"I have always wanted to be on the cover of Vogue," the 27-year-old actress admits in a behind-the-scenes clip of her February cover story. "I feel like I've been told a couple of times that this is my break-out moment, but then it's really all the same. So I don't really put any weight on the idea of 'Oh this is my moment.'"
But a Vogue cover -- on which Biel wears a collared shirt under a denim vest and jacket by Ralph Lauren Collection -- is certainly a big step.
For her first Vogue photo shoot, the tomboy-at-heart mixes things up, first hitting the Getty Villa in Malibu, Calif. for some 1940s glam shots, courtesy of jewels by Van Cleef & Arpels and Martin Katz Beverly Hills, gowns by Oscar de la Renta and Haider Ackermann along with a fluffy Adrienne Landau marabou jacket.
Her more rugged side (which she says is closer to the real her) is exposed when photographer Mario Testino takes her to Malibu's Morris Ranch, where the actress plays with horses, turtles and goats, gets pooped on by a bird and dons roughed-up overalls by RRL Ralph Lauren, a Belmont cotton shirt and Fiorentini + Baker oxfords.
"I think I have both going on as well," Biel says of the split personalities illustrated in the shoot. "My professional life is more definitely glamorous and I really enjoy getting all glammed up for some event. The other side of myself is that I grew up in Colorado... around horses and animals. So I think this experience is even more who I am."
For her Vogue interview, the rough and tumble actress, and girlfriend of Justin Timberlake, took Vogue Contributing Editor Jonathan Van Meter snowboarding in Canada and opened up to him about the direction of her career, her style icons (she's looking to Rihanna right now) as well as her relationship. Well, she opened up about not opening up about her love life.
"I don't want to talk about it," she said. "I don't feel the need to clear anything up. It's the most precious thing that I have in my life, and I care about it so much that I don't care about what anyone says or thinks. I have just not addressed it in any real way, and I'm not going to. It's mine. And I really like that about it."
As for Biel getting more recognition fashion-wise, it looks like it's on the horizon, judging by Anna Wintour's endorsement in her editor's letter: "I think my Valentine's wish would be that she [Biel] be embraced by and play a larger role in the fashion world. She symbolizes everything American fashion stands for: health, beauty, fitness and grace. She'd make a great partner for any designer."
And as we know, what Wintour wants, Wintour gets. After looking at the Vogue spread, we think an appropriate designer "partner" might be Ralph Lauren.
To read more of Biel's interview, see her lovely photo shoot and catch some behind-the-scenes chatter, visit Vogue.com. And be sure to pick up the issue which hits on newsstands Jan. 26.
And leave a comment telling us which Jessica Biel style persona you prefer: Glam Girl or Tomboy Tough?