Your Intel editors missed the Emmys last night, and woe be to us, because apparently we missed an important moment in television history. According to Esquire, last night Blake Lively became a woman. In front of everyone.
"Just as Jessica Biel shook off the FCC-mandated chastity belt with that Gear shoot a couple seasons into her post-adolescent starletdom, Lively shimmied her way toward womanhood down the red carpet in this backless (and, more jarringly, nearly frontless) gown last night," Esquire's editor Matt Sullivan wrote below a photo of Ms. Serena in the above dress on the magazine's website today.
He went on:
It was the type of perfectly cut, crazy-expensive dress that makes a man realize why women ogle their own kind for glamorous fashion tips during these interminably terrible award shows. But it was that moment I caught, with Lively so thoroughly demanding the on-stage ogle — so much more so than Leighton Meester, an eyebrow-raiser in her own right — that made me reconsider this woman, no longer a Gossip Girl so much as a twenty-two-year-old temptress.
Wow. That sounds like an intense moment. But wait: Is it just us, or is what happened not so much that Blake Lively "shimmied toward womanhood" as Sullivan "shimmied closer to his inner desire to become a drag queen"?
Blake Lively and That Red Dress: All Woman, No Gossip Girl [Esquire]
Related: Fug Girls: Red-carpet Hits and Misses at the Emmys [The Cut]