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The Upper East Siders: Pre-Fame Gossip Girls

Before “Gossip Girl” became must-see TV, WWD snagged the show’s leading ladies to talk fashion.

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Before “Gossip Girl” became must-see TV, with viewers tuning in to check out Eric Daman’s costuming or ratings stunts such as Ed Westwick’s same-sex smooch, WWD snagged the show’s leading ladies to talk fashion.


“I wish I had the money for style like that,” said Leighton Meester of her character Blair Waldorf’s sophisticated wardrobe. Meester sat for WWD along with Blake Lively and Taylor Momsen in August 2007, a month before the series premiere. (Read the original story here.)


The girls weren’t the stars they are today — Lively was the best-known, for her role as Bridget in 2005’s “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” — but the myriad fittings for filming, publicity stills and editorial shoots had already taught them a thing or two about clothes. “In the beginning, I would try on lots of things,” said Lively, “but now I can look at a dress and know what will look right on my body.”


Momsen identified with her character’s style especially well. “Jenny’s funky, and she sews since she doesn’t have the money the other girls have,” she said. “People used to make fun of me at school because I wore all vintage clothes while they were all Abercrombie-d out.”


The CW network will air the third-season premiere of “Gossip Girl” on Sept. 14. Wonder who’s laughing now, Taylor?


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