If you’ve never heard of Riley Keough, you’re about to. Because it’s only a matter of time before the 24-year-old model-turned-actress reaches full-blown It Girl status.
The striking starlet is not new to show business. In fact, she’s pretty much Hollywood royalty. You see, Keough just happens to be the eldest granddaughter of rock ‘n’ roll legend Elvis Presley – notice the resemblance?
But with tabloids suggesting she’s dating Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson – and making major waves with his ex, Kristen Stewart – Keough seems poised for a perfect PR storm. And, in Hollywood, sometimes that’s all it takes to rocket your career to the next level.
All gossip aside, we’ve secretly had our eyes on Keough and her evolving style for some time now. She’s been causing a stir on the fashion front for years – and for all the right reasons.
Keough is a natural beauty with some pretty famous features. Though she officially launched her modeling career for Tommy Hilfiger at age 12, she really turned heads in 2004, when she graced the cover of Vogue magazine. Not too shabby for Elvis’ little princess.
The intimate family portrait, shot by Annie Leibovitz, featured three generations of Presley women, including Keough, her mother, Lisa Marie, and grandmother, Priscilla, all looking gorgeous in high fashion. And even though she was flanked by the famous women in her life, all eyes were on Keough and her angelic face.
With a Vogue cover under her belt, Keough’s modeling career took off and she managed to land some pretty sweet gigs. She walked the runway for Dolce & Gabbana, starred in a fragrance campaign for Christian Dior, and even donned those infamous angel wings for the Victoria’s Secret show.
Today, the fresh-faced beauty has transitioned from successful model to respected actress. She’s known for her work in such films as The Runaways, The Good Doctor, Yellow, and Magic Mike. And, next year, she’ll star alongside Hollywood heavyweights Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron in the highly anticipated Mad Max: Fury Road, which is sure to be a blockbuster hit.
When it comes to style, Keough has some killer instincts. She’s part of the new school of young actresses, like Kristen Stewart and Jennifer Lawrence, who like to break the rules and make fashion their own. Whether dressy or casual, the 5-foot-7 star loves to show off her legs in shorts and minis. Then, she often finishes her looks with a cool jacket or unique coat. There’s a grunge-meets-glamour vibe to Keough’s style, which is possibly owing to her musical roots.
Keough is a bit of a chameleon when it comes to hair color. Though she’s known for her beautiful blond locks, she’s also dabbled as brunette, which drew many comparisons to her pal Kristen Stewart. She even tasted the rainbow à la Katy Perry with an ombré pink-to-blue fade for her role in Magic Mike. Thankfully, for now, she’s gone back to her roots with a fiery red mane that reminds us of her grandma, Priscilla.
Though no one knows what the future holds for Keough and RPatz – or if there’s even a future at all – one thing’s for sure, Riley Keough’s star is certainly on the rise. And we “can’t help falling in love.”
Sam Saboura is best known as the host of TLC’s hit series "Something Borrowed, Something New." He has appeared as the fashion and style expert on numerous entertainment, news, and awards programs, and his sought-after style advice regularly appears in national publications. He is a personal shopper and stylist for celebrities in the film, television, and music industries, and the author of Sam Saboura’s Real Style.