Lucy Hale for Cosmopolitan Magazine

Posted on August 11, 2014

Lucy-Hale-Cosmopolitan-September-2014-Issue-Magazine-Editorial-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Lucy Hale covers the September 2014 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine in an Anthony Vaccarello dress photographed by Matthias Vriens-McGrath.

On her latest project, making a country music album: “So many people didn’t want to touch the project with a 10-foot pole. Literally, I had people laughing and saying, ‘You’re making an album? Good luck.’ … But if you sit down and talk music with me for 10 minutes, you know that’s my passion.”

On the superficial image Hollywood sells to young women: “[Pretty Little Liars] is about how we look too. That’s terrifying sometimes because you’re breaking out or you feel gross and you still have to be in front of the camera. We’ll post pictures on Instagram and people will be like, ‘Y’all are so flawless.’ Little do they know it’s fake hair, fake eyelashes, and a good filter. Little girls see that and think they have to be like that.”

On auditioning to play Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey: “That audition was so uncomfortable! It’s exactly what you thought it would be: a big monologue but very, very sexual…there were some things that I was so embarrassed to be reading out loud, but it’s one of those things where you have to commit wholeheartedly or you’re going to make a fool of yourself.”

Lucy-Hale-Cosmopolitan-September-2014-Issue-Magazine-Editorial-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (2)Anthony Vaccarello Fall 2014 Collection

Lucy-Hale-Cosmopolitan-September-2014-Issue-Magazine-Editorial-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (3)

Lucy-Hale-Cosmopolitan-September-2014-Issue-Magazine-Editorial-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (4)Miu Miu Fall 2014 Collection








[Photo Credit: Matthias Vriens-McGrath for Cosmopolitan Magazine, IMAXTree]

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  • RussellH88

    All of this is unfortunate.

    • Sarah


    • amanda siegelson

      oh my gosh… right before i had scrolled down to the comment section, i muttered to myself “that is unfortunate”… and then this was the first comment i saw. i’m so glad to not be alone in these thoughts. :)

    • demidaemon

      Holy shit yes! I, for one, would never admit to auditioning for any role in that trainwreck, and these shots, especially the cover, are horrible.

  • decormaven

    If she’s sincere about her foray into country music, a different fashion approach needed to be taken. While it’s no longer big hair and ruffly dresses, this is a little aggressive looking. That cover shot does her no favors.

    • Kitten Mittons

      So spot on! I know it’s Cosmo, but Girl Next Door with a flirty side should be her stance for the album poledance.

  • Nikko Viquiera

    WTF. So far, this TLO Monday has been underwhelming and sort of icky.

    • Thomas

      That is why I’m hoping the Uncles will post Rihanna’s editorial for W Magazine to save us from this drudgery.

      • Nikko Viquiera

        Or anything with Hiddles. Or Daniel Radcliffe. Or maybe a houseplant. Anything.

        • Thomas

          Emma Watson, Cate, Tilda… Yes, anything. I’ll even take pics of them at a rest stop because even those would be better than what we’ve seen so far.

          • StrandedFashionista

            I’d love to hear what Emma, Cate, Tilda, Hiddles, and Daniel would talk about at a rest stop.

        • Kitten Mittons

          A Tasteful Houseplant FTW!

          • fursa_saida

            I AM GROOT.

          • Kitten Mittons

            Yesss! Though we’d probably rip his roots to shreds, as well.

            “A military-inspired jacket? How completely expected. And black does not go with his bark tone at ALL. Next.”

        • elemspbee

          houseplant–we need it!

    • JulieTy

      Where is LUPITA?!?!??!?!

    • marlie

      I had to check IMDB for her age because I was initially skeeved out seeing her dressed this way. Turns out, she’s 25, but it’s still weird.

  • StrandedFashionista

    It’s all a bit cougar to me, these clothes. Like, the only woman who needs a cut-out and boob ruffle is somebody who has designs on the pool boy.

    • Thomas

      It’s Cosmo, so that’s par for the course.

      • demidaemon

        Pretty much. Although, even for Cosmo standards, this is a bit pornographic and tacky.

  • Jessi03

    Little girl, if you’re uncomfortable talking about sex, maybe your agent should have told you that 50 Shades was not the best fit for you. Neither is Cosmo, for that matter. This is all a mess.

    • RussellH88

      Oh, that’s who she is?

