Elle‘s 25th anniversary issue has been met with a little controversy — some of which we’ve harbored right here on Styleite — but we’ll be honest: The short film photographer Carter Smith made featuring the 25 game changers and revolutionaries from the October issue is really quite charming.
In the video, each game changer is asked what their favorite kind of birthday cake was, what it feels like to be an adult, and what they thought they’d be doing with their lives when they were kids.
Our only complaint? That we didn’t get to see more of Gabourey Sidibe. While the almost all of the young women — Camilla Belle being the only other notable exception — are featured in long shots or medium shots, Sidibe gets a pretty tightly cropped closeup, which seems to suggest that she needs to be hidden. But we love the part toward the end where she proudly proclaims that she’s “awesome for a living.” She is awesome. The video, while long, is pretty great, too.