Taylor Momsen
Actress, singer-songwriter, model
Taylor Momsen
Taylor Michel Momsen is an American actress, musician and model who portrayed the character of Jenny Humphrey on the CW television series Gossip Girl and Cindy Lou Who in Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. She fronts the rock band The Pretty Reckless.
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Taylor Momsen's personal information overview.
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The Pretty Reckless Present a Series of Taylor-Made Moments
Huffington Post - 3 months
She may have started out as a precocious kid actress but Taylor Momsen landed the role of a lifetime as front woman for the Pretty Reckless. An alluring entertainer with a pliable voice that will send thrills and chills down your spine, Momsen is the charming star of this hard rock show that includes three daring dudes who bring the heavy metal essentials -- guitarist Ben Phillips, bassist Mark Damon and drummer Jamie Perkins. The New York-based quartet is wrapping up a fall tour throughout the United States behind Who You Selling For, the Oct. 21 release via Razor & Tie that is destined to be their most successful to date in a career that began in 2009. The full-length album, their third in the studio with longtime producer Kato Khandwala, begins with Momsen (left) snidely snapping, "Get your shit together," making one wonder if she's addressing herself or someone else. The hep pep talk obviously worked because Who You Selling For is a fire-breathing monster of a re ...
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Lzzy Hale: 'Sometimes I Forget I'm A Woman In Metal'
The Huffington Post - 6 months
With their track 'Love Bites...(So Do I)' American hard rock band Halestorm became the first female-fronted band in Grammy history to win the award in the Rock/Metal Performance Category. While female rockers are still very much outnumbered in the rock genre, to Lzzy herself, and her female colleagues like Amy Lee (Evanescence) and Taylor Momsen (The Pretty Reckless), the fact that they happen to be female is simply not an issue. "You're judging yourself against yourself. You ask yourself, did I do a good job for me? If Anyone is looking at us differently we don't really notice anymore." More...
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15 Minutes With Taylor Momsen
Huffington Post - about 3 years
I'm watching Taylor Momsen music videos on You Tube, and it's a nice break. I've been writing too much lately, working day and night, absorbed in a world of words with no human interaction. There are projects and deadlines. Editing and re-writing. I'm bleary-eyed, sleep-deprived, caffeinated and feeling damn near mentally ill. Writing in solitude for days straight will do this to you. It twists your mind into a knot and yanks it until your eye sockets widen. I'm sitting on my couch, staring straight ahead -- through the television and through the walls -- as thoughts explode in my mind: books titles, short story ideas, the structure of a particular paragraph I'm struggling with, my observation that Trader Joe's employees are always happy, and my wondering if I'll find a romantic partner as confused about love as I am -- and if this confusion will be what bonds us? I'm exhausted, but my mind won't stop. The thoughts keep coming. I think about art, and my pessimistic tendency to b ...
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Taylor Momsen records best pal's orgasm for new album track
Calgary Sun - about 3 years
Former porn star Jenna Haze agreed to fake an orgasm for a track on her friend Taylor Momsen's new album Going To Hell.
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Taylor Momsen poses naked on her band's upcoming album cover
The Times of India - about 3 years
Taylor Momsen poses naked on her band's upcoming album cover     
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Can Taylor Momsen pull a Miley Cyrus and successfully go from good girl to bad?
Fox News - over 3 years
Former good-girl actress Taylor Momsen went from portraying innocent Cindy Lou Who in “The Grinch” and Jenny Humphrey on “Gossip Girl” to baring it all in lingerie and fishnets as the lead singer of The Pretty Reckless hard-rock band.
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Interview: Taylor Momsen not losing her rock edge
Chicago Times - over 3 years
Taylor Momsen is a leather-wearing, middle finger-waving, hard-partying rock star and not the preppy, Upper East Side, social climber she played on The CW’s “Gossip Girl,” so get used to it.     
