Lily Allen’s Elle UK pictorial: gorgeous or budget, Katy Perry-esque?

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Here are some of the photos from Lily Allen’s August cover pictorial for Elle UK. Yes, she’s “retired” but she’s still doing endless promotion – I think this interview is to promote her clothing line/shop, Lucy in Disguise, that she does with her sister. The interview – and the pictorial – were done before Lily married her longtime boyfriend Sam Cooper, and before she announced her current pregnancy. She doesn’t look pregnant in the photos, unless we’re talking about her bigger boobs. I actually think these photos of Lily are rather gorgeous, and I so rarely think that of Lily. She’s cute, sure, but gorgeous? What a difference a good haircut and sophisticated styling does for a girl. Does anyone else think she looks a bit like Katy Perry? And by that I mean Dita Von Teese.

Here are some excerpts from Lily’s Elle interview:

Lily Allen has revealed that her local church helped her get through her darkest days after losing her unborn baby last year. The Smile star, 26, explained that because of the kindness of the village vicar and the local community, she was inspired to actually wed in the chapel, something she’d not considered previously. She said it was a way of expressing how important the community of Cranham, Gloucestershire, had become to her and now husband Sam Cooper as they struggled to cope with their loss.

Talking to Elle magazine, she said: ‘People wouldn’t have thought I’d have a church wedding, but since I had the really traumatic experience last year, our local community all pitched in. We hadn’t been there long, but after the news got out we received flowers and really heartfelt, beautifully written cards. Our vicar said a similar thing had happened to his family, so he would come over and sit with me. It feels really nice. We feel protected.’

Lily tied the knot with building boss Sam at the Anglican St James the Great church on June 11. The pair had bought a £3million house there after deciding to quit London for good in September while Lily was pregnant and soon felt at home. However, the singer suffered a viral infection and lost the baby at six months.

But the star said despite her heartbreak, she hadn’t reverted back to her wild partying ways – and credited Sam with helping her change. She explained: ‘I wasn’t eating then, you know, [I was] going out at night. I guess when you’re not eating you have to distract yourself with other things. Come three o’clock it was like, ‘Oh I suppose it’s acceptable to have a glass of wine.’ And then by four o’clock I would have had four glasses. It’s not the way to be. But then I met Sam and he noticed that behaviour. I think it came to a point for him where he was thinking, “Can I be with this girl if this is what her life is like? I want to make this work, but I can’t live in this world.” I just needed someone to tell me.’

Lily added becoming healthier has made her see models and pop stars for what they are too.

She said: ‘I hang out with models, the biggest pop stars and, you know, really and honestly, I hate saying this, but none of them are achieving those body shapes by being healthy. They’re not just going to the gym two hours a day. They’re not eating or they’re taking speed not to eat. In America everyone abuses that Adderall stuff and people aren’t normal.’

Her raw interview doesn’t name any names but she is clearly referring to people that she has spent a lot of time with and monitored their eating habits. However, despite her growing confidence now she is Mrs Cooper, Lily says she doesn’t like wearing certain clothes if she feels like there is too much on display. But despite her own insecurities she says Sam makes her feel brilliant and loves every piece of her body.

On their wedding day, it was also revealed that the couple are pregnant and her tiny bump was slightly visible underneath her gorgeous dress. Even before Lily and Sam became husband and wife, she had personalized Louis Vuitton luggage made with her married initials LRC (Lily Rose Cooper) printed, which she says freaked her husband out.

‘He was really freaked out when he saw it. I practised my signature within an hour of him proposing’, she said.

[From The Mail]

Sigh… remember when Lily used to get wasted at award shows and slag off Kate Moss and Elton John? That drunk bitch got sober! Good for her, sure, but it’s kind of funny to hear her talk about her misspent liquor-soaked days like she only realized she should change her ways when she met her current husband. I remember Lily back when she was a mess – and she really was a mess, publicly and vocally. Lots of people were like “Lily has a problem” or “Lily was so drunk, she had to be carried out of a black tie event” or “Lily got all coked up and started a Twitter feud with —–” or “Lily is sauced again, she’s ruining her career.” But it took Sam to change her, according to her. Oh well… I hope her pregnancy is healthy and I hope she and Sam stay tight.

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Photos courtesy of ELLE UK.

 

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  1. tapioca says:

    Aww, it’s nice to hear about a community rallying round and she looked so genuinely happy on her wedding day. Fingers crossed for the baby!

    ‘I hang out with models, the biggest pop stars and, you know, really and honestly, I hate saying this, but none of them are achieving those body shapes by being healthy.’

    Lies, all lies! Surely they all eat what they like and never go to the gym or have surgery like they say? I find it hard to believe that models & pop stars would be so economical with the truth…

  2. Lucy says:

    Wow, she looks really good. I’m getting serious Natalie Woods vibes from the photos.

  3. asiont says:

    she looks lovely, and no, not like Katy Perry, Lily is cuter and has a much better voice

  4. Cherry says:

    ‘Lily Allen, national treasure’? Sure, I like Lily, but ‘national treasure’- that’s overstating it a bit.

    @Tapioca: ‘Lies, all lies!’? I don’t really get your point? You mean you don’t believe that models would reach their size 0 by spending two hours a day at the gym and not eating- and then lie (being ‘economical with the truth’) about it?

