J-14 first got a sneak peek of Material Girl, the cool new clothing line from Madonna and her 13-year-old daughter Lourdes Leon (a.k.a. Lola), a couple of months ago, so we were excited to learn that Taylor Momsen would be the face of the line. The edgy actress/singer played Jenny Humphrey on Gossip Girl, is the lead singer of The Pretty Reckless, and has a rockstar style all her own. J-14 got to hang with Taylor backstage after her performance at the launch of Material Girl at Macy's Hearld Square in New York City, where she told us all about the line, Madonna, and her take on the clothes.
J-14: What was your first thought when you heard that they wanted you to be the face of Material Girl?
Taylor Momsen: I didn't believe it. I was like, "Shut up. Stop it. What are you talking about?" I was super excited. It's a really huge compliment and an honor to work with Madonna.
J-14: What was it like to meet Madonna?
Taylor: She is super down-to-earth. She is a very cool chick, which is very nice to see. She's Madonna! You don't really know what to expect when you meet someone that is that successful and famous worldwide. -- you never have any idea. She was just a normal person and very cool.
J-14: Did Madonna take control of your Material Girl photo shoot?
Taylor: Completely took control of the shoot. She came in later, and she was very much hands-on and involved with the styling. Lola and I put the looks together in the beginning, and she came and rearranged everything and got hands-on, moving chains around on the background, setting up shots. She was cool.
J-14: What was Lola like to work with?
Taylor: She reminded me a lot of my little sister. She's thirteen and my sister's thirteen. She is a very sweet girl. She has great fashion sense so it was actually a pleasure.
J-14: What is your favorite part about the Material Girl line?
Taylor: Material Girl is such a cool collection, and I really like it is because [there are] a lot of mix and match pieces that can fit anyone's style. You don't have to be a girly-girl or a tomboy -- it has something for everyone and is really catered to make it your personal style instead of having set-up looks.
The Pretty Reckless performed three acoustic songs at the Macy's event -- check out their acoustic version of "Light Me Up" here:
Material Girl is in stores now! The line is sold exclusively at Macy's and all products range from $12-40.
Photo: Courtesy of Emily Krauser