Lily-Rose Depp is not a rebel: ‘There wasn’t really anything to rebel against’


Lily-Rose Depp covers the December issue of British Vogue, in what was another bad decision from Editor-in-Chief Alexandra Shulman, right? It’s not that I think Lily-Rose is “undeserving” of a British Vogue cover, I just think… there were probably more interesting models and actresses out there. If the cover shot had blown me away, I might have felt differently, but Lily-Rose is looking particularly sulky/enfant-terrible, although to be fair to her, I think she just has resting-sulkface (a kissing cousin to resting bitchface). To hear Lily-Rose tell it, she’s not really sulking for any reason though, because her parents always let her make her own choices. She’s not a rebel, because there was nothing rebel against.

December cover girl Lily-Rose Depp is one of the most sought-after stars of her generation, yet despite her innate cool, the daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis says she is no rebel.

“My parents weren’t very strict,” she told William Van Meter for her cover interview. “They’ve always trusted me to be independent and make my own decisions. There wasn’t really anything to rebel against.”

Instead, the 17-year-old actress poured her efforts into crafting her career, which has seen her rack up five feature films already, not to mention a prestigious brand relationship with Chanel, for which she is an ambassador, and a growing fan base. Regarding the latter, however, we shouldn’t expect to see too much – Depp is keen to keep an element of mystery alive.

“I’ve really stopped using it in a personal way,” she told Meter of how she engages with Instagram. “I never like revealing too much about myself. Once you start giving people that look into your life, then they just want more and more.”

[From British Vogue]

I believe her when she says that Vanessa and Johnny Depp weren’t strict. At 16, she was allowed to have a 24-year-old boyfriend who had already been married and divorced (and he’s a father too). I think she’s still with him too – his name is Ash Stymest – although I haven’t seen photographs of them together in a few months. Ash used to travel with Lily-Rose and Vanessa. Vanessa seemingly gave the entirely inappropriate relationship her blessing. Lily-Rose has previously said that Johnny and Vanessa “were in no position” to order her to go to school and at the very least get her high school diploma. All of which just convinces me that there isn’t a huge difference between the way Lily-Rose was raised and the way Willow Smith, Jaden Smith and Kylie Jenner were raised. So why treat them differently?


Photos courtesy of British Vogue.

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  1. Panda says:

    That’s a beautiful cover.

    • Bami says:

      on another note her father just got a major casting….
      so much for people who were convinced his career was over… hollywood always looks the other way in terms of domestic violence and abuse

      • LizLemonGotMarried says:

        I KNOW. I’m so struggling right now. I love the HP universe, but I can’t support Depp. Ugh!

      • Bridget says:

        I’m betting the HP job is part of what got Depp to jump ship to his new representation (which Lainey covered recently). Depp has started in misfire after misfire and isn’t even featured in the promos for the 5th Pirates movie. I wouldn’t call him back on track yet.

      • Goldie says:

        @Bami I don’t recall people saying that Depp’s career was over, at least not due to domestic violence. I remember everyone saying that Amber’s career was done, and Hollywood would rally around Depp. If Depp’s career were to suffer it would be, because he’s had so many expensive flops (and he’s becoming an insurance risk, due to his addictions) , but he’s got enough connections to still get good roles despite that.

      • Jellybean says:

        No expert here, but from what just read on a film forum it looks like he has a cameo in the current film and was probably cast sometime ago. If true, it was probably organised by his previous agent and may even have been finalized before his divorce. It seems they intend to make 4 more films and he is a major character.

      • Marchaz says:

        He likely got cast last year when he was still with his old agent and they’ve just kept it under wraps. He said he got a new haircut for a role at the Alice premiere and apparently it was for this.

      • Bridget says:

        Lol, I missed the part that he’s briefly in the upcoming movie. Which I actually find disappointing, but to be honest I don’t feel a huge drive to see Fantastic Beasts anyhow.

      • Jessie Mendoza says:

        This is really bumming me out. The FB movies were the first movies I’ve looked forward to in YEARS. But Depp.UGH.

      • Obrihye says:

        Great news! Now I’m interested in this franchise.

      • Bridget says:

        LOL, we found the one person who needed to hear that Johnny Depp was joining the cast to finally be interested in a JK Rowling work.

    • milla says:

      I agree. Very fairy-tale like.

      I think she is really beautiful and she is not that young for modeling, as others suggest.

    • INeedANap says:

      Everything around her face is luscious and dreamy.

      Then her face in the middle ruins it.

      She’s beautiful, but in this picture she looks like she’s on the 1st day of her period.

  2. Sullivan says:

    So, she just wasn’t raised by anybody. I think it’s sad that so many children, from every socio-economic demographic, raise themselves.

    • Nacelle says:

      No, she just wasn’t raised strictly.