  5. Launicaangelina says:

    @Lucy I totally see Natalie Woods; not Dita or Katy. Good call!

  6. Pyewacket says:

    Don’t know much about this woman, other than she is crude and not much of a singer from what I have heard.

  7. Kaboom says:

    Cute for someone who can cuss like a sailor.

  8. Gwen says:

    I like the styling in these photos. Wish her the best.

  9. tapioca says:

    @Cherry: I just thought it was funny that Lily said that, like it was all a bit secret that the image obsessed are fibbing a little about how they got their bodies. Sorry, I should have added a sarcastic-wink emoticon!

  10. Ruby says:

    It’s always the case “celeb loses weight!” we get fed this bullshit diet and work out regime. interviews with thief personal trainers. Then all of a sudden there’s an interview “oh I lied I actually had an eating disorder”. As someone who struggles with health and fitness unless you are blessed with a lean body it’s hell to try and stay skinny- I don’t mean healthy, I’m talking about being skinny.
    I only know one person who has a size zero figure- my 11 year old niece. She is tiny! Why is the ideal woman’s body look like a pre-pubescent Korean boys?

  11. DoMaJoReMc says:

    I think she looks beautiful in these photos.

  12. RocketMerry says:

    @tapioca
    I agree, it’s a bit of a “no secret there, honey” statement, but I think that she meant that for teenagers or young women who might obsess about their bodies and envy models/celebrities for their “amazing” metabolism.

    Lily looks pretty, I have to say. I’m getting a bit of a Mila Kunis vibe, more than Dita.

    Ps. I knew a girl once, really thin girl who ate like a whale. I thought she looked pretty and slim, good. Then she started “modeling”. Dropped half her weight in a month and kept saying she was just “losing her baby fat”, and all her friends admiring her… I wanted to smack them all.

  13. Kiki says:

    she looks quite nice- much fresher than katy perry. it is pretty amazing what hair and make-up (and airbrushing) can do!

  14. gee says:

    I LOVE her tons and tons and tons.

  15. Ari says:

    I see Natalie Woods as well and thank you to everyone who mentioned this fantastic actress because it was killing me who she reminded me of

  16. J O'C says:

    She looks beautiful! Not at all budget Katy Perry. She looks like herself and she looks gorgeous.

  17. ladybert62 says:

    Gorgeous? No. Pretty – yes. She looks like Natalie Wood.

  18. GeekChic says:

    This is the best I’ve ever seen her look. She’s always been cute, but she looks completely gorgeous here. I love what that blue dress does for her figure, giving her a lovely hourglass shape. She seems happy, and good for her for finding happiness in this often crazy and depressing world of ours.

  19. guesty says:

    Imo she seems more Katie Holmes than Katy Perry.

  20. RHONYC says:

    she looks AMAZING, especially in the 3rd pic down.

    reminiscent of a fuller-figured ‘Natalie Wood’.

    good for her on her sobriety, marriage & baby. :-)

  21. Missy says:

    She looks lovely! I totally see the Nathalie Wood comparison. I am in love with that navy dotted dress!

  22. KLO says:

    Wonderful photos. Love her looks and her voice.

  23. lrm says:

    okay, can you believe this is the first post i clicked on this morning? lily allen? I dont even know her music,and only know of her from this blog-
    but right off the bat, before even clicking on the link, i thought ‘nah, she’s way cuter and less contrived than katy perry’.
    Katy perry-ugh, double uugh!!!!-is like a cartoon bubble head character; lily allen is a real person and i think her public persona is a part of her, while not all of who she is.
    so there’s something more sincere about her; and she carries herself better than perry. Lily Allen is much more graceful looking in these pics, more elegant.

  24. jover says:

    Not into her or her music; that is some serious ass-kissing “national treasure” no the Beatles, the stones, eric clapton, etc. but not this one – can anyone name and sing the lyrics to 10 even 5 of her songs?

  25. gee says:

    jover: I can sing her whole 2nd album cover to cover. And half of her first one. She does have fans, just because you’re not one of them doesn’t mean they dont exist.

  26. gabs says:

    Lily>Katy

    I dont see a similarity physically other than black hair. Katy would be sticking her boobs and tongue out like a porn star. Lily looks cute and graceful here.

  27. Cait says:

    Aww, I love Lily! She deserves all the luck in the world after all she’s been through.

  28. Melinda says:

    She is just an average looking person. Her songs are not that good either. She needs to quit being a brat and thank whoever she slept with that they made her a star.

  29. kayls says:

    What? I live in England and she is NOT a national treasure!

  30. Ally says:

    I love her, but she still sounds a bit lost, psychologically — first expecting fame, then drink, then partying to fix her, and now babies, husband and Church.

    She’s an amazing woman, and she’s a success already in life without any of those things. I wish she would realize that and rely on/build her internal strength, and not look for external crutches that might let her down.

  31. original kate says:

    i think lily is lovely. i’ve never heard her sing, but i’m guessing she sings better than katy perry, who makes me want to hurl.

  32. Sally says:

    I’m not a massive fan of Lily, but I do think she is cute. I saw her live last year (at a festival) and she was pretty good, she sang well, had lots of charisma and was fun on stage!