In 1994, Jay McInerney called Chloë Sevigny the coolest girl in the world in a New Yorker profile, and the label has stuck. Equally loved by men and women, Sevigny has embodied the New York scene since she exploded into the public eye in Larry Clark’s Kids in 1995. Now, at 40, Sevigny has released a beautiful “fan girl” scrapbook from Rizzoli chronicling her days from a teen Sassy magazine model, to her critically acclaimed performance in Boys Don’t Cry, and her enormous success as fashion muse to designers like Marc Jacobs and Miu Miu. “I kind of wanted it to be an art fan-book, if I dare say that,” Sevigny explained to Rolling Stone. “I didn’t want it to be too high-fashion or to be just a stylebook. Mainly, I wanted it to have a vibe.”
Here are our favorite Sevigny forever moments.
The world was introduced to Sevigny through her internship at Sassy magazine in 1992. Realizing perhaps they had a burgeoning “it” girl on their hands, Sevigny modeled for Sassy in what has become an iconic photoshoot of 90s girl style. At the time, Sassy EIC said of Chloë, “I didn’t know what [Chloë] was going to do,” she told Opening Ceremony. “But I knew it was going to be something, because when you have that kind of unique vision and you have the work ethic to back it up, you’re going to go somewhere.”
Sevigny met Harmony Korine in Washington Square Park during her senior year of high school, and the two became a couple, leading to her being cast in Kids—written by Korine and directed by Larry Clark. Though she had absolutely no acting experience, Sevigny’s performance was praised and she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, jumpstarting her acting career.
Standing Next to Kate Moss Like a Boss
As muse to many designers, Sevigny found herself as a model for the Miu Miu show in 1995. A photo of her and supermodel Kate Moss was used as the invitation for their next show. The photo has become iconic. In a later interview with Lily McMenamy, Sevigny said she felt awkward standing next to Moss, who strikes a much sexier pose—but we think she’s holding her own.
She’s a devout Catholic
Sevigny calls herself a practicing Catholic and loves Pope Francis.
In 1999, Chloë starred in Boys Don’t Cry, the story of Brandon Teena, for which Hillary Swank won the Oscar and Sevigny was nominated for Best Supporting Actress. Her critically acclaimed performance solidified her status as an A-list actress and, also, her lesbian appeal. The following year she was cast as Michelle Williams’ motorcycle-riding lover in If These Walls Could Talk 2, making straight women everywhere question their sexuality.
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Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery
You know you’ve become part of the fabric of pop culture when a YouTube parody of you appears on the Internet.
Brown Bunny Controversy
No shrinking violet when it comes to nudity and sexual content, Sevigny starred in the controversial 2003 film, The Brown Bunny, with then boyfriend Vincent Gallo. The finale includes an intense scene of fellatio, leading to many a theory that the oral sex was not simulated. Due to its pornographic nature, Sevigny lost her agent, but she stood by the film, telling The Insider, “It’s a shame people write so many things when they haven’t seen it. When you see the film, it makes more sense. It’s an art film. It should be playing in museums. It’s like an Andy Warhol movie.”
When you think of Chloë Sevigny, obviously the first thing you think is sister wife, right? Obviously. We love that the producers of HBO imagined Sevigny in full-on polygamist garb, casting her as Nicolette Grant in Big Love. She played the role from 2006-2011, winning a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in 2010.
New Yorker til Death
“I’m not cold. I hate LA; I hate driving . . . OK it’s freezing. But I’m never moving to LA.”
All Images Courtesy of Rizzoli USA