Dakota Johnson Covers ELLE Magazine March 2014 Issue as Ana Steele

Dakota Johnson strips down for the March 2014 issue of ELLE magazine channeling her alter-ego Anastasia Steele. The sexy twenty-four year-old actress gives us a glimpse as to why she is going to rock the role of leading lady in the highly anticipated film Fifty Shades of Grey. Pictures don't lie and neither does that smoldering gaze or the romantic innocence captured in her expression.

The debates still continue online over casting. Can we move on, please? Can we just accept the fact that the movie is nearly completed and give these actors a chance? I know a lot of people are on the fence about Dakota Johnson being cast as Ana Steele, but I am not and I've been on board with her from day one.I still don't understand why so many people say she is "too old" to play the virginal college student who eventually tames the hot as hell, kinky, tormented Billionaire Christian Grey.

Anyway, I guess haters are gonna hate, so let them have their opinions (even if they are wrong).

Moving on... Besides the obvious instant chemistry she has with co-star, Jamie Dornan (oh yes, you can see it from the behind the scene photos, trust me) it all leads back to that scene with Justin Timberlake in The Social Network. The banter displayed between them in that scene alone tells me how Dakota will approach the famous "interview scene" where she meets Mr. Grey for the very first time. I know you noticed it too, and if you didn't watch it again--think about it.

Johnson is featured on the cover posed innocently on her knees, next to a bed of course, wearing a short-sleeve John Galliano mod-inspired dress paired with sexy black Donna Karan sheer thigh-highs and red Manolo Blanik sandals. Her accompanying editorial features her in more seductive poses wearing pieces from Jason Wu, Missoni, Prabal Gurung and, of course, Christian Louboutin.

My favorite picture is of her sweetly pulling up her lace stalkings wearing a beautiful embellished Burberry Prorsum lace trench coat. Just stunning.

Not only that, but I read a few excerpts from her interview and I really like her. She's ballsy and confident--I like that about her. For instance:

Dakota on why she's right for the role of Anastasia Steele:  “I don’t have any problem doing anything. The secret is I have no shame.”

We all know that Dakota is a go-getter. She lobbied for the role of Ana Steele from the start, admitting she was intrigued by the character and loved the story. Direct from the mouth's of babes:

Dakota on what interested her most in the movie:  “Reading the book, I found myself more interested in the ways they were breaking each other down emotionally than the sex scenes. I think there’s a part of a woman that wants to be the thing that breaks a man down.”

Here's to hoping this editorial calms the storm conjured by the internet trolls and reassures all Fifty Shades fans that Ms. Johnson is/was the only choice for Ana Steele. I know I'll be picking up a copy of the issue when it hits newsstands on February 18th. Will you?

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

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Breakfast at Tiffany's Celebrates 50 Years

Fifty years ago, Truman Capote's novella Breakfast at Tiffany's came to life on the silver screen, and it remains a cultural phenomenon. It's hard to believe that the film has been around for half a century. Surprisingly the film has a contemporary feel, influencing the romantic comedies and fashion of today, even inspiring a hotel suite at the St. Regis in New York City.

Audrey Hepburn portrayed the famous, fun-loving call girl from Manhattan's upper crust society. Yes, it’s true most people did not know that Holly Golightly was in fact a call girl. Capote was coy about the character, he explained years later, ”She wasn't just a call girl, she had a few call girl proclivities.”  

The role was originally intended for Marilyn Monroe, but she turned it down because her acting advisor, Paula Strasberg, said Marilyn should not be playing a part that risqué.





Audrey was already a star and a household name because of films like Sabrina and Roman Holiday, but it was Breakfast at Tiffany's that defined her career and made her a cultural and style icon.  

When Holly Golightly entered our world in 1961, a star was born -- the little black dress. Few films have left a fashion impression quite like Breakfast at Tiffany's and for decades women have copied the look. The LBD has become the most essential part of any wardrobe; dress it up or down no one has gone wrong in a little black dress yet.



The look was created by Hepburn's longtime friend, French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy. Givenchy not only helped dress Audrey for most of her memorable film roles but also designed her personal wardrobe. In 2006 the iconic dress Hepburn wore in the film sold at auction for over $900,000.




Today in Manhattan, Holly Golightly wannabees will celebrate the film's golden anniversary just blocks away from the East 71st Street townhouse apartment that was featured in the movie. Later this month, a coffee table book will be released with never before seen photos including images of the “untouched” Hollywood legend. 

~Christy Pastore @christypastore 

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