      She’s one of those names that will pop up every so often and I don’t care enough to commit her to memory.

      • Jessi03

        No, she’s not playing Bella Swan Stand-in for 50 Shades. She’s on Pretty Little Liars.

        • RussellH88

          Ah. Even more reason to wipe her from my memory banks.

    • marlie

      And ABC Family to 50 Shades of Grey is a HUGE leap.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        The sad thing is you can hear people telling this young woman that “this will move your career forward, away from ABC Family….

      • Sartorial_She

        Not as big a leap as one would hope, IMO. There are very few shows that are appropriate for my (admittedly younger) kids on ABC Family. And yet they clearly market said programming to the pre-teen set. Makes me stabby. And weary.

        • marlie

          Oh, absolutely. It should be that she’s going from “family” (in quotations) to “erotica” in one giant step, since the whole “family” part is quite suspect (a show about murderous and blackmailing teems? No.).

        • NinjaCate

          You think so? Far as I can tell most of the ABC Family/Spark shows are decidedly teen dramas. I’d say maybe 14+ if I factor in my imaginary children.

        • formerlyAnon

          “Weary” ABSOLUTELY is how I felt about the whole entertainment/fashion/media smorgasbord of pretty poison pills laid out for my daughter from toddlerhood on up. Keep on keeping on. If you’ve still got kids, or are around them, keep providing your analytical commentary about how girls & women are presented. Some of it sinks in.

          • RoseJB

            Damn straight!

      • NinjaCate

        Visually she kind of fits the role though, and Aria is basically Ana Steele for kids. I see why she would have read for it.

        • demidaemon

          Pretty much what I said. Still a dumb career move, but I get it.

      • demidaemon

        To be fair, the character she plays on there is a high school student involved with her teacher, so, yeah…maybe not as much of a jump as one might think.

        • marlie

          Really?!? So much EW.

          • demidaemon

            Yes. I only know this from seeing discussions of it on TWOP.

  • SewingSiren

    Do you suppose this is her way of breaking the “Cycle of Insecurity”?

  • Bexxx

    These pictures are atrocious but I found her comments kind of endearing.

  • J.W.

    Sort of like an alien is attacking her right breast…

  • R.A.

    The “new science” of “better orgasms?” Rigggghhhtttt Cosmo, surrrrre…

    • kimmeister

      Complete with emoticon so you know how serious of an article it is.

  • NMMagpie

    The 90s. That’s all I am seeing. The cover is a call back to Kirstie Alley’s “babe” phase.

  • tired_mommy

    This cover is icky–I had to google her age and was relieved she is 25 and not younger, but still…yucky

    • Kitten Mittons

      I had to google, too. She looks about 15, so all of this is making me supremely uncomfortable. From the awful tag lines all around her on the cover, to the boob window, to the pulling her way-too short skirt up even further, to the JBF hair and makeup just makes me feel gross. My brain knows she’s 25, but I can’t reconcile that with my gut reaction to this.

      • Anna

        Having a hard time understanding that she was OK with hiking her skirt up and the overall tone of the photo shoot for Cosmopolitan, but was clutching her pearls at the Fifty Shades audition. And it seems sanctimonious to say she was embarrassed to read the material, after the fact. What, was she away from planet Earth for the past several years and upon her return, was forced to audition for this kinky movie she’d never heard anything about.

        • Kitten Mittons

          Maybe she brought back the new science of better orgasms with her to Earth. It apparently incorporate emoticons. Just as the Best. Sex. Ever. has something to do with hashtags. Who knew?

          Aliens, that’s who. #HellYeah! #Vomit #SavingMy$3.99

          • Anna

            So THAT’S how she broke the cycle of insecurity. Or something.

          • demidaemon


            But, really, Cosmo. Really.

  • Anna

    She was embarrassed at the Fifty Shades audition, but not by her hair from this photo shoot or the labia ruffle/boob window dress on the cover??

  • decormaven

    If she was going to vamp it up, longer nails should have been applied. Not talons, but something to better show the polish color. Short painted nails always whispers “I’m trying not to chew my fingernails.”

  • papillon

    Everything is wrong. And I hate, h a t e, HATE boob windows. Those cut-outs are the worst.

  • AnnaleighBelle

    It’s always Sex O’Clock somewhere!

    • Jess1216

      Which *literally* makes her a perfect fit for this role…

  • QHarp

    Someone got paid to do her hair. Like, paid. Actual money. To do that to her hair.

