Ansel Elgort shares handbags with his girlfriend: ‘Purses are really cool’

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I sometimes think that Ansel Elgort was supposed to be the Bad Rich Boy Villain in all of the ‘80s teen movies, but somehow he got time-traveled to the current era. That’s his vibe to me – rich boy villain from the ‘80s. But Ansel also amuses the hell out of me, and I enjoy covering him on the rare occasions that he says something gossip-worthy. Ansel was just made the new face of Ralph Lauren Polo Red Rush cologne, and to celebrate, he sat down with People Magazine for a lengthy interview about how he smells, how he shares purses with his girlfriend and how he’s anti-fanny pack. I laughed outloud at several points in this interview. He has VERY strong opinions about purses. Some highlights:

On his cologne gig: “It’s gonna be a long partnership. I do hope to bring myself to the brand and I think that’s what they want. Hopefully [the partnership] does bring fun, nice new energy to the brand in general — not that they need it. It’s a big brand. It’s global. It’s pretty cool.”

He always wanted to smell good: “When I was growing up I think the thing that pushed me to always dress well or try to smell good was girls. When you’re a young guy and you’re chasing after girls it’s the idea that I could spray something on me that makes me smell good and help me in that department. As soon as I could buy it I did.”

His girlfriend, ballerina Violetta Komyshan, influences his style: “We share handbags — I wear handbags now,” he says, adding that they also wear the same rings. “Purses are really cool, or like the ones you put over your shoulder. You can put your camera in there, your phone, your wallet. Sometimes if I’m wearing tight pants I don’t want to put anything in my pocket. Or sometimes it falls out of my pocket. So we share those now.”

He hates fanny packs: “I don’t like the fanny pack trend. If I’m not into it and it’s a trend, I’m not going to wear it. And the over the shoulder thing, I’ve never liked this one either. I always just felt like the other kind of man bags were just boring.”

He wishes he could wear women’s clothes sometimes: “I think that style should always be personal and you should do what you feel, whatever that is. If something inspires you or you see something you like… If I see clothes on women that I like, unfortunately I can’t fit most of it because I’m too big, but anything I like, I’ll wear, even if someone else is telling me, “What the hell are you wearing?” It’s not going to stop me from walking out of the house wearing it.”

Grooming notes: He doesn’t wash his hair, he says he only washes his face if he has a “dirty” day and he’ll occasionally use one of Violetta’s face masks. But he does moisturize, he says. “I never moisturized before I started becoming an actor. That’s the important thing. Apparently Pharrell exfoliates. Brad Pitt takes care of his skin.”

[From People]

When I was growing up, it was an oddity to meet a guy who appreciated eyeliner or the functionality of a purse. I feel like Millennials are different though, and I appreciate it. I’m being totally honest, I like that Ansel Elgort is in People Magazine, talking about how he shares purses with his girlfriend. I think it’s cute as hell! I wonder if he buys purses for her and tells her “we’re sharing that, girl.” As for wanting to wear some cute women’s clothes… that’s fine too. Jaden Smith says hi.

Here’s Ansel’s new ad!

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    • ariel says:

      I dye my hair red on a regular basis and my colorist begged me to stop washing my hair every day, b/c it kills the color, and it is unnecessary.
      I am a convert. I now wash it once every 6-10 days. That first week was gross- oily hair, but the hair adjusts and is no longer oily in between. And my color stays great so much longer.

    • Veronica says:

      I only wash my hair once a week because it’s decently thick and curly/wavy. I also have sensitive skin, so using shampoo will dry out my scalp and cause flaking. (Dry skin – not dandruff.) I may run a wet brush through it and dry shampoo the roots between washing if I use product in it, but otherwise, it’s much healthier if I let the natural oils have time to penetrate the entire strand. The only people who really need to wash their hair every day are those with really naturally oily hair.

  1. Tiffany says:

    As someone who invest and love a good handbag, I will give you this Wannabe Blake, I will give you this one.

  2. Renee2 says:

    Almost all points are detracted from him outing himself as a dirty person.

  3. Beth says:

    I see guys with handbags, and there’s nothing wrong with it. However, someone who never washes their hair, and only washes their face on a ‘dirty day’, is gross, and I don’t know why he’d give that info

  4. Lazy af rn says:

    I’m a guy and recently have become obsessed w women’s crop tops. They end right at my waist which is what I’m always looking. Store clerks usually try to get me to look in the men’s department or side of the store, to which I just ignore them and continue shopping

    Ansel and I are easily the same size there are tons of women’s clothes that’d fit him. He’s playing that off

  5. Ninal says:

    He’s too goofy looking to be the bad boy villain. He’s more like the weird hacker kid who wears his hoodies Unabomber style in class.

  6. Nat says:

    This reminds me of a Friends episode in which Joey had a lady’s purse and was trying to convince the other two men friends that handbags are very useful :)

    I don’t really mind what he’s saying but I won’t let my hubby near my precious handbags :) he can wear a backpack :D

    • Brandy Alexander says:

      I love that episode!

      My hubby has recently discovered how great bags are too, and has bought an array of messenger bags in different colors, fabrics, sizes, and shapes. He says he’ll never wear a backpack again! LOL. (added bonus – I don’t have to carry a diaper bag anymore, he sticks everything in his bags!)

    • Veronica says:

      I had a friend who was adamant that his purse was a “satchel.” I told him to get over himself. It’s f*cking handbag. You don’t get a special word for it just because you’ve caught up to the reality that women carry them for utilitarian purposes.

    • Ange says:

      I used to live in the big city and lots of men used to use little over the shoulder bags. They seemed popular with the Lebanese population in particular. I appreciated that they finally realised the usefulness of a bag!

  7. Birdie says:

    “He doesn’t wash his hair, he says he only washes his face if he has a “dirty” day and he’ll occasionally use one of Violetta’s face masks.“
    Ehm, ew!

  8. Grey says:

    It what universe is his scrawny ass too large for women’s clothing???