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Taylor Momsen Is Mega Goth In Music Video For 'Going To Hell'
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
Just in time for Halloween, it's a horror movie come to life: Taylor Momsen's Pretty Reckless video for "Going to Hell." I've got the creeps just typing that. Read More... More on Taylor Momsen
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Good Morning, Lindsay Arnold, And Other News
The Superficial - over 3 years
- Paris Hilton made a song with Lil Wayne. This is our world now. [Lainey Gossip] - Tom Hanks has diabetes which I’m going to believe that first link caused. [Dlisted] - Everything In This Gallery Is True [theCHIVE] - Katie Holmes is taking fashion advice from Kanye West? [Fishwrapper] - Taylor Momsen does Maxim. [tooFab] - The Jennifer Love Hewitt one explains so much. [BuzzFeed] - Hilary Duff is still looking fantastic. [Popoholic] - If Chris Brown beats Perez Hilton, I take back 10% of the things I said about him. [IDLYITW] - Alyssa Miller bikini photos, anyone? [Hollywood Tuna] - Carmen Electra is officially a cougar. [Celebslam] - Padma Lakshmi‘s in a bikini. [DrunkenStepfather: Site is NSFW] - Farrah Abraham basically abandoned her kid. [Amy Grindhouse] - Change Big Mac to McRib and I can relate to this man’s plight. [Uproxx] THE SUPERFICIAL | About • Facebook • Twitter Photos: Phamous/AKM-GSI, Splash News
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Taylor Momsen poses for 'Maxim'
USA Today - over 3 years
The former 'Gossip Girl' star talks about the 'inappropriate' nature of her concerts.
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Taylor Momsen Is Still Doing That Topless Raccoon Eye Stuff, Everything’s Fine
The Superficial - over 3 years
Earlier in the week, Taylor Momsen showed up to New York Fashion Week (above) without her usual raccoon makeup on and everyone flipped their shit after they remembered/figured out it was her. Of course, there was a reason for that, and it’s because her band The Pretty Reckless is going on tour which they’re now publicizing with the topless poster below, so I honestly don’t know why she even did the Fashion Week thing. Do women even like clothes? I literally know nothing of their species. More importantly, I hope this makes it up to the people who don’t come here to read about George Zimmerman, and if it doesn’t, there’s more Selena Gomez maybe-vagina coming up on The Superficial. Stick around.   THE SUPERFICIAL | About • Facebook • Twitter Photos: Getty, INFdaily, Splash News, WENN
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Taylor Momsen gives up the goth-girl look
USA Today - over 3 years
She's still not smiling though.
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Taylor Momsen's Fashion Week Look Is 30 Percent Less Mall Goth Than Usual
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Former "Gossip Girl" star Taylor Momsen made the rounds at several shows during New York Fashion Week and we can't quite believe our eyes. It appears that the whole mall goth thing might have been a stage, just as we suspected. The 20-year-old, who renounced acting in favor of her real passion -- music -- seems to have realized it was actually pretty selfish of her to be hoarding all that black eyeliner on her face all this time (see above photo for example). Momsen was first spotted front row and backstage at Helmut Lang's Spring 2014 show on Sept. 6, where she ditched her signature raccoon-eye look in favor of red eyeliner, which proved she was taking baby steps away from her Hot Topic roots. Then on Monday, the Pretty Reckless singer looked surprisingly polished when she showed up at the Alice + Olivia show wearing a black minidress with her hair pulled up in a high ponytail, and somehow managed to kick her eyeliner addiction:
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12 Things We Wish We Knew About Style When We Were Still In High School
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Getting through high school as a teen was painful, but thinking back on what we wore during our formative years might just top that agony. Even though we can't turn back time and un-wear those Uggs, we can inform the current crop of adolescents of the fashion perils that await them. Here, we've rounded up the 12 style lessons we wish we learned while we were still in high school. Listen up, kiddos! Leggings ≠Pants There is no reason to wear a backpack and a purse. You don't have the maturity level to properly tweeze your eyebrows yet. There are few things more ridiculous than a 15-year-old wearing stilettos to algebra class. Sometimes shirts do look better tucked in. Just because the outfit comes with a belt, doesn't mean you have to wear it. Flat ironing your hair every day is a bad idea. Just because you find a shirt with your own sassy mantra, doesn't mean you have to buy it. Eyeliner isn't meant to go around your whole ...
