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Everyone wants Blake Lively's hair. Whether she's dressed up and looking line a million bucks, or dressed down and looking like she just got out of bed, those long, blonde locks look fabulous either way. Now that's a good head of hair!

While her character on Gossip Girl, Serena van der Woodsen, is more likely to choose a glamorous hairstyle (and cleavage-baring dress) everywhere she goes in New York, real-life Blake, a SoCal girl, often opts for an unbrushed, messy look.

And you know what? We love them both. She's very pretty.

Which look suits the Gossip Girl beauty best? Vote below!

  • Blake Lively, Phone
  • Blake Lively iPhone Pic

Blake Lively's hair looks best when it's ...

 

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Blake Lively starred in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants films. She seems to have lost hers at some point during the sequel, according to the pics below!

The Gossip Girl star recently opened up to Marie Claire magazine about how fashion, acting, growing up in L.A. and ... did we mention there are hot photos?

Below are some excerpts and pictures from interview with Marie Claire ...

On Gossip Girl fashion: "Living in New York, I feel stronger and more like a woman than ever before. In high school, it was like, what power do I have - I have long blonde hair, you know? But working as hard as I do, I feel a sense of power and respect, too.

I’ve learned an incredible amount about fashion on Gossip Girl. For me, clothes are a personal expression, and my style is as ever-changing as I am: I’m at a point when I am growing, maturing, developing, going through new things."

On her Southern values: "I grew up in L.A., but I was the only one in my family born there. I have a tight-knit Southern family, so whenever I tell people I’m from L.A., they say, 'Yeah but you don’t count.' I guess it's because of the Southern values I was raised with, and the way I eat - the more sugary and cheesy and fried, the better.

On acting: "As a character, I get to be this wild, outgoing person that I’m so not. It comes from being the youngest of five. I was always observing my siblings and hearing stories about their lives that turned out to to be helpful as an actress."

On her early school daze: "When I was 3, my mom enrolled me in first grade. My older brother was supposed to start school, but he didn’t want to go alone, so my mom told them I was 6 since I was so tall. But after a few weeks, they said they had to put me in mentally disabled classes because I wasn’t up to pace with the rest of the kids They thought that I was slow because all I wanted to do was sleep while the other kids were doing their projects. [laughs].”

Click to enlarge more Blake Lively pictures from Marie Claire ...

Hottest Blake Lively Photo

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Unlike her TV alter ego, Blake Lively doesn't party, get fake married, kill people, straddle her best friend's boyfriend during bar stool sex or any of that stuff.

But when it comes to Gossip Girl fashion, she and Serena van der Woodsen mesh.

“I dress just like Serena!” the 22-year-old actress tells the November issue of Nylon. “I own half her wardrobe, so it’s far too similar to how I dress!”

She loves the oddity of looking like her real self, but being someone so different.

“I feel ridiculous at times with her, because I’m, you know, killing someone or marrying someone, but I look like me. I’m like, ‘Oh, this is absurd.’”

Blake Lively in the new issue of Nylon.

Having her character's style be similar to her own isn't something common for Blake, who is rumored to be getting engaged to Penn Badgley in the near future.

“I hide behind the character’s hair, makeup or clothes. If I can transform myself, people will believe that’s who that is. And I need to believe that’s who that is.”

One fringe benefit of trying out a character? Getting into new products that she might not try on herself, including her latest beauty obsession: press-on nails.

“They’re really amazing,” she says. That and free handbags that may fetch four or even five figures in a boutique. Talk about job perks. Some girls have it all.

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Gossip Girl stars Blake Lively and Penn Badgley, whose characters used to date on the hit CW show, have been dating more than a year and a half.

According to reports, they are looking to extend that ... forever!

A close pal of Blake's repors that it is just a matter of time. The couple are expected to announce their engagement sooner rather than later.

Sunday is Badgley's 23rd birthday, and while some speculate they might have something else to celebrate then, others say talk is premature.

Just a little, though.

''I think if November 1 was Blake's birthday, he might have surprised her with a ring,'' quipped the source. ''But my guess is over the holidays.''

No question, Penn Badgley and Blake Lively are a cute couple, and one that likes to keep a low profile as well. They would have our blessing.

Penn and Blake. Dan and Serena. They're hot by any name!

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As great hair goes, it's hard to top natural beauties (and SoCal natives) Blake Lively and Lauren Conrad. But both have departed from their signature looks of late.