    • jinni says:

      Well her mom dated a twenty six year old when she was Lily’s age. So since she doesn’t seem to regret that relationship she probably doesn’t see anything wrong with her kid dating this guy. Plus Lily once said how her mom excepted a certain level of maturity from her and brother. Which makes sense considering Vanessa has been working since she was a child and so had to behave in a more mature manner than a child normally does that does have a profession. So that may explain why she was raised to be so independent. Throw in that Depp came from a strict home and didn’t want to emulate that childhood with his own kids,Lilly’s childhood makes sense.

  3. Patricia says:

    I don’t like either of the pictures. She’s not a young woman who looks appealing when sulking. I’m not saying she had to give a big smile, but something other than this expression would have been nice.
    Also on the cover she looks like she needs a good shower. Is that the look?

    • bros says:

      she needs some makeup. she just looks underdone for the richness of the surroundings and the dress. she’s just jarringly understyled. Im sure that’s what they were going for, but she doesnt have the strength or charisma to overcome the fact that the rest of the props in the shot are overpowering her.

  4. teacakes says:

    Vogue UK at least does put models on its cover for about half the year, and not just the insta ones.

  5. jugil1 says:

    I don’t think she should be treated or judged differently from the Smith kids. I just haven’t heard her spouting about how can “stop time” or “she’s really a vampire”. When she starts making nonsensical statements, she should be treated accordingly.

    • Pandy says:

      Agree. Another spoilt, uneducated trust fund brat. Who is lucky she has nepotism working in her favour as there is absolutely nothing interesting about this cover(!). Dead eyes, dirty looking complexion, limp hair. When she starts spouting off about quantum physics I will unload the other barrel lol.

      • emilybyrd says:

        actually, the way she looks reminds me a lot of teenaged french girls in paris. her look is so typical there, there’s nothing special about it.

  6. Gaby says:

    This kid really rubs me the wrong way, I don’t like her at all.

    • elle says:

      Second. I think it’s because she looks like a snooty Persian cat.

    • Dani says:

      Third. She has this sh–ty sense of entitlement engulfing her at all times. She’s so annoying.

      • artpunk44 says:

        Fourth. @elle, I’m cracking up at the snooty Persian cat! I totally see it. A very very dour Persian cat at that!
        I find her general demeanor simultaneously reeks of disdain and apathy, which translates to her face and mannerisms. Her attitude is off-putting which doesn’t help either. Nepotism sure helps though.

  7. minx says:

    I don’t know…she’s still so young. My daughter is almost exactly her age and the difference between the two is startling. I just hate to see them grow up so fast, but what’s done is done, I guess.

  8. Nacelle says:

    “I’ve really stopped using it in a personal way,” she told Meter of how she engages with Instagram. “I never like revealing too much about myself. Once you start giving people that look into your life, then they just want more and more.”

    Good for her! Take notes, Kylie.

  9. mazzie says:

    Can’t really blame her for leveraging her parents. My career is based on who I know. *shrugs* She is a very attractive blank canvas.

  10. Catherine says:

    Looks like a kid taking an after-school nap on my couch.

  11. MrsBPitt says:

    So, her parents didn’t make her go to school and let her have a 24 year old boyfriend…that’s some great parenting, right there! Another, no-talent, priviledged, second generation, wannabe….

  12. Mia4S says:

    “is one of the most sought-after stars of her generation…”

    Oh please. 🙄

    Just because you say it doesn’t make it true. She’s another “I’m famous because of my parents but no, I’m different! I’m interesting! No really!”


    • caitlinK says:

      Exactly. She is *incredibly* boring; the only reason there is any interest in her is due to who her parents are. She seems so arrogant, and insufferably pretentious…Well, her father *is* Johnny Depp, so that explains a little…

  13. Angel says:

    She is beautiful but does not have it.

    • HK9 says:

      No she doesn’t. It only makes me think of all the talented models/actresses who do have it and get pushed aside because the child of whomever is the flavour of the month.

    • PennyLane says:

      She’s pretty, but she’s lacking that extra special ‘something’ that her mother had at her age. There’s an It factor that makes you want to stare and stare at someone….

    • Angel says:

      Seriously, she has cheekbones and jaw line for days but the camera can’t find them = very bad model

  14. Bridget says:

    Goes to show, just because your parents have mojo doesn’t mean that it’ll be passed down to you. Lily Rose, while possessing a lovely face, just comes across as so pedestrian.

  15. Slowsnow says:

    Blasé. That’s the word I’ve been looking for. All these kids, the Smiths, the K’s, the Hadids all seem uninterested, unexcited, asleep. That can do crappy modelling, say they can stop time or are vampires and we muse upon them being nice/silly, grounded/spoiled, etc. when… come on, it’s just ridiculous to read about people who really have nothing to say and are no good at their “jobs”. Nepotism is tiring really fast.

  16. CornyBlue says:

    I had to stop following Chanel so that I did not have to see the horrible youknowmebutyoudont or whatever campaign. And i know it is projecting the sins of the father but I just cannot look at her well.