    • ryenerman

      I know the dresses are terrible too, but I could not get past the hair. I just can’t come to grips with the idea that someone actually styled it that way. For money.

    • alyce1213

      And thought it was faaab-u-lous!

  • dorothyeverytimesmurf

    I don’t read Cosmo, nor do I think it’s necessarily a bastion of journalistic classiness, but the emojis on the cover really are too much. Also eff these pictures.

  • Mothra

    I am not comfortable with the bright red vagina affixed to that black dress. Nope. Not comfortable with that at all.

    • In_Stitches

      Plus the “Only 3.99!” in the corner really sells a story…

    • SugarSnap108

      Especially when the skirt hem is just shy of the actual labia.

  • JLH

    That hair personally offends me and I literally put mine into a bun every day.

  • marlie

    I dislike both dresses. The under-boob-window on the first is unfortunate and unnecessary, and the posing in the second has me concerned about the long-term impact on her posture.

    • kimmeister

      I don’t particularly like the 2nd dress, but I do like it better without the green ski sweater underneath.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        That runway look was aggressively fug.

        • DuBey2

          Hey, it’s Prada: crazy styling goes with the territory

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            True. They do love to mess with their clothes.

      • marlie

        Well, that certainly goes without saying. 😉

  • Ruby_Wednesday

    They combed her hair with a firecracker, then made her look short and stocky. Nice job, Cosmo!

  • Glam Dixie

    That cover looks like it should be Penthouse. How trashy.

  • BKagainwiththesweatpants

    In other news, is that model with the green sweater one of Chloe Sevigny’s alters? The resemblance is UNCANNY, I tell you!

  • boweryboy

    She looks like Winnie Cooper’s younger sister.

  • Kent Roby

    Best sex ever with pretty inmate Lucy Hale, who has better orgasms at sex o’clock. It’s a shame that her photo does nothing to separate her from the drivel splashed all over the cover.

  • MissFern

    Wait, how old is she? The BEST SEX EVER makes me very uncomfortable.

  • The Counselor

    I’m finding her second sound bite pretty irritating–like, congratulations on having some insight into how the show you’re on affects young viewers, and way to go with continuing to participate. I get that new actors are probably often faced with the dilemma of getting work vs maintaining principles, but, I don’t know, diversify your work? Maybe the stab at crossing over to singing will help that.

  • JasmineAM

    Aria dresses better than this on the show.

  • altermyego

    She looks ready for the red carpet at the Teen’s Choice Awards, or so it seems from the other posts this morning.

  • Danielle

    Oh my god I am so uncomfortable. That HAIR.

  • Bad Idea Jeans

    Un. Self. Aware.

  • evave2

    I gotta get this off my chest: the Miu Miu model looks absolutely horrible, hideously horrible. I just realized the Miu Miu really doesn’t want to sell clothes, they may want people to wear them, but they don’t want to receive money from people for wearing them. Hideous Hideous Hideous.

    Lucy Hale looks like somebody trying out to be the slutty girl in high school. Both shots of her are playing up slutty girl aspect. This did the actress absolutely no favors.

    And did you read the blurbs for stories INSIDE the magazine next to her horrible cover shot? THOSE did her no favors either.

    Do people show up for auditions not having read the scene they are doing? If it is was horrible, embarrassing WHY DID SHE DO IT? To say she had an audition?

    Article sucked, pictures sucked, fashion sucked (I think I am going to have to drink the Miu Miu from my consciousness).

    • demidaemon

      Well, since she kind of plays a slutty girl in high school, maybe that is what they were going for?

  • Jessica Wyatt

    “[Pretty Little Liars] is about how we look too.”

    – No kidding? The show literally has the word “pretty” in it.

    • conniemd

      The hypocrisy was astounding. She’s decrying women’s imagines and being prudish about the sex in “50 Shades of Gray” on the cover of a magazine that screams “Best Sex Ever” and the “Science of Better Orgasms” wearing sexy clothes in sexy poses. Puuleeeeaaase

  • NurseEllen

    Well, the Miu Miu looks far better on her than it does on the model, with the crazy woolen sweater underneath. And her eye makeup & brows are really nice. But the cover shot is lame, her “interview” quotes are inane, and every single teaser for an article inside the magazine is insulting. Cosmo has of course never pretended to be anything other than a recycled monthly collection mindless, poorly written articles on sex, clothing, makeup, hair, and sex-related health concerns like birth control or STDs, and it was always better if you were “reading” it while in a margarita-induced haze on a hot beach somewhere. But this cover is truly awful.