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Rita Ora Shines in Campaign for Material Girl, Madonna's Fashion Line: First Look
US Magazine - over 3 years
Tastemakers like Jay-Z, Karl Lagerfeld, and Snoop Lion have all shown enthusiastic support for London-raised singer Rita Ora. And now another famous influencer can be added to her growing list of fans: Madonna. PHOTOS: Best-dressed British stars The pop queen and her daughter, Lourdes Leon, chose the "How We Do" singer, 22, to be the new face of their fashion line Material Girl -- and Us has the exclusive first look at its "Material Girl Hits London" campaign. In the fun shot, the singer, who was born in war-torn Kosovo, salutes the camera while wearing a bearskin, the tall fur cap worn by the guards at Buckingham Palace. PHOTOS: Madonna's stylish mini-me "To be hand-picked by Madonna and her incredibly cool daughter Lola is the largest of all compliments," she told Us. "This has been an amazing Material Girl tour around my hometown, London, taking loads of pictures, dressing up and having fun." The campaign features images of Ora posing at iconic locales like Big Ben, B ...
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Taylor Momsen Signs With Major Modeling Agency
US Magazine - over 3 years
Little J is heading for the big time. Taylor Momsen, who played fashion designer hopeful Jenny Humphrey on Gossip Girl for five years, has signed on with Next Modeling Management, one of the biggest modeling agencies in the world. PHOTOS: Gossip Girl cast -- then and now She'll be joining the likes of Alexa Chung, Ellie Goulding, Jessica Alba, and Lana Del Rey, all of whom are also repped by the agency. The kohl-loving blonde isn't exactly a neophyte when it comes to posing in front of the camera: Momsen has appeared in campaigns for Material Girl, Madonna and her daughter Lourdes Leon's clothing line, and John Galliano's Parlez-Moi d'Amour perfume. PHOTOS: Gossip Girls' top 10 OMG moments The retired actress, 19, has been focusing on her band, The Pretty Reckless, since the show wrapped last December. In a spoken word video that debuted in October 2012, the singer, who once described her look as that of a "high-class hooker," recited lyrics from their track "Under the Wate ...
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When Celebrity Good Girls Go Bad
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Reese Witherspoon shocked the world when news of her arrest hit the Internet April 21. The actress, who is seen as one of America's sweethearts, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct for getting into a verbal fight with a police officer following her husband Jim Toth's arrest in a DUI incident. Witherspoon, who was under the influence of alcohol, allegedly asked the officer, "Do you know my name?" before adding, "You're about to find out who I am." On Sunday night, she released a statement apologizing for her actions, saying, "I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said. It was definitely a scary situation and I was frightened for my husband, but that is no excuse." The mom-of-three has been a clean-cut golden girl in Hollywood, starring in films like "Sweet Home Alabama," "Legally Blonde" and "Walk the Line." Still, many believe this incident won't alter her squeaky-clean image. Other celebrities don't get so l ...
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Taylor Momsen Puts Her Best Face Forward On Set (X17 Online)
Wesmirch.com - almost 4 years
X17 Online: Taylor Momsen Puts Her Best Face Forward On Set  —  Taylor Momsen was snapped at a shoot in New York City on Tuesday, and the Gossip Girl alum wore an enormous pair of boots, a short leather skirt and a scowl on her face.  At first we thought she might have gotten her nose done …
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PHOTO: Taylor Momsen Struts Her Stuff In New York
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
This is former "Gossip Girl" star Taylor Momsen in New York Tuesday, strutting up and down the streets in leather knee-high boots as she filmed a video with Japanese musician Tomomi Itano, pictured in pink. The 19-year-old star -- who announced in 2012 that she was giving up acting to focus on her music career -- was photographed relaxing and smoking a cigarette before shooting her scenes.
