Lake Bell talks about inking up for her nude New York cover



Next week Lake Bell will be seen in the charming trailer voice over comedy In a World…, which she also wrote and directed. This week a lot more of her can be seen on the cover of New York magazine’s fashion issue. That’s where she sports a tattoo design of a gray rose created by her husband, the artist Scott Campbell. (The ink isn’t real; Bell is tattoo-less).

Bell, in Dallas this week to talk about In a World…, said the shoot was a no-brainer.

“Scott told me they were doing this cover about what tattoos mean in the fashion industry and how they’re now a garment,” she said. “I was born and raised in New York City. It’s the New York cover. I’m really proud of the collaboration, and I’m really proud of my husband.”

But there’s more to it than that. Bell sees the cover as an expression of pride, for herself and for her gender.

“I like the juxtaposition of being a writer and director and also a feminine and sexual being,” she says. “Those things can go hand in hand. They don’t have to cancel each other out. It’s an interesting conversation I have with myself. I am not shy, clearly, and I think female empowerment comes in so many different ways.”

Any hesitation about letting it all hang out?

“Maybe I was European in another life, but I’m not squeamish about it,” she says. “It’s beautiful. It’s not gratuitous. It’s not like I did Penthouse.”

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