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What’s Right Meow: Meet Our InStyle Editor’s Fashionable Cat, Randy

This week we’re introducing the world to InStyle Senior Style Editor Ali Pew’s dapper cat, Randy: a blue-eyed Ragdoll with a cool, mellow personality.

Named after baseball Hall of Famer Randy Johnson, the four-legged fur ball has been with Pew for the past five years and was adopted from a breeder in Utah by Pew’s husband, footwear designer Oliver Clark.

Sure, he’s clearly adorable, but he’s more than just a pretty face: he’s also a professional model. Yes, that’s right–Randy, the model cat. In 2012, he posed for fashion label United Bamboo for consideration of their annual cat calendar and sported a cute all-black ensemble for the occasion (above). The frock featured a statement bow on the back as well as sheer lace accents near the hemline and on the sleeves.

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“After the shoot, my husband and I were interviewed about Randy and it felt very Best in Show. We were like stage parents,” Pew says. “Now we take pictures of him all the time. He’s used to having bright lights in his face!”

Randy also modeled for the “Animal Attraction” fashion feature in the April 2012 issue of Dazed and Confused (above). Behind the scenes, he was a pro working the camera due to a characteristic common among Ragdoll cats of being relaxed even in unfamiliar settings. As a result, the photo shoot was a breeze for the feline who could strike practically any pose. While he did look lovely alongside haute cat-ure clothing, he usually just enjoys being in his fur and natural element.

And worldly as he is, he’s ready for any trips that may come up thanks to a pawesome fake license (below) made by Clark, who draws design inspiration from his pet muse.

Can you say cuteness overload? We can’t wait to see what his next campaign entails.

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Jessica Chastain Inside the New InStyle: “There Are Two Kinds Of Roles For Women”

As we gear up for Awards Season (kicking off Thursday with the announcement of Golden Globe nominees), one name we’re likely to hear a lot is Jessica Chastain.

The star of Interstellar (in theaters now) and A Most Violent Year (in theaters Dec. 31) is known for her red carpet prowess as much as she is for the strong female characters she plays (Maya of 2012’s Zero Dark Thirty comes to mind). But inside the January InStyle, available on newsstands and for digital download Friday, Dec. 12, the 37-year-old tells us finding such diverse, strong female characters hasn’t been easy.

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When first embarking on her acting career, she found that “there were two kinds of roles for women,” she tells writer Emma Jane Unsworth. “You are either the girlfriend, incredibly beautiful but not much going on, or the victim, like the weird neighbor. It’s like the two ideas of women that are talked about: the slut or the wife. And that’s not so interesting.”

And so Chastain set out to find better roles for herself. “As an audience member I go to the movies a lot, and I want to see women portrayed like the ones I know—women who are really intelligent and strong and vulnerable,” she says. “I’m not interested in playing a stereotype.”

To learn more about what Chastain is interested in, including a rare glimpse into her intensely guarded love life, pick up the January issue of InStyle, available on newsstands and for digital download Dec. 12.

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Pick Your Top 10 InStyle Covers for a Chance to Win a Limited-Edition Donald Robertson Tote!

As we enter the final month of InStyle’s 20th anniversary year, we’re taking a look waaaay back at our star-studded cover archiveand offering five lucky fans a chance to win a chic tote bag featuring an exclusive sketch by Donald Robertson. We teamed up with culturalist.com, a site that lets you create and share top 10 lists on a range of pop culture topics, for a look back at our cover collection. Take a peek at all of our covers, then make your own top ten lineup and share it on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #InStyle20 and you’ll be automatically entered to win a tote bag. Need some inspiration? Check out InStyle editor Ariel Foxman’s picks here. You must create and share your list by Dec. 14so go ahead, play favorites!

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What Books Are InStyle Staffers Reading at the Beach This Summer?


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You may be stuck turning pages in a packed subway car rather than lounging poolside, yet a good read offers a quick escape from reality-harsh air conditioning and looming deadlines. We asked InStyle’s staff to divulge what’s on their must-read list for this summer, and received some surprising results.

