Blake Lively for Chanel; Talks real life fashion icons, Katharine Hepburn, Grace Kelly and more

blake-lively-chanel.jpg Blake Lively looks more sultry than sunny in her new ad for Chanel's Mademoiselle handbag, but believe it or not the "Gossip Girl" star is pretty consistently upbeat, working to spread positivity.

"I've just always believed you should put a lot of positive out there," she tells WWD. "When I have bad days, I just eat lots of chocolate ice cream and dance to the 'Lion King' soundtrack. It's really odd, but it's true."

Odd indeed, but endearing all the same. The article adds that Lively's good nature can be traced back to the age of four, when she was "walking down the street" and thought to herself, "it's the perfect day to be happy, and I've never really lost that."

Her "Gossip Girl" character Serena van der Woodsen has made a name for herself in the world of fashion, but when it comes to Lively's real life icons -- Katharine Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn all come to mind.

"I love when a woman can be empowered and glamorous but also add the strength of masculinity," she says of her style.

Adding, "I love what [ Sienna Miller] wears."

Still humble, Lively gushes that she is in awe of her opportunity to be the face of a fashion house as major as Chanel.

"I have such a respect for fashion and such an appreciation for it that if there are people like Karl Lagerfeld out there designing, who am I?" she explains. "I want to bow down to them and be a representative for them if they'll have me."

She continues to praise Chanel's head designer and creative director, saying that she's surprised the campaign didn't produce any shots of her "with my jaw on the floor."

The blonde even ended her photo shoot by snapping a picture herself -- whipping out her cell phone to capture Lagerfeld behind the camera pointed at her.

What do you think of the 23-year-old as the face of Chanel? Would you buy what Serena van deer Woodsen's selling?
Photo/Video credit: Chanel