Elle Magazine is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary with its October issue by profiling 25 Hollywood Game-Changing Women in their Twenties.

When Elle debuted on newsstands in 1985, Wham’s “Careless Whisper” topped the charts, “Back To The Future was hot in theaters, and The Cosby Show was the most watched sitcom in American. All the while, a new generation of talented future trailblazers were busy being born. This month, the magazine profiles 25 women at 25. Lauren Conrad, Amanda Seyfried, Megan Fox, Gabourey Sidibe, Meghan McCain, and even Diddy’s archandroid proteg Janelle Monae made the cut of stars earning honors.


Credits: Nominated for best actress Oscar in 2009’s Precious; plays Laura Linney’s mouthy high school student on Showtime’s cancer-ishilarious dramedy, The Big C, and bully Latonya in the upcoming Yelling to the Sky.

On Celebrating Her 25th Birthday: “Part of me thought it would be weird if people knew I was a grown-up playing a teenager in Precious. So I had a twenty-first-birthday party. We had drinks and went to a strip club called Shotgun Willie’s.”


Credits: Cofounded record label Wondaland Arts Society; released toe-tapping album The ArchAndroid, earning critical hosannas (from mainstream and indies alike) and an opening spot on Erykah Badu’s tour.

Wisdom gained so far: “Don’t get high off praises, and don’t get too low on critiques.”

How She’ll Celebrate Her 25th Birthday: “On a space shuttle.


Best Part of Being in Her Twenties: “It’s your time to be selfish; you still have freedom.”

Where She Thought She’d Be Now: “I was never that girl who just wanted babies. I wanted a career before all of that.”


What are the best and worst things about turning 25? “The best thing is, I’m happy. The worst is that I’m scared; the scariest thing is that I know it can’t be easy—the years to come.”

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