Inspired by Conrad's vivid Mara Hoffman dress at last week's Hollywood Style Awards, stylist Byron Williams gave the former star of The Hills some "boho braids."

Last month, Frederic Fekkai stylist Renato Campora used the line's products to turn Gossip Girl actress Blake Lively into a modern day goddess at the Emmys.

That is some ponytail, Blake! Wonder how long that took to do.

Check out the two styles below and vote on your favorite ...

  • Blake Lively Ponytail Photo
  • Lauren Conrad Ponytail

Whose hairstyle do you like better?

 

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It's a style showdown featuring a gorgeous young actress and one of those krazy Kardashians who appears on the cover of every magazine for whatever reason.

Who's your money on?

Gossip Girl star Blake Lively got into character as Serena van der Woodsen in her Alexander Wang dress recently. As always, she makes it work. Salivatingly.

Meanwhile, newlywed Khloe Kardashian hit a party in L.A. in the very same draped purple mini. Who wore it better? Vote in the survey below and tell us ...

Blake Khloe

Who wore this dress better?

 

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The 2009 Emmy nominees did not include Gossip Girl.

Two of the CW hit show's stars were present on the award show's red carpet, however, looking as glamorous (and different) as you'd expect.

Minka Kelly Emmys Dress

Blake Lively (right) wore a sultry red gown with a plunging neckline, while Leighton Meester opted for a white, Grecian-influenced ensemble.

Whose Emmy outfit do you like more? Vote below ...

Who looked better?

 

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Today's celebrity birthdays feature a couple of rising TV stars. And we don't exactly have to issue a Gossip Girl or True Blood spoiler alert to point out the respective hotness of this birthday guy and gal. Because you are already well aware.

Here's a little photo tribute to one of the only men on the planet who can top Robert Pattinson in an attractiveness poll, Alexander Skarsgard (33) ...

Alexander Skarsgard Nude

... and the incredibly beautiful Blake Lively (22) ...

A Nasty Thrill Indeed

Other celebrity birthdays today? Rachael Ray, Rachel Bilson, Gene Simmons, Claudia Schiffer, Regis Philbin and Sean Connery. Give it up for August 25!

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One Michael Kors. One movie star. One Gossip Girl.

When Angelina Jolie wore a black leather version of the strapless dress to the premiere of Inglourious Basterds, well, we were floored by the mother of six. Especially because she looks so much better than she does bronzed and breastfeeding.

But perhaps not as much as we were when Gossip Girl's Blake Lively wore the same dress in neon pink at the CFDAs. She looked so youthful, bold, vibrant...

OK, we'll stop now.

So, who do you think wore this dress better? We know it's a no-lose proposition, but tell us who you think wins this style showdown in the survey below ...

Angie vs. Blake

Who wore this dress better?

 

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Blake Lively is known for wearing ridiculously sexy outfits on the set of Gossip Girl, but the 21-year-old star doesn't do anything special to look good in them.

How much do you hate her right now, ladies?

Blake Lively in Orange Dress

"I do panic before I have to wear a really skimpy outfit, but I don't have enough willpower," she says of dieting in the August issue of UK Glamour Magazine.

"I had to do a scene in a bra and shorts for the first time in two years ... On the day of the shoot, I ate a pork burrito, chips and a coke. Afterwards, I thought, 'I probably shouldn't have done that.' But hey, whatever."

So maybe she doesn't eat right, but she exercises, right?

"I have never worked out, but I know you always feel better when you do," the blonde Burbank, Calif., native says, "so I'm planning on getting a trainer.”

Lively says despite all the cattiness that exists in Gossip Girl, on and off the set, she gets along very well with her costars: "We hang out after filming, and actually look forward to spending time together outside of work."

That includes her real-life leading man Penn Badgley, although she admits it wasn't always the case - she was unhappy when he was cast on the series at first.

"At first I was so upset that they hired him," she says.

"I actually poisoned the whole cast against him. But then they noticed that he was not a jerk and was actually a really nice, charming person. Almost immediately I realized that too, but it took me about a week to admit it."

Blake Lively Biography

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Born
Birthplace
Tarzana, California
Full Name
Blake Christina Lively

Blake Lively Quotes

I once heard someone say that I'm similar to Paris Hilton, since I have a dog and blonde hair, that must mean we're alike.... I don't go to clubs, I don't party, I don't dance on tables, and I don't like sex tapes.

Blake Lively

At the end of the day, I want to go to dinner and watch a movie. I don't want to go to a club and not wear panties.

Blake Lively
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