Maybe she got you through your angsty teenage years as Bridget in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, or maybe you lusted after her elite Gossip Girl persona, Serena van der Woodsen. Either way, there’s no denying that Blake Lively is everybody’s imaginary girlfriend.
Ms. Lively exploded onto the Hollywood scene in 2005, starring in the film adaptation of Ann Brashares’s classic coming-of-age novel. Since then, she’s graced the casts of numerous Hollywood blockbusters, including The Town, Green Lantern and Savages. And as the infamous Serena van der Woodsen on The CW’s Gossip Girl, Ms. Lively gave viewers a look into the machinations of New York City high society. As a prominent figure in contemporary pop culture, Ms. Lively—whose long, blond, certifiable-mermaid hair has likely earned her admirers from coast to coast—has no doubt helped promote a more natural standard of beauty in today’s image-conscious society. And she’s political, too, having publicly supported President Obama in a 2008 campaign commercial aimed at young voters. We’re certain that Ms. Lively’s talent, wit and beauty will take her far in years to come.