You Know You Love Whitney Peak

The 'Gossip Girl' reboot star is readying herself for all the fame—and fashion—that comes with being part of a cultural phenomenon.

7/27/2021 7:49:00 AM

You know you love WhitneyPeak. With the highly anticipated hbomax reboot, the gossipgirl star is readying herself for all the fame—and fashion—that comes with being part of a cultural phenomenon.

The 'Gossip Girl' reboot star is readying herself for all the fame—and fashion—that comes with being part of a cultural phenomenon.

Gossip Girland its prep aesthetics, mean girls, and anonymous texts have a distinctly millennial vibe. Peak’s generation has a different, and yet nostalgic, relationship to gossip. Generation Z teenagers have anonymous and private Instagram accounts—Finstas—and view the idea of exposing too much of yourself online as unwise, much like the secretive students who fed Gossip Girl’s mass text blasts. Peak believes this, too: “There’s a fine line, and what I’m learning now is you can’t really share everything you think. Being a child in the industry doesn’t really allow for changing your mind or making mistakes. So if I said something, and then later felt like I had outgrown what I said, social media makes it very hard.”

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Top, $2300, pants, $2300, necklace, $1400, ring, $650, Chanel. Pumps, Amina Muaddi, $1090.Matthew Kristall“My style dictates how I want to feel throughout the day. So if I want to feel cool, I’ll do big pants, a cool sneaker, and jewelry galore.”Peak is just as interested in fashion as she is in acting. Lisa Bonet, Aaliyah, and Teyana Taylor are her fashion icons. “My style dictates how I want to feel throughout the day,” she says. “So if I want to feel cool, and it’s swag, I’ll do the big pants, maybe a shirt, definitely a cool sneaker, jewelry galore. Probably big hair. And if I feel a little more elevated, I’ll do a leather boot, and a pair of trousers, maybe a black trench coat.” Before heading to the

Gossip Girlset in the morning, Peak likes to throw together “crazy” looks: headbands with cat ears, sweatpants, and a towel; a robe or boxers. (The show’s hair team put together a collage of her eccentric outfits.).Top, Dolce & Gabbana, $1395. Earrings, Chanel Fine Jewelry. headtopics.com

Matthew KristallBeauty Tip: Define full brows with Chanel Boy De Chanel Eyebrow Pencil in Deep BrownShe’s long had an affinity for experimentation. “Growing up, I would borrow my brother’s clothes, and my mom—being the religious woman she is—would be like, ‘Oh no. Wear more feminine stuff,’ ” Peak says. “And now I do love to dress up and go out with my friends and play into my feminine side.” But at the same time, “If I want to put on a pair of Calvin Klein boxers, I’m going to put on a pair of Calvin Klein boxers, and sag my pants. Men’s clothes are cool; women’s clothes are cool. They’re just clothes.”

Top, $2300, pants, $2300, belt, $3675, necklace, $1400, ring, $650, Chanel. Pumps, Amina Muaddi, $1090.Matthew KristallWhen she’s not acting, or thinking about acting and how her life will change once her biggest role to date is live, Peak likes to walk the streets of New York until she gets tired, do yoga, and read—at the moment, a collection of plays by María Irene Fornés that the playwright Jeremy O. Harris gave her. She’s still in high school, too: “I have an amazing virtual set teacher whose name, funny enough, is Nathaniel Archibald [the name of an original

Gossip Girlcharacter]. When I was interviewing teachers, I was like, ‘I can’t not have a teacher named Nathaniel Archibald; that’s hilarious.’ ”Dress, Salvatore Ferragamo, $2400. Metal chain top, Sportmax, $695.Matthew KristallAfterGossip Girlfilming ends, she will head back to Canada to be with her family, enjoy the last moments of her anonymity, and think about future projects. Peak would love to work with Viola Davis and the director Whit Stillman. She once felt nervous about how fans would take the new iteration of the series, but now feels ready to show viewers what she’s been hard at work on.

Dress, Givenchy. Earrings, Samuel Francois, $1700.Matthew KristallHer character, Zoya, is the “new kid in town” who struggles to fit in without silencing herself, something Peak has experience with. “[The original]Gossip Girlwas how life was seen then. And this version is very much true to this time,” she says. “I’m excited for the show to air, and to see what this next chapter in my life is going to look like.” headtopics.com

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