to me. Someone intentionally made a skirt. That looks like old pantyhose. And Hollywood bought it.

    • AnguaVonUberwald

      This entire outfit makes my head hurt.

  • ryenerman

    The last picture is pushing a lot of no buttons for me: infantalization of women? Check. Really young streetwalker? Check. Terrible clothing combo? Check. All no.

  • Vanessa Reyes

    Modern day “Pretty Woman”.

    • Spicytomato1

      My thoughts exactly.

  • MannahattaMamma

    why do we care about her, other than her famous auntie? I don’t know the answer to this question because I really AM old, dammit. twenty-three.. feh. And she looks like some kind of sad derelict you’d find on a stoop in the East Village back in the day, nodding against the wall. Yes, by all means, let’s bring back THAT look.

    • leahpapa

      Oh, all the pretty little things in the (cleaned-up, gentrified) East Village are still wearing that look; the difference is that it’s an expensive affectation and not the result of substance use and subsistence living. It costs a lot in post-Giuliani New York to look like you’d recognize a crack vial if you saw one.

    • Imasewsure

      She actually did some pretty good teeniebopper movies (Hotel for Dogs) and is fairly charming in her (little) movies… don’t know how deep her talent goes but she’s not the worst of that age group for sure

    • AnaRoW

      Well there’s her used to be really famous dad. Other than that, I’m not sure why she keeps popping up. The only thing I can think is that everyone think’s she’ll become just as famous as Julia and is trying to get in on the ground floor.

      • International Model

        Shut up, Eric Roberts is still a star! (I may be obsessed with the movie, “Best of the Best”…)

        • Erica

          He also just did a nice guest spot on Justified. Still cute!

          • Cyd Butler

            He was great on Justified – I thought he was cute too!

        • Grumpy Girl

          The Pope of Greenwich Village. Always thought it was sad that he got all the looks in the family, but the bad attitude seemed so evenly distributed. Although I like to think he grew out of it?

          • International Model

            I hope so! (LOVED Pope of Greenwich Village!)

          • FibonacciSequins

            Charlie! They took my thumb!

          • Mrs. C

            “Paulie, they took my thumb!” Best line ever.

    • Rhonda Shore

      I liked Eric Roberts.

  • Imasewsure

    There’s a bit too much sameness here (hello non-professional model) but I think she looks great and shows off the clothes – which come off better than they should. Her sound bites were cute too… no hate this time around for our little Hollywood hipster poseuse!

  • hughman

    American Horror Story : Jewelry Sale at JC Pennys

  • Capt. Renault

    “It feels like a week ago.”

    OK, nobody move until we find my eyeballs on the floor. They rolled right out of my head.

    • Beardslee

      Yeah, she is pretty hilarious. Ah, youth. Youth and a microphone.

    • Julie Chase

      I’m 34 and I don’t say shit like that, lest someone older than me throws a wrench at my head.

      I want to see that cover shot necklace on someone with charisma.

      • demidaemon

        I think people like this need to be forced into rooms with eighteen year olds on their own for the first time. You quickly realize how not to act that way and how annoying it is. Well, at least semi-intelligent people do.

  • Sarah

    I’m glad that her hair’s behavior seems to be inextricably bound with her sense of self-worth. As is her horoscope. Because when my mom instilled confidence in me, I’m sure that’s EXACTLY what she meant.

  • Imasewsure

    Maybe because I’m living with a delusional 18 year child right now (subliminal me: “move out” “move out” “I’ll miss you so much” “move out”) but I found her wistfulness kind of endearing…

    • ampg

      Me, too. I have a decade and a half on her, but I do still remember what it felt like to be Finally An Adult, even if I had no idea how far I still had to go. Of course she sounds like an idiot – didn’t we all?

  • Alicia

    A giraffe tongue heading towards the crotch seems wrong to me.

    • CT14

      That outfit! Is it a bathing suit? WTF?

  • Stella Zawistowski

    Is it bad that I want that little rainbow crop-top even though I am decidedly not 23 years old?

    • Glam Dixie

      There’s nothing wrong with wanting inappropriate things for our age, the problem is when we actually wear them.

      • juniper

        a million likes for you!

  • Danielle

    Whatever that giraffe number is, I want it.

  • Jaimie

    I remember 23 and realizing that aging existed. I became obsessed with Peter Pan. You can still happily mourn then. Aging isn’t really real. (Says the 27-year-old.)

  • Alyssa

    I like the necklaces in the first and second shots. Also, I could use the lazy girl’s guide to getting my best body ever. But I think it’ll probably tell me to quit being lazy, workout, and quit eating cookies.

  • clatie


  • frannyprof

    “A Tale of Hardship and Trampolines:” The Emma Roberts Story. Available on Amazon.

    • Ginmaru

      Was it self published?

      • Glam Dixie

        I’m sure there’s a Roberts somewhere high up at a major publishing house.

    • decormaven

      Killing it!

  • ktr33

    Her head reminds me of Rosanna Arquette in Desperately Seeking Susan when she tried to Madonna herself up. Other than that observation, I’m too confused to look at the rest of it.

    • Ginmaru

      Same squirrel bitten hair too. Poor baby.

  • ChelseaNH

    Angles are interesting. In the cover shot, she looks like Kiera Knightley. In the rest of the shots, not so much.

  • deelup

    How did they make her look like Kate Mara?

