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Leighton Meester Reveals Her Fashion and Beauty Secrets to Instyle Hair

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Leighton Meester may be famous for playing fashion-obsessed Blair Waldorf on Gossip Girl, but off-screen the actress has an equally killer sense of style. And in this month’s Instyle Hair, the cover girl dishes about all her fashion and beauty secrets, starting with her recent return to her natural blonde. “I’m a little serious, so I actually feel that being a brunette matches my personality more than the stereotypical blonde,” Leighton explains. And while her on-screen character may be instantly recognizable for her impressive wardrobe of headbands, when it comes to hair accessories, Leighton heads in another direction. “I like headbands,” she says, “but I’m definitely not as obsessed with them as Blair is.” Her hair favorite alternative? “I do wear hats a lot,” she says. “In the summer I’ll wear a nice straw hat that blocks the sun, or I’ll wear a cap or fedora to cover up bad hair days.” Meester’s own teenage fashion experience was a far cry from the luxe labels worn by her onscreen character. “I was picked on because I was a four-eyes and a dork,” she reveals. “I had long tangled hair and wore hemp necklaces, baggy T-shirts and not-so-cute jeans.” Times have certainly changed for the style icon. “I’ve grown up as far as the fashion world goes, but,” she says, “I still identify with that high school me.” Read more in InStyle Hair, the new special issue from InStyle, on sale tomorrow, May 8.