Lauren Conrad struck a sexy pose in a midriff-baring top for Marie Claire's July 2013 issue, which hits newsstands on June 18. The one-time MTV reality star has moved on from late nights in LA to pursue her career in what has now turned into her own fashion empire. The road beyond her small-screen fame hasn't always been easy, though, and she spoke candidly about dealing with her critics, as well as the difficulty of getting her own story told. Aside from the perils of life in the spotlight, she's found stability in her boyfriend, William Tell, whom she began dating in February 2012, and inside the pages opened up about why their relationship works. Here are the highlights from Lauren Conrad in Marie Claire:
- On boyfriend William Tell: "He is very good for me because we have a lot in common as far as where we grew up. It's the first time I'm with someone and I'm not explaining things. He also has experience in the entertainment industry, so he understands a lot of things that people don't always get."
- On telling her own story: "I only ever got to tell half of my story. People are very quick to judge these days, especially behind the anonymity of a screen name. It's very easy to say, 'I hate her, I hate what she wore, she seems mean.' But you're only seeing a small fraction of her life."
- On leaving her party life behind: "It feels done for me. I'm OK with it being done . . . I destroyed my voice when I moved to LA. There are polyps all over my vocal chords because I was in a lot of loud places. If you listen to the first episode of Laguna, my voice is completely different."