  • ashtangajunkie

    I wonder if the bad news she got was that the trampoline was taken away. Her life is hard and I’m inspired.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    I vote “no”.

  • somebody blonde

    I like the first two shots but the last two are a little too… well, streetwalker is definitely the word for that last one.

  • sienna elm

    That blue/green dress is very Star Trekky. I like it. In the last pic, though she has an incredibly vacant expression.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      And I’ll bet she worked really, really hard on that expression.

    • kimmeister

      I LOVE LOVE LOVE the top of that dress. I hate the pile of sequins slathered on the skirt.

  • Cambel

    She sounds unbalanced and terrible. She was arrested in Canada for attacking and biting her boyfriend. He didn’t press charges, but she sounds nuts.

    • Joanna

      Well, Eric Roberts had a pretty colourful past….

  • TM

    Guys, really. I just turned 23 and I honestly feel ancient. Time is slipping away and mortality’s cruel reality is just around the corner. (I’ve also felt that way since like the age of 6, but still–23 is a big girl number!)

    • decormaven

      Oh, dearie. Not to worry. Get past double nickels and we’ll talk.

      • TM

        Oh well, okay. Fair enough. So in like a week–right?

        • decormaven

          You’ll be fine. There is so much ahead of you; just drink it in and enjoy.

  • KinoEye

    The first shot is a great cover. I’m loving the art direction that coordinates the colors in her outfit to the letters in Elle. Apart from that, this ain’t lighting my world on fire by a long shot.

  • fursa_saida

    I love all the jewelry. Everything else is whatever.

  • demidaemon

    I’m guessing they were trying to recreate Pretty Woman. In other news, twenty-three year old starlets say insufferable things and make me want to punch them since all my students (in ages varying from 19-40+) are all more mature than them. C’est la vie.

    • FibonacciSequins

      That might just explain Julia Roberts’ Kimmel outfit.

  • Miss wks

    Inside ELLE: “How to stay Summer fit by using your hipster boyfriend as a punching bag….”

  • Gatto Nero

    Love the uncles’ comments on her comments.
    Hard to go terribly wrong with a shoot when the subject is naturally gorgeous. (Damn.)
    But that last shot says “baby hooker.”

  • LeelaST

    Anyone who says “My horoscope’s bad” is not worth my time. Bye.

  • DTLAFamilies

    “Giraffe about to lick your nethers” is not a good look for anyone.

  • Sabin

    Oh good. More Lolita styling. … STOP IT.

    (I know, she’s 23; it’s not her age, it’s the styling in the last shot)

    • KinoEye

      Mary Jane-like shoes with bobby socks will never read as anything but Lolita to me, no matter the age. Very distasteful.

  • nannypoo

    Sadly the shoot occurred on one of the days when her hair was looking bad, but apparently she felt determined anyway. And the description of the conversation with her sister is especially enlightening. I’m like, and she’s like, and I’m all wait talk to me on the phone or whatever blah blah blah. What the hell is she trying to convey here?

  • Dany

    To be fair, I think we’re all responding negatively to her because 23 was not a nice age. I don’t think she’s that bad for 23 besides the domestic abuse stuff. Oh…well yeah maybe she sucks.

  • marlie

    I like her outfit in the second photo, however the dark roots ad messy hair ruins most of the look for me. Plus, I don’t like how her face looks so flat; her nose is basically two nostrils on her face.

  • KT

    Her face looks great– better than she’s ever looked. Those getups are straight up awkward. And she sounds like an insufferable, spoiled twat. Next!

  • Cate

    Hahaha. Trampolines, horoscopes, and bad hair. It’s a perilous world out there, y’all.

  • SophieCollier

    I love the first two looks, the second one especially.

  • TLJezebel

    I want all of the jewelry.

  • Haley Buchanan

    The one with the giraffe bathing suit kinda works for me. But, for the love of Oprah, can we all agree to forget this bleach-blonde-ombre-with-roots beach hair trend?

  • LadyVimes

    Pretty Woman, Emma Version

  • Swiftlytiltingplanet

    I don’t get Emma Roberts. At all. She’s an interchangeable blonde starlet that I couldn’t pick out of a crowd.. The only things that make her different are her dad and her aunt. (Truthfully, I find Eric far more interesting than Julia. I like Julia’s movies, but somewhere along the line she started playing the same role – I think it was “Runaway Bride”.) Emma seems a very, very bland version of Julia.

  • cocohall

    Can’t you just FEEEL the presence of her PR person while she was dropping these little bon mots about aging and stress to the Elle reporter. “Keep to the talking points! Do not mention the fight with the boyfriend! Do not mention the step-aunt that overdosed! Present yourself as mature and self-possessed. Good girl. Frappucinos on me when this is over!” As for the editorial, they are styling her like a rebellious teenager with the raccoon eyes and the slightly skanky clothes, so someone at Elle has quite the sense of humor, no?

  • MaggieMae

    Agreed. She does look “less bad than her usual style”. lol

  • Cambel

    The make-up is very “Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver” Maybe one of the RuPaul Drag Race queens should get a job at ELLE and teach them how to properly beat a face.

    • LJCdoc

      Not to mention that last outfit. I’m pretty sure they must have raided the Taxi Driver wardrobe closet for that one.

  • JynxTheCat

    When are they gonna let this one go? I just feel like she does not have the goods.