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Former Child Model Thylane Blondeau Is Coming Of Age

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Photographed by Kristin Vicari. Top and shorts by Paul & Joe. Stylist: Jeanie Annan-Lewin. Hair: Helene Bidard at Artlist Paris. Makeup: Ismael Blanco at Agence Aurelien Paris.

meet this month’s “model citizen”

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

It’s Friday night and the 14-year-old French model-slash-actress Thylane Blondeau has some pretty enviable plans for the weekend ahead. “Tomorrow is—I don’t know how you say it in English—the avant-première of my movie [Belle & Sebastian: The Adventure Continues], so I’ve invited all of my friends and family and teachers to come and see it,” she says excitedly over the phone from her home in Aix-en-Provence. Indeed, most teens could only dream of the life Blondeau has managed to carve out, complete with an Instagram full of pictures from trips to Saint-Tropez and selfies alongside the likes of Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing—very #casual.

Discovered at the mere age of four (though she admits she was too young to remember it), she subsequently—and famously—made her childhood catwalk debut for Jean Paul Gaultier. Campaigns with Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, and Hugo Boss followed suit, as did a shoot with French Vogue, which stirred up controversy when some people found the images inappropriate for her age, catapulting Blondeau even further into the spotlight. But it was all part of the journey, and today the teen is building the foundations of an adult career, with the aforementioned foray into acting, editorials in publications like Teen Vogue, and a campaign for Eleven Paris’ youth line included among her projects.

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Photographed by Kristin Vicari. Top by Ashley Williams. Stylist: Jeanie Annan-Lewin. Hair: Helene Bidard at Artlist Paris. Makeup: Ismael Blanco at Agence Aurelien Paris.

Talking to Blondeau, it’s very clear that she has a good head on her shoulders, and hasn’t let her early fame cloud her appreciation for the joys of regular life. “My friends are so happy for me and my parents are very proud of me, but I never talk about my job when I’m with them,” she explains. “It’s my private garden and I don’t want to think about it when I’m with them.” School is also very important to her. “I’m really organized. It’s difficult because I miss it a bit, but I’m a good student,” she declares proudly. English, Italian, and French are her favorite languages to study, and her extracurriculars include dance, basketball, and tennis. (Interestingly, she’s less keen on soccer, despite the fact that her dad is the famous French player Patrick Blondeau.) She’s also really into music, and plays the piano, guitar, and drums (the latter of which she likes the best). Could starting a band be on the horizon? “Oh, I would love that! But not now—yeah, I think I am too busy,” she says with a laugh. We’ll see.

Predictably, the teenage Blondeau is also a big fan of social media. “I think it’s important and it’s part of life now,” she says as she breaks off to double-check on her current stats: On the day we talk she’s at a staggering 168,000 followers on Instagram and 25,000 on Snapchat. “I love sending pictures of what I’m doing,” she remarks, which, on any given day can include hanging out with celebs, taking a turn down the red carpet with her mom, actress Véronika Loubry, or pulling off tricks on her skateboard. 

In terms of her future goals, she finds modeling inspiration in Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Cara Delevingne, and Kate Moss. “They’re my idols,” she enthuses. Continuing to act in films is certainly on her agenda as well—preferably action adventures, Angelina Jolie-style. “If I can do both, that’s amazing. It’s a dream for me,” she says. 

When she’s not working, you’ll find her spending time with her friends and family (probably while wearing her mom’s black leather Balmain jacket), chilling out listening to The Weeknd, and generally enjoying the South of France. “The weather is always sunny and there is no stress,” she says. “People are always Zen.”

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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