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Roger Stone: StoneZone's Sixth Annual Ten Best and Worst Dressed Men and Women in the World for 2012
Huffington Post - about 4 years
We here at the StoneZone have adopted a tradition in which Hollywood designer and arbiter of style Mr. Blackwell would publish a list of those he thought were the best – and worst clad people in the World. Mr. Blackwell’s list was eagerly awaited each New Year, via his syndicated newspaper column. His reviews could be snarky and cutting for those he considered ill-clad. Thousands of newspapers picked up Blackwell’s list through the wire services of the day. Blackwell’s celebrated list could make one in society or the movies or break one. His list was the gold standard of style and who was stylish and who was not. While Blackwell is long gone, his tradition continues for the SIXTH year. The publication of our 2012 list coincides with the launch of STONESSTYLE.com, a new website in which I will write on matters strictly sartorial. We are proud to continue this august tradition yet it is will increasing difficulty that we compile this list for the state of dress for the pub ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Taylor Momsen
    TWENTIES
  • 2015
    Age 21
    Throughout 2015, Momsen continued to record new material for the third Pretty Reckless album.
    More Details Hide Details On September 29th, the song "Take Me down" was released by the band. The single reached #2 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart. The third ablum, Who You Selling For is slated for an October 2016 release.
  • 2014
    Age 20
    In 2014, her band also supported Fall Out Boy in their European leg of the Save Rock n Roll Tour along with New Politics.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 2013
    Age 19
    She also made her debut Maxim cover in the November 2013 issue
    More Details Hide Details Momsen has said that "music is where I can be me", stating that "acting is easy. I've been doing it for so long and I totally love it. But you're playing a character instead of yourself. Music is more personal because you're writing it and you're involved in every step of it." At 5 years old, Momsen recorded the song "Christmas, Why Can't I Find You?" for the soundtrack to How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In 2002, she recorded the songs "One Small Voice" and "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" for the compilation album School's Out! Christmas. In March 2009, Momsen stated in an interview with OK! Magazine that her band The Pretty Reckless had signed a deal with Interscope Records. She played her first tour with her band opening for The Veronicas on their Revenge is Sweeter Tour in spring 2009. After the tour, Momsen began working with guitarist Ben Phillips, who would soon join the band. Momsen subsequently swapped out her former bandmates. She co-writes songs with Phillips; in addition to lead vocals, Momsen also plays rhythm guitar.
  • 2012
    Age 18
    Momsen also appeared as guest vocalist on the first track of ex Ministry member Paul Barker's 2012 album Fix This. On November 30, 2012, it was announced that The Pretty Reckless' fourth single "Kill Me" would be released on December 11.
    More Details Hide Details The track was the last song to be featured in the Gossip Girl series finale. Momsen cites Kurt Cobain, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, and Shirley Manson of Garbage as some of her personal influences. Going to Hell was released on March 18, 2014. The release marked the band's largest sales week to date and landed at #5 on the Billboard 200 with over 35,000 copies sold in its first week. The success of the record saw Taylor, along with the rest of the band, break records when they became the first female-fronted band to reach No. 1 on the rock radio charts with its first two singles - "Heaven Knows" in March 2014 and "Fucked Up World" in September 2014. The Pretty Reckless also spent the majority of late 2013 throughout 2014 on tour supporting Going To Hell.
    Throughout 2012, Momsen and her band toured North America; the second headlining tour, titled the Medicine Tour, began in March 2012 and culminated with supporting dates for Marilyn Manson's 2012 world tour Hey Cruel World...
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  • 2011
    Age 17
    On July 27, 2011, Momsen announced via Twitter that the band would be the supporting act for Evanescence during the fall of 2011.
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  • 2010
    Age 16
    In 2010, she appeared in a video for John Galliano's "Parlez-Moi d’Amour" fragrance ad campaign
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    A week later, Momsen was announced as the model for John Galliano's new women's fragrance, scheduled to launch in autumn 2010.
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    After weeks of speculation of who was the face of Madonna's 2010 fashion line "Material Girl", Momsen was announced on July 15, 2010.
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    The band's debut album Light Me Up was released on August 30, 2010 in the UK, where it debuted at number 6, as well as at number 18 in Ireland.