  17. fiona says:

    This is all disgusting.

    I’m only 22 and I already feel old looking at vogue covers. She looks like a child. Even I didn’t look that young at 16. Children have no place on a WOMENS MAGAZINE COVER. Teen Vogue? Sure. Not Vogue. I understand young models at 17 on the cover who look like 25 year olds (karlie kloss when she was younger) but Lily looks like a little kid.

    I just can’t stand her personality, the nepotism and everything her family stands for. Letting a 16 year old date a 24 year old? Ugh. What has she done to deserve a cover? A sulk? Daddy’s domestic violence media boost? I’m done with these fashion magazines with kendall, gigi and all of nepotism children.

    I want to read about women who are inspirational, inspiring, talent and earned their place. I used to love vogue, elle, harper’s and these fashion magazines. Now it’s all trash. It used to be enough looking like a hot 21 year old, now it’s inspirational to forever look underage like ariana grande. When I feel old at 22 looking at these magazines, something isn’t right. This industry has lost me forever. Remember when it was fashionable to look like a grown ass woman? Adriana Lima, Giselle, Jessica Alba? Who all have hardly aged a day – yet are considered “old” now. Now it’s the thing to look underage and encourage creepy age differences in movies.

    Not supporting anymore johnny depp movies. Not supporting anymore movies that place young women with MUCH older male co-stars (silver linings playbook, wolf of wall street, passengers etc.) I’m done with feeling disposable and old by this industry before the age of 25.

    • Marchaz says:

      “What has she done to deserve a cover?”

      -5 movies
      -a couple of Chanel campaigns
      -2.2m followers on Instagram

      • Locke Lamora says:

        All 3 curtesy of mommy and daddy. She didnt “deserve” anything.

      • Marchaz says:

        @Locke Lamora So why does the daughter of Sean Penn and and Robin Wright only have 29.8k followers?

        Lily-Rose’s Instagram photos went viral back in 2014 before she even made her account public and started making public appearances. People became interested in her because of her good looks and style.

      • Bridget says:

        People became interested in her because she’s Johnny Depp’s kid. It’s not her. They just hope that some of his mojo rubbed off on her. Though what adult is comparing Instagram followers of celeb kids anyhow?

      • Granger says:

        I second Bridget’s comment. Her viral Instagram account had nothing to do with her “style” — it had everything to do with Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis. Sean Penn’s daughter doesn’t get the same attention because Penn has always been viewed as an asshole, and Wright has always been considered a frigid bitch.

    • Geekychick says:

      Bravo! great commentary and I completely agree. When you look at her hands in the last photo, I feel creepy. Those are hands of a child!

  18. Babs says:

    She’s beautiful. I saw her last night in a Chanel ad, I think she’s mesmerizing in motion.

  19. Margo S. says:

    Wow. She didn’t even graduate high school?! Are you effing kidding me?! I am judging her parents. Full on judgment. And yeah? The 24 year old boyfriend at 16 is a huge no no. But hey, if her parents don’t care, why should she? How could she know better? So sad.

  20. jerkface says:

    This kid is stoned as hay-ell. Like she met Professor Green in the Study with a bong if you know what I mean.

  21. cindy says:

    I am so uncomfortable with a 17 year old being gossip fodder. My daughter is 14 and no. Icky. no no no.

  22. hogtowngooner says:

    Lily-Rose has previously said that Johnny and Vanessa “were in no position” to order her to go to school and at the very least get her high school diploma

    Wow if I’d said this to my parents, I’d have gotten soap in my mouth. I know teenagers are mostly jerks, but that is some first class attitude right there. You’re a minor = parents are in charge. The end.

    Between this and allowing/approving their 16 year-old dating a 24 year-old divorced man with a child, Johnny and Vanessa sound like those rich parents who care more about their kids liking them/being ‘the cool parents’ rather than trying to raise a well-adjusted, independent adult who can look after themselves. Then society is saddled with an entitled, immature brat who thinks the whole world owes them something for nothing.

    Bah, I’m so crusty today lol.

    • A.Key says:

      “Wow if I’d said this to my parents, I’d have gotten soap in my mouth.”

      LOL, this!!

      But I think her parents are in need of some parenting more than her at this point. Johnny and Vanessa seem like lost kids spiritually who just do what they want and have never emotionally grown up.

  23. PaulY says:

    Yikes! I guess I’m in the minority because from a purely asthetic/modeling perspective, I find her look very intriguing – maybe not so much on this cover, but based more on other photos I’ve seen of her.

  24. Pam_L says:

    “Ash used to travel with Lily-Rose and Vanessa. Vanessa seemingly gave the entirely inappropriate relationship her blessing.”

    Billy Ray Cyrus did that as well when 16-year-old Miley was dating that 20-something male model.

  25. Sunrise says:

    She’s gorgeous.