Blake Lively vs. Martha Stewart: Whose Job Is Better?

08/07/2014 at 12:41 PM ET

Blake Lively and Martha Stewart
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“You’re so great, Martha. No … you’re so great, Blake.” Ok, this exchange didn’t actually occur between Martha Stewart and Blake Lively, but judging from the media reports about their opinions of one another, it might as well have.

Here’s the backstory: Lively, who recently launched Preserve, her lifestyle web site, has said in interviews that’s she always idolized the crafting queen. “Who doesn’t want to be Martha Stewart? [She] has been a huge inspiration to me my entire life. She’s a huge source of inspiration for my mom. She’s how I came to know and love Martha. I always say that Martha Stewart Living is the only magazine I ever had growing up. I never had Tiger Beat or any of that stuff,” she told E!.

Turns out dreams do come true: Stewart and Lively have become friends, and the grand dame of all things domestic even worked with Lively on her wedding to Ryan Reynolds, dreaming up touches like custom silhouettes and delectable-looking fruit jellies.

But Stewart, a former model herself who also hinted that she’s recently filmed a movie, scoffed to the Huffington Post that the Gossip Girl star is the lucky one: “I mean, it’s stupid, she could be an actress! Why would you want to be me if you could be an actress?”” adding that she “wants to be Blake Lively.”

For the record, this isn’t the first time Stewart, who recently lost her sister to a brain aneurysm, has envisioned a new path for herself: She also has said that she’d like to work as a bartender in her next life. Maybe she and Lively could team up and make a movie devoted to all things domestic … and cocktails?

—Lexi Dwyer

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

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dale on

God bless Martha and her family, but this is a no brainer. I’d
rather be Blake. Beautiful home lovely man to share it with. Great figure and wardrobe. Bankrolled her own business venture, and still gets to model and act. Happily married with her whole life in front of her. No divorce, ungrateful children and business associates, lawsuits, or jail time. Martha has been through a lot. I’d actually feel sorry for her if she wasn’t so wealthy.

rory on

Martha has been heard multiple times slamming Blake and her new venture, and became upset when someone compared Blake to Martha in the creative/cooking dept, etc. Martha responded as saying, “She’s nothing like me, and i’m sure it won’t last.”

Pft on

How can you even compare? One has an established brand/career, the other is fresh out of the gates. If I were Martha, I’d be insulted too. Maybe if Blake has some success in the field then start the comparison in 10 years, but now? Come on.

Marcia on

Martha has made an empire. Blake is a wannabe whose acting career is stalled and who is only passably attractive because of plastic surgery. Blake couldn’t even aspire to this if Martha hadn’t paved the way.

Go have babies, Blake.

mary on

Martha Stewart hands down.

divinit on

Why the hell does anyone think Blake Lively is even remotely close to Martha Stewart? The money MS has made for herself that began with a passion for food, and led to where she is today, Lively cannot compare. Perhaps down the road, but right now, I cannot see how anyone can compare this homewrecker to Stewart. Ryan cheated on SJ with Lively, and he’ll cheat on her someday too. Can’t change the spots on a Cheetah, and karma is a b—.

Tommie on

Martha’s life. As Blake ages her job opportunities will be less and time will tell if her marriage makes it. Martha has huge security.

randy albin on

they are both good-lookin’. do they like being in the public spotlight?

Oli on

Whose nose job is better, you mean? Blake’s, hands down.