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Billie Lourd Is The Best Friend We Wish We Had

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Photographed by Felisha Tolentino. Coat by Miu Miu, socks by American Apparel, stylist’s own hair clip.

…which is why she’s our May issue “Girl We Heart”

The following feature appears in the May 2016 issue of NYLON.

On a warm day in Marina del Rey, California, Billie Lourd poses for the camera, her picture-book flowy blonde hair wrapped in a pink fishnet stocking. “I feel most comfortable when I have some weird thing on my head,” she says with a laugh post-shoot. First it was braided buns as Lieutenant Connix in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, a nod to her mother Carrie Fisher’s iconic hairstyle as Princess Leia. Then it was bejeweled earmuffs as Chanel #3 on the campy sorority-horror series Scream Queens. For her latest project, though, she’s making a clean break from quirky hairdos and headgear. 

In between preparing for Scream Queens season two and shooting the forthcoming Star Wars VIII—where she “has more to say” and won’t be “Where’s Waldo-ing around this time”—Lourd landed the role of Rosanna in the remake of the 1987 classic Billionaire Boys Club, appearing alongside her TV co-star Emma Roberts and heartthrob Ansel Elgort. Even though a feature-length drama is new territory for the 23-year-old California native, the character isn’t exactly foreign to her. “It’s kind of similar to Chanel #3 in that she’s in love with love and is a free-spirited flower child,” she explains. “[Filming] was kind of like a party every night—we were dancing, sweating, breaking trees, and doing things you do at 4 am” 

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Photographed by Felisha Tolentino. Top by 3.1 Phillip Lim, underwear by American Apparel, stylist’s own earrings.

Fun seems to follow Lourd—even on the set of Star Wars, which is notoriously intense. “I got there and immediately started making jokes and singing Jersey Boys,” she says of shooting The Force Awakens. It was then that Lourd realized acting could be her career. “I thought, ‘If I’m comfortable here, this is something I should do,’ because most people aren’t comfortable in this high-pressure environment,” she recalls.

Her ease makes sense, as Lourd grew up within the orbit of figures like Meryl Streep, her godmother, and famed ’50s actress and media darling Debbie Reynolds, her grandmother. It’s thanks in part to role models like these that she’s developed such a down-to-earth relationship with fame. “My parents were very nervous about me being an actress because of the negative things—being in the public eye, having people nitpick you—and being able to see that has helped to ignore it better,” she says, before doling out wisdom also fitting for the nonfamous in today’s social-media-saturated era. “If people are saying I don’t have a chin—or whatever they say—I can turn that off and realize they’re just insecure and it’s part of the job. You have to feel bad for them rather than be angry,” she reflects. 

One other lesson she’s learned is not to take anything for granted. Even though Lourd has just scratched the surface of her aspirations—which include improv and music (“If I could be Drake, I’d be the happiest woman alive,” she says, offering a touchstone)—she knows this ride could be over tomorrow. “When you enjoy something,” she adds, “why not do it as your career? Or, at least for now—because, who knows, I could end up [jobless] crying with the fishnets back over my head.”

Photographed by Felisha Tolentino. Dress by Gucci, stylist’s own earrings.

BILLIE LOURD'S MUSTS

Coveting
"Gucci sliders. I’m obsessed with all Gucci things, and with the Fendi bag bugs. Why are they so expensive? Why do I want them all?"

Browsing

"I love StumbleUpon—I’m like 94 years old. Shout-out to my Instagram @praisethelourd. And I love Kayak. I would have been a travel agent if that was still a job."

Listening
"Drake and Future’s What a Time to Be Alive"

Reading

"I like any book that’s about a mental hospital: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, Cut by Patricia McCormick, and Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen—love the movie, but love the book even more."

Beautifying

"I like Bobbi Brown foundation, I’m a mascara whore, and I’m all about that Rite Aid shit and Diorshow."

Drinking

"I love a lychee martini at Katsuya. I didn’t say that! That is the most white girl thing I could say. Sorry for partying." 

Visiting

"I just went to Prague for the first time and went to a restaurant where the beer comes on a train that stops in front of your table. I’m also going on a trip with my boyfriend and mom to Vietnam, which I’m really excited about."

Eating

"I’m a chicken connoisseur so my favorite fried chicken is absolutely at Willie Mae’s in New Orleans. It is so crispy and delicious. But, also, I’m basic and I love Sugarfish."

Wearing

"My Fiorentini + Baker boots. They’re pricey, but I wear them so much that it becomes OK, I think."

Relaxing
"I go out to dinner with friends, have a little lychee martini."

Stylist: Zara Mirkin. Hair: Bridget Brager for Sacha Juan at The Wall Group. Makeup: Kelsey Deenihan at The Wall Group using Mark. Manicurist: Sarah Chue at Exclusive Artists using Dior Vernis.

Photo by Imani Givertz

Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube www.youtube.com

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Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

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"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale youtu.be

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com

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See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.

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