Many strayed from the standard fluffy beach reading, opting instead for topics varying from advice to cooking, such as Anthony Bourdain’s account of his food-scouring travels. Unsurprisingly, three staffers proposed the newly released The Vacationers, The New York Times bestseller about a family vacation to Mallorca wrought with dysfunction. No matter what you’re in the mood for, we’ve got you covered.

Click through the gallery to see our must-read picks!

Only On InStyle! Mad Men’s Alison Brie Dishes On Trudy Campbell’s Transformation

With the seventh and final season of Mad Men off to a great start, seeing how much Don, Joan, Peggy and the gang have changed over the years is more obvious than ever. One of the most dramatic transformations of all is that of Trudy Campbell, played by the talented Alison Brie, who goes from being head-over-heels in love with her husband Pete Campbell, to kicking him out of their family home in season 6. We caught up with the actress, currently starring alongside Adam Scott in a series of hilarious videos for Smirnoff, to find out what it was like developing Trudy as a character, and how she grew from year to year.

“It’s really interesting working on a TV show like this where everything that happens to the character is a constant surprise,” Brie tells InStyle.com exclusively. “I think Trudy started out seeming very superficial and driven by money and appearances. We definitely saw real growth as she struggles with trying to conceive and start a family, which makes you realize that she has more at stake in this life, and has deeper wants and needs than it appeared.”

Trudy later gives birth to her daughter and moves with Pete out of the city to Westchester, and her defining moment came at the end of season 6, when Trudy demands Pete to leave upon discovering he had cheated with a woman from their neighborhood. “I always got the sense that she knew what he was up to most of the time and was willing to look the other way, so it was nice to see her stop putting up with it,” Brie adds. “She found that strength that had always been there, but it was a quiet strength. To see her finally voice it and become this total badass — it was such a good reveal, and it’s a nice confirmation for everyone to know that she’s a lot smarter than she seemed at times.” Amen to that!

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No word yet on if Trudy will make a return for the final season (fingers crossed!), but we think her story isn’t quite over. (And any excuse to see her amazing ’60s-era wardrobe is as good as any for us.) “Trudy is very fashion-forward, which I love about her,” says Brie, who notes that a few of her favorite pieces were from the third season. The most-notable for Brie?  Her look in the episode The Grown Ups, in which the assassination of John F. Kennedy became an integral part of the plot. “Trudy and Pete were leaving for the wedding of Roger Sterling’s daughter, but decide not to go once they hear the news about JFK. Before that happens, she comes out in this amazing blue dress, and it could not have been tighter!” she says. “It was a little hard to breathe, but every time I see pictures of it, I’m always like, ‘That was such a killer dress!’ It’s immediately what I think of when I remember my all-time favorite Trudy outfits.” Tune in to a new episode of Mad Men Sunday at 10 PM EST on AMC, and click through our gallery to check out the best looks from season 7 so far!

Your VIP Pass Inside the 15th Annual InStyle Oscar Viewing Party

Ben Affleck, Nikki Reed, Naya Rivera, and a few Olympians were just some of the notables that came out for InStyle’s annual star-studded Oscar Viewing Party. Many were rooting for Lupita Nyong’o who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave, and cheers loudly erupted when she won. Gabrielle Union—who shares the same hair stylist with Nyong’o—could not have been happier. “She’s so wonderful and I’m thrilled for her,” Union told InStyle. As for Scandal co-stars Katie Lowes, Tony Goldwyn, and Dan Bucatinsky mingled with other partygoers, but stuck close together most of the night tweeting photos of each other trying to outdo one another. “We make it a competitive thing,” Lowes joked.

Celebrities enjoyed a fun-filled night at the swanky RivaBella in West Hollywood that was beautifully decorated by event designer Thomas Ford,with gold and yellow orchids and tulips for a spring look, paired with sleek black leather couches for a cozy feel. The 225 guests feasted on goat cheese baklava, spicy tuna tacos, braised short ribs, pizza bites (vegan) and macaroni & cheese while cheering on the 86th Academy Awards winners. To see who else celebrated with InStyle, look though our gallery!

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—Heather Newgen