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See Blake Lively's First Chanel Handbag Ad

See Blake Lively's First Chanel Handbag Ad

>> The first image of Blake Lively's Chanel Mademoiselle handbag campaign has appeared; the ads break this week and next, and are set to run through June. So how did Lively end up with a stack of Chanel ads under her belt? “I had other opportunities and I would say, ‘Thank you so much, but I am holding out for Chanel,’” she says. “That’s who I want to be the face of. And people would say, ‘Well, that’s unrealistic, they only hire Europeans,’ and I said: ‘Well, how great. I’ll be the first then.’”

As for all the Vogue attention she's garnered — three covers, including one on a best-dressed special edition magazine in January — Vogue style director Alexander Kotur says it all started when the actress wore a blue Versace gown — slit up the thigh, with a revealing neckline — to the Costume Institute Gala two years ago: “We all just kind of jumped on her. When she came to the Met in that Versace we thought: ‘Who? What? Who’s this?’ She walked up those steps and she had confidence and she wore that dress like nobody else. That was when it all started.”

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