Kacey Musgraves: Generation W

Meet the anti-Faith Hill.


The singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves’s major-label debut, Same Trailer Different Park, opened at No. 1 on the country charts in March, but the 25-year-old’s signature blend of wit, moxie, and provocative storytelling doesn’t always play well on conservative country radio. With songs about small-town women smoking joints and kissing girls, she has established herself as the anti–Faith Hill. “My favorite music is blunt and honest,” Musgraves says. “Not every song has to take a political stand, but it should be simple and raw.” Her street-smart writing, which is full of humor and double entendres, has more in common with early hip-hop than with Taylor Swift. “I really love a good play on words. And I love to make people laugh.” Like the best punch lines, Musgraves’s lyrics can sneak up on you. “At first, maybe it sounds just like any old country song,” she says. “But then you listen more closely.”

Generation W

Chloe Grace Moretz

“A good magician never reveals her secrets.”

Calvin Klein Collection pants; (from top) David Yurman necklace, Tiffany & Co. necklace; (from left) David Yurman necklace (worn as a bracelet), Prada bracelet. Beauty note: Brunettes get texture with Sachajuan Dark Volume Powder.

Lea Seydoux

“I like the difficulty of nudity sometimes.”

Léa Seydoux wears a AG Adriano Goldschmied jacket; Valentino pullover; Tiffany & Co. necklace (throughout).

Olivia Bee

“My awkward phase is well documented on an old Flickr page,” Bee confesses. “I don’t show it to anyone.”

Olivia Bee wears a Marc Jacobs sweater; her own nose ring.

Imogen Poots

“I’m not really in a rush to grow up.”

Imogen Poots wears an Isabel Marant tank top; J Brand jeans; her own bracelets.

Kacey Musgraves

“My favorite music is blunt and honest,” Musgraves says.

Kacey Musgraves wears a Chloé blouse; her own nose ring.

Amy Seimetz in 2013. Photo by Craig McDean. Styled by Felicia Garcia-Rivera.

Danai Gurira

“Certain women turn into warriors when things are dire.”

Danai Gurira wears a Junya Watanabe Comme des Garçons jacket and pants.

Mickey Sumner

“I was once the world’s worst model,” jokes the actress Mickey Sumner.

Mickey Sumner wears a Calvin Klein Underwear T-shirt; Eres bra; Rag & Bone shorts; (from top) Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. necklace, David Yurman necklace.