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nylon x vanessa hudgens

meet our february cover star!

If 2013 was when Vanessa Hudgens went from Disney queen to a bleached-hair, gun-totting coed in Spring Breakers, then 2014 will go down as the year she took on her most serious and intense onscreen role yet--and proved to the world that she's not just a good girl-gone-bad. And it starts with the release of her new movie Gimme Shelter, in which she chopped off her hair and gained weight to play a runaway teen...and we've documented it all in the February issue of NYLON.

In it, our latest cover star reveals herself as a far cry from the Hollywood stereotype; NYLON editor Ashley Baker describes Hudgens as a "juice-swilling, hippy-dippy greens-eater," who is taking everything--the fame, the challenging roles, the haters--in stride. While the issue doesn't officially hit newsstands until January 29, we've got a sneak peek (plus exclusive outtakes) right here. 

On Her Recent Transformations Onscreen:

"I don't think it's 'good girl gone bad.' I think it's more 'girl growing into a woman and being passionate and taking choices.' I have so much work to do, and I think I will always feel that way."

On Her Gimme Shelter Role:

"It was the first time I really stepped out of my control zone, physically and material-wise. I'm a little afraid of myself when I watch it."

On What's Ahead:

"I know God's plan for me is bigger than anything I could ever plan for myself. It allows me to not worry about the future or what other people think and just to be present and enjoy and try to shine as much as I can."

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Jacket by Armani Exchange, bra by Victoria's Secret, skirt and underwear by Burberry Prorsum, sunglasses by Wildfox, necklace by Lady Grey, ring by Kismet by Mika.

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Shirt by Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren, skirt by Moschino, belt by Hermes, handcuff and silver knuckle ring by Yeprem, thumb ring by Annelise Michelson.

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Vest by Just Cavalli, dress by Guess, belt by Diesel, shoes by Brian Atwood, socks by DKNY, ring by Lady Grey, gloves by Lacrasia, stylist's own hat.

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Shirt by Ashish, jeans by Diesel Black Gold, shoes by Dolce & Gabbana, chain on pants by Louis Vuitton, necklace by David Yurman, spike ring by Dannijo, left hand ring by ManiaMania.

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Jacket by Diesel, top by Jonathan Simkhai, shorts by Ashish, shoes by Dr. Martens, necklace by Lady Grey, rings by Joomi Lim, belt by Vans, socks by DKNY.

photo by aaron richter

Jacket by Armani Exchange, bra by Victoria's Secret, skirt and underwear by Burberry Prorsum, sunglasses by Wildfox, necklace by Lady Grey, ring by Kismet by Mika.

photo by aaron richter

Shirt by Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren, skirt by Moschino, shoes by John Galliano, belt by Hermes, handcuff and silver knuckle ring by Yeprem, thumb ring by Annelise Michelson.

photo by aaron richter

Shirt by Ashish, jeans by Diesel Black Gold, shoes by Dolce & Gabbana, chain on pants by Louis Vuitton, necklace by David Yurman, spike ring by Dannijo, left hand ring by ManiaMania.

photo by aaron richter

Jacket by Armani Exchange, bra by Victoria's Secret, skirt and underwear by Burberry Prorsum, sunglasses by Wildfox, necklace by Lady Grey, ring by Kismet by Mika.