As shrewd businesswoman and man-magnet Raina Thorpe, Tika Sumpter plays Gossip Girl’s newest Upper East Sider. That means she spends her work day kissing the likes of Ed Westwick and Chace Crawford — and then there are the outfits! Tika hung out with OK! for an exclusive photo shoot where she showed off her unique style!
“It’s every girl’s dream. You walk into [wardrobe] and there are clothes everywhere!” Tika tells OK!. “They’ve opened up my world of fashion.” Here, the newly minted fashionista dishes on everything from guys to style!
How are you like your GG character, Raina?
She’s strong; she’s very clear about the decisions she makes. And I like her style with boys! I wish I could be that bold. I put on my Raina hat whenever I want to talk to a guy!
What was it like kissing Ed and Chace?
There’s no wine and candles! Ed and I had a couple of rehearsals where I was just lying on top of him, staring at him. He’s like, “Yep.” He says funny things to make us relax.
What would we learn by looking in your closet?
That I need a bigger one! Now that you can buy clothes on the Internet… it’s a problem.
What look would you steal from Raina?
They put me in this Hervé Léger purple bandage dress. It was smokin’! I put it on and felt like I could conquer the world.
What did you like the most in today’s shoot?
I liked how the color pops against my skin. I want to take home every piece!
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