appearing on her first red carpet as a 14-year-old in borrowed Armani, following her screen debut in The Horse Whisperer – a role won, in part, because she happened to be a champion equestrian. But it wasn't until 2006, when she started working with stylist Cher Coulter (who has worked with Sienna Miller and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley), and wore a daring, sheer red Calvin Klein dress at the Vanity Fair Oscars party, that Bosworth edged towards icon status. Her February '08 American Vogue cover, shot by Mario Testino, confirmed her as a bonafide fashion star.
Bosworth has become known for her risky but consistently stylish choices: a sequined fuchsia Balmain mini at this year's Met Ball, for example. "I don't like too many tricks or gimmicks," she
“(With my style), I don’t like GIMMICKS. It’s IMPORTANT for me to feel COMFORTABLE”
says. “It's important for me to feel comfortable. It's as simple as that.”
Indeed, the California-born, Connecticut-bred star's natural, apple-cheeked look balances the experimentation of her style. When we meet, she is in a mix of vintage and Topshop, but the accessories reveal her knowhow: a metallic Loewe bag, Miu Miu shoes and, offsetting her engagement ring, a Jennifer Meyer ring stack.
Her confidence may have grown with Coulter, but Bosworth's instincts are strong. Her father was a retail executive who taught his only child about textiles and quality tailoring. “On take-your-daughter-to-work day, when I was 11 or 12, I was in Manhattan with him on the floor at Ermenegildo Zegna,” she says. “I was always interested.”
Bosworth had a comfortable upbringing and was scheduled to go to Princeton. Then she met fellow rising star Orlando Bloom as a teenager, Blue Crush came out, and her trajectory changed course from university to a life of film sets and red carpets.
Nowadays, she is an involved fashion industry player, counting