Kristen Stewart covers the new issue of ELLE. She’s representing Chanel. Which is why this shoot is in a grocery store. You’ll recall, Karl Lagerfeld presented the Chanel F/W 2014 collection at a venue staged to look like a supermarket. Click here to revisit the runway. I LOVE the styling, especially the shot of her in the blue tights up against the condiments. It’s well-suited to her jam and she looks comfortable and UN-awkward.

The interview on the other hand…at least from the excerpts they’ve released…


It’s frustrating. And it makes it harder to like her. Kristen Stewart is already polarising. For those who belong to her fan club, I’m sure comments like these are met with pom-poms and pride. But, really, objectively, what is she saying here when she’s discussing her career?

“Never at any point have I sat down and plotted how I should proceed from here on. As soon as you start thinking about your career as a trajectory—like, as if you’re going to miss out on some wave or momentum—then you’re never doing anything for yourself anyway. Then you’re truly, actually, specifically working for the public. You’re turning yourself into a bag of chips.”

Well, sure. That’s typical. It’s typical of someone who hasn’t ever actually had a REAL F-CKING JOB.

Take those comments away from Kristen Stewart and put them on someone like, say, Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer. If Marissa Mayer admitted to never plotting out her career, never having a trajectory – a GOAL! – and never actively deciding on what she wanted to achieve, how would that go over with you? If Angela Merkel told you she spent no time thinking about her professional direction, how would you react to that?

Why am I comparing Bella Swan to the two of the world’s most powerful women? F-ck me, I don’t actually know. But artistry and ambition are not mutually exclusive. And negating the fact that you clawed your way back from what could have been career disaster to a place that’s still creatively challenging and industry-respected is not only disappointing, it’s also immature. She’s the girl-woman who believes that what’s right can only come from your heart and not your head. That’s easy to say when your heart has never been denied. Tell that to the actor who has to take a margarine commercial while she waits to find out about pilot season.

The only people who can afford to NOT think about a career trajectory are the ones who are already guaranteed one. It’s an exclusive club. It’s rarefied air. It’s the lazy person’s way of sitting on the throne. You know, at least when Beyonce’s straddling hers, she’s not selling it to you like it happened by accident or, worse yet, that she closed her eyes, wished upon her spirit star, and it just willed her in that direction.

Click here to see more of Kristen Stewart in ELLE.