    More Details Hide Details The first single "Make Me Wanna Die" was released on May 30, 2010, while the second single "Miss Nothing" which was released on August 23, 2010 peaked at number 39. "Just Tonight" was released as the album's third single. Songs from this album have been in the movie "Kick-ass" as well as shows like "The Vampire Diaries" and "Gossip Girl". Television personality Heidi Montag recorded "Blackout", a song written by Momsen. According to Momsen, she wrote the song when she was 8 years old and recorded it as a demo with a producer. Montag released the song as a digital only single, with the music video being directed by her husband Spencer Pratt. Momsen commented about the recording: "I'm like, okay, dude, you're singing an 8-year-old's words, but that's cool. It's so funny because I didn't shop it or anything and I get this call going, 'Did you write a song for Heidi Montag'? And I'm like, 'What?'". The track was later included on Montag's debut studio album Superficial (2010).
    Momsen also covered on the February 2010 cover of Seventeen In October 2010, Momsen wore a pair of platform stilettos, thigh-high stockings, and had a holster strapped around her leg for Revolver.
    More Details Hide Details Two months after she covered French magazine Rock One's. Momsen graced the cover of FHM’s March 2012 edition and FHM ranked Momsen #29 in its 2012 Hot 100 issue.
  • 2008
    Age 14
    In June 2008, at the age of fourteen, Momsen signed to IMG Models.
    More Details Hide Details Taylor was the face of British fashion chain New Look for its spring/summer 2010 collection.
  • 2007
    Age 13
    Beginning in 2007, she played the character of Jenny Humphrey in The CW television series Gossip Girl, which is based on the book series by Cecily von Ziegesar.
    More Details Hide Details Momsen's appearances on the series became increasingly sporadic, and by the end of the first half of the fourth season, she had only appeared in four episodes. It was then announced that the actress would be scheduled for an indefinite hiatus from the show, which ultimately resulted in her leaving the series as a regular cast member, following the completion of the fourth season in 2011. Later that year, on August 16, 2011, Momsen told Elle magazine that she had quit acting to focus on her music career. However, on October 16, 2012, it was reported that Momsen and Connor Paolo, whose recurring role as Momsen's stepbrother had also been significantly decreased following the fifth season, would be returning to Gossip Girl for the final episode of the sixth and final season. Momsen's character Jenny Humphrey appeared briefly in the wedding sequence at the end of the final Gossip Girl episode.
    In 2007 she starred in the Walt Disney Pictures film Underdog, as Molly and as Jennifer in the movie Paranoid Park, directed by Gus Van Sant.
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  • 2006
    Age 12
    Momsen's career came to a halt for over three years until she received a lead role in the WB series Misconceptions, which was never aired. Also at this time, Momsen appeared in the 2006 film Saving Shiloh.
    More Details Hide Details She also auditioned for the title role in Hannah Montana, and was in the top three, but the role was instead awarded to Miley Cyrus—a decision that Momsen was happy with in retrospect.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 2002
    Age 8
    In 2002, she was given the role of Gretel in the motion picture: Hansel and Gretel, as well as Alexandra, the President's daughter, in Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams.
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  • 2000
    Age 6
    In 2000, Momsen played the role of Cindy Lou Who in Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, her breakout role.
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  • 1997
    Age 3
    She began acting professionally at three years of age in a 1997 national commercial for Shake 'n Bake.
    More Details Hide Details She was then cast in The Prophet's Game. Momsen is included on the list of Unclaimed Coogan accounts for performing children whose partial childhood earnings are mandated to be put in a special fund but who have yet to claim their earnings. Momsen attended the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan for high school alongside Connor Paolo, Gregori Lukas and Sarah Hyland.
  • 1993
    Born
    Taylor Momsen was born on July 26, 1993, in St. Louis, Missouri.
    More Details Hide Details Her parents are Michael and Collette Momsen and she has a younger sister, Sloane Momsen, who is also an actress. She has Russian ancestry. She was raised Roman Catholic and attended Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School for elementary school and later Herbert Hoover Middle School in Potomac, Maryland. Although, she says now that she is older she is not a religious person. She studied dance at the Center of Creative Arts in St. Louis. Momsen was signed with Ford Models at a young age: "My parents signed me up with Ford Modeling at the age of 2. No 2-year-old wants to be working, but I had no choice. My whole life, I was in and out of school. I didn’t have friends. I was working constantly and I didn’t have a real life."
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