    • Clash D

      At first glance I thought it was Delta Burke on the cover.

  • kimmeister

    Uh . . . her face looks pretty.

  • MarissaLG

    She’s serving some hardcore Sexy Baby Winnie Cooper. I guess she looks good but I’m not the audience for this. I’ve never watched PLL, I don’t read Cosmo, and I never really want to see someone who I would describe as a Sexy Baby.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    I love that the upper righthand corner touts the magazine as “only $3.99”-which is precisely $3.98 too much. Standard Cosmo cover shot, oomphed up hair, makeup and that pouty mouth….

  • Colleen

    That hair is fucking TRAGIC

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  • lobsterlen

    Well you got to give this to Cosmo covers they are timeless. That cover wouldn’t look out of place on a 1975 newsstand.

    • alyce1213

      I believe they’ve plastered “Best Sex Ever” on every issue they’ve ever published. Of course, nowadays each word gets a period after it, which makes it all so new and fresh.

      • kerryev

        Not to mention the emojis!

  • skipiddydoda

    She pissed off whoever is responsible for that second shot being published.

  • uprightcitizen

    That cover looks like a Robert Palmer video. Interesting in 1984. Total yawn thirty years later.

  • Anapestic

    Helen Gurley Brown would be so, so proud.

  • MilaXX

    I like none of this. Ugly, tacky dresses on the model that she can’t make work.

  • Crystal

    Omg no. NO. THIS HAIR IS ASSY.


  • nannypoo

    Journalism at its finest.

  • HeisenbergHattie

    “Lucy Hale: How she is breaking the cycle of insecurity” …. On the cover of a magazine specifically designed to target young female insecurities. It’s true.

  • kmk05

    That hair is… ELECTRIFYING! *plays Grease music* This is all terrible.

  • alyce1213

    Send the dresses to Lea Michele to add to her ‘Of Course’ collection. This is all terrible, the magazine, the clothes–I’m against it.

  • NinjaCate

    I continue to be amazed that she is the breakout star of this show. Is it because she was mildly famous before the it started? I like the cover shot though.

  • formerlyAnon

    That cover shot makes her look like the star of a porno made for people who fantasize about going to a [drug-fueled] club and hooking up with HBC, out of her usual Westwood drag.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    So glad she’s “broken the cycle of insecurity”.

  • MartyBellerMask

    Wow. Not in a good way.

  • Jecca2244

    i work for a magazine so i’m not a big proponent of the publicist stepping in, but she should have on this…at least the hair. so bad.

  • Tina Power

    Holy walk of shame hair Batman!

  • Gaby

    That’s some unfortunate cover copy. With the JBF hair, it looks like Lucy Hale’s answer for “breaking the cycle of insecurity” is the “BEST. SEX. EVER.” And also wearing awkwardly ugly (attempted-sexy?) clothes.

  • Alloy Jane

    I didn’t know the secret to vanquishing insecurity was showing underboob. I’m going to have to try that, but I’ll have to borrow some boobs first. Any volunteers?

  • ‘Becca’lise Deveaux

    Why would people be surprised that she wants to record an album? She was on American Juniors, after all.

  • BlairBear

    Does everyone at Cosmo hate Lucy. That cover is cruel and unflattering and makes her look stupid and dazed

  • PinkyK

    Her hair! What did they do to her beautiful shiny hair!?!

  • Coco Chanel

    I love the message she’s conveying in her quotes but in these photos she looks like a drunk classless slut photoshopped to max. Ironic isn’t it?

  • RoseJB

    Maybe it’s the “Hey, Pretty!” that makes the cover go so wrong.

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  • LeelaST

    How can she do a shoot like this and stand by paragraph 2? Even worse is that she looks like a working girl.

    • Clash D

      The amateur skanky posing in that second photo makes me wanna bang my head on the table repeatedly. That’s NOT how you do sexy.

  • mom2ab

    She looks sweaty and unkempt like a promo pic for her act at a gentlemen’s club. Ick

  • Clash D

    The styling is ho. rrible.

  • shanteUstay

    This is looks like some low budget styling on a “Instagram photo shoot”

    Sashay quickly away